The Chronicles of Grant County

This column will feature items that relate somehow to Grant County - the name of a street in the case of the first one, and maybe other streets, or the name of a building or whatever catches the fancy of the contributor, Richard Donough. Readers are encouraged to send him topics of interest to them, so he can do the research and write an article.

The Chronicles Of Grant County

turkey gila national forest 25A wild turkey in the Gila National Forest. (The photograph was provided courtesy of the Forest Service of the United States Department of Agriculture.)

Thanksgiving is tomorrow. While the situation does not appear to be as dire as it was in 2020, Grant County and New Mexico are not yet out of the woods regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic.

During the Pandemic of 1918-1919, there were three main waves of disease and death. Thanksgiving of 1918 was held during the midst of that Pandemic, but much of the disease had passed though the region by Thanksgiving of 1919.

Today, we look back on happenings in Silver City and Grant County during November of 1919.

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Buckhorn

buckhorn new mexico usgs 2021 65Buckhorn is located northwest of Silver City. (The map was provided courtesy of the United States Geological Survey, 2021.)

Located along Route 180, Buckhorn is a small settlement in Grant County. Various reports indicated that the place was named after the Buckhorn Creek. The waterbody itself was likely named after the horn of a deer (a buck).

Native Americans lived in this area for many years. People from outside the region that settled in this area found that their presence was not welcomed. The Albuquerque Evening Citizen reported on June 15, 1906, that "It is rumored that Indians in northwestern Grant County and southwestern Socorro County, are being blamed with stock depredations, and that reports are coming in daily telling of horse stealing and cattle killing, all of which is attributed to poor [word unknown], inasmuch as a large band of the [derogatory word] have been seen at Dry Creek and near Buckhorn creek recently."

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map of new mexico school districts state of new mexico public education department 2021 green circle 65The Silver Consolidated School District and the Cobre Consolidated School District (seen in the green circle) are the two public school districts that serve Grant County. (The map was provided courtesy of the State of New Mexico Public Education Department, 2021.)

The two public school districts that serve the people of Grant County have been contacted by The Chronicles Of Grant County during the past two months to determine if funds that appear to be unclaimed monies due to those school districts are in fact funds due to them. These funds are being held by the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department.

Silver Consolidated Schools indicated that it is reviewing information from the website used by the State of New Mexico. Cobre Consolidated Schools has not responded to any of the requests for information from The Chronicles Of Grant County.

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town of silver city town hall swfolks aj brittain may 16 2018 35The Town Hall of Silver City is located in the downtown of the Grant County seat. (The photograph was provided courtesy of A J Brittain, May 16, 2018.)

Several governmental entities that serve people of Grant County have been contacted by The Chronicles Of Grant County during the past two months to determine if funds that appear to be unclaimed monies due to those governmental entities are in fact funds due to them. These funds are being held by the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department.

The Town of Silver City received more than $500.00 from these efforts, according to Celia Dominguez, Personnel Officer at the Town of Silver City. "Thank you for bringing this to our attention."

Grant County is another local governmental entity that was interested in the findings from this research. "We will be submitting claims to collect these funds," stated Linda Vasquez, Fiscal Service Director for Grant County. "Thank you for pointing this out."

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western new mexico university photo one one 35Western New Mexico University educates many students from Grant County and beyond. (The photograph was provided courtesy of the Western New Mexico University.)

The Chronicles Of Grant County has contacted several of the governmental entities that serve people of Grant County during the past two months to determine if funds that appear to be unclaimed monies due to those governmental entities are in fact funds due to them.

Western New Mexico University (WNMU) is one of those governmental entities locally that appear to have unclaimed monies owed to them. These funds are being held by the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department.

According to information on the MissingMoney.Com website, funds potentially owed to WNMU came from a number of different entities. An entity named "EOG Resources" reported that it owed less than $100 to "New Mexico University Western." The records indicated that Avaya reported that it owed more than $100 to WNMU, while Western Bank is listed as the entity that reported that it owed more than $100 to "Western NM University."

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Veterans Day 2021

veterans day 2021 department of veterans affairs 25(This poster was provided courtesy of the U S Department of Veterans Affairs, 2021.)

Tomorrow is the day that the United States of America honors military veterans who have served our county. "The theme for Veterans Day 2021 is centered on the centennial commemoration of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier," according to a statement from the U S Department of Veterans Affairs. "Located at Arlington National Cemetery, the Tomb was initially dedicated by the Army on Armistice Day, November 11, 1921, with the burial of an unknown service member from World War I. Over the past century, additional unknowns have been buried at the Tomb, and the site has become a people's memorial that inspires reflection on service, valor, sacrifice and mourning."

"This year's Veterans Day poster competition asks artists to envision a design that evokes elements of the history, legacy, and meaning of the Tomb during its centennial anniversary," the statement from the Department continued. "Whether inspired by historic images of the Tomb, the ceremonies and rituals that take place at the site, or the physical Tomb itself, artists should interpret the Tomb's centennial in a way that honors its past and recognizes its continued importance in American society to all."

Through the years, there are a variety of ways that local folks in Grant County have recognized the services of military veterans. Visits to grave sites, flying the flag outside houses, parades, and public proclamations have been among those activities. In many cases, the service of military veterans has been recognized by family and friends – even perfect strangers – simply saying "Thank You" to the men and women who have put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms.

Sometimes, those simple "Thank Yous" can make a tremendous difference to people who may feel overlooked by others.

Area businesses have strived to recognize the service of military veterans by giving those individuals free products or discounted products. In this news column, we highlight two examples in Silver City.

Little Caesars is offering free meals to those who have served our nation. From 11 AM to 2 PM tomorrow – on Veterans Day – military veterans and active-duty military members can receive a free lunch combo. This meal includes four slices of Little Caesars Detroit-style deep-dish pizza along with a 20-ounce Pepsi product.

"We would welcome veterans to come out to our Little Caesars on Veterans Day," stated Julieann Vigil, General Manager at the Little Caesars in Silver City. "We're located next to the Albertson's Supermarket at 2320 Highway 180 East in Silver City."

Denny's is offering a free "Build Your Own Grand Slam" to all active, inactive, and military personnel. This offer is valid for dine-in service from 5 AM to 12 Noon tomorrow (Veterans Day). Individuals need to present a valid military ID or DD 214 to receive this free breakfast meal. Denny's is located at 708 Silver Heights Boulevard in Silver City.

"As veterans continue to feel the effects of the pandemic, it's important now more than ever to honor America's heroes," stated John Dillon, Chief Brand Officer for Denny's. "This year, we look forward to welcoming them into our booths…to show our gratitude and support for both veterans and active military personnel."

To all those in Grant County and beyond who have served our country, "Thank You."

Do you have questions about communities in Grant County?

A street name? A building?

Your questions may be used in a future news column.

Contact Richard McDonough at chroniclesofgrantcounty@mail.com.

If your email does not go through, please contact editor@grantcountybeat.com.

© 2021 Richard McDonough

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Grant County In Arizona Territory Part One

territory of arizona library of congress arthur de witzleben 1860 50 copyThe lands in today’s Grant County were included in the proposed Mesilla County in the proposed Territory of Arizona in the United States of America. (This map was produced by Arthur de Witzleben and provided courtesy of the Library of Congress, 1860.)

People in the area that now includes Grant County petitioned the United States Congress on several occasions to officially sanction the formation of the Territory of Arizona. Initially, the plan was to split the Territory of New Mexico into two separate territories – one with the original name of New Mexico and one with the “Arizona” name.

The lands in that “Arizona Territory” were not the lands that eventually became the officially sanctioned Arizona Territory by the U S Congress. Instead, the proposed boundaries of the Territory of Arizona included the southern portions of what became the States of New Mexico and Arizona. The proposed territory stretched from California at the Colorado River to Texas at the Rio Grande River.

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Unclaimed Monies
Part Three

new mexico flag clker free vector images from pixabay 50(This image was provided courtesy of Clker-Free-Vector-Images, 2012.)

A number of governmental entities in Grant County appear to have unclaimed monies owed to them. These funds are being held by the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department.

During the past two months, The Chronicles Of Grant County has contacted several of the governmental entities that serve people of Grant County to determine if funds that appear to be unclaimed monies due to those governmental entities are in fact funds due to them.

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