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 Co., 1904.

     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 respect.
     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.