Hefty fine for host of Sunday cock fights in 1911

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August 17, 2011

An article in the Aug. 19, 1911 edition of The Argus reported a local man's punishment for hosting cock fights on a Sunday.

Herbert Backus, of Backus' Park, pleaded guilty Tuesday in the Circuit Court at Towson to the charge of allowing gambling on his premises, selling liquor on Sunday and cruelty to animals by conducting a cock fight. He was fined $500 and costs by Judge Frank I. Duncan.


Frederick Peregoy, the 12-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs.John W. Peregoy, who was slightly bitten in the right arm by a rabid dog about a month ago, and who took the Pasteur treatment at the Mercy Hospital, Baltimore, was discharged as cured last Monday.


A large contingent of Catonsvillians attended the Horse Show at Highland Howard county, last Saturday, including Dr. and Mrs. J. Charles Macgill, Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Symington, Dr. and Mrs. Marshall B. West and Dr. and Mrs. Cooper R. Drewry.


This has been a summer of intense heat and violent storms. Rarely has lightening struck so often with such dire results, and heavy downpours of rain have played havoc with crops of many parts of the country. Losses to farmers have been enormous, and in many ways the season has been abnormal.

75 Years Ago

An article in the Aug. 14, 1936 edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian noted that being observant paid off for a local gas station attendant.

William Butts, attendant of the E. F. Maisel Garage on Ingleside Avenue, pried another $5 bill (his third in three years) from the Mystery Man the other day. A car drove up to get gas and oil and Butts noticed the worn fan belt on the car and asked the driver to buy a new one.

Just when he thought he had sold a new belt, the driver said, "Congratulations. I'm a Mystery Man. You win a five dollar bill." In addition to nabbing the mystery man three years in a row, Butts has received a special citation from the concern that sells the fan belts and uses this unique method of keeping gargage owners and attendants on their toes.

Editor's note: The "Mystery Man" was a representative of the Colorado-based Gates Rubber Company who would randomly stop at full service gas stations and reward attendants who recommended a new Gates fan belt to replace the obviously worn belt that was on his vehicle.

With fine weather and a large attendance, the sixth annual carnival of Catonsville Post No. 25, the American Legion, got away to a good start last night and judging from the remarks of those present seems to have proved popular. Edwin L. Cox, general chairman, at the last minute booked two additonal features – the famous Melody Minstrel Review, featuring Sands and Roy, America's funny end men, and the noted aerial trapeze artist, Signor Guilmette, who thrilled the crowds with his chair balancing act and funny clowning all over the carnival lot.

Improvements to the Catonsville High School cafeteria are being rapidly completed. When school opens in September, the cafeteria will accommodate one hundred more pupils than heretofore.

Editor's Note – In urging an ambulance for Catonsville we do not desire to criticise the Violetville fire company in any way that the Violetville ambulance answers calls promptly and efficiently. It is apparent, however, that long delays frequently occur between the time of an accident and the time the Violetville ambulance crew receives the call. A public ambulance in Catonsville should eliminate these delays and at the same time relieve the Violetville ambulance of the job of serving the Catonsville section.

50 Years Ago

An article in the Aug. 17, 1961 edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian reported on a Catonsville woman's sentence for the murder of her husband.

A 32- year-old Catonsville woman, Mrs. Elease Brooks, of Cummings avenue, was sentenced to fifteen years in the Reformatory for Women for second-degree murder in the slaying of her husband, Delroy, 30, in their Catonsville home recently.

Although the man had been shot twice in the head with his own pistol, Judge Anselm Sodaro ruled that the known facts in the case would not justify a conviction of first-degree murder.

Word has been received from Bad Godesberg, Germany that a Catonsville child escaped a fire in which his playmate perished.

The local boy is the six-year-old son of Lt. Col. and Mrs. Stanley Smith.

Mr. Allan Fleming, of Dunmore road, received a certificate as "fisherman of the week" signed and sealed by Major F. Cropper of Ocean City, Md. The fish, a flounder, was caught in Sinepuxent Bay in Ocean City. It weighed 9 1/2 pounds and measured 28 inches long.

Catonsville Fire Department's new ambulance was placed into service for the first time at 6 P.M. on Thursday, August 10. The new Chevrolet replaces the old 1956 Cadillac. In the first five days, it had traveled over 108 miles. The first patient, incidentally, was Fire Captain Walter Knopp, of Bloomingdale avenue, who became ill while on duty. He was taken to St. Agnes hospital and returned.

Material courtesy archives of Catonsville Historial Society.

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