The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 71, July 1967 - April, 1968 Page: 60
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But his health had begun to decline. In the spring of 19o6 he was
stricken with what was described as "la grippe." The strain of hard
work aggravated his condition until family and friends finally pre-
vailed upon him to take a vacation. In June he left for the Piedra
Blanco Ranch and remained there until July 1. Upon his return, he
seemed improved, but once back under the pressures of his office, the
effects of his influenza-which had never been entirely shaken-inten-
sified. Burnett, a friend of long standing, persuaded him to visit the
6666 Ranch for another rest; from September 15 to October 16, Lytle
relaxed and tried to regain his health. But when he returned to Fort
Worth, he was a broken man."9
Sick though he was, he desperately tried to continue with his work.
His daughter, who lived in Fort Worth with him, and his son, a resi-
dent of San Antonio, finally induced him to go to San Antonio where
they could better care for him. On January 1, 19go7, he arrived and
took up residence at his son's home. Lytle's health, however, continued
to fail in spite of medical treatments. Then, on January o, he died.
Following last rites the next day at St. Mary's Catholic Church, he was
interred in the church's cemetery."8
John Thomas Lytle, born poor, died a relatively wealthy man. His
life completely spanned the history of the Texas cattle industry from
the time of the open range to the era of modern management. Lytle,
and men like him, helped to create one of the West's most glamorous
industries-trailing. And he actively participated in every phase of the
cattle trade from trail-bossing obstinate Longhorns to running the
powerful Texas Cattle Raisers' Association. As the San Antonio Daily
Express noted on his passing, he was the "Dean of Cattlemen.""'
62Dallas Morning News, January 11, 1907.
"Ibid.; San Antonio Daily Light, January 11, 19o07; Lytle interview.
"San Antonio Daily Express, January 11, 1907. It was not, however, until 1966 that
Lytle was nominated to the Cowboy Hall of Fame. Glenn W. Faris, Executive Vice-Pres-
ident of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, to J. M. S., May 1o, 1966.
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