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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Lachlan Ross (1869-1943)

Physician and surgeon, municipal official.

Born in Oxford County, Ontario in 1869, son of Lachlan Ross and Minnie McKay, he was educated at the Kincardine Public and High Schools. He came to Manitoba in 1889 and, after attending the Central Normal School, taught school for some years. He later enrolled in the Manitoba Medical College from which he graduated in 1898. He moved to Morris in 1898 and practiced there until retirement in 1936. He was a member of the Canadian Medical Association and Manitoba Medical Association.

On 12 April 1899, he married Mary Eleanor Davis in the RM of Montcalm. They had four children: Edward Lachlan Ross, Bessie Marion Ross (b 1907), Robert Bryan Ross (b 1908), and Minnie Eleanor Ross (b 1911). He served on the Morris School Board (two years) and the Morris municipal council. He served as Mayor of Morris from 1921 to 1926. He was a member of the Morris Curling Club and the Masons (King Solomon Lodge No. 8).

He died at Winnipeg on 9 February 1943 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

Sources:

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

“Dr. R. L. Ross dies at daughter’s home,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 February 1943, page 5.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 August 2014

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