John James May was for over thirty two years connected with the Lasalle & Koch Company and for years, until
his retirement in 1923, was the head of its finance and credit department. Mr. May is well known in Toledo's mercantile
circles, where he has been identified since boyhood. He deserves no little credit for what he has accomplished
and his life record indicates what may be gained through diligence, ambition and determination. Born in Lucas county,
on the 13th of March, 1867, he is a son of Martin and Margaret (Carter) Maya His education was acquired in St.
Patrick's parochial school and in the Toledo high school and then, as later, he used his opportunities and advantages
in a wise way, thus laying the foundation for his later success. He earned his living when a young boy by selling
newspapers on the streets of Toledo: He subsequently obtained a position as cash boy in a small store and his duties
included the doing of all sorts of errands. He early realized that industry is the basis of success and he also
felt that education was necessary for advancement. Accordingly, he studied nights and improved his leisure hours
in the acquirement of knowledge. He took a private course in bookkeeping and thus fitted himself for larger responsibilities
and more onerous duties. Step by step he advanced until he became manager of a store in Lima, Ohio. and in that
connection he also gained valuable experience that fitted him for still further advanced steps. In 1891 he became
associated with the Lasalle & Koch Company in the position of bookkeeper, from which position he was advanced
from time to time, until becoming the head of its credit and finance department. He proved himself fully worthy
of the trust reposed in him, while his devotion to duty and close application to business were unusual. In forty
years he took but eight days vacation.
On the 15th of June, 1892, Mr. May was married to Miss Jennie Ward of Mount Vernon, Ohio, and they are parents
of four children: Virginia Clarissa, Rosalind Genevieve, John Josephs and Kathryn Ward. In addition to his pleasant
home at No. 364 Rockingham street, Mr. May owns "Rose Lawn Farms" a valuable tract of two hundred and
twenty six acres in Springfield township, to which he gives his personal supervision and direction since retiring
from commercial affairs.
Toledo and Lucas County, Ohio
BY: John M. Killits, A.M., LL.D.
S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago and Toledo
Lucas County, Ohio Biographies
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