Jayne Peace and Jinx Pyle were named the official historians for the town of Payson at the July 22 town council meeting.
"Jayne Peace and Jinx Pyle have a deep and abiding love of the history of Payson's area arising out of their rich family lineage," Mayor Barbara Brewer said.
Peace is a fifth-generation descendant of Gila County pioneering families and Pyle is a sixth-generation descendant of Gila County pioneering families. Together, they represent 14 pioneer families of the area.
Peace and Pyle have authored eight books on the history of the Payson area. Peace wrote "History of Gisela, Arizona," "Peace Family History," "A Cowboy," and is a co-author with her husband, Pyle, on their latest book, "Rodeo 101 - the History of the Payson, Arizona Rodeo."
Pyle has authored "Looking Through the Smoke," "Blue Fox," and "Mountain Cowboys," plus he co-authored "Rodeo 101."
Peace and Pyle own Git A Rope! Publishing in Payson. They started the business in July 2002 and have published 11 books to date.
Currently, they are working on a Western children's book for a client in Oregon and a political book for Kathy Gibson Boatman of Phoenix.
Peace also is working on the Git A Rope! Cookbook which will be out in November, and she continues to work on her novel about four generations of Native American women.
She also is the new archivist for the Northern Gila County Historical Museum, and Pyle will be taking a seat on the board of directors.