An article in the April 6, 1912, edition of The Argus reported a resident's actions to make the dissolution of his marriage official.
Calvin B. Green, a well-known resident of Oella, Saturday, by his attorney, John S. Ensor, filed a bill in the Circuit Court at Towson for an absolute divorce from his wife, Mrs. Emma Green. Mr. Green states that he was married in 1887 and that he and his wife separated 23 years ago, and that he believed she was dead. He states that he has recently learned that his wife is living in Indiana.
Perhaps one of the finest displays of lilies, tulips, hyacinths and carnations in this section of Baltimore county was to be seen this week in the conservatories at Sunnie Holme, the country place of Mrs. N.W. James, on the Frederick road, near Paradise. These beautiful flowers were grown by William Teipe, the overseer, and will be used largely for Easter decorations at the city residence of Mrs. James, 10 West Read street.
The Catonsville Fire Department was called out Tuesday night to extinguish a lot of hay on a farmer's wagon in the rear of Weber's Hotel on Frederick avenue. The hay was fired by a load of lime under the hay, which became heated by the heavy downpour of rains shortly after 6 o'clock. The fire was extinguished by the firemen before any serious damage resulted.
Mr. Martin Doyle, who recently signed to play ball with Lynchburg, of the Virginia League, was unable to report there Monday and instead went to St. Agnes' Hospital where he had an operation performed on his left side for a growth which made its appearance Saturday.
75 Years Ago
An article in the April 2, 1937, edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian reported on a shocking and tragic discovery made by a local woman on her return home from shopping.
With four bullet holes in the floor and one through the top of his head, Frank Clark, thirty-two, Rock Haven Avenue, Oella, was found dead last Friday in the bedroom of his home. Coroner John Bowers, Catonsville, gave a verdict of suicide.
Clark was found after his mother returned home from a shopping trip and saw four holes through the kitchen ceiling. Frightened, she called neighbors and the body of Clark was found lying on the bedroom floor, an automatic pistol nearby.
Police expressed the opinion that Clark fired the bullets through the floor to test the pistol.
House fires and several field fires kept Catonsville firemen on the jump during the past week. The local fire company had its busiest week in the current year and the fires were made more difficult to handle because of high winds.
Last Saturday, a family of seven escaped from their burning home, five brothers leaping to safety from a second floor window.
One of the boys re-entered the house and carried his father to safety when the latter was overcome while trying to recover $400 destroyed in the fire, on Johnnycake Road, near Ingleside Avenue.
The fire broke out in the first floor of the home of Willard McDaniels. Awakened by the smoke, Mrs. McDaniels aroused her husband. They fled from the home after warning their five sons, Harry, twenty-one; Leroy, twenty; Frederick, eighteen; John, sixteen, and Alfred, fifteen.
The Catonsville High School lacrosse ten had scrimmages with the Boys' Latin School team, second best lacrosse team in the state, last Monday and Wednesday. The last one took place at Mt. Washington.
The lacrosse ten held practices last Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday, March 25, 26, 27, and 29.
50 Years Ago
An article in the April 5, 1962 edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian heralded the victors in the rematch of a heated basketball rivalry.
For the second time in three years, the Riverview girls basketball team has won the southwest county area championship for girls aged 9-12. Catonsville was the victim in the 36-12 thumping on March 24 at the Arbutus Junior High School. For the Riverview team, it was a taste of revenge as it was Catonsville that eliminated Riverview in last year's tournament, 16-15.
The Riverview girls demonstrated unusual skill and teamwork as they overpowered the scrappy Catonsvillians. In a show of skills usually reserved for boys, they repeatedly maneuvered the ball with precise timing and accuracy. It was this team work that enabled Jo Nell Smith to lead the way offensively with a total of 19 points, eight field goals and three foul shots.
Jo Nell was the leading scorer during regular season play with 161 points in 12 games. This was an 18.4 average and established a record in girls competition at the Riverview school. Judy Jones enjoyed a "good day" as she found the range for a total of 12 points. Jean Skiratke scored 5.