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.
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