Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Charles C. Geck]
Mr. Geck paused then resumed: "My parents, who had moved from La Union to Vinton, not far from White Spur, were forced to move to Chamberino. There, in Chamberino, it was not so good either, for as soon as they would plant their crops the Rio Grande would rise and wash their seed away. It was a common sight to see some poor rancher's adobe dwelling floating down the river; they couldn't bother about their homes when it was all they could do to save their lives. I think the Rio Grande should have been called "Mad River". During the flood of 1905 the Provincio family and other ranchers had to come to town to shop on skiffs. Por Dios, it was an ocean! The Provincios are some of the very early pioneers. Louis Provincio, Nemecio's son, married my sister Alvina." In 1902 my parents moved to Anthony."
In speaking of employment Mr. Geck said: "Work was scarce in the old days. I would work for fifty cents a day and sometimes had to take my wages out in trade. Farmers ploughed with a small hand plough and cut wheat with a scythe. The principal crops were wheat, corn, frijoles, (beans) and alfalfa. The old Santa Fe Office was a small adobe house west of the Santa Fe tracks. This whole valley was bosque or woodland with trees nothing but trees everywhere; we were kept pretty busy clearing the land. But in the old days neighbor helped neighbor, and to say how much do I owe you, would have been and insult, for when your time came they would all flock to your ranch and lend a helping hand."
In comparing old main street with new main street Mr. Geck observed: "The old business street is very quiet and the new business street is noisy with traffic--in the old days it was a wagon road. Charley Miller built and ran the first store on the old business street west of the Santa Fe tracks. And this same man gave me my first job in Anthony. His store was next to Mrs. O.C. Story's place of business.