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Name: ROSS, John

Birth Date: 1883

Death Date: 7 Feb 1962 Nairobi

First Date: 1931

Profession: Planter

Area: Ruiru, Red 31 - John Ross, Kia Ora Estate, Ruiru

Book Reference: Golf, Red 25, Red 31, Hut, Red 22, Kiambu Scrapbook

General Information:

Red 22 - John Ross, c/o W.J. Webb, Kia-Ora, Ruiru
Kiambu Scrapbook - Ruiru Sports Club - I think perhaps John Ross holds the record of being Golf Captain for 20 or 21 years and he also took his turn as President. He was the originator of the Hogmanay party, which is still being celebrated every New Year's Eve. He was also prime mover in starting the bowling green.
Kiambu Scrapbook - Ruiru - Mr P.G. Dickinson, a brother-in-law of the well remembered "Billiam" Webb had started to farm on Kia-Ora, on the other side of the township in 1908, but did not plant coffee there till 1912. Mr Webb himself came to Kenya that year to manage another farm of Mr Dickinson's at Nyeri. In April 1914 he went to Kia-Ora, Mr Dickinson being on leave in England, and managed both properties until war broke out, paying monthly visits to Nyeri on a bicycle and only taking a day to cover the 91 miles of extremely bad road. But the major coffee developments in Ruiru in which he took part were made after the war when Mr John Ross joined the partnership.
Red 25 has John Ross, Kia-Ora, Ruiru
Gazette 6 Dec 1938 Kiambu Voters List
President of Ruiru Sports Club in 1941. Golf Captain from 1931-1950. This must surely constitute a Kenya record, even if not a world record. During this period he was also Hon. Groundsman.
Barnes Langata cem, Nairobi - in memory of / John Ross / Kia-Ora Ruiru / 1883 - 1962 / eldest son of / John Ross, contractor / Inverness
Gazette 6 Mar 1962 probate

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