Beaverton Historical Society
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Ronald Ross



   Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. from his home for Ronald Ross, 83, prominent Beaverton resident, who died last Saturday at the Clare hospital, where he had been a patient for two weeks. Rev. John Osborne, of Mt. Pleasant, pastor of the Beaverton church, officiated and burial was made in the Clare cemetery. Mr. Ross was born Oct. 1, 1864, at Beaverton, Ontario, Canada, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald G. Ross. His mother died when he was about four years old and her sister assumed the care of the family.

   The family moved to Michigan in 1879 and engaged in lumbering at Hatton, a small town near Harrison. In 1889 they came to Beaverton and Mr. Ross and his brothers operated a mill until the lumber in this area was exhausted. He then converted the old dam, into a hydro-electric plant and furnished the first electricity to Beaverton. It was enlarged before it was sold to the Consumers Power Company.

   He also owned the first telephone company in Beaverton, but eventually disposed of it to the Michigan Bell system. In later years he operated the Beaverton Elevator Company until its lease to the Chas. Wolohan company. Mr. Ross was married to Miss Leoneal Campbell on November 9, 1893, who preceded him in death October 29, 1937.

   He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Velma Damoth, of Clare; three nephews and four nieces. He was the last of a family of seven children, five boys and two girls. Actively identified with civic and community affairs, as long as his health permitted, Mr. Ross played an important part in the founding and development of the city of Beaverton. It was named after his old home in Canada.

   He was an elder in the Presbyterian church and a charter member of the Masonic lodge and Eastern Star chapter of Beaverton. Pallbearers were Donald Ross, Walter Ross, Leslie Kitchen, Oliver Kitchen, James McQuater and Henry Bennett.

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January 2005
Tom Ladner
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