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Gerald Lyda

Born: Jan 12, 1923

Death: Nov 14, 2005

Birthplace: United States of America

Profession: Businessperson

Nationality: United States

Gerald Lyda

Date of Birth : Jan 12, 1923
Date of Death : Nov 14, 2005
Birth Place : United States of America

Gerald Lyda was an American cattle rancher, contractor and developer prominent in the state of Texas. Lyda was reared in Burnet County at the edge of the Texas Hill Country in Central Texas. His grandfather was Gideon Paloris Lyda who worked as foreman on Thomas Lyons & Angus Campbell's famous LC Ranch headquartered near Silver City, New Mexico. Separated from his family at age 10 by his mother's death and the foreclosure on the family farm, Lyda worked for various ranches throughout the Texas Hill Country where he could be close to horses, cattle and ranching life. During World War II, Lyda worked for the railroad, but soon became a carpenter with a large El Paso-based general contractor. He worked with his tools on military projects throughout Texas, Utah and Colorado. Returning to Texas between construction jobs, Lyda broke horses, worked as a ranch hand, occasionally competed in saddle bronc riding at small town rodeos and learned the art of making saddles from legendary rodeo producer and businessman, T. C. "Buck" Steiner of Austin. Lyda married Randa Jean Lyda and moved to Nixon, Texas to manage the Evans Ranch. Times were hard.


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