Jonathan Fairbanks and Clyde Edwin Tuck

Past and Present of Greene County, Missouri

Early and Recent History and Genealogical Records
of Many of the Representative Citizens

LEONIDAS CLARK ROSS, M. D. It, is no invasion, of the province of propriety to narrate or chronicle the exploits, achievements, character or the lesser or larger deeds of a. man who is yet a living personality. The truest biographic insight of an individual will come to him who knows him best, has most closely studied him in his particular spheres of thought and action, and who has the advantage of aids of the subject of his narrative, as the living, suggesting source and inspiration of it. The artist's picture of the vanished original will not be an accurate photograph of it. It was a maxim of the Egoists, who were uncertain of everything, only, a few things, that "each one submit to a record of himself, for his self's sake, but especially for his friends." Thus it affords the biographer pleasure to set forth appropriately, but succinctly, and, we hope, accurately, the life record of Dr. Leonidas Clark Ross, who, owing to the enviable position he has gained in the medical circles of Greene county, is entitled to specific mention within these pages.

Dr. Ross was born in Greene county, Missouri, January 1, 1860, and is a scion of one of the oldest and most prominent families of the County. He is a son of Rev. David and Eliza (Robberson) Ross, the father a prominent minister in the Methodist Episcopal church, South, for many years in the pioneer days. His death occurred on January 6, 1869. The mother was a sister of the late Dr. E. T. Robberson, of Springfield, Missouri, and also a representative of an old and well-known family. William Ross, our subject's paternal grandfather, died in Morgan county, and was buried at Versailles, this state. William Robberson, the maternal grandfather, spent his life in Tennessee, died and was buried at Farmington, that state.

Dr. Ross' brother, Dr. F. E. Ross was for over a half century one of the best known physicians of Greene county, having practiced medicine in Springfield from 1865 until his death in 1910. His widow still lives in this city.

Dr. L. C. Ross grew to manhood in his native community and received his early education in the schools of Springfield. Finally deciding upon a career as a physician, he entered the Missouri Medical College at St. Louis, where he made a good record and from which institution he graduated with the class of 1891. In April of that year he began the practice of his profession in Springfield, and from that time to the present his patients have continued to increase in numbers until he is now a very busy man and ranks with the most successful general practitioners of the county. Dr. Ross is a post graduate of the New York Polyclinic, attending in the year 1895.

He is a member of the Greene County Medical Society, the Missouri State Medical Association, the Southwest Missouri Medical Society and the American Medical Association. Fraternally he belongs to the Masonic Order. Politically he is a Democrat, and in religious matters belongs to the Methodist Episcopal church, South.

Dr. Ross has remained unmarried. He is well liked by a wide acquaintance, being a man of pleasing address and good habits.


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