The Cullis & Gladys Wade Clock Museum, located in the lobby of the Mississippi State University Welcome Center at the Cullis Wade Depot, showcases an extensive collection of mostly American clocks and watches dating as far back as the early 1700s. Purchased from across the United States, this collection of over 400 clocks represents nearly every American manufacturer of clocks, including Ansonia, Waterbury, W.L. Gilbert, Howard, and a large representation of Seth Thomas clocks.
While most of the clocks are original productions, several have been customized by Mr. Wade to feature hand-painted glass designs, hybrid clocks of English cases with American movements, and intricate finial additions to the clocks. The collection also features a number of French clocks and several English and German pieces.
Mr. Wade's passion for clocks, especially of the internal mechanisms, is evident in this wide array of timepieces from all over the world. It was his hope that the exhibit will expose MSU students and visitors to something unique and historical that can’t be found anywhere else in Mississippi.”
About the Wades
Renowned antique clock collector Charles Cullis Wade of Newton, graduated from MSU in 1940 with a degree in electrical engineering. Following graduation, Wade worked in cotton gins, built a saw mill and several tung oil mills, and served in the Navy as a SeaBee. He moved to Bogalusa in 1948 after building the Wade Tung Oil Mill in the Louisiana city. In 1955, Randolph Cassidy became Wade's partner and they formed C & W Construction Company and built the local airport. The two men also had the No. 1 polled hereford farm in the state, Wade later owned a radio station in Georgia and was a tree farmer in Louisiana and Mississippi.
In 1967, Wade married Gladys Valentine of Laurel and they began to collect antique furniture for their home in Bogalusa. In Laurel, Gladys Wade worked at Masonite for 25 years and was also a Mississippi bowling champion. After moving to Bogalusa, she volunteered as a Pink Lady at the Bogalusa Medical Center for 35 years.
While looking for antiques in Winona, the couple bought their first antique china clock, and it is in the museum collection, along with the other 400 clocks that they accumulated during their marriage. Both Wades worked on the clocks and enjoyed sharing many hours together as they found new and different clocks from all over the United States.
The Wades gave generously toward the football stadium expansion project and funded a charitable remainder trust which has also benefited the Mississippi State University athletic department.
Mrs. Wade passed away the summer of 2004 and Mr. Wade the fall of 2012.