Happy 99th birthday, Helen Clough!
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
Helen Clough at her home in Price.