Firemen rescue boys caught in the muck while hunting frogs in 1963

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April 04, 2013

An article in the April 4, 1963, edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian reported on actions by area firefighters in rescuing three boys from a sticky situation.

While hunting for frogs along the clay banks in a swampy area in the 1600 block Sulphur Spring road, Lansdowne, last Saturday morning, three boys became trapped waist deep in soft mud and clay. The victims, Ronald M. Trescott, 13, of Summit avenue, Glenn Piekaski, 12, and his brother, Carey A. Piekaski, 14, of Rehbaum avenue were rescued unharmed by 16 members of the Halethorpe Fire Department and Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department. The men used ladders as braces to form a human chain to reach the area and remove clay from around the boys by hand.


In a holdup in a rental office at 6017 Old Frederick road an employee, Oscar R. Christmas, was robbed of $194 on March 15 by two bandits, each armed with a revolver.

Mr. Christmas reported that the men, described as in their twenties and weighing between 150 and 165 pounds, pulled out guns and one of them said, "Give me your money". After the robbery, the bandits escaped.


Disturbed by the problems with which they probably will be confronted in the proposed urban renewal program for Catonsville, more than thirty local business men and women met on Wednesday night, March 27 and organized the Frederick Road Business Association.

H. Ralph Heidelbach was elected chairman; J. Allan Muir, treasurer, and Louis Morsberger, secretary.

"What are our rights?" was the major theme of the vigorous discussion which accompanied almost every point in the anticipated urban renewal procedure for Catonsville as outlined by Mr. Heidelbach and others. The two lawyers and the certified public accountant present were asked to clarify points. It was reported that urban renewal may get under way here in about two years.

75 Years Ago

An article in the April 1, 1938, edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian announced an increased night patrol in the area.

A night patrol of three State policemen will be assigned to duty on the Washington Boulevard as soon as the new police substation at Jessups has been completed, according to an announcement made this week by Major Elmer F. Munshower, Superintendent of the State Police.

The three men will operate on different sections of the boulevard, their range extending between the Baltimore City limits and the District of Columbia line. Additional space provided by the new substation will make possible the stationing of more men there than is now possible at the sub-station at Laurel.


That dance called the big apple turned out to be too big for Mrs. Sallie Ashby of Halethorpe, who fell to the floor while "big appling" at Lehman's Hall, Baltimore, last Saturday night.

Flanders Post of the American Legion was giving the dance. Mrs. Ashby and her partner, S.M. Arendell, were caught in a mix-up and Mrs. Ashby fell to the floor. At the Maryland General Hospital, it was found that her arm was broken in two places.


The Rosa Bonhuer Memorial, a burial place for Pet Animals, located on Washington Boulevard, near Dorsey Road, promises to be the World's finest place of its kind. Driveways, edged with Evergreens, wind among fish ponds and fountains. It is truly a lovely resting place for a faithful animal friend.

Here are buried cats, dogs, one horse, and one canary. Some rest in satin lined caskets in graves covered with flowers. The animals range from thoroughbreds to alley cats and "just dogs", each as well beloved as the other.

100 Years Ago

An article in the April 5, 1913, edition of The Argus reported on vandalism damage at the high school.

The Catonsville police and the authorities of the Catonsville High School are making an effort to locate the vandals who destroyed a valuable marble pedestal in front of the school Tuesday night after midnight. The pedestal stood in the main walk leading to the school from Frederick avenue and was the gift of last year's graduating class. It was to be used for a sundial.


Bitten by a pet dog which had been attacked several days ago by a dog believed to have been suffering from rabies, Anna and William Kahler, children of Philip Kahler, of Ellicott City, are taking the Pasteur treatment at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Baltimore.

The children are not badly bitten, but as a prevention against their becoming victims of the dread disease, they were taken to Baltimore for the Pasteur treatment.

The pet which bit them is being confined for 21 days in order that it can be ascertained if it will develop rabies.


The high wind Tuesday afternoon unroofed several houses at "Speedtown," a negro settlement north of Catonsville, including one house under construction. All the occupants escaped without serious injury. The house occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wurtzeron, Melvin avenue, near the Old Frederick road, was also partly unroofed by the heavy wind, which played havoc with trees in that section of the village.


Thieves who have caused considerable apprehension among the residents of Ten Hills during the past three months, visited that suburb again Monday night and entered the home of William Hungerford Ponder, on Old Orchard road, and secured booty valued at over $250.

Mr. and Mrs. Ponder had left their home early in the evening to visit friends in the neighborhood. The thieves smashed a pane of glass in the kitchen door and unfastened the lock.

Both the first and second floors were ransacked. An old suitcase was taken, in which jewelry, silverware and bric-a-brac were packed. A pistol and $3.50 in cash are also missing.


Work has been started on the improvement of Edmondson avenue, from the city limits to Catonsville, which will be macadamized. The roadbed of the avenue has become badly torn up during the winter months, caused by the heavy motor trucks using it to reach the city.

Material from archives courtesy of the Catonsville Historical Society.

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