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William Tate Peck passed away on Friday, July 28, at his sister’s home in Erie, Colorado, surrounded by his family. Tate was born on August 16, 1967, in Denver, Colorado, to Leonard William Peck and Josephine Ann (Cervantes) Peck. He attended schools in Boulder and Lyons, graduating from Lyons High School in 1987.

By Kathleen Spring

Over the weekend, LaVern Johnson celebrated her 90th birthday with an Open House, a Roast, and at a Rockies ball game. Here is her message:

Hi all,

I certainly had a great 90th birthday celebration and want to thank you all.

All friends and family who came to help me celebrate last Saturday, July 22, for your help, i.e., decorations, food, serving, cakes, the roast, great rounds and square dances, the trip to the Rockies game, setting up, cleaning up, taking


By Kathleen Spring
On July 27, Lyons resident Don Colard celebrates his 100th birthday. In 2001, I interviewed Mr. Colard for the Lyons History Video Project. Don was one of my favorite pioneer family interviewees because of his great ability to remember the many stages of his life and various jobs, resulting in some great tales. The first thing we did was go into the work shed in his backyard to see his handmade quarry tools. We next walked around his house to see the sandstone steps, sidewalk and wall that he built, that were both artistic and practical. Then inside, he told many tall tales about life as an adventuresome kid in the Lyons area, and tough jobs he conquered as an adult. You can view

Fifty Years Of Continuous Coverage

To celebrate fifty years of continuous publishing (and over a hundred years since its founding on June 7, 1900), the Lyons Recorder is printing several articles, columns, editorials, and ads that have appeared in the paper over the decades. Also included in this special edition are the owners and publishers of the paper dating back fifty years with Ada Hammans.
Ms. Hammans and her family re-started the Lyons Recorder as a supplemental insert that appeared in the Longmont Ledger



Just in time for Memorial Day, the Redstone Museum will open a new display honoring the descendants of the Lyons pioneer family of Swift/Bohn/Smith. The permanent display of historical family artifacts will begin in late May, and is courtesy of Phillip and Dolph Swift and their wives Charlene and Cheryl of Estes Park.


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Nancy Thorwardson, of Lyons, Colorado, passed away April 11, 2017.

Nancy was "born a small Icelandic child," as she liked to say, in Cavalier, North Dakota on March 2, 1955, to Lee and Helen (Kennedy) Thorwardson. She was valedictorian of her kindergarten class, and, for her speech, she threw open her five-year-old arms and exclaimed, "Friends!!!" That was the whole speech, and




Arthur F. Shupe, 94, passed away Friday, March 3, 2017 while under care at Havenhealth in Yuma, AZ.

Art was born in Gothenburg, Nebraska. While still a young boy, the family moved to Hygiene, CO. Art grew up and attended school at Montgomery Elementary and Lyons High School.

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