In nearly every community have lived individuals who by innate ability and sheer force of character have risen
above their fellows and won for themselves conspicuous places in public esteem. Such a man was the late John Ross
of Hanford, who for many years was closely identified with the commercial and financial history of Kings county,
his career as a progressive man of affairs having been synonymous with all that was upright and honorable in citizenship.
He was a public spirited citizen whom to know was to respect and admire. He not only delighted in and encouraged
public improvements and beneficent civic institutions, but assisted actively in the promotion of such interests
as were conducive to the comfort and happiness of his fellow citizens. His is the story of a life that made the
world better for his having lived, for his actions sprang from a heart filled with love and good feeling for humanity,
and he was a blessing to all who came within the range of his influence.
John Ross was born in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, on the 11th day of February, 1845, and his death occurred on
the 11th day of July, 1910, in the sixty sixth year of his age. In the public schools of his native city he acquired
a good education and in an early day he started westward in search of his fortune. Going to Wichita, Kansas, he
became interested in the lumber business, in which he was engaged until 1895, when he came to Hanford and purchased
the interests of the Central Lumber Company, which he continued to operate with success. Later he was one of the
prime movers in the organization of the Bank of Hanford, of which he was elected president, and under his guidance
this institution became one of the strong and influential banks of Kings county. Mr. Ross was eminently public
spirited and no enterprise for the advancement of the city's interests along material, civic or moral lines ever
lacked his support. He rendered able and appreciated service as a trustee of the city of Hanford and as a member
of the board of education. Besides the business interests mentioned he was the owner of valuable ranch property.
Though a plain, unassuming gentleman, he had, by a life consistent in motive and because of his many fine qualities
of head and heart, earned the sincere regard of a vast acquaintance and his death was considered a distinct loss
to the community which had been honored by his citizenship.
In Jamestown, New York, on September 5, 1871, Mr. Ross was married to Miss Pauline Patcher, a native of New York
state, and to them were born four children, namely: Fred, John, Stephen and Mrs. Edith Olmstead. Mrs. Ross is a
member of the Hanford Woman's Club and of the First Methodist Episcopal church.
History of Tulare County, California
By: Kathleen Edwards Small
Kings County, California
By: J. Larry Smith
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
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