DILLON L. ROSS is an accomplished lawyer, member of the bar of
Council Bluffs for many years, and his own work as a lawyer
supplements the professional record of his father, also an
early member of the Council Bluffs bar.
Mr. Ross was born at Council Bluffs, December 1, 1869. The
family were among the earliest settlers on the eastern side of
the Missouri River, coming here before the building of the
first railroads. His grandfather was Amos Ross, a native of
New Jersey, who moved to Ohio and spent his life as a farmer.
Lewis W. Ross was born in Ohio, finished his education in
Miami University and began the practice of law. He came out to
Iowa and practiced for two years at Lewis and in 1861 settled
at Council Bluffs and for over forty years was an honored
member of the profession in the southwestern corner of the
state. He was a great scholar and from 1881 to 1887 was a law
teacher at the University of Iowa. He also served in the State
Senate, was a leader in the Republican party and a member of
the Congregational Church. He died in 1902. His wife Zoe M.
Brown, who died in 1914, was also born in Ohio, daughter of
Simeon Brown, a native of the same state and a minister of the
Presbyterian and later of the Congregational Church. Lewis W.
Ross and wife had a family of five children, four now living:
Mrs. Hester R. Moon, a widow at Council Bluffs; Miss Edith W.,
of Council Bluffs; Miss Anna Z., who taught in the city
schools for a number of years; and Dillon L. Dillon L. Ross was educated at Council Bluffs, spent two and a
half years in the University of Iowa and studied law with his
father. He was admitted to the bar in 1891, and has been
successfully engaged in the varied routine of the work of his
profession for nearly forty years. During the first eleven
years he was with his father, was alone in practice from 1902
to 1913, and then became associated with another eminent
member of the Iowa bar, Emmet Tinley, in a firm that is
reputed to have some of the most valuable law practice in the
state, representing a number of railroads and other
corporations. Mr. Ross for many years has specialized as an
authority on real estate law.
He is a member of the Pottawattamie County and Iowa State Bar
Associations. He is a past exalted ruler of Lodge No 531, B.
P. O. Elks, is a member of the Country Club and enjoys the
game of golf. His wife is a Congregationalist.
He married in 1894 Reta M. Miller, who was born in Missouri,
grew up in Illinois, her father, Robert D. Miller, being a
minister of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Mr. and Mrs.
Ross have four children: Harold M., in the real estate and
farm loan business at Council Bluffs; Lewis W., connected with
a bank at Oakland, Iowa; Dillon L., in the real estate
business at Park Ridge, Illinois; and Miss Doris, at home. The sons Harold and Lewis
were overseas during the World war, Harold being in the
Hospital Corps and reaching France in December, 1917, while
Lewis went overseas in September, 1917.
~ source: A Narrative History of The People
of Iowa, Edgar Rubey
Harlan, LL. B., A. M.,
Chicago and New York, 1931
~ transcribed and contributed by: Debbie Clough
Gerischer, Iowa History