Marcel Gateau was a French clock maker who lived in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.


Marcel Gateau was born in France on 1858 and was a victim of blind. In 1888, he moves to New Orleans and marries a Creole named Evangeline Parish and later gave birth to a son named Adam. In 1914, he started to work on a clock called the "reverse clock". In 1917, his son leaves New Orleans to serve in the First World War. In January 1918, his son died of gunshot wounds. Gateau decided to reverse the clock to save his son. In November 10, 1918, the clock was unveiled by Gateau in the train station. After the clock unveiling, Gateau was never seen again in New Orleans and his clock shop was closed. He moved back to France by his boat and later died of a broken heart.