1930 to 2004 Ruth Ross graduating from Simmons in 1923

Of Lelia’s children, Ruth showed the most interest in owning the cottage. A graduate of Simmons College and a biology teacher in New Haven, Conn., she returned to the area every summer. She acquired the cottage and property during the settlement of her father’s estate and added a purchase in 1930 from Arthur “Sheddy” Sherrard who had bought the King acreage. Ruth’s ownership extended to the low tide line and included the north side of Red Cove. Sheddy gave her the right to take fish from his weir in Red Cove. In 1946 Ruth’s brother Carl purchased more of the adjacent property from Sheddy.

Arthur Sherrard in 1928 Ruth spent most of her summers at the cottage, reading and enjoying nature, taking morning walks in the woods. She gathered stones from around the bay and had a fireplace built in 1940 – the centerpiece of the cottage. Carl did much of the maintenance work during his mother’s years of ownership as did his son, Hubert Wilbur Ross, during Ruth’s later years.

Hubert W Ross in 1950

Hubert had often stayed at Ross Cottage as a boy in the 1920s. Unable to attend college because of the Depression, Hubert enlisted in the Marines. During World War II he served in the Coast Guard Reserve and the Army, retiring as a major.

Upon Hubert’s death in 2004 ownership of Ross Cottage passed to his son Ken, a graduate of the University of Colorado and American University and retired political scientist.

In addition to the shoe store customers it hosted during its 19th Century life in St. Stephen, the cottage has seen a wide variety of visitors in Pembroke including teachers, fishermen, politicians, carpenters, children, businesspeople, shellfish harvesters, churchgoers, Native Americans, and military officers. Lelia’s nephew Styles Bridges became governor of New Hampshire, a U.S. senator who ran for president in the 1940 primary, and the most influential Republican senator in the 1950s. His brother Ronald became a prominent church official, president of Pacific College of Religion, and Religious Adviser to the U.S. Information Agency. Lelia’s daughter Jessie Ross married Harold Murchie who served in the Maine House and Senate and on the Maine Supreme Court, his last years as chief justice.

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