“Tunnel Joe” became a folk hero in Baltimore. He represented a sad and interesting story of a man who lived a life of crime.
In 1949, at the age of 39, Joe Holmes was in the 6thyear of a 20-year sentence for burglary at the Maryland Penitentiary in Baltimore.Read More
Isabella Fureschi and her husband Enrico lived on Sharp Street and operated a cigar and confection shop on South Street. February 12,1909 was a sad day for Isabella.Read More
John Cook, a west Baltimore florist, gardener and family man, was celebrated in 19th century horticultural circles around the world. During 50 years of breeding roses at Breisgau, his home and greenhouse located just off Edmondson Avenue, he painstakingly cultivated about 25 new hybrids. Nearby Cooks Lane is named for him.Read More
C. Markland Kelly, Jr. gave his life for his country at the epic Battle of Midway, which took place 77 years ago this week. Kelly had been a standout lacrosse player throughout his Baltimore school career. After his death, his father established the C. Markland Kelly Memorial Foundation, which has recognized outstanding student lacrosse players each year since the 1940s.Read More
Next time you pry off a bottle cap from a soft drink or beer bottle, send up a little toast to William Painter, who invented the “crown cork” bottle cap. He also inspired King Camp Gillette to invent the disposable razor blade.Read More
Lizette Woodward Reese’s books and poems are one of the few resources available that help us see what life was like in the area that now surrounds the intersection of Greenmount Avenue and 33rd Street.Read More
Antonio Citrano was born in Cefalù, Italy in 1860. He came to America with his wife and one child in 1893, and began his new life in Baltimore.
Baltimore’s Louis Eugene Lowman was part of a memorable time in railroad travel. He, along with other dining car staff on the B&O’s Capitol Limited, provided an exceptional level of service for passengers at mealtimes.Read More