An article in the April 20, 1912, edition of The Argus reported a Catonsville resident's cause for concern on board a sister ship to the doomed RMS Titanic.
While not on the doomed ship Titanic, a Catonsvilleian on the Olympic went through much of the excitement. He is William G. Scarlett of Bloomsbury avenue, who went abroad for a rest. A short time ago, three members of his family were ill with typhoid, and Mr. Scarlett felt the need of change and recreation. He sailed, little thinking that he would be in touch with what may prove to be the greatest marine disaster in history. The Olympic, equipped with powerful apparatus, was the principal means of relaying wireless flashes from ship to ship and to shore. The interest and anxiety shared by the Olympic's passengers may be imagined.
Editor's note: The RMS Olympic was among three well-known Olympic-class ocean liners built for the White Star Line. But unlike the Titanic, which sank in 1912, and the Britannic, which sank in 1916 while serving as a hospital ship during World War I, the Olympic had a long career (1911-35) that included service as a troopship during World War I.
George Heinmuller, the well-known local baker and ice-cream manufacturer, has purchased from the Dannenburg estate the property at 634 Frederick avenue, adjoining the office of the Patapsco Electric and Manufacturing Company. Mr. Heinmuller proposes to tear down the present buildings on the property and erect a fine double store building.
Protests against 32 applicants for liquor licenses have been made in the clerk's office at Towson. There were 352 applications made. Those protested against from Catonsville are Thomas F. Allman, Terminal Hotel, and Giovanni Liberto, 630 Frederick avenue.
Mr. Walter Upman, a carpenter, while employed Monday afternoon on a cottage on Edmondson and Smithwood avenues for Mr. Campbell V. Helfrich, had two toes on his right foot mashed. Mr. Upman was carrying a heavy piece of timber when it slipped and fell on his foot.
75 Years Ago
An article in the April 16, 1937 edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian reported on the gathering of local veterans' organization.
The first annual dinner of Doyle-Dickey Post No. 163, Veterans of Foreign Wars, was held on Thursday evening, April 6, in Odd Fellows Hall, Ingleside Avenue, Catonsville.
The occasion was in honor of the Doyle and Dickey families, who, in the fateful days of 1918 gave to the nation the two men whose names title the Post. The Rev. Ignatius Fealy paid a glowing tribute to our war dead and spoke briefly about his recent trip to the Orient.
Department Commander Herbert C. Bowers was the speaker of the evening .He sketched the organization's history and reviewed its legislative program for the coming year. The honor guests were Miss Annie Doyle, Mrs. George Schatz, Harry S. Dickey and William A. Dickey.
Henry Heinzerling, 30 years old, of Lansdowne, last Friday was sentenced in the Baltimore County Circuit Court at Towson to ten years in the Maryland Penitentiary on a charge of manslaughter. Heinzerling had been indicted, and tried by the three judges of the court, for the murder of James W. Brooks, at Lansdowne last February 13.
In pronouncing sentence, Chief Judge T. Scott Offutt stated that the evidence in the case had indicated a thin line between manslaughter and murder in the second degree, but that Heinzerling was being given the benefit of the doubt.
Wallace Buckmaster, also of Lansdowne, jointly accused with Heinzerling and tried by the court for the murder of Brooks, was acquitted.
This Sunday April 18, the Catonsville Baptist Church will have special services to dedicate the enlargement which has recently been added to the building. With this enlargement, the church has two auditoriums seating approximately 140 people each. In addition to this, there are eleven classrooms.
The membership is steadily growing and every evidence points to the day when the present plant will again be outgrown. At that time, the present building will be moved to the rear of the property and used for class and club rooms and social halls. The permanent building will then be erected where the present building now stands.
Mr. and Mrs. B. L. Dowell of Summit Avenue, Halethorpe, celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary on Tuesday, April 13. They had just returned from a motor trip to Florida in excellent health.
Mr. and Mrs. Dowell have lived in Halethorpe for forty-eight years and have taken an active part in community affairs. They have six children – Clarence Lee Dowell and Raymond R. Dowell of Baltimore; Emory Dowell of Halethorpe; Mrs. P.A. Grill of Baltimore; Mrs. Walter Marsh and Miss Ruth Dowell of Halethorpe. There are nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
50 Years Ago
An article in the April 19, 1962 edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian advertised a contest for young drivers.