Pages from the Past: Youngster hospitalized with Rocky Mountain spotted fever

An article from the July 5, 1962, edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian reported on the consequences of being bitten by a tick for one area youngster.

A case of Rocky Mountain spotted fever was reported in a five-year-old male residing in the southeastern section of the county during the week ended June 29, according to Dr. William H. F. Warthen, County Health Officer. The child is hospitalized and a complete epidemiological investigation is being made in order to determine the cause of the infection.


Three-year-old Kathryn Evans of Lansdowne was playing with other children at Mago Vista on the Magothy river last Sunday, July 1, when she suddenly disappeared beneath the surface of the water.

A companion summoned her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Evans of 3219 Bero road, and her father plunged in and pulled the little girl from the water. He applied artificial respiration, but the child failed to respond. She was taken to Anne Arundel General Hospital in Annapolis where she was pronounced dead on arrival.


This year again, Captain Clarence O. Bradley of the new Wilkens Police station advises vacationing residents in this area to notify the police department when they go away and also to ask their neighbors to keep a check on their property.

Before departure, discontinue daily papers, halt milk deliveries, lock all windows and leave shades in usual position. Place all valuables such as jewelry, cash, and silver in adequate safekeeping. Do not leave written instructions to tradespeople on your front porch. All suspicious persons or circumstances should be reported at once by calling the police at 823-2626.


When Halethorpe and Catonsville Police Districts combined forces in the new Wilkens Police Station, two important changes in plans took place.

Western Traffic Division, which also was supposed to move to the new station, retained its headquarters at Woodlawn.

The K-9 Corps, which originated at Catonsville and was later moved to Towson, is now back and is stationed at Wilkens. The nine and one-half acre tract at Wilkens and Walker avenues provides plenty of space for training the dogs to track and trail criminals, search buildings and control crowds.

Under construction at the rear of Wilkens Station is a sort of arena where strange looking pieces of equipment stand ready for use. There are wide pipes, ladders, hurdles, hoops, a big slant of log siding and many other odd appearing pieces of apparatus.

75 Years Ago

An article in the July 2, 1937 edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian reported the cause of a fatal accident was still under investigation.

Maryland's two hundred and sixtieth auto fatality of the year was listed Monday with the death of Edward J. Simons, thirty-six, of Meadowbrook avenue, Catonsville, at Frederick road and Mallow Hill avenue. Simons' car collided head-on with a street car.

Removed from the wreckage of his machine, Simons was taken toSt. Agnes' Hospital in a municipal ambulance and was pronounced dead on arrival. Physicians said he had received a compound fracture of the skull.

Exactly how the accident occurred was being investigated by police and by Automobile Coroner Hubert Curley. Patrolmen Thomas Tankersley and Vernon Schmidt, crew of radio scout car No. 72, reported that the street car, operated by Motorman Joseph Kindit, 500 block Arlington avenue, was east-bound. Simons was driving west.

In some unexplained manner, his car swerved from the westbound lane into the path of the trolley and crashed into the front of the car.


Dewey Lowman Post No. 109, Inc., The American Legion, has arranged another Fourth of July Celebration this year. In the interest of all concerned this celebration will be held on Monday, July 5 on the same grounds as last year, Sulphur Spring Road and Benson Ave., Arbutus. The affair has been proven a huge success and is enjoyed by the children and adults alike.

The program consists of a baseball game in the morning, a parade, games for adults and children in the afternoon and a concert at night, closing with an elaborate display of fireworks. A larger and better display of fireworks is anticipated this year.


The Oella M.E. Church is sponsoring a parade, all day picnic and baseball games on Monday, July 5, in Hampson's Grove, Westchester Avenue. The Dickey Textile Band will lead the parade, which will begin at 8 o'clock from the church. Games, amusements and two ball games between the Dickey Club and another team from the Southwestern County League will be features of the all day affair.


Those who attended the comedy, "Three Old Maids," produced in Ascension Church Hall this week report a most enjoyable evening. The play was ably conducted by Mrs. Zeigler and those taking part excelled in their roles. Mrs. Eugene Sheehan, who took part of the scrubwoman, was particularly good in her role.

100 Years Ago

An article in the July 6, 1912 edition of The Argus remarked on the frustrations from providing a comfortable environment for an unwanted pest.

Residents and boarders on Beaumont avenue are very much annoyed by mosquitoes this summer. The reason is not hard to find. On Summit avenue, between Beaumont and Edmondson avenues, is a choice breeding place for mosquitoes — stagnant water. It is an outrage that such a condition is permitted to exist in the midst of our town. This matter was discussed at the last meeting of the Neighborhood Improvement Association, and we believe that complaints have not been made to the proper authorities or else it would surely be looked into.


Farmers are looking pretty well satisfied these days, as the prospects ahead are for good crops all along the line, with fair prices. Corn is short, of course, due to late planting, but with a favorable season it will be all right. Moreover, most farmers are in financial shape to stand an off year if necessary.


A party of Catonsvillians, consisting of Misses Jennie Peters, Maude Schotta, Stella Schotta, Messrs. Benjamin Peters, Ernest Bryant and C.S. Trinkhaus, walked to Washington Saturday night. The party left Catonsville at 8 o'clock and arrived in Washington at 5.55 o'clock Sunday morning. They returned to their homes by rail.


Fourth of July was fittingly celebrated at the Catonsville Country Club. In the morning, the annual baseball game between the married and single men resulted in a victory for the married men 11 to 3. In the afternoon, there were two games between nines of the Country Club and the Govans Athletic Club. Govans won both games, 7-3 and 7-6. In the evening, there were balloon ascensions, followed by a display of fireworks. At 9.30 o'clock, a club dance took place and continued until midnight which was attended by the members, subscribers and their friends. Feldmann's Park Band played during the afternoon and evening.


Architect Walter M. Gieske is preparing plans for an attractive bungalow type cottage to be erected at Eden Terraces, Forest Park, for Mary S. Miller, to cost about $7,500. It is to be of frame of clapboard construction, with shingle roof, and is to have dimensions of 42 by 40 feet. The interior of the structure is to be finished with hardwood and fitted with all of the latest conveniences.

Material from archives courtesy of the Catonsville Historical Society.

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