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ANDREW J. ROSS HOUSE

By Chester P. Bailey

Typed for Tri-County website by Pat SMITH Raymond. Reprinted with permission of Chester P. Bailey

The first map of Mansfield drawn by M. L. Clark dated 1856, shows the site of Andrew J. Ross house. It is located on the east side of N. Main Street between Wellsboro and Church (Sherwood) Streets.

  1. J. Ross came to the village forming in the area known locally as Mann’s Field, Richmond Township in 1835. He was born in Pike, Bradford County, February 28, 1827. He died August 1875 in Mansfield. He was buried in Oakwood Cemetery.
The Ross House was sold in 1892 to Dr. Fred Elliott and in 1937 it became the Shaw Funeral Home. It is today the Wilston Funeral Home, owned by Mr. & Mrs. Gary Wilston.

The land upon which the house is located was part of the 200 acres sold by John and Peter Kelts to Asa Mann in 1824. It was cleared by him in 1825-26. It was probably built by Ross in the 1840’s.

Mr. Ross married Miss Sarah McKeine on April 22, 1856. She died July 9, 1882. They raised two sons, Charles and Edward.

Andrew Ross was a prominent business man with the partnership formed with Philip Williams, they were engaged in nearly every branch of business and wielded a controlling influence in the monetary affairs of the village and surrounding township. In May 1872, they formed the banking business, which is today the First Citizens National Bank.

Charles Ross graduated from the Mansfield State Normal School and joined his father in the banking business. He became the sole owner of the bank after the death of his father and Mr. Williams. He retired from the bank in 1954.
 

Edward Ross graduated from the Mansfield Normal School and studied Law. In 1889 he established the Ross Cigar Company in Mansfield.
    A. J. Ross, Philip Williams and Dr. George Smythe purchased a number of lots between Main St., College Ave. and Academy Street. The Ross family built the Edward Ross home at the south corner of College Ave and Academy Street.
Andrew Ross supported the Classical Seminary and served on the Board of trustees of the State Normal School for a number of years. He was a member of the Episcopal Church.

Mr. Ross served on the Borough Council four separate years, 1864, 67, 72, 73.



Article Below by Gary Wilston, Sept. 2002, Photo by Joyce M. Tice Nov. 2002
A Mansfield History Minute Reprinted from Wellsboro Gazette with permission of Gary Wilston

The first map of Mansfield drawn by M.L. Clark in 1856 shows the site of the Andrew J. Ross house at what is now 18 N. Main Street. The land upon which the house is located was part of the 200 acres sold by John & Peter Kelts to Asa Mann in 1824. It was cleared by Mann in 1825-26, and the house was probably built by Ross in the 1840’s.
A.J. Ross came to the area known locally as Mann’s field, Richmond Township in 1835 from Bradford County, Pa. Mr. Ross was a prominent businessman and with the partnership formed with Philip Williams, they were engaged in nearly every branch of business, and wielded a controlling influence in the monetary affairs of the village and surrounding township. In May 1872 they formed the banking business which is today the First Citizens National Bank. Mr. Ross died in August 1875 and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery.

 The Ross House was sold in 1892 to Dr. Fred Elliott. Dr. Elliott hired midwives to help pregnant women during childbirth, and many people still live in this area who were born in the house during the earlier part of the last century.

In 1937 the home was sold to Wilford & Genevieve Shaw. Wilford had purchased a funeral business from his uncle, Llewellyn Shaw, directly across Main St. where Ten Espresso is currently located. He moved the funeral business into the Ross house and continued to operate there until the time of his death. Following Wilford’s death in 1945, Genevieve continued to operate the funeral business until 1972. At that time the business was sold to C. Brainard & Lydia Kuhl. They continued the operation of the funeral home until 1985, when it was purchased by Gary & Tina Wilston. The Wilston’s are privileged to carry on such a long tradition of service to the community, and are extremely proud of the history and tradition of both their home and their funeral business.



Addendum by Joyce M. Tice - Early in the twentieth century, the undertaking business was an outgrowth of the furniture business. In the case of the Shaw business, it too started as a furniture business, adding undertaking (and coffins) as a sideline. Eventually the two segments split. The one became VanNoyFurniture and the other became Shaw Funeral parlor. After the death of Wilford, Genevieve entered a partnership with Bucky Robena and operated for many years as Shaw and Robena Funeral Home