Among those who have more recently become residents of Utica is John MeCombs Ross, who is officially
connected with the Sauquoit Toilet Paper Company. Mr. Boss is a native of Ohio, having been born in Warren on the
18th of February, 1880, and a son of George K. and Charlotte McCombs Ross, both natives of the Buckeye state. On
the paternal side he is a direct descendant of John Ross, who was adjutant general of the New Jersey militia during
the Revolutionary war.
The boyhood and youth of John McCombs Ross were spent amid the refining influences of a good home, his elementary
education being acquired in the public schools of his native town. Later he attended the University School of Cleveland,
Ohio, and Ridge School of Washington, Connecticut, which institutions prepared him for admittance to Harvard University
from which he was graduated with the class of 1901, being awarded the degree of bachelor of science. The following
year Mr. Ross began his business career by obtaining employment with the Knickerbocker Sugar Refining Company of
New York city, with which firm he was identified for four years. At the expiration of that period he removed to
Utica to become president and treasurer of the Sauquoit Toilet Paper Company, in which connection he has met with
Newport, Vermont, was the scene of the marriage, on the 10th of September, 1902, of Mr. Ross and Miss Gertrude
Lawrence, a daughter of James and May (Caswell) Lawrence. One child, a daughter, Dorothy Lawrence, has been born
to Mr. and Mrs. Ross.
The family attend Grace Episcopal church of Utica, of which denomination Mr. and Mrs. Ross are communicants. A
republican in his political views, Mr. Ross accords his Support to their candidates in state and national elections
but in municipal affairs he remains independent, casting his ballot for the men and measures he deems best fitted
to subserve the interests of the majority. He is affiliated with various societies and clubs and is a member of
the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, which he joined while attending Harvard. He is also a member of the Yahnnndahsis
and Sadaquada Golf Clubs, the Fort Sehuyler Club, Harvard Club of New York, Oneida Historical Society and the Automobile
Club of Utica, being secretary of the latter. Although still quite young, during the period, of his identification
with Oneida county industries Mr. Ross has given evidence of possessing qualities which cause him to be regarded
as one of the promising young business men of Utica.
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Oneida County, NY
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