Catonsville campus hosts start of cardinal's celebration

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May 25, 2011

An article in the May 27, 1911, edition of The Argus reported on the first of what would be a series of events marking the 50th anniversary of the ordination of James Cardinal Gibbons, one of the most famous and accomplished American religious leaders. In 1886, Cardinal Gibbons, for whom the now-closed all-boys Catholic high school was named, became only the second American named a cardinal..

Cardinal Gibbons was given his first college reception in honor of the approaching jubilee celebration Friday afternoon of last week at St. Charles' College, Cloud Cap, on the Maiden Choice road, near Catonsville. The Cardinal, accompanied by Rev. Francis X. McKenny, president of St. Charles' College, and Rev. Dr. E.R. Dyer, president of St. Mary's Seminary, went from Baltimore in Mr. J.P. Duffy's automobile. They were met on the large lawn surrounding the buildings by the students of the college, in the charge of Rev. Francis E. Craig; Messrs. Jas. R. Wheeler, J.J. O'Connor, Brother Paul and the band of St. Mary's Industrial School.

Editor's note: According to a website for the Baltimore Basilica, where Cardinal Gibbons ordained more than 2,400 to the priesthood, Washington, D.C., practically shut down in 1911 because so many politicians came to Baltimore to pay their respects to the leader of Baltimore's Catholics. Cardinal Gibbons was the first public figure to speak out against unfair working conditions during the Industrial Revolution and was also well-liked by many national political figures, including President Theodore Roosevelt.


A number of people living in the neighborhood of Edmondson, Beaumont and Melvin avenues have been allowing men working for them to dump wheel barrows of tin cans and refuse of all kinds down the bank directly opposite Brushwood avenue. As this is private property and not a public dump, they are requested to give the cans, etc., to the collectors of garbage, who will take them away free of charge. Not only do the empty cans disfigure the roadside, but when they are filled with rain water, they become the breeding places of thousands of mosquitoes, who will gratefully return to the original owners of the tin cans.


An Italian laborer employed in the construction of the new Oella dam on the Patapsco river and known as "Pete," who disappeared Wednesday night of last week from his row boat in the river, was found drowned Saturday afternoon near the race of the tumbling dam of the Oella company, almost two miles from the place where he was last seen. He was without clothing and there was no evidence of foul play.

Coroner Edward McDonald, of Gray's, gave a verdict of accidental death.


Mr. Henry Heinmuller has purchased the ice-cream and confectionery business of Mr. P.N. Ditch at 624 Frederick avenue. Mr. Heinmuller will take charge June 1.

75 Years Ago

An article in the May 22, 1936, edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian announced a new victor in a close race.

After a complete recount of ballots cast in the Republican congressional primary election in the Second Congressional District, the Board of Supervisors of Elections for Baltimore County announced on Wednesday that they had completed the recount in this county and that Henry C. Whiteford of Harford County is five votes ahead in the Baltimore County recount over Irving H. Mezger of Catonsville.

The vote was so close in Baltimore County between Mr. Mezger and Mr. Whiteford that a recount was requested. Mr. Whiteford was endorsed by the Republican faction headed by George Norris of Dundalk and the marked sample ballots of Mr. Norris' organization favored Mr. Whiteford.


Mrs. Caroline Link, 72, of Halethorpe suffered a probable skull fracture last Thursday night in an automobile collision at Sulphur Spring and Washington Boulevard, Baltimore county. At St. Agnes' Hospital, she was said to be in "serious" condition.

Two persons riding in the car with her received minor injuries. Mrs. Lula Link suffered shock and her son, William J. Link, Jr., severe facial cuts.

Their machine, driven by William J. Link, collided with one operated by George A. Weinhold of Drexel Hill, Pa. Weinhold, arrested by State Patrolman J.J. Thompson, was released on $1,000 bail pending the outcome of Mrs. Link's injuries.


Grading and excavating for the new State Highway through parts of Baltimore and Howard Counties, that will connect Edmondson Avenue, from Rolling Road, with the Frederick Pike, began two weeks ago. Workmen are now busy grading near the Patapsco River in preparation for approaches for the new bridge to cross the river in the neighborhood of Union Dam.

The bridge to cross the Patapsco will be a 180-foot span, with fifty-foot roadway and two-foot, three-inch sidewalks. However, the approaches to the bridge will be considerably longer and this is the part of the work which is now under way.

50 Years Ago

An article in the May 25, 1961 edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian recognized a new union.

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