Former Nevada City Mayor and Historian Steve Cottrell passed along some sad news on Friday night: the passing of county Historian Ed Tyson. Steve, an eloquent writer, penned this obituary about Ed for the community:
“Nevada County’s official historian, (as designated by the board of supervisors several years ago) has died. Ed Tyson, a native of Missouri but forever linked with this region, passed peacefully at his Nevada City home at 1:15 p.m. Friday.
“Born January 8, 1918 in Maryville, Missouri, Ed settled locally following his 1972 retirement as librarian at San Jose City College and was quickly recruited as the volunteer librarian for the Searls Historical Library in Nevada City.
“Although he was asked only to help the historical society organize its collection of old books, documents and photographs, Ed remained on the job –– without pay –– for the next 38 years. It was only when his health failed him late last year that he began to reduce his hours at the library.
“Ed Tyson served on the boards of the Nevada County Historical Society, Nevada County Cemetery District and Nevada Theatre Commission. In addition, Ed was proud to have been Grand Noble Humbug of E Clampus Vitas.
“In 1986, Ed was recognized by the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce as its Elza Kilroy Award recipient for longtime community service, and a year later was named Citizen of the Year by the Nevada County Historical Society.
“Later, he served as Grand Marshal at Nevada City’s July Fourth celebration and, more recently, was recipient of the Col. William Lambert Award for outstanding community service, presented by the Nevada City Marching Presidents.
“Included in his long list of honors was the designation ‘Nevada City Living Treasure,’ proclaimed by then-Mayor Steve Cottrell in May 2007.
“It was Ed’s countless volunteer hours of painstaking research that created an inventory of construction dates and building histories that served as the key element that led to downtown Nevada City being placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
“Although regarded as one of the most thorough and scholarly historians in the the state, Ed Tyson was also a Renaissance man in the best tradition — an accomplished pianist who enjoyed good literature, fiery politics, great food, live theater, and music of all kinds (but especially opera).
“At his request, there will be no local funeral services, but a memorial is being planned for early spring and will be announced soon.”
The memorial is expected to occur in mid-April.
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