Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Charles C. Geck]
They had good times in the old days. "Innocent fun." Mr. Geck called it. "We had picnics, barbecues, dances, chuck wagon suppers and rodeos. The last rodeo was staged about eight years ago by a group of old timers, and the last chuck wagon supper ten or eleven. The good old days when we took our guitars and sang love songs to the girl of our dreams will never return. Pretty soon the mothers will be like the girls and buy all of our native dishes in tin cans." Charles C. Geck was born in Dona Ana, New Mexico, Jan. 27, 1880; He married Romana Benevides of Las Cruces, New Mexico in 1912; Came to Anthony, New Mexico with his parents in 1902. Mr. and Mrs. Charles C. Geck have five children; Margaret, Charley, Mary Estella, Tela and Harry. Margaret is now Mrs. Mike Apadoca of San Miguel, and Charley is in the United States Navy. Mary Estella, Tela and Harry are pupils in the Anthony grade school.
Charles C. Gecks parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.C.P. Geck had seven children: Charles, Beatrice, William, Josephine, Epifanio, Louis and Alvina. Charles is a farmer of Anthony, New Mexico; Beatrice lives in Las Cruces; William is a business man of El Paso, Texas; Epifanio is a farmer in San Diego, California; Louis is a resident of Los Angeles, California; Alvina is the wife of Louis Provincio, a valley farmer.
Charles C. Geck's father, W.C.P. Geck, moved his family to Anthony in 1902, where he built a home which is still standing in the town proper, a short distance east of U.S. Highway 80. W.C.P. Geck served Anthony as Justice of the Peace for fifteen years, and his son, Charles C. Geck, held the same office for two years-- 1932 and 1934.