100 Years Ago: Water and mud impede traffic flow on Catonsville street

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August 31, 2011

Water woes in the area were noted in an article in the Sept. 2, 1911, edition of The Argus, which reported that storms had slowed progress on a busy Catonsville street.

The heavy rains during the week have played havoc with the improvements of Newburg avenue, which is now in progress. Several weeks ago, the County Highways Commission regraded the avenue, and in order to conform with the roadbed, the Baltimore County Water and Electric Company was obliged to lower their water mains, causing a muddy condition of the road on the side, while the digging up of the avenue in the centre by the county has caused it to be almost impassable.


Patrick Hallernan, until recently employed at Mount de Sales Academy, caused considerable excitement Saturday afternoon on the railway tracks at the Catonsville junction of the United Railways. He stood in the centre of the tracks and refused to allow a car to pass, and it was considerable difficulty that the conductor and motorman of the car carried him to the sidewalk.

Patrolman Peters, who was in the vicinity, took Hallernan in charge and locked him up in the Catonsville Police Station.

It is said that Hallernan was returning from the city in a wagon several months ago during a severe storm, when lightning struck near the team, stunning him. Since that time, he has been acting strange and last week he became worse.

Hallernan was committed to Spring Grove Asylum Sunday.


The open season for doves began August 15, and will continue until December 24, inclusive. The law provides that one person may not kill more than 25 birds a day. The squirrel season opens September 2 and closes September 29. It is unlawful to kill squirrels on Sunday.

75 Years Ago

An article in the Aug. 28, 1936 edition, of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian recognized the growing popularity of a racket sport that does not require a ball.

Residents of Meridale in the vicinity of Old Frederick and Orpington Roads have taken an enthusiastic interest in the already popular game of badminton. A tournament has been arranged for both single and double entries and the play-off began last Sunday, August 23, on the courts of Helen Morrow, Orpington Road, and Edith Lentz, Old Frederick Road.

Contests will be held every day, including Sundays, until the finals have been reached, which are expected to conclude on Sunday, September 6.


Residents of Arbutus and vicinity are looking forward to Labor Day, when the Arbutus Community Association will hold its first Field Day. At 10 A.M. a ball game will be played between the single and married men of the community . At 2:30 P.M. the afternoon games will start and will consist of "everything imaginable", according to the committee, from a greased pig catching contest to a three-legged race. There are to be twelve separate contests.

Children up to fifteen years of age will have about sixteen different games for their amusement.


For several weeks, C.C. Cantwell, Old Frederick Road, near Woodstock had been missing chickens from his yard but was unable to find any tell-tale clues as to who or what might be raiding the chicken pen. This morning (Thursday), Mr. Cantwell spied his enemy, an eagle in the chicken yard — binggg — went a .22 caliber rifle and the eagle dropped.

The eagle was brought to Ellicott City and when measured, it was found that it had a wing-spread of six feet. The bird is on the Bald type, weighing about 20 lbs.

50 Years Ago

An article in the August 31, 1961 edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian announced the opening of the area's newest high school.

The new 1,830-pupil Woodlawn Senior High School will open next week with an enrollment of approximately 1,370 pupils, with no twelfth grade this year. None of the tenth and eleventh grades will have to be accommodated in Milford Mill and Catonsville Senior High Schools.

Although the new school is not complete, there will be enough classrooms ready on the second and third floors to accommodate all pupils expected. The cafeteria and offices also will be ready.

Taylor F. Johnston will be the first principal of the new school. Mr. Johnston received his B.A. from St. John's College in 1924 and M.A. from Columbia University in 1929. He taught in Virginia and in Caroline and St. Mary's counties for 18 years; was principal of Sparrows Point High School five years and of Catonsville Senior High School for fourteen years. He resides at Dutton avenue, Catonsville.


Catonsville Senior High School, opening next Thursday, Sept. 7 to about 1,800 students, will have a new principal, Harvey W. Kreuzburg, Jr., who resides on Reisterstown road north of Pikesville with his wife and seven children. He succeeds Taylor F. Johnston, who has been named the first principal of the new Woodlawn Senior High School.


A Catonsville girl, 13-year-old tennis champion Christine Shelton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Shelton of Forrest Lane, was the recipient of three different tennis awards this season.

The largest was a $75 check, the Vernier award given "for the most improved player". It is to be used towards advanced lessons and equipment for a junior tennis scholarship. She received a silver engraved cup and tray on August 28 as a consolation award of the Little League Baltimore Tennis club. The third award, a trophy for the 13-15 age group, was presented at the Catonsville Senior High School through the Recreation Council.

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