Utah State Senator Margaret Dayton, the granddaughter of Albert R. Lyman, was a special guest at Albert R. Lyman Middle School in Blanding on October 10. Senator Dayton spoke at a school wide assembly. As most people in the area know, Albert R. Lyman was the first settler in Blanding and played a crucial in it’s founding and development.
In an earlier visit to Blanding, Senator Dayton and her sister toured the school named after their grandfather. After realizing there wasn’t a picture of Albert Lyman in the school, a visit was scheduled in which the sisters were gracious enough to donate pictures and other items to the school.
At the assembly, Senator Dayton told stories of the settling of Blanding and its development over the years. She shared insights into Albert R. Lyman’s life and the many aspects of the community he was involved in.
One of the many hobbies of Albert Lyman was writing, Senator Dayton explained. He wrote many historical books and was crucial to recording the history of the small town and surrounding county. He also wrote fiction books as well.
As a gift, Senator Dayton donated three copies of one of his books to the school. The book is titled Indians and Outlaws. It is now available in the school library.
Also present at the Assembly was District Superintendent Edward Lyman. He read portions of Albert Lyman’s diary presented by Senator Dayton.
While Senator Dayton did not grow up in Blanding, she did visit often growing up and has fond memories of seeing the development of this small part of Utah on each of her visits.