Biography of Fred Gross
Rush County, IN Biographies





FRED GROSS, merchant, and proprietor of the leading general store at Manilla, this county, was born in Walker township, Rush county, March 29, 1875. His parents were John and Catherine (Ottman) Gross, who were born in Germany and came to the United States when young, after their marriage settling in Walker township, this county. For some years John Gross followed the cabinet making trade at Manila, but in 1861 became a merchant, establishing a store on the location that has never been changed, although there has been a considerable amount of expansion. He continued active as a merchant during the rest of his life. Of his eight children, the following survive: Kate, Emma, Caroline, Jacob, William, Fred and Otto. Fred Gross was educated at Manilla, where he was graduated from the high school, following which he began assisting his father in the store. In 1895 he and his sister, Caroline, jointly inherited the store business, and since that time Mr. Gross has managed the business very profitably, demonstrating excellent judgment and commercial foresight On April 12, 1907, he married Vivian Barnum, who was born at Manilla, daughter of Dr. William E. and Lavancha Barnum. The father of Mrs. Gross has practiced medicine at Manilla for forty five years. She has one brother, Dr. Emerson Barnum. Mr. and Mrs. Gross have two children, Fred, Jr., and Katherine. In political life Mr. Gross is a Democrat and has served four years as township trustee, having been elected on the Democratic ticket. He is quite active in fraternal life, being a Mason, belonging to the blue lodge at Manilla and chapter, council and commandery at Rushville, and is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America at _Manilla and of the Knights of Pythias at Blue Ridge, over in Shelby county. Mr. Gross is accounted one of the representative business men of Rush county.

From:
Centennian History of Rush County, Indiana
Edited by: A. L. Gary and E. B. Thomas
Historical Publishing Company
Indianapolis 1921


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