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Lyle, Cyrus H., b. 1863



Cyrus “Cy” H. Lyle was born in Washington County, Tennessee in 1863. In 1882, he moved to Johnson City. Two years later, he helped Robert Love Taylor and other associates found The Comet newspaper in the city. After purchasing The Comet from the other early partners, Lyle owned and edited the newspaper from 1889 until it ceased publication in May 1918. Lyle was a prominent business and civic figure in the city for most of his life. He married in 1889. He called the home he built in Johnson City at 809 East Chilhowie Avenue “Builtless” because he “had less than Vanderbilt when he completed Biltmore.” The house was later used as a hospital from 1914 to 1920.

In 1915, he entered the service of what would become the Veterans Administration, working at Mountain Home in Johnson City (now known as James H. Quillen Veterans Affairs Medical Center). In 1917, when America entered World War I, Lyle was made a commissioned officer in the U. S. Army and served in France. After the war, he continued his work for the National Soldiers Home, serving as with the rank of major as adjutant and treasurer of Mountain Home. In 1921, he was transferred to the National Soldiers Home in Wisconsin for a time before returning to Johnson City.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Burr Harrison Photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AppMs-0064
Scope and Contents The Burr Harrison Photographs consist of 380 photographic images (prints and negatives) depicting Johnson City and environs circa 1881-1958. The collection represents only a portion of Harrison's work, as much of it did not survive. The collection centers on photographs of commercial buildings in downtown Johnson City; industries, residences, apartment houses and churches in the city; buildings and activities at Mountain Home; and buildings at East Tennessee State Normal School (ETSNS). Some...
Dates: 1881-1958

C. H. Lyle Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: AppMs-0589

The collection is arranged in two series, as follows: Series 1, Subject Files, 1905-1955 and undated; and Series 2, Business Ledgers and Miscellaneous Publications, 1886-1925 and undated.

Dates: 1886-1955 and undated

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Andrew Johnson National Historic Site (Greenville, Tenn.) 1
Architecture 1
Baseball -- Tennessee -- Johnson City 1
Boy Scouts of America 1
Cemeteries 1