Happy 99th birth­day, He­len Clough!

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PRICE — He­len Fowler Clough, an icon in Price, is near­ing the cen­tury mark. Born Sept. 9, 1917, to James and Susie Fowler of Lib­erty Street, Cen­tre­ville, He­len is part of a fam­ily with seven chil­dren — two daugh­ters and five sons. She is a life­long res­i­dent of Queen Anne’s County. She will cel­e­brate her 99th birth­day on Sept. 9, 2016.

Happy birth­day wishes and con­grat­u­la­tions are sent to He­len from all her fam­ily and friends.

He­len said she has been blessed with good health. She is very ac­tive and con­tin­ues to do every­thing on her own in­clud­ing driv­ing her car. She en­joys talk­ing to peo­ple and said she is happy as a lark.

He­len is well known in the com­mu­nity of Price, where she moved in 1942 when she mar­ried Caleb Clough. Mar­ried for 24 years, they had two sons, Caleb, known as “Sonny Clough,” and Lee Fowler, a nephew that they raised since he was 10 months old. She is blessed with three grand­chil­dren and many great-grand­chil­dren.

He­len grew up in Cen­tre­ville and has many mem­o­ries grow­ing up in town. She has fond mem­o­ries of roller skat­ing in the sum­mer at the top of the hill side­walk on Lib­erty Street as well as sled­ding down the hill in the win­ter, es­pe­cially when there was no traf­fic, just horse and buggy. These were the days of the ice plant and flour mill.

He­len at­tended Cen­tre­ville Ele­men­tary school and grad­u­ated high school in 1935.

She re­mem­bers walk­ing to the Ea­ton gro­cery store. She also re­mem­bers the can­nery, Carter’s fam­ily leather busi­ness, Dr. Fisher and McPher­son Post Of­fice and Voshell’s bar­ber shop as well as the Methodist church lo­cated next to the jail on the cor­ner of Lib­erty Street.

He­len lived in town and worked as a clerk for six years (1936-1942) at the Ep­stein depart­ment store, a 5 and 10 as well a men’s cloth­ing store, un­til she mar­ried and moved to the Clough farm in Price.

From a city girl to a coun­try girl, He­len moved in a farm house with 200 acres of wood­lands and till­able farm land.

Back in those days the el­ders were called the se­niors when­ever re­ferred to in con­ver­sa­tion.

Her worked farm.

She re­mem­bers the ice truck for milk un­til elec­tric­ity. She re­mem­bers when they picked up the milk cans at the end of the lane to take to the creamer y.

She re­mem­bers her pretty white, wood cook stove, an oil burner and a hot wa­ter heater.

She spent time in a barn loft where she was able to en­joy many beau­ti­ful views of wildlife in a quiet set­ting, in­clud­ing deer and wild tur­keys in Price.

After the farm was sold, He­len moved across the road to a more mod­ern home where she lives to­day.

She is a mem­ber of Price Com­mu­nity Club and Price Bethany United Methodist Church.

He­len re­mem­bers the quiet days in Price when there was less traf­fic be­fore the high­way changed the way of life.

He­len at­tributes her happy life to a good Chris­tian life, walk­ing and en­joy­ing her fa­vorite pas­time read­ing books and her fa­vorite lo­cal news­pa­per, the Record Ob­server. She also said she en­joys keep­ing in touch and talk­ing to her fam­ily and friends that are near and dear to her. She al­ways has a warm smile and a happy chuckle.

We honor you, He­len! Happy 99th birth­day to you! hus­band Caleb all day on the

PHOTO BY JUDY MELVIN EDELHEIT

He­len Clough at her home in Price.

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