David Monroe Ross (left) was born 31 December 1876 in Irwin County, Georgia. He married Retha Vann Parker 20 November 1898. They came to Bay County in 1903 and first settled off Scotts Ferry Road, later moving to what is now Youngstown. He opened the D. M. Ross Company, a mercantile business in 1910. He was a blacksmith by trade but also an inventor and applied for several patents. He sold everything from grind rocks to locomotive engines in the store. In 1929 he ordered 1,500 pairs of Kaiser-King shoes to supply needs of workers in the heavily-populated town of Youngstown. He was instrumental in relocating and building the present day Youngstown Baptist Church. He served as deacon and a member of the Youngstown Baptist Church for over 50 years. He died 20 June 1965 at his home in Youngstown, Florida.
Retha Vann (Parker) Ross (right) was born 29 May 1881 in Irwin County, Georgia. She was married to David Monroe Ross for 67 years. They raised five children and overcame many obstacles in their lives. Retha was a homemaker; she loved to plant roses, crochet, and quilt and made the best fried pear pies in town. She was a member of the Youngstown Baptist Church and the Ladies Missionary Society and always prepared the Lord's Supper for the church. She died 9 August 1975 at her home in Youngstown, Florida.
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