Pages from the Past: Catonsville guests honored during visit to Yellowstone in 1962

Pages from the Past

September 12, 2012

An article in the Sept. 13, 1962, edition of The Herald Argus recognized a local family's timely arrival that earned them a part in celebrating a milestone in the number of visitors to national parks.

As Paul Geiman and his family of Catonsville entered the east entrance of Yellowstone National Park during their August vacation tour, they were greeted by Superintendent Lemuel A. Garrison , who informed them they had been selected to participate in special symbolic ceremonies in observance of the National Park Service Billionth-Visitor Day.

Mr. and Mrs. Geiman, their daughter, Jane, 15, and her friend, Adele Weetenkamp, 15, also of Catonsville, were extended complimentary lodgings and meals by the Yellowstone Park Company and were presented appropriate gifts and souvenirs by the concessioners in Yellowstone National Park. The Geimans reside on Altamont avenue and Miss Weetenkamp on Enjay avenue. Mr. Geiman stated that this was their first visit to Yellowstone National Park. They started their two-week vacation on August 18 and traveled 6,301 miles. They went over Mt. Rushmore in a helicopter and then continued to Yellowstone Park.


The American Field Service exchange student, Ismail Husnu Erdebil of Tekerdag, Turkey has arrived and is attending Catonsville Senior High School this year. Young Erdebil's two aims are to become a mechanical engineer and to study life in the United States so that he may take back to the people of Turkey a better understanding of our way of life. During his year's stay in America, he will reside with the family of Mr. and Mrs. Donald M. Schell, on Leeds avenue.


An Arbutus cab company and the Lions Club of Arbutus have joined forces to promote highway safety. The signs, which read "Practice Safety. Drive with care Everywhere," were furnished by the Arbutus Lions Club and the advertising space on rear of cabs was furnished by the cab company.

75 Years Ago

An article in the Sept. 10, 1937, edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian reported a change in plans for a local theater production.

Due to illness of Patti Singewald, leading lady of the Village Players' current production, the performance was postponed from September 1 and 2 to Thursday and Friday of next week, September 16 and 17.

It was the Players' original plan to give this play for benefit of the Christmas Fund of the Children's Aid Society. Since then, the Players have decided that it will be given for the joint benefit of the Scholarship Fund of the Catonsville High School and the Christmas Fund of the Children's Aid. They feel that since residents of Catonsville are their patrons, the bulk of the proceeds should go where the whole community will be benefited.


The Catonsville football team, sponsored by the newly organized community Athletic Club, held its first practice session last Sunday. The turnout was encouraging and every player will have to work for a position on the team.

Another practice will be held this Sunday at 2 P.M. at the school grounds.


Lieutenant Edward Poehlman of the Catonsville police station, who recently underwent an operation at Mercy Hospital, Baltimore, is reported as progressing nicely on the way to recovery.

100 Years Ago

An article in the Sept. 14, 1912, edition of The Argus reported on the progress of rejuvenating an old club for the future.

An interesting meeting was held Friday night of last week at the Catonsville Country Club to discuss the reorganizing of the club, which disbanded several months ago, after an existence of 18 years. Five years ago, a handsome new clubhouse was erected and the club become a purely athletic organization. Now it is proposed to convert it into a social affair and handsome improvements are contemplated, including a modern kitchen, dining room, new and spacious porches and a large dance hall, where numerous social functions will be given during the coming season. Clever and interesting speeches were made on the good results to society which must be the outcome of the venture. Mr. Blanchard Randall was named president. Mr. Gustav W. Lurman, first president of the original club; Messrs. Morris A. Soper, Daniel B. Miller, Bernard N. Baker, G. Herbert Rice and John R. Bland were among those who made addresses.


Miss Margaret Scannell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Scannell, when visiting friends Tuesday night in Baltimore, was taken seriously ill and was later removed to her home on Wade avenue. Miss Scannell was apparently in the best of health when she left home and it is thought that she is suffering from a slight attack of appendicitis. She is being attended by Dr. J. Charles Macgill.


The Misses Fischbach gave a largely attended dance Friday night of last night at their home on Winters avenue. The house was decorated with lanterns and bunting. There were about 50 guests present.


A fire which threatened to destroy the pretty country home of Mr. Walter Lee Taylor, Edmondson avenue, which formerly belonged to Mr. Ernest F. Knabe, was discovered Thursday morning at 1:30 o'clock in an old cupboard on the third floor. One of the servants was awakened by the odor of smoke and, upon investigation, found a fire burning furiously among a lot of winter clothing. Members of the family kept the flames in check until the arrival of the Catonsville Engine Company. The loss is about $150.

Material from archives courtesy of the Catonsville Historical Society.

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