BERT J. ROSS, occupying the very responsible position of manager of the New Castle works of the American Sheet
and Tin Plate Company, has been. identified with this great industrial plant since March, 1894, coming to it while
it still bore the old name of Greer Mills. Mr. Ross was born at New Castle, Pa., August 5, 1873, and is a son of
J. Calvin and Viney (Eaton) Ross.
Mr. Ross was reared and educated in his native city, his first work after leaving school coming to him in the form
of driving a delivery wagon for Hayes & Mitchell, grocers. This position did not entail a great deal of responsibility,
but it is probable that Mr. Ross performed his duties faithfully or, when the senior partner, Mr. Hayes, went into
the wholesale tobacco business he would not have offered the position of shipping clerk to his humble employe.
Again Mr. Ross, to use a pardonable slang expression of the day, "made good," and he remained with Mr.
Hayes until he was offered a better place in the tin mills. He entered the works as weighmaster and was constantly
advanced from one position to the other until he became foreman in the finishing works of the Shenango mills, where
he continued for five years. Poor health then caused him to retire from the company and he then entered into the
grocery business, in association with Archie Gordon, but eight months later he accepted a position with the Sharon
Works as assistant superintendent, and remained there until July 1, 1908, when he became manager of the New Castle
plant. Faithful attention to duty, unfailing industry and fidelity to his employers have marked the whole of Mr.
Ross' business career and have brought him success.
Mr. Ross married Mand A. Phillips, who is a daughter of John T. Phillips, and they have five children, namely:
Ruth, Sara, Martha, John and David.
Mr. Ross has advanced to the higher branches of Masonry. He is a member of the Lodge of the Craft, No. 433, F.
& A. M.; Delta Royal Arch Chapter, Hiram. Council, Lawrence Commandery and the still higher branches belonging
to the Lake Erie Consistory. He is also identified with the order of Elks.
20th Century History of
New Castle and Lawrence County
Edited By: Hon. Aaron L. Hazen
Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill., 1908
Lawrence County Pennsylvania Biographies
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