Biography of Dr. Harold G. Gross
Humboldt County, CA Biographies





HAROLD GORDON GROSS, B. S., M. D. - In his twenty and more years of successful medical practice at Eureka and in that vicinity Dr. Gross has done more than to acquire a high professional reputation. He has worked with his brother physicians for the advancement of the projects which they have learned to believe will conserve the resources of the community by promoting efficiency, and he has cooperated with his fellow citizens generally in popular movements which have had the object of elevating social conditions or standards of living. As a private enterprise, outside of his professional work, he has been carrying on ranching on a large scale, owning the Butler Valley ranch, near Maple creek, this county, and though its operations are becoming rather extensive, he has enjoyed supervising them and taken keen pleasure in watching the development of this beautiful property.

Dr. Gross is of Canadian birth, a native of Sussex Vale, near Fredericton, New Brunswick, born September 1, 1867. In May, 1876, he came with his mother to Humboldt county, Cal., so that the greater part of his early education was received in the public schools in Eureka. In the year 1884 he went east to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, at Boston, Mass., where he was graduated in 1888 with the degree of B. S. He had his professional preparation in the medical department of Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., graduating in 1891 with the degree of M. D. For some years following his graduation he was interne in the City hospital at Boston, but he returned to Eureka in 1893 to enter general practice, being thus engaged until within the last few years. Recently he took a thorough course at the Manhattan Hospital College, New York City, in diseases of the eye, ear, nose and throat, and has since made a specialty of their treatment. Dr. Gross has been one of the interested workers in establishing ideal conditions at the Sequoia hospital, an institution of which Eureka has reason to be very proud, and he is serving as one of its staff as well as a director. His interest in all the activities of his profession is shown by his membership in the Humboldt County Medical Society, the California State Medical Society and the American Medical Association. He is assistant surgeon for the Northwestern Pacific Railroad and a member of the Pacific Association of Railway Surgeons. During a busy career he has found many opportunities for helpful service in the course of his daily work, and he has been unselfish in attending to his patients and untiring in his efforts to give them the benefit of the most skillful modern treatment. He is very conscientious in keeping up to date in his profession

The Doctor's fine property, the Butler valley ranch, near Maple creek, comprises sixteen hundred acres of valuable land, the greater part of which is still in timber, one hundred and fifty acres being in arable condition. Ten acres have been planted in Spitzenberg apples. He has gone into dairying to some extent, having a herd of registered Jersey cattle, many of the Island strain. This fact is typical of everything that has been undertaken on the place. Dr. Gross is working toward the development of a model ranch, and he has made a wise beginning. He has acquired other business interests, being a director in the Humboldt Steamship Company.

In Eureka, July 22, 1898, Dr. Gross married Miss Lena Sweasey, a native daughter of this city, and they have a family of three children, James, Marian and Katherine.

From:
History of Humboldt County, California
With a Biographical Sketches
History by Leigh H. Irving
Historic Record Company
Los Angeles, California 1915


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