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Many public trusts have been reposed in Jack A. Ross, the efficient county recorder of Riverside county, whose work has at all times been performed in a manner that has won for him strong commendation. He was born in Metropolis, Illinois, November 16, 1900. Henry A. Ross, his father, is a native of Paducah, Kentucky, where he was reared and educated, and among his schoolmates was Irvin S. Cobb, who afterward achieved prominence as a writer. Henry A. Ross is now manager of a marble and granite business in Riverside, California, and active in the work of the Methodist Church. While living in the south he married Maude Shelton, a native of Nashville, Tennessee, and four children were born to them but one is now deceased.

As a child Jack A. Ross came with the family to Riverside and here acquired his education, taking a special course in mathematics while in high school. Enlisting for service in the World war, he was assigned to the Coast Artillery and was stationed at Fort Winfield Scott. When mustered out he returned to Riverside and entered the political arena, January 23, 1919, as deputy tax collector. He next became deputy county clerk, acting in that capacity for three years, and was then appointed clerk of the board of supervisors, which position he held until January 1926. At that time he was appointed to fill the unexpired term of one year, and in 1927 he was the popular choice for the county recorder and the record which he made during the first term won him re-election in 1930 for another term of four years. He has thoroughly systematized the work and is considered one of the most capable men who have ever fill the office.

On the 19th of November, 1924, Mr. Ross was married to Miss Margaret Pharaoh, a daughter of Ernest E. Pharaoh, a Canadian, and they now have two children, Joan and Jaclyn, the former four and the latter two years old. Mr. Ross has membership in the Methodist Church and in politics he is a stanch republican. Of a kindly nature, he is ever ready to aid the poor and needy and was chosen member of the local board of commissioners on unemployment. He is a past officer of the Lions Club of Riverside and also belongs to the American Legion and to Gamma Eta Kappa, a high school fraternity. Although still young in years, his rapidly developing powers have carried him into important relations, and his personal qualities are such as inspire strong and enduring regard.





Transcribed By: Cecelia M. Setty.

Source: California of the South Vol. II, by John Steven McGroarty, Pages 477-478, Clarke Publ., Chicago, Los Angeles, Indianapolis. 1933.

2012 Cecelia M. Setty.