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History of Greene County, Ohio,
its people, industries & institutions
by Hon. M. A. Broadstone, Editor in Chief -
Vol. I. & II.
Publ. B. F. Bowen & Company, Inc.,
 Indianapolis, Ind.

  WHITELAW REID, a son of Robert Charlton and Marian (Ronalds) Reid, one of the greatest of American journalists and diplomatists, was born near Cedarville, Ohio, Oct. 27, 1837.  He received his bachelor degree at Miami University in 1856 and his master degree at the same school three years later.  He also had a large number of Honorary degrees conferred on him later in life, such universities as Princeton, Yale, Cambridge (England), St. Andrews (Scotland), Oxford (England) and Manchester (England) doing him this honor.
     His first newspaper experience was gained on the Xenia News, of which paper he was editor in 1858-1859.  From 1860 to 1868 he was on the staff of the Cincinnati Gazette, first as legislative correspondent (1860-1861), later as war correspondent (1861-1862), and still later as Washington correspondent (1862-1868).  In 1868 he went on the staff of the New York Tribune and four years later he became chief proprietor and editor of the paper, continuing as such until 1905.  To sum up his achievements from 1872 until his death in 1914 would be to set forth a long and distinguished list of public positions which he held.  Among these may be mentioned in the following:  United States minister to France, 1889-1892; Republican nominee for vice-president of United States, 1892; special ambassador of the United States to Queen Victoria's jubilee, 1897; member of peace commission in Paris, 1898; special ambassador to England for coronation of King Edward, 1902; United States ambassador to England from 1905 until his death.  He was the author of nearly a score of volumes of wide character, ranging from "Ohio in the Civil War" and "Newspaper Tendencies" to "Problems of Expansion" and "How America Faced Its Educational Problems."  He married Elizabeth Mills, daughter of D. O. Mills, on April 26, 1881.
(Source:  History of Greene County, Ohio, its people, industries & institutions by Hon. M. A. Broadstone, Editor in Chief - Vol. I.- Publ. 1918 by B. F. Bowen & Company, Inc., Indianapolis, Ind.)
  JOHN W. ROSS.    John W. Ross, foreman of the Cedarville Lime Company, was born in Cedarville, on Nov. 18, 1861, son of James and Honora (Murray) Ross, natives of Ireland, whose last days were spent in Cedarville, of which place they had been residents for years.
     Both James Ross and his wife Honora were born in County Down, Ireland, and lived there until after their marriage in 1845, when they came to the United States and proceeded on out to Ohio, locating at Xenia.  James Ross was an expert stonemason and upon taking up his residence in Xenia became there engaged working at his trade and so continued until 1858, when he moved to Cedarville and was working at his trade there when the Civil War broke out.  He enlisted as a member of Company D, Twelfth Regiment. Ohio Volunteer Infantry, in the first year of the war and with that command served until he was mustered out on June 18, 1865.  Mr. Ross participated in forty-seven battles and was twice severely wounded, being shot once through the left shoulder and once through the right foot.  Upon the completion of his military service he returned to Cedarville and resumed his work as a stonemason, while thus engaged building bridges all over the county.  In July, 1882, he suffered a fatal sunstroke while working on a railroad-bridge job.  His widow survived him until 1887.  They were members of the Catholic church at Xenia and were the parents of twelve children, of whom the subject of this sketch was the seventh in order of birth, the others being the following: Elizabeth, now deceased, who was the wife of Michael Dailey; James, also now deceased, who was a railway brakeman in the employ of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company; Rose, wife of John Osborn, of Xenia; Mary Ellen, deceased; Daniel, of Xenia; Kate, who is now living in Darke county, Ohio; William, deceased; Charles, who is now living at Peoria, Illinois, where he is employed as a stationary engineer; Harry, deceased; Richard, now a resident of Dayton, Ohio, and Honora, widow of Milton Jones, of Xenia.
     John W. Ross was reared at Cedarville and received his schooling in the public schools of that city.  As a boy he learned the trade of painter and for some time worked at that trade.  He then was made custodian of the public schools and for twenty-two years held that position.  On Jan. 1, 1918, he was made foreman of the plant of the Cedarville Lime Company.  Mr. Ross is a Republican.  For thirty-five years he has rendered service as a member of the Cedarville fire department, for fourteen years served as constable and for some time was a member of the common council.  He is affiliated with the Cedarville lodges of the Masons, Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythias.
     On July 15, 1885, John W. Ross was united in marriage to May Conley, who was born at Clifton, and to this union four children have been born, namely: Effie, who is now a teacher in the Spring Valley schools; Lillie, who is teaching in the Cedarville schools; Bessie, also formerly a teacher, who married Ernest Rulls, of Dayton, and has one child, a daughter, Phyllis; and Cameron, who was graduated from the Cedarville high school in 1915, taught school for two years and following this country's declaration of war against Germany in 1917 enlisted for service.  He entered the third officers' training camp, and was commissioned second lieutenant.  Mr. and Mrs. Ross are members of the Reformed Presbyterian (Covenanter) church at Cedarville, as are their children.  The Ross children early began to turn their attention to the teaching profession and for a time all at one time were thus engaged, two of the daughters still continuing their teaching service and the soldier son expecting to resume teaching upon the completion of his military service.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio, Vol. II - publ. by  B. F. Bowen & Company, Inc., Indianapolis, Ind.,
1918 - Page 459
  ROBERT A. ROSS.    Robert A. Ross, a well-known farmer and landowner of Greene county, now, living retired at Bowersville, his farm two miles north of that village being operated by his sons, Ralph and Earl Ross, was born in Monroe county, Virginia (now in West Virginia), July 3, 1845, son of James A. and Martha (Nickell) Ross, both of whom were born in that same county, the former a son of Robert Ross, who came to Ohio and became a resident of Greene county.
     James A. Ross grew up in his home county in Virginia, married there and remained there until 1847, when he came with his family to Ohio and located on a farm of two hundred and seventy-nine acres in what in 1858 came to be organized as Jefferson township, this county.  That farm was partly cleared when he took possession of it and he set about getting the place under way for cultivation, but was struck by a falling tree in 1851, receiving such injuries to his head and breast that he died eighteen months later, at twenty-six years of age, leaving his widow with three children, of whom Robert A. was the eldest, the others being Mary, who married Clark Housington and moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, and Jennie Virginia, who married William Raum and also moved to Nebraska, now living in tlie vicinity of Ft. Robinson, that state.  The widow Ross married Edwin Drury, who died at Jamestown, this county, after which she went to California, where she died at the age of seventy-three years.  She was a member of the Presbyterian church.  By her second marriage she was the mother of a son, Edwin D. Drury, who is now living in Oklahoma.
     Robert A. Ross was but six or seven years of age when his father died.  He received some schooling in the Jamestown schools and when thirteen years of age began working for his grandfather, Robert Ross, remaining on the latter's farm until his marriage when twenty-five years of age, after which he established his home on a farm two miles north of Bowersville, where he remained until his retirement from the farm in 1907 and removal to Bowersville, where he has since resided.  Mr. Ross owns a well-kept farm of fifty-seven acres, which is now being operated by his sons, Ralph and Earl, who have rented the place from their father and are successfully operating the same.  During his active operations on the farm Mr. Ross gave considerable attention to the raising of cattle and hogs and did well.  He is a Democrat and has rendered public service as a member of the Bowersville town council.
     On Dec. 28, 1869, Robert A. Ross was united in marriage to Margaret Angeline Miller, who also was born in Monroe county, Virginia, daughter of Thomas and Margaret (Neal) Miller, and to this union nine children have been born, those besides the two sons, Ralph and Earl, mentioned above, being Bernard Lee, a farmer in the neighboring county of Clinton, who married Minnie Turner and has three children. Emma, Lila and Ada; Fred, a Bowersville merchant, who married Mary Dubbs and has four children, Margaret, Robert, Eugene and Loyal; Hubert, a merchant at Lancaster, Pennsylvania, who married Lillie Geiger and has two children.  Robert G. and Catherine; Wilbur, dealer in live stock, coal and building material at Bowersville, who married Elvie Hussey and has one child, a son, Donald; Carl, employed by Campbell & Company, wholesale grocers at Washington Court House, this state, who married Bertha Furgason and has two children, Evelyn and Gail; Minnie, who married Chester Brown, a farmer of the Port William neighborhood, and has three children.  Hazel, Mary and Jeannette, and Myrtle, who married Howard Bowmaster, now a teacher in the schools of Springfield, this state, and has three children, Dorothy. Elvia and Lowell Ralph married Burnie Chaney and their two children are deceased.  Mr. and Mrs. Ross are members of the Methodist Protestant church.
Source: History of Greene County, Ohio, Vol. II - publ. by  B. F. Bowen & Company, Inc., Indianapolis, Ind.,
1918 - Page 899-900


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