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Welcome Franklin ROSS

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2006 8:34 pm    Post subject: Welcome Franklin ROSS Reply with quote

Welcome Franklin Ross, a Civil War veteran of worthy military record, was one of the oldest residents of Conewango Valley, NY. He was a hotel proprietor in that place from 1871 until his death, a record of forty-nine years of steady public service, in which he gained the respect of the majority of the residents of the district. He was popular and respected, honored because of his patriotic service, popular because of his whole-hearted manner, and respected because of his steady life. His calling was more than taht of a keeper of an old-fashioned country hostelry where housing for horse and man could be had, and in his public service he was generally respected. And when bereavement came to him in the death of his adopted son, Robert H., who succumbed to the rigors of military campaigning a few weeks after the signing of the armistice, in 1918, he had evidence of the respect in which he was held in the neighborhood by the extent to which the residents gathered around him at that time.
Welcome Franklin Ross was born in the town of New Albion, Cattaraugus County, NY April 13, 1843, the son of Joseph F. and Lydia (Lewis) Ross, was educated in the public schools of ihs native place. The Ross family is of Scottish antecendents, although for four generations they have been resident in America. The American progenitor of the branch of the Ross family to which Welcome F. Ross belonged was William Joseph Ross, who came from Scotland. His son, Joseph F. Ross, father of Welcome F. Ross, was a farmer in Cattaraugus County, NY.
When the great call came to American manhood, when the North and South sought to settle their differences of opinion by armed conflict, Welcome F. Ross was still in his teens, notwithstanding which, he enlisted, in 1862, as a private in Company B, 154th Regiment of New York Volunteers, and he passed through all the fighting in which that regiment was engaged until the date of his discharge, June 23, 1863. His honorable service during the time of national emergency brought him good return in self satisfaction and in respect by others, and he had an honored place in the later patriotic organization, the Grand Army of the Republic, in the ranks of which association of veterans he rose to the grade of Captain. His record of Masonry was a worthy one, for he affiliated with that fraternal order for more than forty years.
On Jan. 1, 1865, Mr. Ross was married to Julia A. Gardner, who was born in 1845. She came of two old Cattaraugus county families, being the daughter of Daniel and Laura (Crossfield) Gardner, both of whom were born in Cattaraugus county. Mrs. Julia A. (Gardner) Ross lived to celebrate her golden wedding, her death not occurring until 1916. The death of Welcome F. Ross occurred Nov. 7, 1920, interment in the Conewango Cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Ross were the parents of four children: Jessie E., Maud J., Elva G., and Helen B. Their fafmily also included an adopted son, Robert H., who went into the national military service, May 26, 1918, during the war with Germany. He was sent to Camp Dix, NJ for training, and in all probability would have gone to France during the winter of 1918 had the war lasted so long. But the signing of the Armistice, Nov. 11, 1918, rendered the sending of further troops overseas unnecessary, and quick demobilization of troops in home camps was commenced. Many of the camps near the seaboard were overcrowded, because of returning troops and of troops sent temporarily to the camps for demobilization. Camp Dix, at which Robert H. Ross was stationed, was one such, and although his death did not occur while in the service, it is thought that is was caused through the rigors of camp life during the last month or so of his military service. He was honorably discharged, Nov. 28, 1918, reached home four days later, and died Dec. 16, 1918, his demise being the occasion of the manifestation of genearl and sincere sympathy for Mr. Ross and his sad bereavement. Still a life ending national service in a cause so great as was that of America in the late war was not lived in vain.
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