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Last Updated
29 Jun 2009

Myron H. Akin

Portrait & Biographical Record of Denver & Vicinity - 1898

MYRON H. AKIN, vice-president and manager of the Akin Live Stock Company and one of the influential citizens of Fort Collins, was born near Joliet, Will County, Ill., November 7, 1857, and is of Scotch lineage. His father, Henry, was born at Johnstown, near Albany, N. Y., and was a son of Abraham Akin, a native of York state and one of the discoverers of salt and owner of the original salt works. After a very successful business life he died in Syracuse.

For some years Henry Akin engaged in farming in Albany County, N. Y., but in 1841 he located in Will County, Ill., between Lockport and Joliet, where he improved a fine farm from the prairie of that section. He became well known throughout that region and acquired the ownership to large tracts of land. In 1874 he removed to Vermilion County and bought the town site of East Lynn, which, in connection with George H. White, he platted in lots. To the sale of his real estate and the cultivation of his land he gave his attention until 1879, when, hoping by a change of climate to obtain relief from asthma, he settled in Larimer County, Colo., and embarked in farming upon a four hundred acre tract that he purchased. He is hale and hearty, showing in his appearance and activity little trace of his eighty years of life.

The wife of Henry Akin bore the maiden name of Eunice Harris and was born in Pine Plains, Dutchess County, N. Y. After a married life of fifty-two years, she died in Colorado in 1896, aged seventy-four years. Her father, Israel Harris, was born in Dutchess County, which he represented in the legislature of New York. He married a daughter of Colonel Barker, an officer in the Revolution. Late in life he went to Michigan, where he died. He had sons who served in the legislatures of New York and Michigan. Ten children were born to the union of Henry and Eunice Akin, of whom seven attained manhood and womanhood, namely: Phoebe, who died in Dutchess County, N. Y; Henry R., a conductor on the Houston & Texas Central Railroad in Texas; Myron H.; Harris, Abraham and William, who are farmers in Larimer County; and John, who is connected with the First National Bank of El Paso, Tex.

After having for some terms attended the public and high schools of Lockport, Ill., the subject of this sketch began railroading at the age of sixteen. He learned telegraphy at Lockport, in the Chicago & Alton depot, and continued as operator there for a year, after which he was with the Lake Erie & Western Railroad at East Lynn, Ill., for five years. Resigning in 1881, he came to Colorado and became operator at Fort Collins for the Union Pacific (now the Gulf) Railroad. He had purchased one hundred and sixty acres three miles southwest of the town while he was still in Illinois and had helped to put a ditch through the land, out of which he evolved a valuable farm. This property he traded for one hundred head of brood mares in 1882, and located at Steamboat Rock, where he took up a ranch and fenced twenty-five hundred acres of fine grazing land that he still owns. His next employment was that of foreman for Jesse Harris, the largest importer of horses in the west, and, as foreman for that gentleman for five years, he traveled through the western states and territories. At the same time he raised horses on his ranch, and these he later traded for cattle. For a while he engaged in the real-estate business, dealing in residence property and farms, and also carried on a cattle business.

Mr. Akin and his brothers were among the first to bring sheep into Larimer County, buying them in New Mexico and feeding them here. November 17, 1895, he formed a partnership with Messrs. Avery and Hall, as Hall & Co. This firm was succeeded, September 17, 1897, by the Akin Live Stock Company, of which F. C. Avery is president, Myron H. Akin vice-president and manager; and Edward H. Hall secretary and treasurer, the capital stock being $60,000. The company have a farm of eighteen hundred acres and ranches aggregating three thousand acres in the foot hills, also Steamboat Rock ranch of twenty-five hundred acres, and raise from twenty-five hundred to four thousand tons of alfalfa each year; also handle as many as sixty thousand head of sheep annually, this being one-fourth of the entire number handled here; and feed over four thousand head per annum. They buy Mexican lambs, which are shipped to this point. In his work Mr. Akin has become familiar with the Mexican language, much of his business having been done with the people of Mexico. He is a charter member of the Larimer County Sheep Feeders' Association, of which he was the first, and is still secretary and treasurer. He is also identified with the Colorado Stock Growers' Association and was a delegate to the National Stock Growers' Convention in 1897. Politically he is a silver Republican. In fraternal relations he is connected with the Ancient Order of United Workmen. He is a trustee in the Presbyterian Church, of which denomination he and his wife are both members.

In Las Animas, Colo., June 5, 1890, Mr. Akin married Miss Elizabeth D. Mellinger, who was born in Seven Mile, Butler County, Ohio. Her father, Jacob Mellinger, was born in Lancaster, Pa., a son of Jacob Mellinger, Sr. Removing to Butler County, Ohio, he engaged in the hotel business there. His last days were spent in Fort Wayne, Ind., where he died. He married Julia Hunt, a native of Ohio, and daughter of Henry Hunt, who was born in New Jersey and engaged in farming in Ohio. Mrs. Julia Mellinger is now living in Las Animas. She has four children: Elizabeth; Eleanor, who is married and lives in Las Animas; Wayne H., also a resident of that town; and Mrs. Edith Deweese, of the same place. Mrs. Akin was graduated from the Fort Wayne high school in 1877 and the following year completed the course in the Fort Wayne Normal School, after which she engaged in teaching. In 1882 she came to Fort Collins, and here taught in the grammar school for eight years. After her marriage she took a course in kindergarten work and became a teacher in that department of school work. She was the first lady in this city to be elected a member of the board of education and was made secretary of the board, serving for five years. She is also actively identified with the Woman's Club of Fort Collins. The two children of Mr. and Mrs. Akin are Eunice Elizabeth and Wayne Mellinger.


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