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Bert J. Ross

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.

Bert J. Ross,
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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 prob-able 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 be 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 Maud 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.

Source:   Twentieth Century History of New Castle and Lawrence County, 1908, page 566


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