Around 1915, the Ross family moved from New Orleans to Covington. Thy arrived by train, and their furniture was to arrive by schooner. Each morning the three children would venture down to the Columbia Street Landing to check the boats for the furniture. After three or four days, it finally arrived.
They scooted into town and told their father…who then borrowed a wagon from the Wallace Poole Livery Stable (corner of Rutland and Columbia) and delivered their furniture to their new home: 627 W. 23rd Ave. The oldest son, Louis, lived there until he married Helen Schopp. They moved across the back alley and he lived there until his death in 1996.
The younger brother, Alvin, being more adventuresome (he raced speed boats and airplanes) married Helen’s sister, Althea Schopp and moved a full block away (23rd Ave. and Harrison St.). The sister, Elma, never married – so she continued to live in the home from 1915 until after 2002. Her sight failing, she moved in with Alvin a block away, where both resided until they passed.
The Ross family was and continues to be an important part of Covington. As such, a petition was put before the City Council to name the unnamed alley “Ross Alley.” Thanks to Councilman Larry Rolling for presenting and thanks to Mayor Mike Cooper/ Public Works for the sing post and sign. – Mark Johnson, President, Covington Heritage Foundation
CHF History and Holly Tour
Please join the Covington Heritage Foundation for its 2018 History and Holly Home Tour! This annual event has quickly become a northshore holiday tradition that you won’t want to miss.
Featured this year will be seven beautiful homes in the E. 15th Avenue neighborhood, with a focus on newer homes that exude historic Covington charm! This is a perfect outing to enjoy with friends and family as you walk the pedestrian-friendly route, touring the festively adorned homes, sipping wine (provided) and enjoying the sounds of the season from strolling carolers. Trams available.
Tickets are limited, so purchase yours today! On event day, exchange your online ticket for a required wristband at Jefferson House in Covington, our tour headquarters.