John Alexander Ross


JOHN ALEXANDER ROSS, a manufacturer of Craigsville, Armstrong county, was born at Little Texas, Armstrong Co., Pa., May 8, 1862, son of John A. and Elizabeth (Furney) Ross, who were of Irish and German descent, respectively.

John A. Ross was born in Washington county, Pa. He learned the blacksmith's trade, and for half a century has resided in Armstrong county, now, at the age of eighty-five years, living with his son, John Alexander, at Craigsville. Fifteen children were born to him, thirteen of whom survive:

Joseph; Thomas; Agnes, wife of Elmer McMillen; John Alexander; William; Sarah, wife of James Riley; Jane, wife of William Maley; Albert; Mary Belle, wife of Dent McMillen; Amanda, wife of David Ross; Charles; Eva, wife of Samuel Wellon, and Lawrence.

John Alexander Ross was brought to Craigsville when five years old, and was thenceforward reared here. He learned the woolen manufacturing business in all its details, in the employ of the Craigsville Woolen Manufacturing Company, established in 1844, and became sole proprietor of the works in 1902. Two years later he sold three-fourths of the interest, and has since been vice president of the company, which operates under the name of the Craigsville Woolen Manufacturing Company. A specialty is made of blankets, flannels and skirts, employment being given to forty people. This concern has one of the leading industrial plants of West Franklin township.

Mr. Ross has been twice married. His first wife was Sadie Welton, daughter of Samuel Welton, and by her he had five children, four of whom are living:

Harry, Anna, Grace (wife of Frank Flick) and Cora. His second wife was Emma Dipner, daughter of Thomas Dipner, of Butler county, Pa. Mr. and Mrs. Ross have an adopted son, Elmer Ross. Mr. Ross belongs to the Methodist Church.

Fraternally he unites with the Odd Fellows, Elks, A.M., P.O.S. of A., and F.O. Eagles, and in political faith he is a Republican.

Source: Page 468-496, Armstrong County, Pa., Her People, Past and Present, J. H. Beers & Co., 1914
Transcribed May 1999 by Michael S. Caldwell for the Armstrong County Beers Project
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