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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Heck Ranch: 1943

Heck Ranch: 1943

February 1943. Moreno Valley, New Mexico. "William Heck ranch. Mrs. Heck getting supper." Photo by John Collier, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Some like it hot

The Hecks must have really loved pepper!

Stove tutorial

Where do you put the coal?

Hungry !

That plate of biscuits looks too good to pass up !

Pepper

That's a really big box.

Heck Ranch?

Shucks yes!

Geneva Sergeant Heck

When this photo was taken, Texas native Geneva Heck was about 28 years old, and had been married to William Heck for about ten years. At least one of their three children had been born. William and Geneva would continue in the ranching business for twenty more years, seven of them as owners of the Heck ranch. Her husband died in 1991, but she would live until 2008, when she passed away at age 92.

Nice memories

My grandparents had a similar stove. The sight of those cast-iron irons brings back fond memories.

Magnificent!

That stove is massive and majestic!
And in those days everything was built to last forever!

Great Stove

I am in the process of restoring one just like it as we speak!

Time travel

Someone left their Frisbee on the stove!

 
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