Biography of the Reverend Charles Henry Gross
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The Reverend Charles Henry Gross, Rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Norwalk, was born in New York City, the son of Joseph A. and Christine (Mertz) Gross.

Charles Henry Gross received his preliminary education in the public schools of New York City, and afterward attended Trinity Preparatory School, New York City College, and the Law School of New York University, with the idea of preparing himself for the practice of law. However, he felt the more urgent call of the ministry and became a candidate for Holy Orders under Bishop Potter of New York. He entered the Theological Seminary of Virginia, from which he was graduated in 1902. He was ordained Deacon in 1902 by Bishop Gibson, of Virginia, and ordained Priest in 1903, by Bishop Gravatt, of West Virginia.

His first charge was as Rector of Cople Parish, Westmoreland County, Virginia, where he remained for one year. In 1903 he went to Baltimore, Md., and remained until 1906 as assistant at Memorial Church. He then came to Ohio as Rector of St. Paul's Church, Greenville, Darke County, where he remained until 1916. At that time he accepted the call to become Rector of St. Paul's parish, Norwalk. He is president of the Board of Directors, of the Old Ladies' Home at Milan, and has always taken an active part in the civic life of the community. He was one of the organizers and is past president of the Norwalk Kiwanis Club, an organizer of the Country Club, and chaplain of the Norwalk Masonic bodies, being also a member of the Norwalk Masonic Temple Co., a 32nd degree Mason, and member of the Shrine. He is also chaplain of the Norwalk Lodge of Elks.

Reverend Gross was married on June 25, 1902, to Miss Alice Elliott Bell, of New York City, the daughter of John J. and Alice Jane (Allen) Bell. Their only child, Frances Bell Gross, is the wife of Floyd Riley Nicklas, construction engineer, of Toledo, Ohio.

History of North Central Ohio
Embracing Richland, Ashland, Wayne,
Medina, Lorin, Huron and Knox Counties
BY: William A. Duff
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1931

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