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Below is a family biography included in Portrait and Biographical Album of Greene and Clark Counties, Ohio published by Chapman Bros., in 1890.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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ROBERT LYTLE, Teller of the Central National Bank of Xenia, is one of the organizers of that institution, which opened its doors for business December 2, 1889, with Dr. J. S. McCampbell, President, and George Kendall, Cashier; its capital stock is $50,000, and being organized under favorable auspices, it is in as nourishing a condition as its infancy will admit, and gives promise of becoming one of the substantial and well-known institutions of Xenia. Mr. Lytle began his banking experience on the lowest round of the ladder, and step by step reached the position of Teller and Cashier. He is highly spoken of by all who know him as one who is honest and strictly honorable in all his business transactions, and who as a man and a citizen is a credit to the city in which he has made his home.

The birth of Mr. Lytle took place in Huntington County, Pa., August 27, 1830, and his boyhood was passed in his native State. He had just entered his teens when his parents, James and Fannie (Smart) Lytle, became citizens of the Buckeye State, the father engaging in farming in this county. The young son obtained a good education in the common schools, and remained with his parents, assisting his father in agricultural labors, until his maturity. In January, 1853, he engaged in the dry-goods trade in a clerical capacity, entering the store of J. C. McMillan & Co., where he remained five years. At the expiration of that time the firm of Stark, Lytle & Cooper was formed from the old organization, and continued in business until 1862, when it was dissolved, two of its members having enlisted in the army.

The first call for three-months men, in 1861, found a ready response from Mr. Lytle, who became Captain of Company D, Twelfth Ohio Infantry, and went at once to Camp Jackson, Columbus. Mr. Stark enlisted in August, 1862, and became a member of the One Hundred and Tenth Regiment. At the conclusion of his army life our subject took up his abode in Dayton, but in February, 1864, returned to Xenia, and in September, 1864, entered the Second National Bank as its only clerk, the institution being at that time in its infancy. There he advanced as the institution enlarged its business, and upon reaching the position of Teller and Cashier continued in it three years, adding to his reputation as a man of honor and one possessed of decided financial abilities.

At the residence of George and Martha Monroe, of this city, January 12, 1881, the gentleman of whom we write was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth, the cultured and amiable daughter of the host and hostess. The bride is a native of this city, wherein she has gained many friends by her fine character and intelligence. Mr. Lytle is a consistent member of the United Presbyterian Church.

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This family biography is one of the many biographies included in Portrait and Biographical Album of Greene and Clark Counties, Ohio published by Chapman Bros., in 1890. 

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