Helen Clough celebrates 100th birthday
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.
GOOD CRAB CAKES!
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.
HERE WE GO AGAIN!
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.