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Mini Bio (1)

Clifford Gordon Ketchum was born on January 20, 1918 in Aston, Monoma County, Iowa, USA. He was the son of Arthur Leslie Antil and Dorothy Nelson Ketchum. As a part-time actor he appeared in two 1959 movies (Pork Chop Hill and The Young Land) and from 1957 to 1965 in three television series (once on 77 Sunset Strip and three times each on Tales of Wells Fargo and Gunsmoke). His best known work was as a saddle maker, leather stamper, and silversmith. His saddles were often used in television and movies as well as by real life cowboys. Stunt men prized his saddles. Many of the special ornate saddles with flashy silver work used in parades were handcrafted by Cliff Ketchum. Cliff Ketchum apprenticed Saddlemaking at the Porter Saddle Company, Phoenix Az. while in high school, under the watch full eye of Luis Ringlero, Master Saddlemaker. According to the 1940 U.S, Census at the age of 22 he managed a Los Angeles Saddle Shop. His first marriage was on February 27, 1940. Ketchum enlisted in the U.S. Army on December 31, 1942 and remained in military service until his release on March 1, 1946. After World War II , he packed his bags with his wife and young son and went to Los Angeles and worked for a few saddle shops before he opened the San Fernando Valley Saddlery with Art Hugenberger in Van Nuys, California, USA. Later he bought out his partner. Cliff Ketchum's horse was in Disney movies Tonka (1958) and Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959). The saddle used by James Arness was a San Fernando Saddlery Saddle. Many saddle makers were apprenticed under Ketchum's tutelage. Ketchum was married to Wanda Juanita Gledhill, Patricia A. Fullerton, and Anna Gail Jensen. Cliff Ketchum passed away on September 11, 1984 in Milton-Freewater, Umatilla County, Oregon, USA.

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Spouse (3)

Anna Gail Jensen (7 February 1977 - 11 September 1984) ( his death)
Patricia A. Fullerton (17 April 1954 - ?) ( divorced)
Wanda Juanita Gledhill (27 February 1940 - 29 November 1952) ( her death) ( 1 child)

Trivia (8)

Verlane Desgrange, a nationally acclaimed saddle maker and leather worker known for the ergonomics of accommodating rider to horse. She learned her craft in part as an apprentice to master Western saddle maker, Cliff Ketchum, in Ralston, Wyoming, USA.
Cliff Ketchum showed master Western saddle maker Don King many tricks of the trade, including leather stamping and how to make one's own tools from nails.
Cliff Ketchum showed master Western saddle maker Don King many tricks of the trade, including leather stamping and how to make one's own tools from nails. Known as an emeritus saddle maker, King was initially encouraged to work with leather during a visit with Ketchum at Porter's Saddle Shop in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Ketchum has a similar effect in helping famed saddle maker Pedro Pedrini in learning his craft.
Ketchum served as a mentor in helping famed saddle maker Pedro Pedrini in learning his craft.
Bob Morgan was fearless as a stuntman for many screen stars, i.e., Humphrey Bogart, William Holden, John Wayne, and many others. In 1962 he was paid $250 for a difficult stunt requiring him to mount a coupling connecting railroad cars and hold fast to a brace of slipping logs on the speeding train. After doing it successfully someone shouted a wrong command releasing the logs. Two flat cars and a caboose ran over him. Following the amputation of his left leg his wife, Yvonne DeCarlo, supported his recovery and desire to return to work as a stuntman. One of his later roles on the movie Alvarez Kelly required him to ride a horse as a peg leg Confederate soldier. It was Cliff Ketchum who designed and made a scabbard saddle which Morgan described as being absolutely great for any amputee who likes to ride horses.
Known as an emeritus saddle maker, Don King was initially encouraged to work with leather during a visit with Ketchum at Porter's Saddle Shop in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
In 1982 a five day silversmithing and saddle making workshop with Ketchum was held in Milton-Freewater, Oregon, USA. Participants paid $500 each.
Cliff Ketchum's son, Patrick Ketchum, stated on a 2009 online forum that before the San Fernando Saddlery closed in 1967 his father was working on a saddle for John Wayne. It was claimed by his son that his father's saddles were so comfortable theta they enabled one to ride all day without becoming saddle sore.

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