Willis Rosser

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Willis K. Rosser (born September 10, 1845 in Covington, Georgia; died May 25, 1912 in St Clair County) was an engineer for the South & North Alabama Railroad and L & N Railroad, and owner of a planing mill, who served on the Birmingham Board of Aldermen from 1882 to 1886.

Rosser was the son of John Wesley and Susan Bagby Rosser of Newton County, Georgia. By 1877 he was known as one of the oldest engineers working on the South & North Railroad. By 1884 he resided at 1804 2nd Avenue South, one house east of 18th Street. By 1886 Rosser had incorporated the W. K. Rosser & Co. planing mill, on the Railroad Reservation at 24th Street. Rosser was at the controls of the first passenger train to pull into the new Union Station in 1887.

Rosser died in St Clair County in 1845 and is buried at that Red Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Springville.


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