By Monique Sawyer-Lang
Lyons Redstone Museum
Charles P. Swift was born and raised in Lyons and graduated from Lyons High School in 1932. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1937 and was a radioman on the destroyer U.S.S Phelps stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii when it was attacked by Japanese forces on December 7, 1941. Below is the excerpt from his diary of that day. The original diary on display at the Lyons Redstone Museum has been transcribed by the museum and is available to read in its entirety at the museum. The following transcription is as written by Charles Swift including grammar, spelling, and use of colloquialisms of the time.
Jeannette “Jean” Miller, 71, of Lyons, Colorado died September 25. She was born on September 27, 1946, in Hartington, Nebraska. In Omaha, Nebraska she met and married Stanley Keith Miller on September 24, 1967.
Jean Miller passed away gently in the evening of September 25 at her home in Lyons, Colorado after battling the effects from a stroke earlier this year. She is survived by her loving husband Stan, their daughter Trisha Roark and her husband Chad Roark of Castle Rock, their daughter Tracy Komhyr and her husband Doug Komhyr and their two children - Nicholas and Alexas, all of Boulder.
Jean is remembered for her business of twenty years, High Country Crafts. She lovingly made goat milk soap (from her treasured Nubian dairy goats), which she sold at the Longmont Farmers Market where it was very popular. She also had a passion for gardening, sewing, and countless other crafting hobbies. Jean will be greatly missed by her family and friends. The family will privately spread her ashes in the beautiful Rocky Mountains.