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Heck relative checks out Heck horse

Heck relative checks out Heck horse

September 17th, 2017 by David Wilson in Local News

Marilyn Heck-Jensen, descendant of the owners of Heck Saddlery, with the restored Heck Horse on Sept. 6, 2017 during a visit to California. The life-sized display horse is in the museum at the Moniteau County Historical Society.

Photo by David Wilson /News Tribune.

Marilyn Heck-Jensen dropped by the Moniteau County Historical Museum, 201 N. High St., California, to check out the Heck horse in his new "stable" in the front window of the museum. She is visiting from her home in Even Prairie, Minnesota.

Heck-Jensen, daughter of Richard Heck, spoke of sitting on the back of "Heck," as he is known by many, and commented on the fact that she did not remember the life-sized display horse as being so big.

Others present for the visit were Dolores and Morris Burger, Dorothy and Paul Jungmeyer and James Albin.

The restored 126-year-old horse was returned to the city earlier this year.

It stood in the window of Heck Saddlery from 1890 to 1973, when it was sold. The saddle and harness-making company closed in 1976. The horse went to an antique museum, "The Wagon Master," in Dardenne Prairie, near O'Fallon. The horse was lost for 43 years, but never forgotten.