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Harry Spencer Ross

Cochise County Treasurer 1915-1918

Born in Crown Point, Indiana, November 14, 1876, the son of William Wesley Ross and Marie Louisa Miller, Harry Spencer Ross arrived in Tombstone by train in 1902. After two years in the Recorder’s office, Mr. Ross organized the Cochise Abstract Company of Tombstone and managed the business for one year. Assessor Charles R. Howe appointed Harry as Chief Deputy Assessor and was reappointed by Assessor E.A. Hughes serving 1907-1914 in the Assessor’s office. He also served two years on the Tombstone City Council.

Mr. Ross first married Gertrude Mabelle Abbs on June 20, 1900. They had a son, Claude Spencer Ross born in Chicago June 15, 1902. At age 25, Gertrude died in Tombstone January 16, 1904, and the 1930 census reports Claude living in Los Angeles with his Ross grandparents.

On June 6, 1906, Mr. Ross married Maud Mary Horton, a native of Michigan and the daughter of William G. and Lucy P. Horton. The couple had four children born in Arizona – Marie Louise Ross Marlow born 1907, Raymond William Ross born November 4, 1909, Mabel Lucy Ross Schildt born April 7, 1913, and Elizabeth May Ross born May 5, 1916.

Treasurer Ross was elected to two, two-year terms and served as Cochise County Treasurer 1915-1918. He then served as Arizona State Treasurer for one term.

After moving to Altadena, California, Mr. Ross worked for Title Insurance and Trust Company of Los Angeles until his death May 20, 1955. He is buried in Inglewood Memorial Park Cemetery, Inglewood, California.

Photo courtesy: Hayden Arizona Historical Foundation ASU

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