In 1917, Clark’s father Bill Gable packed up his family and moved from the little town of Hopedale north 50 miles to the rural outskirts of Ravenna, Palmyrna Township.

The area is still very rural and quaint, with houses far apart and cows and horses visible from every yard.

Here is Alliance Rd, where the Gables moved to:

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And here is the house, modernized and added on to, but still standing!

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Clark was not happy in Palmyra and missed all his friends from Hopedale. He attended Edinburgh High School, which has since burned down, but a new school was built in its place:

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In 1920, Clark traveled back to Palmyra Township when he received news that his beloved stepmother was ill. She died in her room at the farm on January 11 and was buried just up the street in Palmyra Cemetery.

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It took us a little while to find her. The cemetery is not extremely large but is packed with graves dating back to the Civil War!

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It was a cloudy, dreary, bittingly cold morning when we visited. And me without my coat! The cemetery is well kept and is still the town cemetery, as there were recent plots and room for many more on the far corners. Despite the weather, we wandered for a while gazing at the headstones, many a hundred years old or more.

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Clark and his stepmother Jennie Dunlap

 

Jennie is sadly all by herself. Although there is a space for him here with Jennie, Bill Gable was cremated and is interred alone in Hollywood Forever Cemetery in California.

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