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DR. HELEN EARLE LYDA is one of the representative women of Southern California. She stands very high in the state as an osteopath and among her patients, many of whom are of her own sex, as a marvel in her profession and a person of rare sympathy.

Doctor Lyda was born in Detroit, Michigan, a daughter of Edwin and Hope (Dobson) Earle, both natives of New Jersey, of English descent. They reside at Ridge wood, New Jersey, where Mr. Earle is engaged in conducting a real estate business. Doctor Lyda received her preliminary educational training in Miss Liggets' School for Girls at Detroit, and then took three years' preliminary work in the Western College at Oxford, Ohio. She then had one years' training in Sweetbriar College at Sweetbriar, Virginia, following which she attended the American School of Osteopathy at Kirksville, Missouri, from which she was graduated in 1911 with the degree of Doctor of Osteopathy.

Marrying, she lived for a time at Kirksville, where her sons were born. They are Roscoe and Edwin Earle Lyda, both of whom are students of the San Bernardino public schools. In 1915 Doctor Lyda came to California and spent one year in Los Angeles, where she took up special work in the Los Angeles College of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons, and came to San Bernardino in February, 1917. She purchased her home at 596 F Street, and has followed her professional career ever since.

As a member of the California State Osteopathic Association she keeps abreast of the progress in her profession, and has been a delegate every year to state conventions, serving at them on important committees. She is vice president of the San Bernardino County Osteopathic Association, and of the Delta Omega, the national Osteopathic sorority. Ever since coming to San Bernardino she has taken post graduate courses, and is probably the most skilled member of her profession in this part of the state. Doctor Lyda is an Episcopalian and belongs to Saint John's Episcopal Church of San Bernardino. She is a member of the San Bernardino Woman's Club, the S. O. S. of Young Women's Christian Association, of San Bernardino, and is one of the most active workers in both. Among the women with whom she comes into contact Doctor Lyda is held in loving esteem, and she is accorded by them as high a social position as she is given professionally. She dignifies the profession with which she has connected herself, and is accepted as one of the desirable residents of San Bernardino, where she owns one of the finest homes in the city. Her personality is delightful and she inspires confidence, and wins affection because of it. While she has lost no opportunity to develop her faculties and make herself perfect in her profession, she has not in any way neglected her duty as a mother, but maintains a tender, wise and watchful care over her sons. who are growing up to be a credit to her love and wisdom. Such women as Doctor Lyda are rare, hut when found are appreciated by all who understand their admirable characteristics.


History of San Bernardino and Riverside Counties 
By: John Brown, Jr., Editor for San Bernardino County 
And James Boyd, Editor for Riverside County 
With selected biography of actors and witnesses of the period 
of growth and achievement.
Volume III, the Western Historical Association, 1922, 
The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, ILL

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011