Tidbits of Grant County History

This category, which will be under Columns>Personal, will include items attributed to other publications as well as from those who wish to provide tidbits of their interesting history in Grant County. The first one comes from the Mimbres Messenger, a monthly publication, that comes out in digital and print form.

This article by Gene Stailey was previously published in the Mimbres Messenger, a monthly print and digital publication, which can be found at https://mvhal.org/mm/

Many of you are familiar with Acklin Hill (or Acklin Road), and I know that many of you old-timers are familiar with and have used the Acklin Store. It is the big two-story white building with green trim, just after passing the Round Up Lodge. It is owned and occupied by Cindy Lee, who was a long-time teacher at Snell Middle School in Bayard. She retired this year after winning all sorts of awards, not only local, but regional, state and national. She is now devoting her time to the museum in the store part of the building. I will get to that later.

The store was built and started in 1921 and was operated by William Henry Acklin and his wife, Mary, until his death in 1969. Mrs. Acklin ran it for a short time, and then it closed for good.