Robert L. M. Ross San Miguel County, New Mexico

Robert L. M. Ross, deputy county treasurer and collector, Las Vegas, was born in Dungiven, County Derry, Ireland, June 18, 1856, and was educated at Foyle College, Londonderry, and Trinity College, Dublin. He came to America in 1877 and located in Boston, where he was employed as a clerk in a furniture establishment until 1880. That year he came to New Mexico and engaged in the cattle business in the eastern part of San Miguel County, his nearest post office being La Cinta. He was in the cattle business ten years. In 1891 he was appointed deputy probate clerk and recorder of San Miguel County, which position he filled a few months. Then he turned his attention to real estate and insurance in East Las Vegas, in which he was engaged for eight years. Again, in 1899 and 1900, he served as deputy county clerk and recorder, and in 1901 was appointed deputy treasurer and collector of the county by Eugenio Romero, who was elected to the office in 1900. He is strong politically to a marked degree because of his superior knowledge of the Spanish language and general knowledge of the customs and business methods of the Spanish-American people. He is uniformly courteous to all and this, too, has been a strong factor in the making of his popularity.

Mr. Ross is prominent and active in both church and lodge; is a vestryman in St. Paul's church (Episcopal), and twice has been worshipful master of Chapman Lodge No. 2, A. F. & A. M., of Las Vegas. In 1884, at Watrous, New Mexico, he married Miss Laura Shaver, of California, and they have two children, Caroline and May.

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Source: History of New Mexico, Its Resources and People, Volume II, Pacific States Publishing Co., 1907.

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