|Death: ||Jun. 10, 1932|
DAVID LINN ROSS, COMMUNITY BENEFACTOR, TAKEN BY DEATH
Co-Founder of Gear and Tool Works and Donor, With Wife, of Ross Memorial Hospital, Presented to County--Developed Highland Park District; Received Award for Outstanding Service to Home City.
David Linn Ross, Lafayette philanthropist, is dead and the community mourns the passing of one of the oldest and most highly regarded citizens whose benefactions and other contributions to the up-building of his home city over a long period of years were outstanding.
Mr. Ross, 80 years old, passed away at 4:45 o'clock Friday afternoon [June 11, 1932] at the Presbyterian Hospital in Chicago with his son, Linn Carnahan Ross, at his bedside. He had been taken there Monday by his son and a registered nurse for an operation by a specialist, having previously submitted to an operation in this city. He appeared to be recovering from the necessary ordeal when his age and weakened condition brought on by two months' illness suddenly turned the tide against him.
As the donor, with Mrs. Ross, of the William Ross Memorial Hospital to Tippecanoe county two years ago, Mr. Ross endeared himself to the entire community, but this was only one of many generous gifts he made to welfare projects here. He was also a community benefactor in the founding of the Ross Gear and Tool company and allied plants which have added materially to the industries of this city.
NATIVE of CITY
Born in Lafayette, August 8, 1851, he was the fourth child of David and Mary (Henderson) Ross, local pioneers. His father came here from Piqua, Ohio, in 1826 less than a year after the founding of this city. He saw the possibilities of the infant town, and in 1828 became a resident here, engaging in the mercantile business. David Linn Ross was born in the home his father built on Main street, opposite Seventh, and the Ross building now occupies this site. Mr. Ross some years ago turned over the entire upper floor of this building to be used free of charge for the local art gallery and historical museum.
As a boy, he attended Allen's academy, a famous old school of early days in Lafayette. In 1880 he and his brother, William Ross, who died in 1913, established a wholesale flour business, the firm being W&DL Ross. In 1892 they purchased eighty acres of land and organized the Highland Park Land company, a pioneer in restricted residence district development, and out of this grew the present Highland Park district in this city.
GEAR TOOL FACTORY
In 1906 William and D.L. Ross, with David E. Ross, a nephew, founded the Ross Gear and Tool Co., using patents by D.E. Ross in their manufacture of auto steering gears. They purchased from the Columbia Manufacturing Co. a building that stood at Ninth and Main streets, the present site of the Reifers building, for a factory. The business grew rapidly and in 1912 they moved into the new plant at the head of north Eighth street which has since developed into one of the country's largest plants of this kind. D.L. Ross was first treasurer of the company, later president and afterward chairman of the board of directors.
He also helped to found the Ross Machine company, an auxiliary of the gear and tool works, and was the first president of the Fairfield Manufacturing company, established in 1919. The unexpected death of his son, Edward A. Ross, about a year ago, while on a business trip to London, England, was a great shock to Mr. Ross and his wife, and he had never fully recovered from the effects of it. At that time, Edward A. Ross was president of the Ross Gear and Tool company.
David Linn Ross was for many years interested in Greenbush cemetery and a leader in its association. He belonged to the Lafayette Country club and attended St. John's Episcopal church. Many local charities found in him a helpful friend and supporter and he was a generous contributor to nearly all the local welfare activities. Several years ago when the Kiwanis club selected two citizens of the community for the most outstanding community service, they made the awards to Mr. Ross and to Frank M. Cary. During his entire career he was noted for his business integrity and his staunch loyalty to the city in which he spent his life.
Mr. Ross was married Nov. 17, 1879, to Eleanor Margaret Carnahan, daughter of the late Augustus G. and Sarah Robinson Carnahan, and is survived by his widow; one son Linn C. Ross; a daughter, Mrs. Rochester (Eleanor) Baird; and several grandchildren. David E. Ross, president of the board of directors of Purdue University, whose inventions form the basis of the Ross Gear and Tool company, is a nephew.
The remains were brought to Lafayette Saturday afternoon on the Big Four railroad and taken to the Ross home at 321 South Ninth street. The funeral will be conducted at the home Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, with the Rev. Reese F. Thornton, rector of St. John's church, officiating. Burial will be in the Ross family lot in Greenbush cemetery. Mrs. Edward A. Ross, his daughter-in-law, is on her way here from New York city to attend the funeral.
--Lafayette Journal & Courier - Sat 6/11/1932
David Ross (1806 - 1872)
Mary Jane Henderson Ross (1819 - 1860)
Eleanor Margaret Carnahan Ross (1855 - 1941)
Linn Carnahan Ross (1880 - 1949)*
Edward Augustus Ross (1885 - 1931)*
Eleanor Margaret Ross Baird (1889 - 1976)*
Plot: Section 7, lot 102, blk 242
Created by: L. A.
Record added: May 15, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 69891260