There are still Uhls living in Allegany County, though they have little information about their great-, or great-great-grandfather. Sarah Uhl, Clinton's sister? married Richard Beall of Frostburg, and became the proprietress of Mrs. Beall's Cottages, the up-scale summer resort on Beall's Lane. In one way or another, Frostburg's history and that of the Uhl family are linked.
Clinton Uhl, the state roads commissioner, seems to have been appointed for political reasons, not for his road-building expertise. But he was a respected citizen, described as a self-made man, who worked his way from farm-hand to delivery boy, from small shopkeeper to company director, and then to a long career as a Maryland State Roads commissioner.
We have a street that carries his name. But was it really named for him? When, and why, did local people call it Devil's Alley? - and isn't it fun when one question leads to another and there's no end to the interesting information we discover.
Betty VanNewkirk is the historian for the Frostburg Museum.