Lee Monroe Ross (left) was born 13 March 1910 to David and Retha Ross in Youngstown, Florida. He attended a one-room school house located in what was known as the Nixon community, located about three miles south of Youngstown. He grew up working along side his father in the mercantile business and started working as Mail Messenger at about the age of 14. He later took over the Youngstown General Store from his father. He was appointed as the Postmaster to the Youngstown Post Office and served in that position for 30 years. He married Mary Frances Boyer on 2 February 1934. Lee and Mary worked together operating the store and post office. Over the years Lee owned and operated other business such as a stumping business - removing the pine tree stumps with dynamite and transporting the wood by trucks to resin plants - and several dairy farms. Owning the General Store gave Lee and Mary Ross the ability to help many families during the depression. Lee was a deacon and active member of the Youngstown Baptist Church for over 30 years. He died 27 May 1990 at his home in Youngstown, Florida.
Mary Frances (Boyer) Ross (right) was born 1 September 1910 in Millville, Florida. Her parents were Enos and Della Boyer. Mary Frances' mother died when she was 12 and her father when she was 18 years old. She graduated from Bay High School and attended Bob Jones College, which was located in College Point near Lynn Haven. When her father died she lived with her Uncle Ralph Holmes in Mobile, Alabama, for a short time but then came back to live with her grandpa William Leonard Holmes. Mary Frances met Lee M. Ross at a church social in Youngstown, Florida, where they later married on 2 February 1934. She raised five children, worked beside her husband in the Youngstown General Store that they owned, and was a postal clerk in the post office located in the General Store. She played the piano, taught School and Vacation Bible School for the Youngstown Baptist Church for about 34 years. She died 20 July 2003 at her home that she shared with Lee M. Ross for 56 years.
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