At the site of this home sometime in 1888 after the 3c’s RR was complete to Sharon, and about a year before the town was chartered in 1889, John B. Ross began operating a boarding house near the depot. His was one of the earliest businesses that was realizing a profit from the RR. In 1897 Sharon stepped into the world of modern communications when the Bedford Telephone Company of Yorkville established an office in the store of D. D. Gaston, with John B. Ross in charge. Town Councilman Ross was elected to a two year term as Mayor in 1893 succeeding J. A. Hope, men that served as councilmen in his administration was Joseph H. Saye, Jeptha D. Gwin, Tom Walker and John S. Hartness. [Contribution by J.L. West]
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