It all began sometime in the 1950s when Heinrich Recksiek (pronounced wreck-sick), Norm’s grandfather, started going door to door in the Millcreek area asking people if they had sewing machines, clocks or watches that needed fixing.
Heinrich, who soon after arriving in America went by “Henry,” had learned how to repair such things in his native Germany. He might have remained there had it not been for World War I, which he fought in, and World War II, which he survived. Henry had joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints soon after the end of the first war and decided he wanted to move to Salt Lake City, the heart of Mormondom, after the end of the second one. Circa 1950, he and his wife, Anna, found sponsors and immigrated.