Dr. James P. Lytle
Taken From The Biographical Record of Bureau, Marshall and Putnam Counties,
Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company 1896
Dr. James P. Lytle, an eminent physician and surgeon of Princeton, Illinois, was born in the southern part of the state, near East St. Louis, November 12, 1848, and is a son of Dr. Francis W. and Florida Martin (Routt) Lytle, natives of Pennsylvania and Kentucky, respectively. The father successfully engaged in practice in Troy, Madison county, and in Lebanon, St. Clair county, Illinois, and when the civil war broke out, became assistant surgeon of the Fifty-first regiment of Illinois volunteers, but was afterwards promoted to surgeon of the Thirty-sixth Illinois Volunteer Infantry. After the battle of Nashville, he took charge of the hospital there, but was obliged to resign on account of ill-health. On his return home he took up general practice, which he conducted up to the time of his death in 1884, age the age of sixty-five years.
He was a life-long elder of the Presbyterian church, in which his wife was also an active and enthusiastic worker. She was born July 10, 1825, and died July 11, 1875. In the family were eight children, four still living - Anna E., wife of Dr. F. A. Salem, of Anna, Illinois; James P., of this review; Kate P., wife of John R. Appleman, of Fredericktown, Madison county, Missouri, and Mary A., wife of E. S. Dewey, circuit clerk of Alexander county, Illinois. Four of the children died in infancy, and Jennie and Dora, when about seven years of age.
Dr. J. P. Lytle took the classical course at McKendree college, of Illinois, graduating with the class of 1871, receiving the degree of A. M., and took up the study of medicine in the medical college which is now a part of the Washington university, St. Louis, where he was graduated in 1874. He at once began the practice of his chosen profession, and by virtue of his excellent scholarship on competitive examinations was appointed to a position in the St. Louis city hospital, where he remained for a year and a half. He then located at Tiskilwa, Illinois where he engaged in practice for eight years, and spent the two following years in Galva, but for the past eleven years has successfully engaged in practice at Princeton, where he has won a liberal patronage. He is also examiner for several life insurance companies and unsolicited, was made a member of the board of health.
On the 20th of September, 1877, Dr. Lytle led to the marriage alter Miss Ida M. Sawyer, daughter of Edward and Louisa (Stevens) Sawyer of Tiskilwa, and they now have three children, namely; Blanche, recently graduated with high honors from the Princeton high school, being valedictorian of a class of eighteen, of which she was the youngest. Owing to her excellent work in that institution she has been offered a scholarship at Lombard college, of Galesburg, free of charge; Ralph S., is a member of the senior class in the high school and James Albert completes the family. With their daughter, the parents hold membership in the Presbyterian church. Fraternally the doctor is a member of Masonic order, belonging to the commandery, No. 20 K.T. of Princeton. Politically, he is independent, voting for the man whom he thinks will best fill the office, regardless of party ties. He ahs won an enviable position in the ranks of the medical fraternity, his skill being acknowledged by all, and as a citizen he has identified himself with the best interests of his adopted city.
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