Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]
Fred H. Ross was born in Essex, Essex County, N. Y., August 8, 1834. He was the son of Henry H. and Susannah
Ross, who reared a family of eight children. The elder Ross was a lawyer of marked ability, a contemporary of Silas
Wright, and occupied many prominent positions. Fred H. received a collegiate education, graduating at Burlington
College in 1852. After his graduation, he entered the office of his father, and commenced the study of the law,
but was obliged to abandon it on account of his eyes. In 1854, he came West, stopping at Detroit, where he entered
a large hardware house as porter. From Detroit, he came to Kalamazoo, where he remained but a short time, when
he removed to Dowagiac in the autumn of 1860, and engaged in the hardware trade. Mr. Ross is emphatically a self-made
man, and his success is attributable wholly to his own efforts. He has identified himself prominently with the
growth and development of Dowagiac, and for many years has been one of its most prominent merchants. In 1859, he
was married to Miss Francis J., daughter of F. L. Dixon, of Burlington, Vt. Two daughters have been born to them-
Francis M. and Susannah D. In his religious affiliations, he is an Episcopalian, and in politics a Republican.
History of Cass Couny, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of some of it's Prominent Men and Pioneers.
Waterman, Watkins & Co., Chicago 1882.