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
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
the Congregational denomination. For two years he held the
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