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Lewis W. Ross


LEWIS W. ROSS, banker, is a native of Pottawattamie County, and since the close of the World war, in which he was enrolled with the colors, his home has been in Oakland.

He was born in Council Bluffs, son of a prominent citizen of that locality, D. L. Ross. Lewis Ross was born November 6, 1897, and attended schools in his native city. During the World war he was with the air service and was overseas in France seventeen months. He received his honorable discharge in April, 1919. On locating at Oakland, Mr. Ross bought an interest in the Citizens State Bank, and has since been in active control of that institution, holding the office of cashier. He is also a stockholder in the Oakland Savings Bank.

Mr. Ross married, in 1922, Miss Muriel C. Smith, who was born at Oakland and attended school there and the Westlake School for Girls at Los Angeles. Her father, Dr. Ralph G. Smith, was a native of Perth, Ontario, Canada, and for many years was the outstanding physician in Oakland, where he died in June, 1921. Mrs. Ross' grandfather, W. H. Freeman, was an early settler at Oakland, a farmer and stock man, and was the founder of the State Bank. Mr. and Mrs. Ross have one daughter, Elizabeth Ann, born in 1925. Mrs. Ross is a member of the Christian Church, while he is affiliated with the Congregational denomination. For two years he held the office of worshipful master in the local lodge of Masons and is a Republican in politics. In addition to his interests as a banker Mr. Ross owns 1200 acres of land and has some investments in lands in Colorado and Mexico.

~ 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 Project