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Joseph L. ROSS, M.D.


Joseph L. Ross, M.D. has the distinction of being the Dean of his profession in San Mateo County, is one of the able and representative physicians and surgeons of this section of the state and is established in successful general practice at Redwood City, the county seat. Both in years and period of consecutive practice he is now the oldest practicing physician in the county.


Doctor ROSS was born at Vermont, Illinois, on the 27th of May 1856 and after a collegiate education along academic lines in the state college at Champaign, Illinois, he entered the celebrated Rush Medical College in the City of Chicago, in which institution he was graduated as a member of the class of 1879. After thus receiving his degree of Doctor of Medicine he engaged in practice at Macomb, the county seat of McDonough County, Illinois, and in his native state he continued his successful professional activities until 1881. He then came to California and established his residence at Redwood City, where he has built up a substantial and representative professional business that marks him as one of the leading physicians and surgeons of San Mateo County. For the past eighteen years he has been district surgeon of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company. The doctor is actively identified with the San Mateo County Medical Society and the California State Medical Society, and he has insistently kept in touch with the advances made in medical and surgical science. He has given effective service as the chief executive of the San Mateo County Board of Health, and his civic loyalty has been shown in his hearty support of measures and enterprises tending to advance the general well-being of the community. Doctor ROSS was one of the organizers of the First National Bank of Redwood City, served fully a quarter of a century as its president, and recently resigned this office in order to give his undivided time and attention to his large professional practice. He assisted in the organization of the Redwood City Building & Loan Association, and still continues as vice president of this well ordered organization, which has done much to advance local progress and prosperity.


The maiden name of the first wife of Doctor ROSS was Louise BACON, and she was reared in Illinois. She is survived by two children: Harvey L., M.D., who is engaged in the practice of his profession in the City of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Sarah Frances, who resides at Dayton, Ohio. For his second wife Doctor ROSS wedded Miss Blanche Emily STAFFORD and the two children of this union are Joseph L., Jr., and Blanche E.


Transcribed by Deana Schultz.

Source: "The San Francisco Bay Region" Vol. 3 page 72-73 by Bailey Millard. Published by The American Historical Society, Inc. 1924.

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