He­len Clough cel­e­brates 100th birth­day

Record Observer - - Front Page - Dan Tabler

What a grand 100th birth­day party we at­tended on Satur­day at the Price Com­mu­nity Hall for He­len Clough, who could eas­ily pass for 75.

Fam­ily, friends and neigh­bors filled up the com­mu­nity hall, which looked to me as if it has been ren­o­vated re­cently. It was a great af­fair and I saw folks I hadn’t seen in a long time. Ruth en­joyed chat­ting with Mrs. Clough as she was a neigh­bor back when she was small and lived on Ceme­tery Hill. Mrs. Clough was a Fowler and lived a cou­ple doors up the street.

I hope we got a cou­ple pic­tures of her and her beau­ti­ful 100th birth­day cake in this week’s pa­per.


That was a fine ar­ti­cle and pic­tures in the lat­est edi­tion of Attraction, about Centreville’s own Bill Whar­ton, who has been or­gan­ist at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Eas­ton, for the past 50 years.

In honor of his years of ser­vice, the church in Eas­ton will be hold­ing a mu­si­cal cel­e­bra­tion at 11 a.m. on Sept. 17, and all are in­vited. There will be a re­cep­tion fol­low­ing in the Church Fel­low­ship Hall.

Quot­ing Bill in the mag­a­zine, he said: “I was given a very humble place to serve where many good things have hap­pened. I am just a key­boardist im­pact­ing the com­mon man and woman’s mu­si­cal ex­pe­ri­ence in life.”

There may be a few of those Attraction mag­a­zines in Ed­wards or around town. See if you can find one to read the en­tire story.


That was a fine story with pic­tures in the lo­cal papers about the re­cent County Fair, cel­e­brat­ing its 75th an­niver­sary, but there was a mis­take that I must cor­rect.

The ar­ti­cle said the Centreville Lions Club served a crab cake din­ner.

Well, it was a Lions Club, but it was Queen­stown Club that did the serv­ing and also had those won­der­ful crab cakes on sale all week. As far as I know the Queen­stown club, the old­est one in the county and our spon­sors years ago, have been serv­ing up good eats at the Fair for many years.


For the sec­ond and prob­a­bly third time, Ruth has been sent a large en­ve­lope with big word­ing on the front say­ing: “UR­GENT LET­TER — RUSH DE­LIV­ERY — IM­POR­TANT DOC­U­MENT EN­CLOSED.” They even have the back printed: “Im­me­di­ate Ac­tion Re­quired — Ex­tremely Im­por­tant Doc­u­ments.”

Well, as you can well imag­ine, the en­ve­lope con­tained a printed let­ter want­ing to sell Ruth some­thing — which we did not buy!

BACK IN 1946

I was look­ing through the bound files of the Record Ob­server for the 1946 year to see when I wrote my last col­umn for Camp Lee, Va., when I was still in the Army. It was in March and the pa­per had been run­ning big ban­ner heads on the front page blar­ing: “BRIDGE THE BAY.” As we know now it fi­nally hap­pened and the Bay Bridge was opened in 1952.

Any­way, I also wanted to see the sum­mer papers as that was the great year we had the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles farm club here in the Eastern Shore Base­ball League; and we won it all!

The best part, as far as I was con­cerned though, was I was of­fi­cial scorer for the team and shared a tele­phone-booth-sized press­box on the top step of the grand­stand with Ge­orge (we called him “Joe”) Aldridge, who did the play-by-play for the games.

It was a great sum­mer and I made friends with Jack Dunn III, whose fa­ther owned the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles, and young Jack was gen­eral man­ager here and even played in a few games. We won the reg­u­lar sea­son sched­ule and then beat Mil­ford five games in the play­offs. We also played an ex­hi­bi­tion game with the city Ori­oles here and lost, 6-3.

It was a won­der­ful sum­mer and we thought the Ori­oles might come back, but they did not, and it was the last time we had pro­fes­sional ball in Centreville. In fact, the League only lasted un­til 1949 and it was dis­banded.

We are root­ing for to­day’s Ori­oles, but it doesn’t look good as this is writ­ten Mon­day of this week. Maybe they can pull it off and get into the play­offs.


He­len Clough cel­e­brated her 100th birth­day Sept. 9 with many fam­ily, friends and neigh­bors on hand for the oc­ca­sion at the Price Com­mu­nity Cen­ter. Mrs. Clough, the only liv­ing char­ter mem­ber of the Price Com­mu­nity Club, was mar­ried to Caleb Clough, who is de­ceased, and lived on a farm most of her life near Price. A num­ber of fam­ily mem­bers at­tended along with her son Sonny Clough, and nephew Lee Fowler, whom she raised as a son. The party was put on by the com­mit­tee of Bar­bara Nel­son, Bar­bara McFar­land, Glo­ria Lea­ger, So­nia Tay­lor, Mandy Lea­ger and oth­ers of the Price Com­mu­nity Club and the Price United Methodist Church.

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