Pages from the Past: Lightning did strike twice for Catonsville resident in 1911

An article in the Aug. 12, 1911 edition of The Argus reported on damage from a severe storm.

Lightning struck the home of Mr. Emil Fisher, Smithwood avenue, last Friday night, causing damage of several hundred dollars. The bolt struck the roof near the chimney and entered the house, ripping the plaster off several rooms. No one was injured. The home of Mr. Fisher was struck by lightning about six weeks ago in the same place.


Rabbits and partridges are said to be more plentiful than for a number of years. There also appears to be an increase in the number of birds, especially robins. It is thought that the drought is responsible for the increase of birds, as heavy rains during the breeding season drowns many young birds.


Bryant & Co., auctioneers, advertise in another column of The Argus the sale by public auction of a house and lot on Selma Avenue, near Magnolia Avenue, Halethorpe, on Saturday, Aug. 12, at 6:30 P.M. The lot is 100-by-285 feet, and is improved by a two-story-and-attic dwelling with eight rooms and bath.

A letter received recently from Mr. Benjamin Whiteley, who, with Mr. Frederick R. Huber, of Baltimore, is touring the lakes of Northern New York in a 16-foot canoe, states that they struck some exceedingly rough water on one of the lakes, the boat threatening several times to capsize.

The young men left here July 27, taking a boat for New York city, and began their tour at Lake George.

When the trip is completed, they will have traveled more than 300 miles in their canoe.

75 Years Ago

An article in the Aug. 7, 1936 edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian remarked on the need for a local ambulance.

Catonsville needs an ambulance. For this community, the largest in Baltimore County, to be entirely without public ambulance service is not only absurd, but little short of barbarous.

The people of Catonsville should insist that immediate steps be taken to make an ambulance a part of the public services of the community.

Catonsville is the largest suburban section around Baltimore and is looked upon as an ideal residential area.

The people here are not organized into vociferous groups always demanding something from public officials. On the contrary, the people of Catonsville seem to be the type who pay their taxes and accept without protest the lack of facilities ordinarily found in communities of much less importance.

The need for ambulance service, however, is so apparent and imperative that we hope the county government will take steps to provide such service.


Harold W. Schmidt, 14, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Schmidt of Oakland Road, Halethorpe, was drowned last Monday in Stapleton's Pond, off the Rolling Road, near Relay.

The boy, who had just learned to swim, was paddling about the pond and apparently became exhausted, companions said, sinking before aid could reach him.

The body was recovered in twenty-five feet of water by Sergeant Frederick D. Brown and Patrolman Norman J. Rinehart of the Halethorpe police, assisted by the Violetville ambulance crew.


The annual carnival of the Violetville Volunteer Fire Company will open on August 7 and continue until August 22, it was announced this week by John A. Purkey, chairman of the committee on arrangements.

Funds raised at the carnival are used to support the company's volunteer ambulance service, which has done so much valuable work in this part of the county, and also to help maintain the volunteer fire company's apparatus.

On Saturday, August 8, the carnival will feature a volunteer firemen's parade, in which practically every volunteer fire company of Baltimore County and surrounding territory will participate. Prizes will be awarded.

50 Years Ago

An article in the August 10, 1961 edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian reported on the violent attack on a member of a local Elks Lodge.

A 65-year-old Catonsville resident was beaten about the head this past Monday at 2:25 A.M. by two attackers who attempted to steal from him more than $700 belonging to the Catonsville Elks Lodge of which he is manager.

The victim, Harold P. Bond of Melrose avenue, told police that the two men approached him in his rear garage as he was leaving his car.

He was struck several times on his head and one hand with a table leg.

His cries of help were heard by his niece, Mrs. Augusta Williams, who resides at the same address. Mr. Bond was taken to Lutheran hospital in the local ambulance and treated for severe lacerations.


Two windows were discovered broken in the Oella Methodist Church, located at Oella avenue and Hollow road last Saturday. The building and a flagstone monument were marked with drawings and scribbled names.


Two persons complained to local police that someone had removed United States mail from their mail boxes during the past week.

Franklin H. Eckman, of Queen Ann street, reported that his social security check had been stolen from the mail box in front of his home last Friday.

Mail belonging to Mrs. W. Dimenna, of Forest Park avenue, and her neighbors was found open and mutilated on the lawn behind the bushes near her home.


The annual picnic of the Lansdowne Homemakers Club on Tuesday, August 15 will be held at Pasadena Beach, instead of Tolchester as originally scheduled. Members are asked to bring lunches and meet at the Methodist Church Hall at 10 A.M. to pool transportation. Mrs. William Buckingham is president of the club.

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