Pages from the Past: Gun's blasts scared off chicken thieves in Catonsville in 1911

November 08, 2011

An article in the Nov. 11, 1911, edition of The Argus reported an alert resident didn't hesitate to take aim at intruders threatening his chickens.

Chicken thieves have been operating in the neighborhood of Catonsville this week. They visited the poultry houses of Mrs. Ellen Hill, at Shlyn, on the Frederick road, opposite Frederick Terrace, and those of Mr. Howard Mann, on Edmondson avenue, near North Bend land, Tuesday night.

At the former place, they succeeded in carrying off eighteen fine fowls. But at the Mann place, they were welcomed by a fusillade of shots from a double-barrelled gun in the hands of Mr. Mann, who said that he believed he wounded one of the two thieves, as blood spots were found in the neighborhood of his poultry houses.

Both of the thieves made their escape without molesting Mr. Mann's poultry. Burglar alarms on the poultry houses advised Mr. Mann of the presence of the thieves.


Mrs. H.R. Linthicum is exhibiting a prize bushel of potatoes raised on her place, Willowdene, on the Rolling road, of which she is proud. When it is stated that 40 of these potatoes comprise a bushel, it is seen that they are, at least, big potatoes, even if they are not the biggest ever raised in Maryland. She says, however, that they are the biggest ever raised in Baltimore county.

Activity in Catonsville properties for the last month has been unusually large and several handsome places have changed hands. The latest place sold is that of Mr. I.M. Martin on Nunnery lane, which has been purchased by Mr. C. Prince, of Baltimore, and which will be occupied by the latter for his residence. The property consists of a handsome residence surrounded by a tract of high rolling land. The purchase price of the property was not given.

75 Years Ago

An article in the Nov. 6, 1936, edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian reported that President Franklin Roosevelt's historic victory for the second of what would be four terms included a sweep of Baltimore County. Roosevelt won a record 60.8 percent of the popular vote and 523 of 531 electoral votes against Kansas Gov. Alf Landon.

All records for Baltimore County voting were broken on Tuesday when 79% of the county's registered voters went to the polls and cast their ballots. When the count was completed, the returns showed the county joining in the amazing Roosevelt landslide. Baltimore County gave the President a plurality of 9,269. All of the county's fifteen election districts, except the Sixth, gave Roosevelt the majority of their votes.


Headed by Grant Regent Miss Mary Katherine Schatz of Bloomsbury Avenue, Catonsville, the local court of Catholic Daughters of America is planning to answer the call sounded by Supreme Regent Miss Mary C. Duffy of Newark, N.J., to the two thousand courts and 200,000 members of the order, to respond to "Today's Challenge to Catholic Womanhood." Plans have been announced for a great international campaign throughout the North American jurisdiction of the order to enroll 100,000 additional Catholic women and girls in the ranks of the Society.

Miss Duffy has just returned from an extensive tour of the Middle West and Southern States, where she made scores of official visits, and was royally welcomed and elaborately feted by subordinate courts of the order in a score of states.


W. Robert Kramer of Hilton Avenue, Catonsville, was the youngest voter in Maryland. Mr. Kramer was born November 3, 1915, which made his first vote fall on this presidential election.


The ladies' Aid of the Presbyterian Church in Relay will hold one of their famous oyster suppers next Thursday, November 12, from 5:30 to 7:30 P.M. The public is cordially invited.

50 Years Ago

An article in the Nov. 9, 1961, edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian reported on the sudden appearance of a dreaded childhood disease that has since been eradicated from the United States.

A case of paralytic poliomyelitis, the second for the year, was reported in an eight-month-old white male residing in the eastern section of the county during the week ended Friday, Nov. 3, according to Dr. William H.F. Warthen, Health Officer. A complete epidemiological investigation has been made in order to try to determine the source of the infection.

It is interesting to note that there were 15 cases of paralytic poliomyelitis reported up to this same time in 1960 as compared with only two cases reported thus far in 1961.


The board of directors of the telephone company has approved expenditures of more than $57,500,000 during the last 12 months for improvement and expansion of telephone service, according to an announcement by L.M. Smith, vice president and a director of the company.

This includes $3,261,000 authorized in its regular meeting (October 30) for service improvements.

The largest single amount approved in the October meeting was $1,203,000 to provide the necessary dial switching facilities, additional voice channels and equipment needed to meet transmission objectives in the new long distance switching center at Catonsville which will serve Baltimore and surrounding areas.


Fifteen-year-old Bernard A. Parr of Edmondson avenue shot his first deer, a 130-pound doe, with a broadhead arrow at a distance of 50 yards in Pocomoke State Park Worcester county, Md., on Oct. 19. The doe dressed out 90 pounds.

Bernard, a second year student at Calvert Hall, is a member of the Patapsco Bowmen.


The Lansdowne Homemakers are sponsoring a tour of a soap factory next Thursday, Nov. 16, in the morning and a tour of a spice company plant in the afternoon. Those needing transportation should meet at the Lansdowne Methodist Church hall. Mrs. William Buckingham is president.

Material from archives courtesy of Catonsville Historical Society.

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