JOHN EDWARD LYTLE has used meager opportunity and has converted hard work and constant vigilance into a large and successful business at Findlay and is now sole proprieotor of the LYTLE Transfer Line, a business which employs a large capital and equipment and handles goods not only in Findlay but all over that section of Ohio.
Mr. LYTLE was born at Cary, Ohio, November 4, 1875, one of the twelve children, seven of whom are still living, born to HENDERSON LYTLE and MARY ANN (LOWRY) LYTLE. The family is of English and Scotch-Irish ancestry.
When JOHN EDWARD LYTLE was fifteen years of age his father died. That ended his schooling, and being one of a large household he took it upon himself to become self-supporting. He worked at whatever he could find to do for several years at Cary and also at Columbus. He then became a bridge carpenter for the Big Four Railroad Company. He learned the steam bending trade. In 1900 he arrived in Findlay, ambitious and energetic, but poor in purse. For four years he worked as a tool dresser in the oil fields. Then for a year he was employed as a teamster for the FRANK ADAMS Transfer Company. He next joined the HOWE & DAVID Transfer Company, and was with them until 1911. For two years he was foreman of the company. The senior partner had sold his interests to Mr. DAVID in 1909, and for the next two years the business responsibilities devolved almost entirely on Mr. LYTLE.
In 1911 he had a great amount of experience, but no capital. He used his experience to form a partnership with THOMAS HAMMOND, under the firm name of LYTLE & HAMMOND Transfer Company. They opened their quarters on South Main Street in the rear of No. 522. The business had not been conducted long until Mr. LYTLE was able to buy out his partner, and he thus became sole proprietor of the Local Transfer Line. Many improvements and increased facilities have since been added. At the present time the company has its warerooms and garage and stables at 120-124 East Sandusky Street and also at 121-125 East Crawford Street. Besides many teams and wagons for local traffic, the business has the facilities of a number of big automobile trucks, and these trucks carry goods to all parts of Ohio and even to Michigan and Indiana. It is a large business and reflects credit upon Mr. LYTLE as the proprietor.
In 1904 he was married at Findlay to Miss GLENNA A. ROUTSON, daughter of CHARLES and LAURA (MOREHART) ROUTSON. They have one child, DORIS LUCILE, born August 14, 1905. Mr. LYTLE is affiliated with the Knights of Pythias and the Modern Woodmen of America and in politics is an independent democrat.
A History of Northwest Ohio, Vol. III, Nevin O. Winter. Chicago and New York: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1917.