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    JOHN W. LYLE, one of the representative business men of Covington, who has been engaged in the grocery line here for over twenty-two years, was born in Muskinum County, Ohio, October 21, 1857, and is a son of Robert and Hester (Ford) Lyle.

    Mr. Lyle was reared on his father's farm and was educated in the country schools. When he was eighteen years of age, his parents moved to Logan County and he accompanied them and shortly afterward accepted a position as clerk in a general store at Belle Center, where he remained for five years. In 1885, deciding to invest his capital of $400, in business for himself, he came to Covington and purchased a small store, and from that time until the present, with the exception of eight months, he has been engaged in business here. He bought a farm of 120 acres near Troy, in Concord Township, and occupied it for eight months and then returned to Covington and bought back his old store. February 6, 1902, Mr. Lyle bought Mr. Ratcliff's interest in the firm of Kreighbaum & Ratcliff, the firm becoming J. W. Lyle & Co. The following June this firm sold out to Everleigh & Utter. On September 2d of the same year Mr. Z.L. Ramsey and Mr. Lyle purchased the business of Everleigh & Utter, the firm being known as Lyle & Ramsey. This firm continued until January 1, 1905, when Mr. Lyle became sole owner and he now conducts the business under the name of J. W. Lyle. He is doing a highly satisfactory business, his long experience in this line enabling him to note the details which are necessary for success. He carries a large and complete stock of staple and fancy groceries and among his customers may be found those who have been such for years.

    Mr. Lyle was married at Belle Center, Logan County, to Miss Emma Pearson, a daughter of William Pearson, and they have one son, W. Boyd, who assists his father in the store. He married Miss Cora Whitmer. Mr. Lyle is a member of the Knights of Pythias. He is not active as a politician, but he is a good citizen and takes an interest in the public matters which concern the welfare of Covington. Although he does not occupy his farm, he still retains possession of it.

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