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Local couple celebrates 70th anniversary

July 20, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Barstow couple just celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary this weekend. The couple says the secret to a long and happy relationship is romance and simply hanging in there.Gene and Clara Hodkin marked that major milestone Saturday surrounded by friends and family.

The childhood sweethearts were married back in 1939 in Carthage, Mo., where they grew up. They moved to Barstow in 1952. They now have five children, 16 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.

Gene, 93, says he's still romantic and has always been that way. Clara, 87, seems to agree.

"He is a romantic ... always has been," Clara told the San Bernardino Sun.

"There is nobody else I'd rather be with," says Gene of Clara. "I had a lot of love for that girl."

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