Bone on bullet and blood on trousers put Catonsville police on alert in 1961

An article in the Sept. 14, 1961 edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian reported on a startling discovery made at a Catonsville dry cleaners.

The finding of a .38 cal. copper coated lead bullet touched off quite a lot of excitement in this area last Thursday.

It all started when Anthony Crisaufille, who operates a cleaning establishment in the 6300 block Baltimore National Pike, came across the bullet wrapped in a napkin in one of the seven pairs of pants that someone had sent to be cleaned. Hair and bone were attached to the bullet and one pair of trousers was bloodstained.

Investigating officer questioned the owner of the pants and learned that the bullet was one of three that had been used to shoot ground hogs on a recent hunting trip near Frederick, Md. The pants were returned to Mr. Crisaufille for thorough cleaning.


Two new adult education centers will open in the Baltimore County public schools this school year. The Overlea adult center will begin classes on Sept. 25 while the Woodlawn adult center will delay its opening until the second semester with classes starting on Jan. 16, 1962.

Thomas M. Greene, supervisor of adult education, announced that registration for all adult education centers, except Woodlawn, will be held on Sept. 18, 19, 20 and 21 from 7:30 P.M. to 9:30 P.M.


Reisterstown Post No. 116, the American Legion, held the tenth annual track and field events this year at Catonsville High School. Over 2,000 boys and girls from the recreational playground groups in Baltimore county participated in these events.

Post first vice president, Walter Shipley, presented the trophy to the leader of Banneker Recreation Center, which took first place in both events. Loch Raven Recreation was second and Victory Villa Recreation took third.

75 Years Ago

An article in the Sept. 11, 1936 edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian reported the promotion of a local resident.

Benjamin B. Sunderland of Catonsville, for many years a visiting agent in charge of boys on parole from the House of Reformation at Cheltenham, yesterday morning was named acting superintendent of the institution in place of Hal T. Kearns, who resigned.

The announcement was made by Enoch Harlan, chairman of a committee that has been operating the institution temporarily. Mr. Harlan said Mr. Kearns' resignation, said to have been asked because of a lack of cooperation between Mr. Kearns and the personnel of the Negro boys' reform school, was accepted at the same time Mr. Sunderland was appointed.


A total of 1,559 high school students, twelve more than were present when schools opened last year, returned to books and classes at the Catonsville High School on Tuesday. The large enrollment in the four classes settled down to school routine quickly and smoothly, under the guidance of a staff of forty-three high school teachers. The high school pupils are drawn from the First, Second and Thirteenth Districts.


Jewish merchants of the community will observe their New Year, or Rosh Hashana, on Thursday and Friday of next week. Many of the stores of the town will close on Wednesday night at 6:30 P.M. and remain closed until the same time on Friday night. On Saturday, September 26, the Jewish residents of the community will observe Yom Kippur, with stores closing on Friday night and re-opening Saturday around 6:30.

100 Years Ago

An article in the Sept. 16, 1911, edition of The Argus announced the opening of a new Catholic school.

St. Mark's Parochial School, conducted by the Notre Dame Sisters, opened last Monday with an increased attendance. The children began the new school session by hearing Mass at St. Mark's Church at 8:30 o'clock, celebrated by the pastor, Rev. Edward A. Williams, after which they marched in a body to the school on Winters and Melrose avenues, where classes were formed. A ninth grade has been added to the school's curriculum.


Miss Rosa Lillian Provance, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elfin F. Provance, of Winters avenue, surprised her parents Saturday afternoon by going to Washington, where she was married to Mr. Clarence M. Richardson, of Baltimore. The ceremony was performed by Rev. J.A. Cowan, at the parsonage of St. Dominic's Catholic Church, in that city, and was witnessed by the bride's brother, Mr. Joseph Provance.

They returned to Baltimore, where they are making their home.


The Goods Roads Commission sent Mayor Preston of Baltimore city a letter last Saturday stating that it would begin work on the improvement of the Frederick road within the city limits in the fall of 1912, and suggested that the Sewerage Commission put in the sewers as soon as possible. Work on that part of the road between Irvington and Ellicott City will be begun in the early spring.

Material from archives courtesy of Catonsville Historical Society.

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