Pages from the Past: Determined efforts by Catonsville physician save toddler who nearly drowned in goldfish pond

An article in the May 28, 1937 edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian reported on the heroic effort by an area doctor to save the life of a little boy who had fallen into a backyard goldfish pond.

Charles T. Cockey, two and one-half year old son of Mr. and Ms. Charles T. Cockey, was found unconscious in a shallow goldfish pool on the grounds of his home on Thursday afternoon of this week, and was revived by a physician after he apparently had ceased to breathe.


Dr. George T. Urban of Frederick avenue, near Mellor avenue, Catonsville, said he administrated adrenaline and gave artificial respiration to the child for 15 minutes before he saw signs of life.

Neighbors said the boy, with other children, had been pursuing a dog. Apparently, the animal had dashed into the pond and young Charles had followed, losing his footing in the pool and falling into the water.


Henry Corrieri, 18, of the 100 block South Morley street, on Monday night was held in $5,000 bail on each of two charges of manslaughter after an inquest at Halethorpe in the deaths of two youths who were killed early yesterday in the smash-up of an automobile allegedly driven by Corrieri.

Corrieri was arrested at his home by Southwestern district policemen and taken first to St. Agnes' Hospital and treated for a laceration of the head, suffered, the police said, when the machine he was driving struck a tree between Elm avenue and Rolling road.

In the crash, two passengers in the car were injured fatally and a third suffered serious hurts.

Earl James Wright, 18, of the 3500 block Old Frederick road, was killed instantly, the police reported, while the other youth, James Faulkner, 19, of the 3000 block Stafford street, died several hours later in St. Agnes' Hospital.

The fourth man in the machine was Albert Baker, 22, of the 3000 block Stafford street. He remained in a critical condition last night at the same hospital.

According to the police, Corrieri jumped from the automobile and fled when it crashed after the four youths had been pursued for nearly six miles by police in automobiles and on motor cycles.


Henry Morton, one of the original contributors to a fund 20 years ago that resulted in formation of the Rolling Road Golf Club, today became the controlling owner of that organization and its properties.

Morton announced he had acquired the majority interest in the Bloomsbury Realty Trust, which owns the ground property that had been leased for many years by officers of the Rolling Road Golf Club.

50 Years Ago

An article in the May 31, 1962 edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian announced that a new library, gym, cafeteria and two music rooms are planned for Catonsville Junior High.


Construction bids will be opened 2 P.M. on Tuesday, June 12, calling for alterations and additions to the Catonsville Junior High School, Baltimore County school officials announced today.

Under plans drawn by the architectural firm of Ferdinand P. Kelly, the construction project will include a new cafeteria and kitchen, an office suite containing guidance, health and other administrative offices.

Extensive alterations and additions will be made in various instructional areas of the school.

A new music wing will include one instrumental room, one vocal room and two general music classrooms. The auditorium will also be enlarged.

Alterations to the present gymnasium will include two physical education classrooms and new locker rooms and showers.

Construction plans call for an enlarged and modernized library and alterations and improvements in additional classrooms.

Built in 1925 as an 18-room senior high school, with a 30-classroom addition in 1930, the present building became a junior high school in 1954 when the new Catonsville Senior High School was completed.


"Join the Friends of the Catonsville Library" is a slogan that will be heard many times during 1962-63 in Catonsville.

The second annual meeting of the Friends of the Catonsville Library was held on Thursday evening, May 24, in the Catonsville library. Election of officers took place and the topics of the meeting centered on the new Catonsville Area library to be built this summer on the corner of Frederick and Beaumont avenues.

Stressed was the importance of an expanding membership in the Friends organization to help build up interest in, and patronage of, what will be one of the best equipped and administrated libraries in the county. The interest of every citizen, especially all book borrowers, will contribute to this library goal.


Popular singers, acrobatic dancers, a skating exhibition and a teenage band will entertain at the next Youth Decency Project of the Maryland Crime Investigating Committee to be held at Vernon's roller rink, Oella avenue, Catonsville, on Friday, June 1, from 7:30 to 11 P.M. Regular skating sessions will also be available for everyone present.

Vernon's roller rink recently was cited by the Crime Committee for its outstanding safety record during the past several years and for its role in providing wholesome regulated activity for juveniles.


A free Fishing Rodeo will be held at Hillcrest Park, Lansdowne, this Saturday, June 2, from 10 A.M. to 3 P.M.

Prizes will be awarded in each of the following age groups: up to 8 years old, 9 to 12 years, 13 to 16 years, and adults. Awards will be first fish caught after 10 A.M., largest fish and most fish. No fish under 4 inches will be counted. There will also be a prize for participant having most members of the immediate family present at the park.

Prizes for bass fish having certain tag numbers ( to be posted) caught at any time.

The Fishing Rodeo is sponsored by Lansdowne-Riverview Recreation Council and other civic organizations.

100 Years Ago

An article in the June 1, 1912 edition of The Argus recognized the birthday of a lively local citizen who was born the same year James Monroe took office as the fifth president of the United States.

As active as many men 30 years younger, Mr. George W. Bowen, the oldest resident of Catonsville, celebrated Tuesday his ninety-fifth birthday at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. James C. Gorman.

Beyond a slight defect in hearing, Mr. Bowen possesses all his faculties. He had a cheerful greeting for his friends who called to congratulate him. His memory for happenings in the early days of the last century is considered wonderful and he loves to relate stories of Baltimore's early history and growth.


Within the next week, one of the new 110-horsepower automobile fire engines recently ordered by the County Commissioners will be installed at the Catonsville engine house to take the place of the 70-horsepower machine now in service and which will be transferred to Gardenville.


The new machine is being built by the American La France Fire Engine Company, of Elmira, N.Y. , and will arrive about June 3. A public demonstration will be given in Baltimore on June 4, near the water front, to which the chiefs of the city , Annapolis, Md.; York, Pa.; Washington and other cities have been invited. The Commissioners are making arrangements for a demonstration in the county June 5, and it is probable that it will be held at Dickeyville, after which the machine will be placed in service.

With the installation of the new apparatus, The Catonsville Engine Company will have one of the fastest in the State, capable of speeding to a fire at the rate of 70 miles an hour. It is a combined chemical and pumping engine, and the same power used to run the engine operates the pump.


Last Sunday was the finest day of the spring to that time and the first fine Sunday. As a consequence, thousands of city people thronged out into the country in trolley cars, automobiles, carriages, express wagons, on motor cycles and bicycles and on foot. The shore resorts and the parks were thronged and every country road for miles out from the city had its quota of pleasure seekers.

Material from archives courtesy of the Catonsville Historical Society.