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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | November 13, 2012
Paul W. Wirtz, former deputy director of facilities engineering at Aberdeen Proving Ground and longtime comptroller and trustee of the Baltimore Streetcar Museum, died Nov. 4 from multiple organ failure at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The former Roland Park resident was 91. "Paul was a very erudite guy and very learned. He was a world traveler until he became ill," said Andrew S. Blumberg, a member for many years of the Baltimore Streetcar Museum, where he is director of public relations.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
Carvey G. Davis Jr., a former Baltimore Transit Co. motorman who never lost his affection for streetcars and was a longtime supporter and benefactor of the Baltimore Streetcar Museum, died of bone cancer Saturday at his Glen Burnie home. He was 90. "Some of Carvey's fondest memories were running and riding streetcars," said John O'Neill, longtime Baltimore Streetcar Museum president, who lives in Jarrettsville. "He was the ultimate rail fan and the last link for all of us to the great era of Baltimore streetcars," said Martin K. Van Horn, a Pennsylvania Railroad historian and streetcar museum member.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | February 12, 2014
George J. Voith, a retired CSX executive and noted rail and streetcar photographer who was a founding member of the Baltimore Streetcar Museum, died Monday of dementia at his Northwood home. He was 87. "George is one of the last of the original guys who founded the Baltimore Streetcar Museum. He was a wonderful fellow," said John O'Neil Jr., museum president. "I first met him when I joined the museum in 1971. He was a good mentor for young members, whom he took under his wing and he urged to take on more responsibilities," said Mr. O'Neil.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | February 12, 2014
George J. Voith, a retired CSX executive and noted rail and streetcar photographer who was a founding member of the Baltimore Streetcar Museum, died Monday of dementia at his Northwood home. He was 87. "George is one of the last of the original guys who founded the Baltimore Streetcar Museum. He was a wonderful fellow," said John O'Neil Jr., museum president. "I first met him when I joined the museum in 1971. He was a good mentor for young members, whom he took under his wing and he urged to take on more responsibilities," said Mr. O'Neil.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
Carvey G. Davis Jr., a former Baltimore Transit Co. motorman who never lost his affection for streetcars and was a longtime supporter and benefactor of the Baltimore Streetcar Museum, died of bone cancer Saturday at his Glen Burnie home. He was 90. "Some of Carvey's fondest memories were running and riding streetcars," said John O'Neill, longtime Baltimore Streetcar Museum president, who lives in Jarrettsville. "He was the ultimate rail fan and the last link for all of us to the great era of Baltimore streetcars," said Martin K. Van Horn, a Pennsylvania Railroad historian and streetcar museum member.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | April 4, 2011
Harry G. Gesser Jr., a retired Bendix Radio engineering draftsman and a lifelong rail and streetcar fan, died March 16 of kidney and heart failure at St. Agnes Hospital. The former longtime Woodlawn resident was 85. Mr. Gesser was born in Baltimore and raised in West Arlington. After graduating from Forest Park High School in 1943, he began his career working for Bendix on East Joppa Road in Towson. He entered the Navy in 1945 and, after serving for a year, resumed his career as an engineering draftsman.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | April 30, 2010
John Stearns Thomsen, a retired Johns Hopkins University physicist who was a founder of the Baltimore Streetcar Museum, died of respiratory failure Wednesday at his North Roland Park home. He was 88. Born in Baltimore and raised on Mount Royal Terrace in Reservoir Hill, he was a 1939 Boys' Latin School graduate. A year later, he joined the National Railway Historical Society and remained a train and streetcar aficionado throughout his life. He earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from Hopkins.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen | fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | January 13, 2010
Henry S. Wells Jr., a founding member of the Baltimore Streetcar Museum whose love of streetcars and trains defined his life, died in his sleep Saturday at his nephew's home in Manassas, Va. He was 95. Mr. Wells was born in Baltimore and, before moving to his nephew's home in 2003, spent his entire life in a rowhouse in the 1900 block of Mount Royal Terrace, on Reservoir Hill, which gave him a front-row seat as a child watching No. 13 streetcars as...
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By Molly Baldwin | December 7, 2000
Bear comes alive Come spend a morning, afternoon or evening next week with the cuddly bear from the children's television show "Bear in the Big Blue House." Bear has a musical called Bear in the Big Blue House Live's "Surprise Party." The two-act production, at the Mechanic Theatre, features dancing and songs, including favorite TV-show tunes "The Bear Cha-Cha-Cha" and "What's That Smell?" The show takes place Wednesday-Sunday at the Morris Mechanic Theatre, 1 N. Charles St. Times vary.
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December 6, 2001
A ride with Santa Hitch a ride with a right jolly old elf on the Baltimore Streetcar Museum's "Tinsel Trolley" Saturday and Sunday and Dec. 15-16. From 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Santa Claus will be on board the streetcar handing out gifts to all children under 12. In addition to enjoying a 1 1/2 -mile streetcar ride, visitors to the museum can see a 16-foot-tall Christmas tree, operating train and streetcar layouts, an outdoor holiday-lights display and...
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | November 13, 2012
Paul W. Wirtz, former deputy director of facilities engineering at Aberdeen Proving Ground and longtime comptroller and trustee of the Baltimore Streetcar Museum, died Nov. 4 from multiple organ failure at Greater Baltimore Medical Center. The former Roland Park resident was 91. "Paul was a very erudite guy and very learned. He was a world traveler until he became ill," said Andrew S. Blumberg, a member for many years of the Baltimore Streetcar Museum, where he is director of public relations.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2011
Earlier this month on an insufferable Baltimore summer's day, the only thing my colleague and friend Jacques Kelly and I wanted after work were a couple of tall cool gin-and-tonics. And in pursuit of those wonderful English Raj heat beaters, our journey to McCabe's took us out Falls Road. As we came abreast of the Baltimore Streetcar Museum, there sitting in the middle of the North Avenue streetcar loop, chained to a piece of track fixed aboard a flatbed truck, was a harbinger of winter.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | May 11, 2011
James C. Robertson Jr., a retired Baltimore police officer and a streetcar buff who was a longtime active member of the Baltimore Streetcar Museum, died Saturday of respiratory failure at the Oak Crest Village retirement community. He was 100. The son of a physician and a homemaker, Mr. Robertson was born in Baltimore and raised at the foot of Broadway and later in a rowhouse near Patterson Park. He was a 1929 graduate of City College and earned a bachelor's degree in history and political science in 1935 from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he also played varsity football.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun and Baltimore Sun reporter | April 4, 2011
Harry G. Gesser Jr., a retired Bendix Radio engineering draftsman and a lifelong rail and streetcar fan, died March 16 of kidney and heart failure at St. Agnes Hospital. The former longtime Woodlawn resident was 85. Mr. Gesser was born in Baltimore and raised in West Arlington. After graduating from Forest Park High School in 1943, he began his career working for Bendix on East Joppa Road in Towson. He entered the Navy in 1945 and, after serving for a year, resumed his career as an engineering draftsman.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | April 30, 2010
John Stearns Thomsen, a retired Johns Hopkins University physicist who was a founder of the Baltimore Streetcar Museum, died of respiratory failure Wednesday at his North Roland Park home. He was 88. Born in Baltimore and raised on Mount Royal Terrace in Reservoir Hill, he was a 1939 Boys' Latin School graduate. A year later, he joined the National Railway Historical Society and remained a train and streetcar aficionado throughout his life. He earned a bachelor's degree in engineering from Hopkins.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen | fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com | January 13, 2010
Henry S. Wells Jr., a founding member of the Baltimore Streetcar Museum whose love of streetcars and trains defined his life, died in his sleep Saturday at his nephew's home in Manassas, Va. He was 95. Mr. Wells was born in Baltimore and, before moving to his nephew's home in 2003, spent his entire life in a rowhouse in the 1900 block of Mount Royal Terrace, on Reservoir Hill, which gave him a front-row seat as a child watching No. 13 streetcars as...
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October 14, 2002
Warren Evans Olt, a retired high school teacher who was a train and streetcar enthusiast, died of cancer Friday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. The former Timonium resident moved to Oak Crest Village in Parkville last year. He was 78. Mr. Olt was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and moved to Baltimore as a child. He grew up in Rodgers Forge, graduated from McDonogh School in 1942 and earned a degree at the University of Maryland, College Park. During World War II, he served in the Army in the Philippines and in Japan.
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