An article in the Sept. 18, 1935 edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian reported on the courtroom proceedings as a black Arbutus resident sued Baltimore County to allow his daughter to attend all-white Catonsville High School.
Testimony in the mandamus (Editor's note: a command by a high court to a government agency, for example, that a specific action must be taken) suit instituted by a Negro to force admission of his daughter to the Catonsville High School was heard in the Circuit Court at Towson this week before Judge Frank I. Duncan. Joshua B. Williams, Jr., is the complaintant and he is represented by Thurgood Marshall and Charles H. Huston, both Negroes, as attorneys. Marshall also represents the Association for Advancement of Colored People.
Williams' suit seeks to force the Baltimore County Board of Education to admit his fourteen-year-old daughter to the Catonsville High School. Williams admitted that his daughter had twice failed to pass the necessary examinations for entrance to the high school, but intimated that he believed there had been unfairness and discrimination against the girl in the examination.
The School Board is represented by William Lee Rawls and Cornelius V. Roe. David W. Zimmerman, principal of the Catonsville High School, and Clarence G. Cooper, Superintendent of Education for Baltimore County, were called as witnesses at the first day's hearing, held on Tuesday. The case has resulted in practically closing the Negro elementary schools in the county, the teachers of these schools having been summoned as witnesses.
A demonstration of safe driving by members of the Maryland State Police force and Cliff Bergere, noted auto racer, was held in this community as a part of the campaign being conducted by the State Police in their "Safety Campaign."
Mr. Bergere demonstrated instances of the wrong type of auto driving while a member of the police force in another automobile demonstrated the safe way to drive a car. Incorrect right and left turns were contrasted with the proper methods of making turns. Other examples of dangerous driving practices were shown.
Louise and Kenneth Kummerlowe, children of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Kummerlowe of Washington Boulevard, are suffering withmumps.
Master Charles Proffen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Proffen of Linden Avenue, is confined to his home with mumps.
50 Years Ago
An article in the Sept. 21, 1961 edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian announced that construction began on a new facility and range.
Recent ground breaking ceremonies launched plans for speedy construction of the new Wilkens Police Station to serve the Halethorpe-Catonsville area. Completion is expected by the summer of 1962. Police Chief Gilbert L. Deyle and County Executive Christian H. Kahl turned over the first spadeful of earth for the $219,000 project which will house the county's first indoor pistol range.
The Catonsville Junior Chamber of Commerce announced plans for producing and distributing 10,000 copies of a map of the Greater Catonsville area. The map project was initiated as a result of many requests from new Catonsville residents and a constant flow of letters throughout the state and country seeking information of various natures concerning Catonsville. The map will be supported by advertisements surrounding its perimeter, and completion is scheduled in October. Any profit realized from the project will be used to conduct the civic projects of the organization in the Greater Catonsville community.
Mrs. Edith Reinhardt of Hammonds Ferry road was a guest of Greenway Garden Club, representing the Lansdowne Garden Club, at a meeting and buffet supper held at the Shot Tower building on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Mrs. Anna Bell is president of the Lansdowne Garden Club.
The following members of the Lansdowne Garden club manned a plant and bulb booth at the Westview Charity Fair on Thursday, Sept. 14 from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M.: the Mesdames Ann Bell, the president; Elizabeth Ehlers, Margaret Sinkenbring, Edith Reinhardt, Ruth Nazarenus and Frieda Gouchnae.
100 Years Ago
An article in the Sept. 23, 1911, edition of The Argus hailed the arrival of the "bird man."
Lieutenant John Rodges, of the United States Navy, in a Wright bi-plane, flew over Catonsville last Saturday afternoon on the way to Havre de Grace from College Park, and gave many of the residents their first view of a "bird-man" in full flight. It was shortly after 2 o'clock when the bi-plane was seen coming from the direction of Relay. The flight, full of stateliness and ease, took place at an altitude of not more than 800 feet, the planes of the machine being beautifully outlined in the clear sky. Except as it approached, the aviator could not be seen because of the construction of the aeroplane, which hid him from view.