Erwin Milford Lyda was born on a farm in Benton County, Indiana on May 2, 1893. By 1930 Lyda had settled in Santa Ynez in Santa Barbara County, California. A fireguard in the U.S. National Forest, he painted as a hobby. He died in Santa Ynez on April 7, 1983.
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