Gable’s 113th birthday set


    Clark Gable BDay preview pic

    By AMY GAREIS, News-Herald Staff Writer

     CADIZ – Happy Birthday, Mr. Gable!

    The Clark Gable Foundation Museum will observe what would have been the local native and Hollywood legend’s 113th birthday on Saturday, Feb. 1 from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. with cake and coffee at the museum on Charleston Street in Cadiz. Executive Director Nan Mattern said it will be a low-key affair and it is open to the public while tours will be available. She said some newer items were recently donated by resident Shelly Coffelt and will be on hand for viewing.

    “We’ll open to celebrate his birthday [because] he was born on Feb. 1, 1901,” Mattern said. “We’ve been doing this for the past five years. People are welcome to come and celebrate Clark Gable’s birthday.”

    The museum is closed until March 1 but will open by appointment. Come the spring, hours of operation will be Wednesday to Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with extended days in summer. The site will be open on Saturdays in May and Sundays in June. For more information, contact the museum at 740-942-4989 (GWTW) or Mattern at 740-942-2505.

    More information on this annual event can be found in this weeks print edition of the Harrison News-Herald.


    1. Time moves on and Clark Gable, even the vehicle which made him famous world wide as Rhett Bulter, in the movie “Gone with the Wind” —attitudes about race have changed. Margaret Mitchell’s portrayal of happy ‘darkies’ cavorting across the landscape of rural Georgia rings very false today. Anyone who has watched the intense drama, “Twelve Years a Slave” has to wince at the Technicolor version of life on the plantation as portrayed in “GWTW”.
      Clark Gable belongs in the pantheon of actors from the glory days of the studio system; Los Angeles, Hollywood and California before the state became a near suburban sprawl. I’m glad that Cadiz is able to continue with this museum and his fame but fame is very fleeting, especially for an actor who had his final film role over 50 years ago.

    2. My grandmother, Lena O Markley lived down the street from where Clark lived. She told me that she use to baby sit Clark when he was just a little fella. She said he had a rocking horse & he would tie it to his bed post at night. Just a little tid bit I thought you might be interested in.


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