Beaverton Historical Society
Gladwin County Obituary/Death Notice
William F. Ross


   WILLIAM F. ROSS, one of the co-founders of Beaverton and first mayor of the city, died early Saturday morning of a heart ailment. Mr. Ross was 79 years old. One of seven children. Mr. Ross was born July 23, 1889, in Ontario, Canada. He came to Michigan with his father and brothers George, Donald and Ronald in 1879. Some years later they came to the present site of the City of Beaverton and established the well-known Ross Brothers lumbering concern.

   In their early years in Gladwin county, the Ross's conducted a mercentile establishment, and elevator, an electric light plant, a local telephone line, as well as their lumber operations. In recent years Mr. Ross has been selling highway building equipment. When Beaverton became an incorporated city in 1903. William Ross was its first mayor and during his term in office he was responsible for the planting of the beautiful shade trees along Beaverton's principal streets. He was also the city's first postmaster.

   Funeral services were held at the Ronald Ross residence Monday at 2 p.m. Rev. Harold Hodgson officiated. Burial was in Cherry Grove cemetery at Clare.

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Cherry Grove Cemetery, Clare, MI
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Gladwin County Record, Gladwin, MI
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January 2005
Tom Ladner
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