JAMES S. ROSS.
Occupying the important position of mayor of Carthage, James S. Ross, in his wise and careful administration of
the city's affairs, has won the commendation of all fair minded citizens and has gained a new hold upon the confidence
of the people among whom he has long been known as a reliable and Enterprising business man.
Mr. Ross is a native of the Empire state, his birth having occurred in Owego, Toga county, New York, May 3, 1860,
his parents being Amos and Emeline E. (Baker) Ross. The father, who is still living, was born in Delaware in 1828,
and is a carpenter by trade. His wife was born in New York in 1833, and about 1877 the family came to Jasper county,
where for a number of years the father carried on a prosperous business as a contractor and builder, but now he
is living retired at his pleasant home in Carthage.
James S. Ross spent his boyhood in the county of his nativity, pursued hips studies in the village school, and
later became a student in the academy of that place. He afterward learned the carpenter's trade with his father,
and when seventeen years of age he accompanied his Barents on their removal to Carthage, where the family permanently
located. A short time subsequent to the removal Mr. Ross was admitted to partnership by his father under the firm
name of A. Ross & Company. Their patronage steadily grew, both in size and importance, and many of the fine
structures of the city stand as monuments to their enterprise, skill and ability. They erected many of the best
churches and school houses of the city as well as fine business blocks and beautiful private residences. The active
association of Mr. Ross with the building interests of the city has been of material benefit thereto, at the same
time bringing to him a handsome competence.
In 1879 Mr. Ross was united in marriage to Miss Alida Shearer, of Carthage, a daughter of Daniel Shearer, one of
the old residents of the city. Four children grace this union, James W.; Frank C., Herman and Glenn. In his political
views Mr. Ross is a stalwart Republican, and is quite prominent in the councils of the party, his opinions carrying
considerable weight. For six years he served as a member of the city council, and in the spring of 1900 he was
elected mayor of Carthage, his opponent being the Hon. Charles O. Harrington, the Democratic candidate. His course
has shown that the confidence reposed in him has never been betrayed. He is practical and at the same time progressive,
and favors every movement of reform and progress. Socially he is a member of Carthage Lodge, I. O. O. F., also
the Modern Woodmen of America, the Knights and Ladies of Security, Knights of Pythias and the Court of Honor. He
is a man of genial disposition and affable manners, and his a keen and sagacious business man. His life is a living
illustration of what ability, energy and force of character can accomplish, and it is to such men that the west
owes its prosperity, its rapid progress and its advancements.
The Biographical History of Jasper County, Missouri
By Hon. Malcolm G. McGregor
The Lewis Publishing Co.
Jasper County, MO
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