Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The
Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties,
State of Washington", published by Western Historical Publishing
ALTON A. LYTLE is at the present
time the efficient and popular sheriff of Douglas county. He was
elected to this office in 1902, running a number of votes ahead of his
ticket. Mr. Lytle is well known throughout Douglas county,
having been engaged in farming and stock raising here five years.
He is a man who has secured the confidence of the people by virtue of real
worth. Reverting more particularly to his early life, we notice that
his birth occurred in New York, on November 1, 1855. His parents,
David G., and Anna (Flake) Lytle, being natives also of the Empire State.
The father's family was one of the old colonial ones and his grandfather,
the great-grandfather of our subject, was captain in the war of 1812.
The father died in 1890, at the old homestead in New York state.
The mother now lives at Pottsdam, New York, and also came from a very prominent
old New York family. The district schools contributed to the earlier
education of Alton A., but later he continued his studies at the state
normal, finishing his education in the Bryant-Stratton business college
of Ogdensburg. After school days, he returned to the farm and labored
with his father for two years, then journeyed on west to Wisconsin, opening
a livery business in Waupaca. For three years he was engaged thus,
then returned to New York. One year later, he came again to Eau Claire,
Wisconsin, and there operated a livery stable for four years. For
two years of that time he owned some fine trotting horses, among which
were Belle D., Little Sherm, and Billy Dayton, all noted race horses of
that day. Belle D. had a great trotting record and trotted as fast
as two minutes, seventeen and three-fourth seconds, which was very rapid
for that time. In 1888, Mr. Lytle came to Waterville and engaged
in farming and stock raising, handling horses principally. He filed
on a quarter section as a pre-emption but sold the same later and bought
a half section twelve miles west from Waterville, which he owns at the
present time. The place is well improved and devoted almost entirely
to stock raising. As stated before, in 1902, Mr. Lytle was chosen
to fill the position of sheriff of Douglas county and is making a very
excellent officer, filling the expectations of his constituents in every
Fraternally, our subject is affiliated with
the I. O. O. F., and the A. F. & A. M. At the present time, Mr.
Lytle has about sixty-five head of full blood Percheron horses, which are
believed to be the finest in this part of Washington. He also owns
some Clydes and other animals. Mr. Lytle is a single man and still
has ahead of him the choice of matrimonial relations.