Pages from the Past: Determined efforts by Catonsville physician save toddler who nearly drowned in goldfish pond

Pages from the Past

May 29, 2012

An article in the May 28, 1937 edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian reported on the heroic effort by an area doctor to save the life of a little boy who had fallen into a backyard goldfish pond.

Charles T. Cockey, two and one-half year old son of Mr. and Ms. Charles T. Cockey, was found unconscious in a shallow goldfish pool on the grounds of his home on Thursday afternoon of this week, and was revived by a physician after he apparently had ceased to breathe.

Dr. George T. Urban of Frederick avenue, near Mellor avenue, Catonsville, said he administrated adrenaline and gave artificial respiration to the child for 15 minutes before he saw signs of life.

Neighbors said the boy, with other children, had been pursuing a dog. Apparently, the animal had dashed into the pond and young Charles had followed, losing his footing in the pool and falling into the water.


Henry Corrieri, 18, of the 100 block South Morley street, on Monday night was held in $5,000 bail on each of two charges of manslaughter after an inquest at Halethorpe in the deaths of two youths who were killed early yesterday in the smash-up of an automobile allegedly driven by Corrieri.

Corrieri was arrested at his home by Southwestern district policemen and taken first to St. Agnes' Hospital and treated for a laceration of the head, suffered, the police said, when the machine he was driving struck a tree between Elm avenue and Rolling road.

In the crash, two passengers in the car were injured fatally and a third suffered serious hurts.

Earl James Wright, 18, of the 3500 block Old Frederick road, was killed instantly, the police reported, while the other youth, James Faulkner, 19, of the 3000 block Stafford street, died several hours later in St. Agnes' Hospital.

The fourth man in the machine was Albert Baker, 22, of the 3000 block Stafford street. He remained in a critical condition last night at the same hospital.

According to the police, Corrieri jumped from the automobile and fled when it crashed after the four youths had been pursued for nearly six miles by police in automobiles and on motor cycles.


Henry Morton, one of the original contributors to a fund 20 years ago that resulted in formation of the Rolling Road Golf Club, today became the controlling owner of that organization and its properties.

Morton announced he had acquired the majority interest in the Bloomsbury Realty Trust, which owns the ground property that had been leased for many years by officers of the Rolling Road Golf Club.

50 Years Ago

An article in the May 31, 1962 edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian announced that a new library, gym, cafeteria and two music rooms are planned for Catonsville Junior High.

Construction bids will be opened 2 P.M. on Tuesday, June 12, calling for alterations and additions to the Catonsville Junior High School, Baltimore County school officials announced today.

Under plans drawn by the architectural firm of Ferdinand P. Kelly, the construction project will include a new cafeteria and kitchen, an office suite containing guidance, health and other administrative offices.

Extensive alterations and additions will be made in various instructional areas of the school.

A new music wing will include one instrumental room, one vocal room and two general music classrooms. The auditorium will also be enlarged.

Alterations to the present gymnasium will include two physical education classrooms and new locker rooms and showers.

Construction plans call for an enlarged and modernized library and alterations and improvements in additional classrooms.

Built in 1925 as an 18-room senior high school, with a 30-classroom addition in 1930, the present building became a junior high school in 1954 when the new Catonsville Senior High School was completed.


"Join the Friends of the Catonsville Library" is a slogan that will be heard many times during 1962-63 in Catonsville.

The second annual meeting of the Friends of the Catonsville Library was held on Thursday evening, May 24, in the Catonsville library. Election of officers took place and the topics of the meeting centered on the new Catonsville Area library to be built this summer on the corner of Frederick and Beaumont avenues.

Stressed was the importance of an expanding membership in the Friends organization to help build up interest in, and patronage of, what will be one of the best equipped and administrated libraries in the county. The interest of every citizen, especially all book borrowers, will contribute to this library goal.


Popular singers, acrobatic dancers, a skating exhibition and a teenage band will entertain at the next Youth Decency Project of the Maryland Crime Investigating Committee to be held at Vernon's roller rink, Oella avenue, Catonsville, on Friday, June 1, from 7:30 to 11 P.M. Regular skating sessions will also be available for everyone present.

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