Biography of James W. Cross
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Cross, James W., president of the Fall River Rubber Company, was born in Blackburn, England, April 1, 1869, a son of John W. and Elizabeth (Ballard) Cross. He came to America with his parents when six months old, settling in Lawrence, Mass., for a short time and thence removing to Lowell, Mass. He obtained his education in the public schools and early in life was employed by the Lowell Rubber Compaiy, in whose employ he remained eight years. In November, 1891, he came to Fall River to take charge of the company's store, which was established October 1, 1887. Through his energy and business ability he greatly enlarged the business of the store, and in February, 1896, together with others, organized the Fall River Rubber Company, which was incorporated in the same year. This company is engaged in the wholesale and retail trade in all kinds of rubbergoods and are constantly extending their business. Before the company was incorporated, J. Francis Hayward was proprietor of the store, and when it was incorporated Mr. Cross was made president and Mr. Hayward treasurer, who remained in that position until his death in 1897, when Mrs. K. W. Hayward became treasurer. Mr. Cross was married, November 9, 1893, to Julia Etta Chace, daughter of Leander F. and Mercy A. Chace of Fall River. They have two children: Eunice Howard and Ida Chace Cross. Mr. Cross is the inventor of a new and useful device for an attachable rubber heel on shoes, and is actively engaged in its manufacture and sale.

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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