JAMES ROSS, superintendent of the Fort Recovery schools, and an educator who is known very favorably over the
whole State of Ohio, was born at Moore's Hill, Dearborn County, Indiana, April 15, 1867, and is a son of David
and Louisa (Jaques) Ross.
The father of Mr. Ross was born in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, and was there reared and educated. He learned
the tailoring trade and in young manhood removed to West Chester, Ohio, where he subsequently was married to Louisa
Jaques. They became the parents of five sons and five daughters, whom they reared to maturity, all of whom, with
one exception, became teachers. It was a remarkably intelligent family. David Ross later removed to Moore's Hill,
Indiana, where he spent the last 4o years of his life, his death occurring in 1901. His widow who still survives
resides at that place.
James Ross was reared and primarily educated in the town where he was born. After completing the common school
course, he entered Moore's Hill College where he completed first the classical course and later a postgraduate
course in literature, receiving the degree of A. B., from this well known institution, in 1894. In 1897 the degree
of A. M. was conferred upon him by the same college.
In 1894 Mr. Ross became principal of the schools of West Chester, Ohio, where he remained for three years, returning
to his home at Moore's Hill to spend every vacation and utilizing these occasions for further collegiate study.
In 1897 he was called to Adams township, Champaign County, Ohio, to become superintendent of the Township High
School, where he remained until he accepted the superintendency of the Fort Recovery Schools in 1898. The changes
made by Mr. Ross, in the management and conduct of the schools under his charge, are very evident and the improvement
on old methods is marked. The High School has been raised, through his management, to first grade, with a four
years course. Attendance has more than doubled since the people have become convinced that a man of culture and
education is devoting the best energies of his life to this work and the progress made must be very gratifying
to both teacher and students. Mr. Ross is not only a superintendent of marked executive ability and good judgment,
but a teacher of force and power. He makes no radical change but lays a firm foundation and then progresses. Unassuming
in his ways he has the ability, by his devoted, unselfish interest in his pupils, to inspire them with noble ideals
and to keep them firmly as friends of the school, and through the pupils he seldom fails to reach the parent. He
is an educator in the highest sense of the word. In 1897 Mr. Ross secured a State common school life certificate,
and in 1898 the coveted State high school life certificate, a document representing a high grade of scholarship.
He is a member of the Mercer County Board of School Examiners and is president of the Western Ohio Superintendents'
Mr. Ross was married at West Chester, Ohio, on August 19, 1897, to Winnie E. Sortor, who is a daughter of Jacob
Sortor, of that village and they have had three children, namely: Hazel Eva, who died aged 14 months, James Glen
and Harold Raymond.
The parents of Mr. Ross were Baptists and he was reared in that faith, but since coming to Fort Recovery he has
been identified with the Methodist Episcopal Church, as a teacher in the Sunday school and leader of the church
choir. Since 1904 he has been secretary of the Board of Public Affairs of Fort Recovery. He has been identified
with the Masonic fraternity for some years, and is junior warden of Fort Recovery Lodge, No. 539, F. &. A.
History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies
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