Local couple celebrates 70th anniversary

BARSTOW, Calif. 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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