Button's appearance on apron means end of earache for Catonsville child in 1911

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November 23, 2011

An article in the Nov. 25, 1911 edition of The Argus reported on the happy outcome for a small child in an uncomfortable situation.

Flora, the 3-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Logan Pingree, while playing Sunday morning on the floor in the kitchen of her parents' home, on Winters avenue, found a small shoe button, which she placed in her ear, and, although Dr. Marshall B. West worked over the child for several hours probing for it, he was unable to remove it. The button came out Tuesday in a peculiar manner.

Mrs. Pingree had the child on her lap in the morning rocking it, when the button fell into her apron. It is thought that the button had been gradually working out of the ear.


The Catonsville Volunteer Hose Company has completed the installation of the apparatus to ring the large fire bell on the engine house on Bloomsbury avenue with an electric motor, instead of by hand, as formerly.

The bell is operated by a one-horsepower motor, and the throwing of a switch by the regular firemen will give the signal of a fire in the village to the volunteers.


Commission merchants in Baltimore report that turkeys, chickens, apples and pumpkins are more plentiful than they have been for at least five years; if that is true, the Thanksgiving turkey ought not to cost as much as it did last year.


Farm lands throughout the county are well spotted with keep-off signs. The reason for this is that many gunners are reckless-shooting near buildings, cutting wire fences and doing other damage. It is aggravating to the farmer to have his property destroyed and his poultry killed by careless sportsmen. A little consideration shown by all hunters to the lands and property of those who allow hunting on their premises, would improve the sport and decrease the number of trespass notices.

75 Years Ago

An article in the Nov. 20, 1936, edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian reported the court appearance of a father followed by one for his son.

Edward R. Downey, 50, of Washington, D.C., who has only one eye and one leg, was fined $120 by Magistrate Harry W. Routenberg in the Halethorpe police court on Monday night when found guilty of driving under the influence of liquor, reckless driving and driving without a license.

His son, Paul W. Downey, 17, was arraigned immediately after his father's case had been disposed of and charged with assaulting Mrs. Lillian Buford of Tulip Avenue, Relay, a few minutes after she alighted from a bus on Monday afternoon. Young Downey was held for action of the grand jury under $1,000 bail. Patrolman Leonard Puckett arrested young Downey. The policeman said the young man pushed Mrs. Buford to one knee, but that she struggled to her feet and fled.


On Sunday, November 22, at 11 a.m. in the Halethorpe Methodist Episcopal Church, a Hammond electric organ, which is the gift of Dr. L.F. Palmer, a trustee of the church, will be dedicated to the memory of his father, William C. Palmer, who, during his life-time, was associated with the Henry Watson Aid Society in caring for orphan children.

At 8 p.m. on Wednesday evening, November 25, Alfred Hornig, concert organist, formerly of the Century Theatre, will give an organ recital assisted by William E. Daughaday, tenor. The public is cordially invited to attend and there will be no admission or offering taken.

This organ is one of the miracles of modern musical science. It has neither pipes nor reeds and is capable of producing two hundred and fifty million tone qualities. It never loses its tone or pitch.


Following reports of robberies at the home of Leo C. Muth of Melvin Avenue, Catonsville, and Edgar F. Hahn, Meridale, Catonsville police began an investigation that led to the arrest of Charles Henry Johnson, colored, 21, of 142 Winters Avenue, Catonsville. Johnson was arraigned before Magistrate John W. Loeber at the Catonsville Police Station and was ordered held for the grand jury under $2,500 bond. Unable to furnish bond, Johnson was sent to the Towson jail. He is charged with felonious entry.

The robberies were difficult to trace. The entire Catonsville police force worked on the case and bit by bit the trail led to the arrest of Johnson. At the Muth and Han homes, the robberies took place while the families were at dinner. Among the articles listed as missing are watches and other jewelry, silverware, a radio set, fountain pens and some forty dollars in cash.

50 Years Ago

An article in the Nov. 23, 1961, edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian warned residents not to provide criminals with opportunities during the holidays.

Residents are warned that each year, following Thanksgiving, and continuing through Christmas there is a decided increase in such crime as purse snatching, assaults and robberies, armed hold-ups, house burglaries and pocket-picking.

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