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have been assembled over a long period and are an invaluable record of local events and people.
Up at Eckhart in his "Mountain Museum" John "Red" Morrissey has painstakingly gathered an impressive array of mementoes of earlier times.
Authorities on various phases of local history who have proved helpful over the years are Associate Judge George Henderson, D. Lindley Sloan (former Chief Judge State Court of Appeals), Oliver H. Bruce (former Associate Judge), William A. Gunter, Harry I. Stegmaier, W. Earle Cobey, Clifton E. Fuller, Alec Sloan and Miss Anne Sloan, William M. Somerville, W. Wallace McKaig, Charles Z. Heskett, Thomas L. Richards, F. Brooke Whiting, Robert MacDonald Bruce, James Alfred Avirett, Col. F. Edgerton "Tony" Powell, Miss Mary G. Walsh, Miss Ruth Clauson, Edward Dilger, John F. Schaidt and Lloyd Rawlings among others.
Felix G. Robinson, in his TABLELAND TRAILS quarterly, has assembled much interesting material.
There is so much of historical value remaining to be explored that we hope the early energies of the Allegany County Historical Society will be largely devoted to research and the collection of such original material as diaries, genealogies, scrapbooks, clippings, reminiscences, old papers and similar data. Too few realize that a seemingly unimportant family record or some old deed or other bit of information may be the missing link needed to clarify or complete a portion of local history. It is not enough to keep repeating what is already known, but it is worthwhile to amplify and expand the knowledge already available.
The fact that General Daniel Morgan, of Revolutionary War fame, was a private soldier at Fort Cumberland under Braddock and Washington in 175 5; was given 499 lashes on the bare back for some infringement of discipline while here, and returned to Cumberland with Washington in 1794 during the Whisky Rebellion, is a sidelight on Fort Cumberland's history that was brought out during research conducted by B. Floyd Flickinger for his forthcoming biography of Morgan.
The Cumberland area and Allegany County played a tremendous role in the early development of this nation, and now is the time for hundreds of interested citizens to boost the objectives of the organization devoted to making this county's role better known throughout Maryland and the United States.
FRIENDSVILLE, MARYLAND, the oldest settlement in Garrett County, is planning the fiftieth anniversary of its incorporation this coming year. In 1965 Friendsville will celebrate the bicentennial of its first settlement. That was the year Charles, John and Augustine Friend came with their families and built their homes by the Youghiogheny River, purchasing
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