Prize chicks perish as fire destroys heated shelter in 1914

March 26, 2014

An article in the March 28, 1914, edition of The Argus reported the loss of a farmer's flock after a fire.

A brooder containing 120 prize white Wyandotte chickens four weeks old burned Sunday night at the home of Claude B. Doing, at Lansdowne.

The chicks had been raised with particular care by Mr. Doing, the eggs being from prize winners exhibited at Timonium and Rockville fairs. The brooder was 16 by 14 feet and was heated by hot water. The cause of the fire is a mystery. Mr. Doing had closed the brooder for the night just a short time before and everything looked all right. Mrs. Doing saw the flames from a bedroom window and called to her husband.

The flames had a good start and when he reached the brooder with water, it was enveloped in flames. Word was sent to Mount Winans and Catonsville Engine Companies and a bucket brigade was formed to keep two other chicken houses, containing 110 chickens form burning.

Mr. Doing estimates his loss at $300, partly covered by insurance.


A brush fire, which threatened a stable and several outbuildings on the property of Thomas E. Johnson, Shadybrook avenue, Paradise, was discovered Thursday afternoon about 3 o'clock. One of the members of the family was burning a lot of rubbish, when the flames caught among a pile of rubbish beside a hedge, carrying the blaze toward the buildings. The Catonsville Engine Company was summoned and extinguished the flames. About 50 feet of hedge was destroyed.


Large flocks of robins and blackbirds were seen in the fields and on the lawns around Catonsville this week. There are weather prophets and weather prophets, but you may "tie to it" when you see the robins and blackbirds in flocks that Spring is on her way and it will not be long before Catonsville will be adorned in all her beauty and wealth of green — a fit place, some declare, comparable to the Garden of Eden.


Members of the Catonsville Engine Company have received a letter from the residents of Relay commending them for assistance given by the firemen at a recent fire at Relay. The firemen have had the letter framed, and it now hangs on one of the walls in the engine house.

75 Years Ago

An article in the March 24, 1939 edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian listed improvements needed to Washington Boulevard.

The Washington-Baltimore Boulevard fails to fulfill its main purpose of being an artery to move freight and passengers safely, quickly and economically, according to a statement by the officials of the Washington Boulevard Association.

The organization, made up of residents and business persons along its 30 1/2-mile length, stated in a bulletin that a six-point program is needed immediately to improve the highway. The items include: night safety lighting with priority to danger points; paving shoulders, to full right-of-way, thus, in fact, providing six traffic lanes; widening bridges to full right of way; resurfacing; complete Savage curve relocation; establish special intensive patrols and finding out where, why, when, to whom and how many accidents actually occur on the boulevard.


The bingo parties given by the Ladies' Auxiliary of the Arbutus Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company have been very successful, and those in charge wish to thank the community for the splendid patronage accorded these affairs. Proceeds are used for support of the ambulance. Bingo parties will be held at the home of Mrs. Clayton Nichols, Popular avenue, on Friday, March 31, and on April 14, 21 and 28.


Bobby Hopkins of Link avenue was badly bitten by his dog, "Sport", on Thursday, March 16, when the child went to pick up the dog after the animal had been struck by an automobile. Bobby was treated by a physician and will be forced to carry his arm in a sling for a while.


The Lansdowne Volunteer Fire Department is conducting a school of instruction on modern methods of fighting fires. Chief George McCullough, who studied under the late Professor Criswell at the University of Maryland, is instructor.

50 Years Ago

An article in the March 26, 1964 edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian offered a possible solution for a long-standing feud regarding a bus route

Under a new decision by the Metropolitan Transit Authority handed down on Tuesday, March 24, the bus traffic on Dutton avenue will be reduced to half.

The westbound No. 8 buses will continue out Frederick road past Dutton avenue to North Rolling road, go north on Rolling to Edmondson avenue, east on Edmondson to Dutton avenue and south on Dutton to Frederick road and east on Frederick back to Baltimore.

The new route, which will transfer half of the 154 daily runs now on Dutton avenue to Rolling road and Edmondson avenue, cannot go into effect until Baltimore county eliminates some of the parking on Dutton avenue near Edmondson avenue and acquires, grades and paves more land at the intersection of Frederick and Rolling roads so the buses can make a safe right hand turn.


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