|Birth: ||Oct. 17, 1837, Canada|
|Death: ||Oct. 26, 1920|
John Ross an honored citizen of Lafayette, passed away Tuesday afternoon at 5:35 o'clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs Luetta Ross Williams, 712 South street. His demise was caused by pleura pneumonia and he had been seriously ill since last Thursday, when he was stricken with a chill. Mr Ross was a native of Canada, but since early manhood he had been a citizen of the United States, being engaged extensively in farming in Indiana and Illinois. He was born at Ormstown, near Montreal, Que, on October 17, 1837, and was the son of James and Mary Hargrove Ross. His parents were natives of Scotland and were married, before coming to America. The deceased remained on his fathers farm near Montreal and attended the district and high school. When 17 years old he learned the carpenter trade and later began work for himself, following the carpenters trade for six or seven years. In 1856 he came to the United Stats and located at Lisbon, Illinois, where he engaged in the mercantile business for 12 years.
In 1868 Mr Ross with his family moved to Benton county, Indiana, where he had purchased a farm. He resided there for 20 years and in 1888 went to Sheldon, Illinois, where he resided for four years. Mr Ross residence in Lafayette dates from 1892 when he and his sons, John B and Blanchard, embarked in the grain business on an extensive scale. They operated three elevators, one at Brookston, and other at Reynolds and the third at Stockwell. Mr Ross retired about 20 years ago. He still retained his farming interest, and was an extensive land owner in White and LaPorte counties. Mr Ross always looked into the future and when the Big Four railroad was seeking a right of way through Benton count, he realized the many advantages that would be afforded the vast farming community and labored diligently in securing the railroad. Mr Ross was a democrat in politics and always took an active part in the affairs of the party. He twice made the race for congress from the Tenth district, and although the district was over whelmingly republican, he made a very credible showing. He believed it the duty of every one having the right of franchise, not only to vote, but to arouse others to a higher consciousness of civic duty.
The funeral will be conducted from the late residence, 535 Kossuth street, Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Dr Albert C Dudley, pastor of the Central Presbyterian church, will officiate and interment will be in Springvale cemetery
Deborah Wilkinson Ross (1837 - 1929)
Note: C.H. Bradshaw Funeral Home, Lafayette, IN
Spring Vale Cemetery
Plot: Sec 17, lot 29
Created by: Thelma Brooks Morgan
Record added: Aug 21, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15455548