Catonsville's oldest resident celebrates 95th birthday

June 04, 2014

An article in the June 6, 1914 edition of The Argus remarked on a Catonsville resident's birthday celebration."

Elias Livezey, Catonsville's oldest living resident, Wednesday observed his ninety-fifth birthday at Elkton Park, his home on Ingleside avenue, by entertaining the members of his family.

Mr. Livezey, who is the father-in-law of Bernard N. Baker, the well-known financier, is quite active considering his age, and daily visits his city office 22 East Lexington Street, which he has occupied for more than 60 years. He remembers when Catonsville was nothing more than "a frog pond," as he terms it, and has watched it grow until it has become one of Baltimore's largest suburbs.

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The dog poisoner is at work again in Catonsville and as a result, several valuable pet dogs have been victims. Among those who have lost their pets are Mrs. Ida France, Mars H. Frizzell and Miss Nellie Warner, all residing on Melvin avenue, near Edmondson avenue.

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A bicycle thief made his appearance in Catonsville Thursday afternoon and a number of wheels disappeared between 5 and 6 o'clock along Frederick avenue. Among those who lost bicycles are Charles E. Wilson and E. Eareckson. No trace of the thief has been found by the police.

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Charles S. Rich, lawyer and clubman, sustained a broken wrist Monday morning at his country home on Prospect avenue, Paradise, while attempting to crank the engine on his large touring car.

Mr. Rich was about to leave his home for his city office in the Union Trust Building when the accident happened. The handle kicked backward, striking him with great force. Dr. Marshall B. West was summoned and gave medical aid.

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A movement has been started by the residents of Relay to have Catonsville avenue, which runs from Catonsville to Relay, pass under the tracks of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad instead of over them, as at present. The crossing is the most dangerous in the Thirteenth district and the matter is being taken up by the County Commissioners for a survey and perhaps a relocation of the roadway to insure safety of travelers at that point.

75 Years Ago

An article in the June 2, 1939 edition of The Catonsville Herald and Baltimore Countian reported that a host of area youngsters will be modeling the new looks for spring during an upcoming production.

A fashion show, in which some fifty small children will take part, will be held on the lawn at "Chesmont", the home of Mrs. Hardy C. Gieske, Frederick road and Shady Nook avenue, on Wednesday afternoon, June 14, at four o'clock. Balloons, ice cream cones, cake and candy will be on sale after the pageant. The fete will be sponsored by the Woman's Auxiliary of St. Timothy's Church.

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Mary Louise Morsberger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Morsberger of Wade avenue, was the banner girl at the May procession at St. Mark's Catholic Church on last Sunday. At the same service, her sister, Miss Ann Morsberger, received her first communion.

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The Hilltop Theatre players are once more busy cleaning and painting the walls of historic Patapsco Institute for a summer season of stock plays. With the reputation firmly established after a successful year, the group of young actors and actresses who transformed the old building into a bustling summer theatre, have planned an even more ambitious list of plays than were performed in 1938.

One of the principal reasons that The Hilltop Theatre is anticipating a fine succession of good productions is Gregory S. Mooney, New York director, who has been prominent in the theatre all his life. Mr. Mooney directed at the Baerter Theatre in Virginia last summer and was a director for The Federal Theatre in New York for a season.

50 Years Ago

An article in the June 4,1964, edition of the Herald Argus announced festivities planned for Catonsville High School's graduation ceremony.

Culmination of the student life of the Class of 1964 of Catonsville Senior High School will occur during the coming week with the baccalaureate service on Sunday, June 7, at 7 P.M. and the two commencement ceremonies for 519 seniors on Tuesday, June 9 and Wednesday, June 10 at 8 P.M. Both services will be held in the auditorium

The baccalaureate sermon will be preached by the Rev. Dr. Wayne McCoy, of the Catonsville Presbyterian Church. The invocation, prayer, reading of the Scripture and benediction will be conducted by the Rev. Albert Gibson, of Christ Lutheran Church.

Theme of the commencement exercises is "Shakespeare: His Four-Hundredth Birthday". The script was written and the program will be presented entirely by students.

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An exhibition of paintings by members of the Rolling Road Art League is being held during the month of June at a building association, located at Gwynn Oak avenue and Windsor Mill road. The paintings, in oil, water color, and pastel, may be seen on Mondays through Fridays from 9 A.M. to 3 P.M., and also on Friday evenings from 5 to 8 o'clock.

Paintings by the following artists are on view: Edith Carson, Evelyn Cohen, Louise B. Gerhardt, Thelma Officer, Robert Puskar, Lillian Schulze, Robert Schulze, Margaret Schiavone and William Stromberg.

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On Sunday, May 24, the General German Orphan Home on Bloomsbury avenue held an Appreciation Day for its neighbors in the Catonsville community. Several hundred invited guests, representing various service clubs and other phases of community life, visited the home. This was one of the series of events planned by the home in connection with its 100th anniversary year.

Spiro T. Agnew, County Executive, was the principal speaker at the ceremonies held on the beautiful tree-shaded lawn of the home.

Material from archives courtesy of the Catonsville Historical Society.

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