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Dyke, Elmarie Leslie Hurlbert Hyler, 1896-1981

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Pacific Grove-Pebble Beach Tribune, CA Jan 28, 1981, page 4
Mrs. Pacific Grove is gone
Elmarie Hurlbert Dyke is dead at 84. She died on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Pacific Grove Convalescent Hospital following an extended illness. Mrs. Dke was born March 11, 1896 in San Jose. She was the oldest child of Elgin Clifford Hurlbert and Mary Reeves Blaine Hurlbert. Her family moved to Pacific Grove in 1909. Her father published the “Weekly Argus.” She graduated from Pacific Grove high School in 1915 and enrolled in San Jose State Normal School (now San Jose State College) the same year. After obtaining her teaching credential in 1918, she taught elementary school in Sutter Creek in the Mother Lode country. She married Nelson William Hyler, a garage owner and mayor of Sutter Creek in 1919. Their first son, Nelson, was born in 1921 and a second son, Robert, was born in 1922. When her husband was hospitalized with tuberculosis in 1926, she returned to Pacific Grove to teach school and support the family. Her husband died in 1927. In 1928 she was employed as music and art instructor for Pacific Grove schools and was rural supervisor for Monterey County schools. She married Clyde F. Dyke, owner of a Pacific Grove drug store, in 1933. The Dykes founded the Monterey Peninsula Concert Association in 1938. Mr. Dyke was killed in an automobile accident in 1963. During World War Two, she chaired the Red Cross blood program in Monterey County. Mrs. Dyke was elected State Grand President of the Native Daughters of the Golden West in 1952. That same year she pressed for redesign of the state flag. The new flag is still in use. She was also instrumental in securing legislation to preserve the redwoods. In 1956, Mr. Dyke activated the Feast of Lanterns, a city tradition dating back tot he turn of the century. Mrs. Dyke became general chairman of the celebration. Mrs. Dyke was awarded the “Citizen of the Year” award by the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce in 1978. Mrs. Dyke was also: The guinding force behind the annual Sloat Landing Commemoration at the Presidio of Monterey; for 25 years in charge of entertianment at the Monterey County Fair; President of the Retreat Association, leading the fight which kept The Grove “dry” until 1970; President of the Pacific Grove Art Association; Past Matron and 50 year member of Eastern Star; Director of the Motnerey History and Art Association; Founder of the Pacific Grove Boosters Inc.; Past president of the Pacific Grove Woman’s Club; Pacific Grove City Councilmember. Mrs. Dyke is survived by sones Nelson W. Hyler, Pebble Beach, and Robert Hyler, Pacific Grove. Also surviving her is a brother, Capt. Elgin B. Hurlbert of Pacific Grove, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Services will be conducted Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Fist Methodist Church on Sunset Drive. Burial will be in El Carmelo Cemetery. Rev. Dale Baker will officiate. Friends may call at Paul Mortuary today until 9 p.m. and tomorrow from 9 a.m. until noon. Memorial contributiosn may be made to the Elmarie Dyke Feast of Lanterns Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 300, Pacific Grove.

Pacific Grove-Pebble Beach Tribune, CA Jan 28, 981, page 4
Assembly adjourns in her honor
IN a rare action, the California State Assembly adjourned Jan. 22 in honor of Mrs. Dyke at the request of Assemblyman Sam Farr. A letter outlinging Mrs. Dyke’s accomplishments will also be published in the Journal of the Assembly. Following is the letter, which was writen to the Speaker of the Assembly:
Dear Mr. Speaker: I am requesting that the Assembly adjourn on this day in memory of Mrs. Elmarie Dyke, a very prominent member of my district. Elmarie Dyke died at the age of 84 in Monterey County on Jan 17, 1981, after contributing over 55 years of service to her community and her state. Her list of accomplishments include the founding of countless organizations, the heading of scores of others, work with wartime programs, thousands of hours contributed to church work, collection of money for innumerable charities, marshaling parades and speaking before the State Legislature. Her activities over the years included a 30-year career as a consultatnt in elementary education and kindergarten curricula for county schools, 28 years as chairwoman of entertainment programs at the Monterey County Fair and was probably best known for her years as the Executive Directory of Pacific Grove Feast of Lanterns. Mrs. Dyke was the first woman to serve on the Pacific Grove City Councila nd fought tirelessly to keep Pacific Grove as California’s lasst and only dry town – a battle not lost until 1968. In 1952 as State Grand President of the Native Daughters of the Golden West, Elmarie helped redesign the State flag. Although Mrs. Dyke was honored many times for her unceasing devotion to her home town of Pacific Grove, and to the Monterey Peninsula, she was most recently named the Peninsula’s “Citizen of the Year” by the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. In Elmarie’s case, I am sorry that there isn’t somewhere a “Citizen of the Decade Award.” She would undoubtedly have been the recipient several times. Elmarie’s loving and unselfish nature is probably best summed up in her own words when she said in a Monterey Peninsula Herald interview many years ago, “I love life and believe that the greatest things are accomplished by people working in cooperation with one another. Most of all, I like people.” Sincerely, Sam Farr

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