Fewer injuries made for more enjoyable July 4 celebration in Catonsville in 1911

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July 05, 2011

An article in the July 8, 1911, edition of The Argus celebrated a safe, as well as enjoyable, Fourth of July.

To a great extent, the noise and confusion and the multitude of accidents, mostly among the children, which have been so large and painful a feature of previous "Fourths," were not in evidence in Catonsville on Tuesday. The public has leant a willing ear to the advice of those who have had more than enough of the experiences referred to, in which the blowing off of fingers, blinding of eyes and other accidents leading to the often fatal lockjaw, were so common; and this year witnessed a Fourth of July celebration which was all the more enjoyable because it was safer for all concerned and much saner.

The Lansdowne Volunteer Fire Association held its tenth anniversary in the form of an all-day picnic at Haberkorn's Park Tuesday. There were amusements of all kinds. The proceeds will be used to establish an up-to-date alarm system throughout the village, the county having given a large sum toward the system. The committee in charge consisted of Messrs. John Lehner, William Sinkenbring, August Lehner, Robert Townsend, J. Reinhart, William Weber, Otto Haberkorn and Samuel Wagner.

Everybody in the community is, or ought to be, interested in the Catonsville Volunteer Hose Company and every person in town should show loyalty to that organization by patronizing the lawn fete to be held in Carter's field, on Ingleside avenue, next Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. There will be amusement for young and old and sport a-plenty.

Mr. Norman James gave a prettily arranged birthday party Tuesday evening at his country home on the Rolling road, in honor of his daughter, Miss Margie James. The house was beautifully decorated and an orchestra furnished music. About 25 guests were present.

75 Years Ago

An article in the July 3, 1936 edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian reported that home plate saw plenty of action as the local nine swept a Sunday afternoon doubleheader.

The Catonsville A.C. baseball team continued its march of victories last Sunday by taking both ends of a twin bill from the Labowitz A.C., 11-1 and 8-7.

Russell Height pitched a beautiful game in the opener and would have registered a shut-out but for a fly-ball lost in the sun. Height allowed only five singles and was master of the situation throughout the game. His team mates continued their heavy hitting, led by Olson, who banged a home run with the bases loaded.

The Villagers' fielding was smart and snappy.

The second game found Paul Edmondson on the mound for Catonsville and he twirled a nice game, his first start of the season.

A pretty wedding took place last Saturday evening, June 27, in Salem Lutheran Church, Catonsville, when Miss Dorothy C. Beitler, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Fred V. Beitler of Halethorpe, became the bride of Mr. Oscar D. Bowers Jr., of Catonsville. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Dr. John C. Bowers, pastor of Salem Church.

The bride, was given in marriage by her father, wore a lace gown with tulle veil and carried a bouquet of snapdragons, roses and baby's breath. Miss Mary Beitler, sister of the bride, was maid of honor. She wore a purple gown with accessories to match and carried a bouquet of Columbia roses. The matron of honor, Mrs. Harding P. Jull, Jr., wore a yellow gown with accessories to match and carried a bouquet of talisman roses.

The Woman's Club of Relay will hold a garden party on July 9 on the club house lawn. There will be a cold supper, cakes, candy and ice cream for sale. Bingo and other games to amuse. Come and bring your friends.

50 Years Ago

An article in the July 6, 1961 edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian commented on the demise of an historic local building on Frederick Road and another old structure on Bloomsbury Avenue..

A prominent Catonsville landmark nearly a century old will go into oblivion this week.

The old Kalb pottery at Frederick road and Egges Lane, started in 1868 by George Smink Kalb, and Kalb residence next door are scheduled to be razed. The property will be leveled and cleared for the present.

The work is planned in connection with the proposed extension of Mellor avenue northward across Frederick road and through the Kalb property to join Egges Lane.

Another century-old building, a weatherboarded and shingled log cabin at 20 Bloomsbury avenue, also is being razed to make way for an addition to the telephone company building.

This time the Catonsville girl made it! Not to Olympics which she tried so hard to make last year, but to international competition almost as exciting.

With only 18 months running experience, Leah Bennett, 18, of Hilltop Place, Catonsville has a place on the women's track team which flies to Europe this coming Saturday to compete in international meets in Russia, German, Poland and England.

Never was there such a perfect day as was Tuesday for Greater Catonsville's 15th annual Fourth of July celebration; and never did the crowds respond better. Sunny skies, temperatures in the low 80's, cooling breezes, color, excitement, glamour, entertainment and fun.

Even a threatening sprinkle failed to deter the fireworks fans. It was a day long to be remembered by the record-shattering crowds who came out to enjoy it.

Material from archives courtesy Catonsville Historical Society.

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