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Lafayette History

David Ross: Purdue Benefactor, West Lafayette Visionary

Information told by Wesley Shook of Coldwell Banker, The Shook Agency David E. Ross, (1871-1943) a Tippecanoe County native and successful mechanical engineer, left the majority of his estate, an estimated total of 3 Million Dollars, to his alma mater, Purdue University. He was one of the greatest benefactors of the University, and, as a…

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A Historic Look at West Lafayette’s Hills and Dales

Hills and Dales Historic District Sign

AS TOLD BY JIM SHOOK & WESLEY SHOOK of COLDWELL BANKER, THE SHOOK AGENCY In the 1920’s, demand for housing around Purdue University was high, as was the need for a Football Stadium. Purdue alum, trustee, and benefactor David Ross knew that in order for Purdue football to be competitive with other universities, they would…

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