Police arrest five in raid on Catonsville saloon in 1912

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November 19, 2012

An article in the Nov. 23, 1912, edition of The Argus reported a raid on a local drinking establishment.

Samuel Bloom saloon on Frederick road at Paradise was raided Sunday night at 7 o'clock by Patrolmen Hutson and Phelps, of the Canton Police Station.

The patrolmen, who were dressed in plain clothes, say they entered the saloon and ordered bottle beer which was served to them. They then arrested Samuel Bloom, John Hall, a helper, and two other men as witnesses. All were taken to the Catonsville Police Station and released on a $500 bail.

They were given a hearing before Justice William S. Hoffman Monday afternoon and held for the action of the grand jury.


A wise judge has decided that a woman who has not faithfully performed her household duties is not entitled to alimony with her divorce. If all women would perform their household duties faithfully, there would not be so many looking for divorces.


The Catonsville Engine Company responded to an alarm of fire Friday night of last week at Annapolis avenue and Washington road, caused by a lamp exploding in the parlor of a resident and setting fire to the piano. The flames were extinguished before any serious loss resulted.


Harry Reisberg, a big righthander of repute in the amateur ranks, has been added to the Oriole pitching corps. Manager Jack Dunn has signed the hurler on the recommendation of Fritz Maisel, who is loud in the praise of the youngster. Maisel battled against Reisberg in a game he pitched against the Catonsville Firemen, and says he has more stuff than any amateur he has looked at in a long while. Reisberg blanked the Firemen, which is, incidentally some feat, as the Catonsville aggregation made quite a reputation during the season just closed.

Editor's note: Reisberg was released by Dunn a year later, according to a 1913 article in The Sporting Life.

75 Years Ago

An article in the Nov. 19, 1937 edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian spoke of the successful debut of a service club's social event.

One of Catonsville's most successful social functions was the first annual Ladies' Night of the Rotary Club, held last Saturday, November 13, at the Rolling Road Golf Club. Attended by more than a hundred Rotarians and their wives and friends, this innovation was voted the most enjoyable affair in the history of the local service group.

The committee, headed by David W. Zimmerman, principal of the Catonsville High School, and including Raymond Leidlich and George Grim, arranged all details to polished perfection. Dancing to the music of John City's orchestra got under way promptly. After several dances had been enjoyed the guests gathered in an adjoining room where, after a welcoming address by President Rutland Beard, master of ceremonies, the entertainers were presented by Raymond Leidlich.


One of the most beautiful Christmas customs of recent years is the outdoor lighting of evergreen trees and doorways with colored electric lights. The significance and beauty of the Christmas season is thus enhanced many fold.

In a residential community such as Catonsville, this lovely Christmas custom can be most effectively developed through a reasonable degree of community pride and cooperation. The mental picture of a lighted outdoor evergreen or doorway at every home is most appealing. The actual effect would be most striking.


An exhibit of pencil portraits of notables, drawn by Miss Hilda Hiteshaw, sixteen, high school student of Woodlawn, won third prize in the Kiwanis Club's hobby show, which was held at the Enoch Pratt Free Library's central building on Saturday, November 13. Miss Hiteshaw received a bronze medal.

50 Years Ago

An article in the Nov. 22, 1962 edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian reported that an exploding bomb caused significant damage to a school classroom and ended a teen dance early.

William C. Hull, principal of Westowne Elementary School, points to damaged tiles in the roof of a classroom which was wrecked by a homemade bomb last Saturday night.

Police were called to Westowne School shortly after 10 P.M. after the bomb exploded in a first-grade classroom on the east side of the building. Seven windows were broken, the ceiling was damaged and furnishing were blown about by the blast. Fragments of galvanized steel pipe was scattered about the room and recovered by members of the fire department.

No injuries were reported among the 300 teen-agers at a dance in the school gymnasium but police and firemen who arrived minutes later ordered the building cleared as a precaution.


The sight committee of the Arbutus Lions Club will hold the annual Thanksgiving dance this Saturday, Nov. 24 from 9 P.M. to 1 A.M. in Leeds Hall, Stevens avenue, Arbutus. An orchestra will provide music and refreshments will be served.

Net proceeds will be used to furnish eye examinations and eye glasses to the needy of this area.

Tickets may be obtained from any member of the club, at the door or by calling Carroll Watersdorf at Circle 2-0378.


Miss Margaret Pennington Chapman of Catonsville, a teacher at the Calvert School, accepted from Alan M. Dix, Executive Vice President of Capitol Car Distributors, Ltd., the keys to the 50,000th Volkswagen imported by Capitol Car through the port of Baltimore.

Attending the ceremony at the opening of Baltimore's newest VW dealer, Forty West Motors, Inc., of 6624 Baltimore National Pike, were Charles B. Gillet, Jr., president of Forty West Motors, Inc., and Jean Hofmeister, Harbor Master, City of Baltimore.

Miss Chapman, who bought the VW with no knowledge that it was the 50,000th, was presented a car radio by Forty West Motors, and white-wall tires and a year's supply of gasoline by Capitol Car Distributors, Ltd.

Material from archives courtesy of the Catonsville Historical Society.

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