Solano County

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Ray Lyttle, manager of the Vallejo branch of the United Cigar Stores Company of America and one of the well known and progressive young business men of that city, was born in Vallejo and his interests ever have centered here. He was born on August 10, 1895, and is a son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Seyanovich) Lyttle, the latter of whom is still living, a resident of Vallejo for more than thirty years. She was born in Amador county, this state.

The late Samuel Lyttle, at one time member of the board of trustees of Vallejo and in his generation one of the best known business men in that city, was born in Ireland, and was thirteen years of age when in 1879 he came to California with his parents, the family locating at San Francisco. There Samuel Lyttle grew to manhood and for some time after his marriage had his home. In 1892 he purchased the Vallejo steam laundry and established his home in this latter city, where the remainder of his life was spent. In addition to his laundry interest, he also had a proprietary interest in the cigar store on Georgia street, now under the management of his son Ray, and he also had an interest in a laundry in Bremerton, Washington. In 1915 he sold the cigar store and in 1918 sold his old laundry and bought the plant of the Economic wet wash laundry, which he continued to operate until in 1921, when he sold out and retired from business. His death occurred two years later, in 1923, he then being fifty-seven years of age. Mr. Lyttle took an active part in local civic affairs and for four years (1904-8) rendered effective service as a member of the board of town trustees. He was an active and influential member of the Masonic fraternity and was a past worshipful master of the Vallejo lodge of that ancient order.

Reared at Vallejo, Ray Lyttle supplemented the schooling received in the high school there by a course in St. Mary's College at Oakland and in 1915 was graduated from the commercial department of that institution. He then joined his father in the operations of the laundry and was thus engaged for two years, or until in 1917, when he took employment as an electrician in the navy yard and was there thus employed in that government establishment until in 1925, when he was made manager of the Vallejo branch of the United Cigar Stores Company of America and has since been thus engaged, with a well appointed cigar store at 328 Georgia street, one of the best locations for such an establishment in town. In addition to the usual line carried by the United Cigar Stores people Mr. Lyttle also handles a full line of periodicals and is doing well. He is an active member of the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce and has come to be recognized as one of the energetic and public-spirited young business men of the city.

On August 22, 1920, at Vallejo, Ray Lyttle was united in marriage to Miss Eva M. Pelkey, who was born in Wyandotte, a suburb of the city of Detroit, daughter of Thomas Pelkey, and they have one child, a daughter, Lois Genevieve. Mr. and Mrs. Lyttle are republicans and are members of the Roman Catholic church. Mr. Lyttle is a member of the local council of the Knights of Columbus and takes an interested part in the activities of that organization.

History of Solano County, California By Marguerite Hunt and Napa County, California By Harry Lawrence Gunn. From Their Earliest Settlement To The Present Time. Chicago. S.J. Clarke Pub. Co. 1926. 883 pages.

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