Mr. Ricardo Jimenez's letter about Heber was so interesting to me. I learned a lot I did not know. It started me to thinking about my childhood times in Heber.
My family, too, moved to Heber from Oklahoma about 1926. Because I was quite young then I don't remember much about the farming, etc. I do remember the big Faucett ranch southwest of the town. Mr. Faucett early on was a very successful farmer and maintained homes for his workers, as I recall. He built a home in El Centro that was considered a mansion then. He was generous and when his wagons full of grapes came by our home we'd take a tub out to the street and it would be filled with grapes for free.
It has been said he began to lose whenever he would not change to tractors. He kept his mules instead.
It seems Heber is ignored in the early history books. This should not have been. When we first came there were several hotels, some grocery stores, lumber yard, post office and at least 13 packing sheds. When the packing sheds were busy with different produce, there were so many trains switching at the Main Street crossing that a signal man was hired so the cars could go safely.