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George A. Ross

The son and grandson of pioneer settlers in California, George A. Ross is adding luster to a name already held in high repute, through is accomplishments as a horticulturist on the old paternal homestead near Forestville, Sonoma county. This has been his life-time home, for he was born here January 10, 1866, the son of Losson and Sidney (Meeks) Ross. (For a detailed account of the family history the reader is referred to the sketch of Losson Ross, elsewhere in this volume.) The father had been attracted to the west on account of the gold find in California, but after following mining for about two years and the maintenance of a general store for the same length of time in Placer county, he turned his attention to agriculture, with which he was more familiar, and followed this calling on property which he purchased in Green valley, Sonoma county, throughout the remainder of his life. It was here that George A. Ross was born and reared, attending the primary schools of this community in his boyhood, and later he attended Napa College, in the city of that name.

Instead of returning to the homestead ranch after his college course was completed George A. Ross accepted a position as fireman on the California and Northwestern Railroad, filling this position until he was made locomotive engineer. His father being in need of his assistance in the care of the home property he gave up his position with the railroad and returned home, and from that time until the death of the father July 20, 1908, business was carried on under the name of L. Ross & Son. At the time this property was purchased it was entirely covered with oak timber and brush, but this was all cleared and put under cultivation, an apple orchard and vineyard being set out, in addition to which general farming was carried on to some extent. Since the death of his father Mr. Ross has continued the policy inaugurated by his father, and now his thirty-five acres of vineyard, from which he has an annual yield of one hundred and fifty tons of grapes, and fifteen acres are in full-bearing apple trees of the Gravenstein, Jonathan and Wagner varieties. The tress are eight years old, and during the season of 1909 produced over four thousand boxes of fine fruit, the apples selling for $1.40 per box F. O. B. One of the equipments of the ranch is the fine packing house, where the fruit is sorted, packed and labeled for shipment.

The marriage of George A. Ross, which occurred in 1891, united him with Miss Lena L. Bach, a native daughter of Sonoma county, born in Petaluma. Three sons have blessed their marriage, Mervyn F., Edwin and Leonard. Fraternally Mr. Ross is a member of but one order, belonging to the Odd Fellows lodge of Forestville. The business and other associations of Mr. Ross are of the highest order, and indicate a man of high ideals and strict integrity, and it is for this reason that he stands in such excellent repute among his fellow-citizens. Mr. Rossís mother is still living and makes her home with him on the old homestead to which she came with her husband in early pioneer days.

History of Sonoma County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: Tom Gregory
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1911)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011