History of Ross, Edgar County, Il
From: Encyclopedia of Illinois and the History of Edgar County
Edited by: H. Van Sellar.
Munsell Publishing Company
The Town of Ross, west of Prairie and one of the northern tier of townships, is the only town in the county
which is identical in area with that of a government or congressional township. It comprises Township 16 North,
Range 12 West of the Third P. M., and contains 23,040 acres of land, all substantially belonging to the fine, rich
prairie of the “Corn Belt” of Illinois. The McKees, Hoults, Lowreys, Chrismans, Bacon, Smith, Bonner, Ross, Gaines,
Varner, Hartley and Wyatts were the first settlers of the town. It is crossed by the Cairo, Vincennes & Chicago
and the Indiana, Decatur & Western Railroad, the junction being at Chrisman, a thrifty and beautiful little
city of 1,500 inhabitants, with blocks of stores, a number of industrial plants, two grain elevators two banks
(one State and one National), a building and loan association, a handsome school building, four churches, two lUmber
yards and all the other elements of civilization and human comfort found in larger cities, including electric light
plant, telephone service, etc. This town is now building a highway of broken and crushed stone, from a quarry and
with a machine belonging to the town, and is also constructing gravel roads. The wealth of the town is not surpassed
in this part of Illinois.