Upon his death, the reverend E.B Washburne declared of Robert J Cross, “He was a stalwart oak, on whom could ever lean the feeble and the frail, a “Noble Old Roman.” A farmer all his life, and yet a firm, reliable businessman, as a life constantly occupied in public affairs proved him to be. Yet, he was ever as tender in the heart as a little child and his sympathy was ever larger than his frame, or his purse; and truly was it said of him, “those who knew him best, loved him most.”
Robert John Cross was instrumental in the early settlement and development of Roscoe Township, Ill. Upon his death the following was written: “During his residence of 36 years in this County, Mr. Cross was closely and intimately identified with its development, politically, socially and materially, never being backward in anything that would aid in its moral or religious advancement. A warm friend of education, he always lent a willing hand to aid in building school houses and establishing schools.”
It is with pride that we lift up his life and times with the following timeline:
He was Chairman of the Board of Supervisors several years, occupying that position at the time of his death. He was also Township School Fund Trustee for more than thirty consecutive years, during which time the township never suffered loss from the funds being loaned on insufficient securities, as was the case in most townships.
Together, he and Hannah had five children: John Cross, born 2 Nov 1837; Margaret Louise Cross, born 21 Apr 1839; William Hanna Cross, Rev. Born 22 Jul 1842; Mary Antoinette Cross born 25 Sep 1849,
and Lewis B. Cross born 31 Oct 1851.