50 Years Ago: Hearing set for breaking early-morning quiet in Catonsville

An article in the Sept. 7, 1961, edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian reported on a hearing for a man accused of shattering the stillness at the start of a work week.

A 49-year-old Westminster man, Henry M. Vehstedt, will be given a hearing at the Halethorpe Police Court on charges of sounding five alarms between 1:13 A.M. and 1:40 A.M. Monday, Sept. 4. They were sounded from the 1200 Maiden Choice Lane, Brian road and Maiden Choice Lane, Maiden Choice Lane and Shelbourne road, Maiden Choice Lane and St. Charles College and Cherrydell road and Garden Ridge road.


Students scheduled to attend the new Woodlawn Senior High School will have an extra eleven days summer vacation, as the school is not ready to open today, Thursday, Sept. 7. The teachers will meet in the new school today to prepare for classes which will start on Monday, Sept. 18.

A major reason for the delay is that the classroom portion of the school is incomplete and cannot be used to house students until Sept. 18. Severe winter weather hampered construction of the school for several months during the past year and caused prolonged delays in the construction schedule. Although contractors attempted to complete a portion of the classroom section of the school for use by September 7, it was not possible to accelerate construction as much as anticipated.


The float entered by the Cloverette Junior Girls 4-H Club of Catonsville won a second place award in the annual State 4-H parade at the Maryland State Fair at Timonium.

The float, built around the theme "Work Today For Better Tomorrows" showed girls learning basic fundamentals of sewing at a meeting; then using this knowledge in their own homes to build their wardrobes.

On the float were Margaret Matthews, Kathy Mullinix, Sandra Hubbard and Nancy Hubbard, members of the club. They were trying to stress how one can use today's 4-H knowledge to build a better future.

75 Years Ago

An article in the Sept. 4, 1936, edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian reported on the tragic result after a man on his way to work realized he had boarded the wrong train.

Charles H. Gordon, 58, of Oella, was seriously injured on Wednesday when he walked into the path of an electric train of the Pennsylvania Railroad at the Shipyard road grade crossing. Mr. Gordon is draw operator of the Jones Creek bridge. It is thought that he is suffering from a possible fracture of the skull, internal injuries and multiple lacerations of the head, face and hands.

It is reported that Mr. Gordon had boarded the wrong train heading for work and was walking back along the railroad tracks to reach the bridge when he was struck.


Miss Louise McAleer of Wyndcrest Avenue, Catonsville, has recently been appointed Chief Operator of the Catonsville Telephone Exchange, according to an announcement by R. D. Menton, Local Manager for the C.& P. Telephone Company.

Miss McAleer, who has lived in Catonsville all of her life, has had 21 years of experience with the Telephone Company and was formerly Chief Operator at the Arbutus Exchange.


Residents of Lansdowne are making efforts to obtain three additional local passenger trains between that community and Baltimore. A committee headed by Charles A. Thomas of the Lansdowne Improvement Association has asked B.&O. officials to have the trains leaving Baltimore at 2 P.M., 5:15 P.M. and 10:10 P.M. make stops at Lansdowne.

If this proposal is accepted, the number of trains making stops at Lansdowne each day will be increased to seven. Mr. Thomas has pointed out that the Baltimore Transit Company operates buses on a half-hourly service of Lansdowne.


Plans for the Field Day to be held next Monday, Labor Day, by the Arbutus Community Association have been completed. Prizes will be awarded in a series of games and contests beginning at 10 a.m.

100 Years Ago

An article in the Sept. 9, 1911, edition of The Argus hailed the success of a local farmer at a state fair.

At Timonium Fair this week, Mr. W. S. Pike, of Paradise, was successful in winning 8 prizes out of a possible 10 on his single comb Rhode Island Reds in the poultry exhibit. He was also successful in winning the special prize for best pen of Reds in the show, in either single or double comb.


The Helping Hand Sewing School disbanded Monday night. Several little girls organized the school during vacation and every afternoon they met at the home of Matilda Hoerl and did plain and fancy sewing. The members of the class were Misses Matilda Hoerl, Sarah Kaehler, Myrtle Fisher, Elizabeth Doyle, May Kimmelshue, Helen Franklin, Mary Kimmelshue, Catherine Daring.


The Catonsville High School will reopen September 18. On next Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 2 to 4 o'clock, Mr. E. G. Comegys, the principal, can be seen at the school for the registration of new pupils.

Material from archives courtesy of Catonsville Historical Society.

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