Book's not about Waynesboro, but you may recognize characters

November 27, 2005|By RICHARD F. BELISLE

WAYNESBORO, PA. - Before she died in 2000 at the age of 92, Margaret Oliver Dull talked to her son about growing up, living and raising a family in Waynesboro.

"She talked about the family and the things that she knew about Waynesboro," said Carl H. Dull, 71, of Red Bluff in northern California.

Dull came back to Waynesboro to take care of his mother in her final three months. It was those conversations, her reminisces about her family and Waynesboro, that formed the basis of a novel that Dull felt inspired to write.


The book is a mix of fact and fiction, and although it's not about Waynesboro, the borough is its setting. While the names of the principal characters are changed, local residents who read the book will recognize personalities and places.

"A lot of residents will recognize the characters," Dull said in a telephone interview last week from his home. He, his wife, Naomi, and son, Marcellis, moved there in 1989.

The title, "Well Forevermore," is taken from his mother's favorite expression. The 318-page book was published last year by American Book Publishing in Salt Lake City. It is available in bookstores and online.

Dull's father, T. Frank Dull, was general manager of the former W.B. Thompson & Sons Feed, Coal and Grain on CV Avenue.

His brother, Ted Dull, lives in Waynesboro. A brother, Ray E. Dull of Chambersburg, Pa., and sister, Janet D. Crone of Waynesboro, have died.

In addition to family stories told to him over the years, Dull found fodder for his book in things he experienced and saw while growing up in Waynesboro, he said.

The book walks through local history in Dull's depictions of the interior of W.B. Thompson & Sons, the family's church, corner grocery stores and houses in which the family lived.

There are descriptions of trains and the Waynesboro trolley, family outings to Pen Mar Amusement Park, Mont Alto State Park and Gettysburg, along with national and world events of the decades, from the Depression to Waynesboro's Sesquicentennial Celebration in 1947, all as seen through the eyes of a boy growing up in the community.

"Prepare to enter into an age of simplicity and follow the struggles and adventures of the Bailey family ... " promotional material on the book's back cover says.

Dull attended Waynesboro High School and studied accounting at Zion Bible Institute in East Providence, R.I., where he met Naomi. They were married 52 years ago and have lived in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Texas, Pennsylvania and California.

Dull has been a milliner and owned Mr. Karl's Custom Millinery on North Potomac Street in Hagerstown in the 1960s. He is a certified cosmetologist and teacher, designs jewelry and worked as a controller for Chevron Aviation Fuels in Santa Rosa, Calif.

Today, he works as a relief manager for a company that serves hotel chains in California, Nevada and Oregon, a job he describes as a "paid vacation in a different hotel every week."

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