Biography of Dr. J. Pressly Lyle
Lucas County, OH Biographies

Dr. J. Pressly Lyle, who passed away on the 8th of November, 1922, after many years devoted to the practice of medicine and to active promotion of fraternal interests, was born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, on the 10th of March, 1850, a son of John and Sarah Jane (Simpson) Lyle. His grandparents in the paternal line, Joseph and Jeanette (McNary) Lyle, were also born in Pennsylvania and passed away in Washington county, that state, the grandfather attaining the ripe old age of eighty three years. Pennsylvania was also the native state of the maternal grandparents, Robert and Ann (Lyle) Simpson, who spent their lives in Washington county. The birth of Dr. Lyle's father occurred in Washington county, April 21, 1821, and he was the senior of his wife by only about three months, her birth occurring in the same county on the 19th of July, 1821. John Lyle devoted his attention to the occupation of fanning as a life work and thus provided a comfortable living for his family. His early political allegiances was given to the democratic party, but with the organization of the republican party he joined its ranks and remained a faithful follower of its principles to the time of his death, which occurred in 1907, when he was in the eighty sixth year of his age. His widow survived him and passed away in Jefferson county, Ohio. They were long devoted members of the Presbyterian church and Mr. Lyle served as an elder for more than a half century. This worthy couple became the parents of eight children, of whom five sons and two daughters are living.

The youthful days of J. Pressly Lyle were spent in his native county and to the public school system of Pennsylvania he was indebted for the early educational opportunities which he enjoyed. He afterward continued his studies in the McNeely Normal College at Hopedale, Ohio, and next entered Richmond College at Richmond, Ohio, where he completed his preparatory studies. In preparation for a professional career he entered the Columbus Medical College at Columbus, Ohio, and there received his M. ft degree upon graduation with the dass of 1882. Immediately thereafter he returned to Pennsylvania and for three years was an interne in Passavant Hospital at Pittsburgh, thus gaining that broad and practical knowledge which can never be so quickly secured in any other way as in hospital practice. He was also associated for a year with the wholesale drug house of J. H. Henderson & Brothers and he became one of the early members of the Allegheny County Medical Association and was the first solicitor for the Pittsburgh Medical Journal.

Dr. Lyle's association with professional interests in Ohio dated from 1882, when he opened an office in Unionport, Jefferson county, there remaining until 1891, when he located at Cleveland. In the following year he occupied the position of pharmacist with a large drug house and in 1892 he removed to Toledo, where he spent the remainder of his life and enjoyed an extensive practice, being particularly skilled as a diagnostician. At all times broad reading and study kept him in touch with the trend of modem scientific advancement and research and he ever utilized the most progressive methods of the profession in his daily practice. He was an honorary member of the Allegheny County Medical Association at Pittsburgh and while residing in Unionport, Ohio, he was an active member of the Jefferson County Medical Association.

Dr. Lyle was very prominently known in connection with his work in various fraternal orders. As a Mason he was a past master of Yondota Lodge, F. & A. M.; past high priest of Port Lawrence Chapter, R. A. M.; past illustrious master of Vistula Council, R & S. M.; and a member of Eu-Tah Conmandery, K. T. He was also past worthy patron of Yondota Chapter of the Eastern Star. He became an Odd Fellow in 1876 and was identified with the Knights of Pythias from 1882. In 1895 he became a member of the Knights and Ladies of Columbia, of the Order of Chosen Friends in 1897 and of the Tribe of Ben Hur in 1898. In 1903 he organized another fraternal society known as the Order of Love, Light and Truth. He belonged as well to the Protected Home Circle and filled the office of supreme deputy grand riboni of the Order of the Philosophy of the Living Fire. In all of these fraternal societies he was local examining physician and he did everything in his power to stimulate an interest in and secure the adoption of the high principles and ethical standards upon which these organizations are based.

On the 30th of May, 1875, Dr. Lyle wedded Miss Ellen Shoemaker, a native of Jefferson county, Ohio, and they became parents of two daughters, Georgia O. and Bessie A., the latter deceased. The former is the wife of Wilhelm F. Widell and has two children: Sigrid Caroline, now the wife of Ralph M. Winters; and Kathleen Ellen. Dr. Lyle was long a firm supporter of republican principles and served as committeeman of the party for more than a quarter of a century. At local elections, however, where no issue was involved, he cast an independent ballot. In fact, he was an independent thinker, liberal and broad minded, not holding to creed or man made divisions of religion but adhering to the high standards which recognize the brotherhood of man and the obligations thereby imposed.

Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio
BY: John M. Killits, A.M., LL.D.
S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago and Toledo

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