Antonio Durán owned a store in what is now the kitchen of the Presbyterian Mission. Originally from Peñasco, he came to live in Dixon at age 12. He was raised after that time by the family of Francisco Lucero and Inez Romero Tafoya Lucero. Having been a shepherd until then, he entered the first grade at age 12. After attending the Embudo Presbyterian School and the Menaul School in Albuquerque, he graduated from McCurdy Highschool at the age of 24.
He returned to Dixon and opened his store and eventually married Dorothy Honor Barnes who came to Embudo from Colorado as a Presbyterian Missionary. He operated the store until Dorothy took a teaching job in Belen, NM in 1949.
Antonio was known as a storyteller and a collector of stories from the local people. Later in life, he wrote down some of the stories and told others to his daughter Concha. Concha has also written some of her recollections, particularly about her "Grandma Inez".
A sampling of stories are presented here. All are written by Antonio unless otherwise stated. There are many more stories that will added as they are transferred into digital form. They appear here with the permission of Concha Durán Brown.