Catonsville Historical Society

Catonsville Historical Society An organization established in 1973 by Mrs. Robert Townsend who bequeathed her home to the Society becoming a museum to house Catonsville memorabilia.

We encourage researchers, persons interested in local history, and even genealogists to explore the resources we have made available to you in this online forum. In addition, we are extending an open invitation to all interested persons, of any age, to become members of the society to help continue the work of preserving Catonsville Heritage.

Operating as usual

"Back to School" limo in Catonsville, Baltimore County [1956]….
09/20/2021

"Back to School" limo in Catonsville, Baltimore County [1956]….

"Back to School" limo in Catonsville, Baltimore County [1956]….

09/20/2021

We received these questions and was hoping for some assistance in responding. (Our archives are limited, and currently inaccessable.)

Back in the late 1950’s there was a business, that was:

*On Winters Lane near the entrance for the to the drive-in theater

*was on Winters Lane just across the Baltimore National Pike

*Was a take out only ice-cream / hamburger

*It was a black own business

*It was a hang out young blacks

Does anyone know the owner’s name and the name of the business?

08/23/2021

Dear Supporters and Followers of the Catonsville Historical Society,

As you may know, The Catonsville Historical Society (CHS) was formed in 1973 by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Townsend who bequeathed their home to the Society as a museum to house Catonsville memorabilia. After the Townsend house endured two floods (2016 and 2018), the CHS Board of Directors decided to sell the house and use the proceeds to further our mission: "To Foster Community Spirit Through the Preservation of Historical Artifacts and the Illumination of the Rich Heritage of Catonsville, Maryland."

The Board has been working extremely hard to be good stewards of the house sale proceeds as well as the monies raised by so many of our legacy board members. Our Board has been struggling with recruiting volunteers for quite some time and COVID has further complicated our volunteer pool and ability to fundraise.

After much thought and careful deliberations, the Board has determined that the best way to keep our mission and vision alive, is to distribute the remaining assets and collections to a few local 501c nonprofit organizations. Once the distribution is complete, the Board will dissolve our organization.

The Board is in the process of reaching out to select organizations inviting them to submit proposals on how they would utilize funds in innovative ways that align with the mission of the Society while benefiting the community and the people who live and work in Catonsville. Additionally, we will be looking for partners who will be able to display our artifacts and digitize several documents including the Argus and Catonsville Times newspapers so that the public may enjoy them and learn about the rich history of Catonsville, for generations to come.

The Board is mindful of the trust that the membership has given to it. While our decision was difficult, we are confident that this is the best path to ensure that the Society’s mission will be carried forward.

Sincerely,

The Board of Directors of the Catonsville Historical Society:

Sharon Rossi Liz Brown
Scott Luco Claire Wiley
Anne Luco Danae McDevitt
Andrea Braid Joan Bender
Karen Gatzke Kim Sparklin
Edward Whetstone Tim Sparklin

It is with great sadness that the Catonsville Historical Society lets you know of the passing of one of our board member...
08/23/2021
Joan Bender Obituary - Catonsville, MD

It is with great sadness that the Catonsville Historical Society lets you know of the passing of one of our board members, Joan Bender. Joan was a long standing and passionate member of the Catonsville Historical Society. Having served two terms as president, Joan worked tirelessly to support the mission of the Society. She will be missed by the community and our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time. Information regarding funeral arrangements can be found here: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/catonsville-md/joan-bender-10316449?fbclid=IwAR2U9AyOLb5bmjpm_zdr0wLdNMln-KU_ajOEI8N7aRrknQu7kag8YaAoQ7E

Celebrate the life of Joan Bender, leave a kind word or memory and get funeral service information care of Sterling-Ashton-Schwab-Witzke Funeral Home of Catonsville, Inc..

Anna Antonia Sieling (1867-1951) and the founding of Pine Crest SanitoriumAnna Antonia Sieling was born July 11, 1867 in...
07/26/2021

Anna Antonia Sieling (1867-1951) and the founding of Pine Crest Sanitorium

Anna Antonia Sieling was born July 11, 1867 in Eitzendorf, a small village near Verden in north Germany. She came to the United States in 1882 with her mother, a sister and four brothers. Her father had come earlier. They settled at ''Oak Hall Farm'' near Ellicott City, Maryland, which they purchased from the Dorsey's.

Anna Sieling hated the farm, and in the late 1890's she went to New York City to the German Hospital, now Lennox Hill Hospital, to study nursing. Her sister, Elise Sieling Dorsey, became very ill several years later and Aunt Anna came home to nurse her. Anna Sieling finished nursing school in 1902. She went to Washington as Superintendent of District Nurses. She then went to Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Virginia. In 1906 she moved to Newport News, Virginia as Superintendent and in 1907 she became Superintendent of Nurses at Franklin Square Hospital in Baltimore.

In 1910 she bought ''Pinecrest'' a large summer home in Catonsville. It was built in 1865 by the Cummings. As a summer home, it had many small bedrooms, which were ideal for a nursing home. She bought ''Pinecrest'' furnished, and it remained a nursing home even after her death in 1951.

Anna wore her nursing uniforms until they wore out, and then she wore the clothing left by the patients. Her grandniece remembers her as a short little lady with white hair in a bun at the nap of her neck and in black dresses below her ankles.

Her nieces and nephews, who lived on the farm in Howard County, stayed with her when they attended high school - to Friends, to St. Timothy's, and to Catonsville High School. Anna, her niece, also lived with her when she worked in Baltimore, including John's Hopkins Hospital, before she attended the University of Maryland. In all, Anna Sieling educated five nieces and nephews and one great nephew through college and Anna (niece) and Hammond (nephew) through graduate school and law school respectively. In 1939 Hammond became the operator of Pine Crest Sanitorium.

She died without any money, as she wished, as she had given it all away, and she said her brother, Henry, would have to bury her and if he did not she did not care. She was buried in a new dress, and it probably was the only new dress she had had since she was a young girl. She was buried at Christ Church across from “Oak Hall Farm”.

Anna Dorsey Cooke Allison, July, 2020. The author is the daughter of Anna and grandniece of Anna Antonia Sieling.

Summer Day Camp -- Woodland Country Home July 25, 1931. JMM 1996.063.128. Photo courtesy of The Jewish Museum of Marylan...
07/18/2021

Summer Day Camp -- Woodland Country Home July 25, 1931. JMM 1996.063.128.
Photo courtesy of The Jewish Museum of Maryland

Summer Day Camp -- Woodland Country Home July 25, 1931. JMM 1996.063.128.
Photo courtesy of The Jewish Museum of Maryland

The Catonsville Historical Society collection of artifacts has been moved into storage. If you have a business, and woul...
07/06/2021

The Catonsville Historical Society collection of artifacts has been moved into storage. If you have a business, and would be interested in a display, contact us by email- [email protected], by IM or just leave a comment.

The Catonsville Historical Society collection of artifacts has been moved into storage. If you have a business, and would be interested in a display, contact us by email- [email protected], by IM or just leave a comment.

Mel Tansill shared this beautiful, patriotic photo of flags on English Elm Court. Share the Catonsville Independence Day...
07/02/2021

Mel Tansill shared this beautiful, patriotic photo of flags on English Elm Court. Share the Catonsville Independence Day spirit by posting your photos or sharing a 4th of July experience in the comments section.

Mel Tansill shared this beautiful, patriotic photo of flags on English Elm Court. Share the Catonsville Independence Day spirit by posting your photos or sharing a 4th of July experience in the comments section.

Catonsville area was the epicenter.
06/26/2021
2.6 magnitude earthquake felt in Baltimore

Catonsville area was the epicenter.

A 2.6 magnitude earthquake rippled through the greater Baltimore area Friday afternoon, the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed.

06/25/2021

The 4th of July is fast approaching. Here is a recent history of the fabled Catonsville 4th of July Parade.

Catonsville July 4th Parade and Fireworks -- “A Look Back”
Researched and written by Tom Connor, Anne Kramer and Maureen Sweeney Smith, 2011 Catonsville Celebrations blog

The July 4th celebration in Catonsville was originally started in 1947. Marie O’Dea, then editor of the community newspaper, organized the event as a way to provide a “safe and sane” holiday for Catonsville residents. It was founded on the belief that deaths and injuries on the highways could be reduced if the community could stay home and take part in a full day of activities. We went through a few of the program books and came up with a few highlights of past parades and fireworks. 1955 — It was the ninth year for the celebration and the committee had grown to 13 members. That year the committee raised $1,000 to cover expenses. It was a sweltering hot day and record crowds attended. The fireworks were held at the Junior High School (now the Bloomsbury Community Center) and the headline in the Herald Argus read “Catonsville Jammed By The July 4th Fireworks.” There were so many cars bringing people to the fireworks display, the vehicles had to be turned away because there was no parking. A new attraction, a carnival with Ferris wheel and roller coasters, was well received by the children. Committee members believed 20,000 attended the parade and 50,000 attended the fireworks. 1979 — The Committee fell on hard financial times, and it was thought that the event for the following year would have to be scratched. 1980 — It was the 34th year for the celebration and the committee had approximately 30 members. The celebration had a price tag of $5,000. The committee held a number of fundraisers and through generous donations made $8,000 that year. A spectator estimated the crowd at the parade to be 20,000. 2002 — It was the 56th year of celebration but the country was still reeling from the events of 9/11/01. The 2002 theme was “Catonsville Salutes Hometown Heroes.” That year, representatives from each branch of the U.S. military and members of the Baltimore County Police and Fire Departments served as Grand Marshals. Residents were reminded that true heroes are not elusive sports or entertainment figures, but are the men and women in our midst enabling us to live our lives safely. The budget that year was $60,000 and the committee was comprised of approximately 40 members.

Ace trumps all
06/19/2021
Ace trumps all

Ace trumps all

For a moment, Sammi Sisolak couldn’t believe she’d done it. Her Catonsville teammates flooded around her, celebrating a feat no other Comet softball player had accomplished.

Look what was just donated to the Catonsville Historical Society collection. The Girl Scout Handbook was printed in Marc...
06/08/2021

Look what was just donated to the Catonsville Historical Society collection. The Girl Scout Handbook was printed in March, 1954.

How many cicadas are in the rhododendrons?
06/03/2021

How many cicadas are in the rhododendrons?

How many cicadas are in the rhododendrons?

The Catonsville Historical Society is pleased to display some of its artifacts at the Hilton Center, Community College o...
06/03/2021

The Catonsville Historical Society is pleased to display some of its artifacts at the Hilton Center, Community College of Baltimore County. If you have a business and are interested in displaying artifacts, please contact us. You can email us [email protected], send an IM or even comment below.

If you are interested in becoming more active in the Society, please let us know. We are looking to enlarge and diversif...
05/27/2021

If you are interested in becoming more active in the Society, please let us know. We are looking to enlarge and diversify our Board and volunteer talent. If you have technology or social media expertise, enjoy creating artifact displays, taking photographs/videos, or if you just love Catonsville History, please get in touch by emailing us at [email protected].

If you are interested in becoming more active in the Society, please let us know. We are looking to enlarge and diversify our Board and volunteer talent. If you have technology or social media expertise, enjoy creating artifact displays, taking photographs/videos, or if you just love Catonsville History, please get in touch by emailing us at [email protected].

Mel Tansill shared a photo of Chico. Share photos of your Brood X'ers too.
05/20/2021

Mel Tansill shared a photo of Chico. Share photos of your Brood X'ers too.

Mel Tansill shared a photo of Chico. Share photos of your Brood X'ers too.

The Catonsville Historical Society was unable to present its annual tour this Spring. But, some of our supporters have s...
05/13/2021

The Catonsville Historical Society was unable to present its annual tour this Spring. But, some of our supporters have sent photos of their porches and gardens to share. Thank you to #LoriWoods for sharing photos of her Porch & Garden.

Thank you Donna Tippett for sharing your garden photos. Her home was on the 2019 Catonsville Historical Society Home & G...
05/08/2021

Thank you Donna Tippett for sharing your garden photos. Her home was on the 2019 Catonsville Historical Society Home & Garden Tour.

Even though COVID and Cicadas made it impossible for us to hold our Porch & Garden tour, this year, we can still celebra...
05/06/2021

Even though COVID and Cicadas made it impossible for us to hold our Porch & Garden tour, this year, we can still celebrate the beautiful gardens in the ‘Ville. Cannot wait for 2022.

It’s Spring and gardens are on full display. Add a photo of your garden too!
05/01/2021

It’s Spring and gardens are on full display. Add a photo of your garden too!

‘Perfect day to win a national championship’
04/25/2021
‘Perfect day to win a national championship’

‘Perfect day to win a national championship’

In the quiet, awkward moments before the national winner was announced, members of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County’s mock trial team sat stiffly at their desks at home. On the Zoom screen, some wore nervous smiles, others covered their mouths with their hands.

Cicadas, Cicadas, Cicadas. What are you doing to prepare for Brood X?
04/12/2021

Cicadas, Cicadas, Cicadas. What are you doing to prepare for Brood X?

Cicadas, Cicadas, Cicadas. What are you doing to prepare for Brood X?

Sadly, Dimitri's has closed. Were you there on its last day or recently? Share your memories.
03/17/2021

Sadly, Dimitri's has closed. Were you there on its last day or recently? Share your memories.

Sadly, Dimitri's has closed. Were you there on its last day or recently? Share your memories.

The Terminal Hotel then, and Mathews 1600 now.http://www.catonsvillehistoricalsociety.org/uploads/3/4/8/9/34892099/march...
03/13/2021

The Terminal Hotel then, and Mathews 1600 now.
http://www.catonsvillehistoricalsociety.org/uploads/3/4/8/9/34892099/march_april_2016_newsletter.pdf

Have you ever wondered how Catonsville got its name? Here is the answer!http://catonsvillehistoricalsociety.org/uploads/...
03/11/2021

Have you ever wondered how Catonsville got its name? Here is the answer!
http://catonsvillehistoricalsociety.org/uploads/3/4/8/9/34892099/march_april_2016_newsletter.pdf

Have you ever wondered how Catonsville got its name? Here is the answer!
http://catonsvillehistoricalsociety.org/uploads/3/4/8/9/34892099/march_april_2016_newsletter.pdf

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Hi Catonsvillians-- Do you know anything about the history of music in Catonsville? The Baltimore County Arts Guild has commissioned a landscape historical study--stores, events, traditions, groups, anything. Casting a wide net for this initial project. Email me a sjmckenna[at]gmail[dot]com.