Biography of John J. May
Lucas County, OH Biographies

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

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