AS RECORDED IN:
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF
TOLLAND AND WINDHAM COUNTIES CONNECTICUT.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT AND
REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS AND OF MANY OF THE EARLY SETTLED FAMILIES
PUBLISHER: J.H.BEERS & CO., CHICAGO; 1903 P. 1340
The birth of the subject of this biography was in the land which has
given to America some of her most reliable and esteemed citizens.
From the year 1870, when Herman Gross landed in the United States with
little more capital than energy and determination to succeed, until his lamented
death on April 14, 1895, he lived a useful and industrious life, and his memory
is tenderly cherished by those for whom he labored so long and successfully, as
well as by the community in which he was an example of honest and upright
Gross was born in Saxony, Germany, Oct. 15, 1842, a son of William Gross, who
followed the trade of butcher in his own land, Herman being the only one of the
family who came to America. While
still in Germany our subject learned the trade of weaver, but on account of
small wages and other labor conditions, Mr. Gross determined to try his fortunes
across the Atlantic. On Nov. 15,
1867, Mr. Gross was married, in Germany, to Miss Mary Dimlow, daughter of John
and Christina Dimlow, who was born Feb. 22, 1849.
In May, 1870, Mr. Gross left his wife and two children, Clara and Hugo,
in the old home, and sailed from Bremen for New York.
The first work at his trade was secured at Broad Brook, Conn., and
conditions seeming favorable, he was soon in a position to send for his family,
who landed in New York the same autumn and joined Mr. Gross at Broad Brook.
Wages were good and in Mrs. Gross he had an economical and careful
helpmate, and ere long means accumulated, and the family became very
1872 they removed to Rockville, where Mr. Gross was employed in the dye house at
the Florence Mills, from which a few years later he went to the Hockanum Mill,
taking a position in the dye house. Each
year showed an improvement in the financial condition of the family, and the
time came when Mr. Gross was able to purchase a most comfortable home on
Windermere avenue. Tiring at last of
the trying duties in the mill, Mr. Gross resigned and engaged himself in the
butcher business with W.E. Strong, succeeding so well that at the time of his
decease, he was an extensive owner of real estate in this city, and was
considered a substantial man.
family of Mr. and Mrs. Gross numbered five children:
Clara, now Mrs. Robert C. Flamin, of Rockville, has one son, Harry;
Hugo married Miss Mary Graff, of Rockville, and has a daughter, Bertha;
William; Frank; and Hattie.
In politics, Mr. Gross voted with the Democratic party, but was a quiet
and orderly man who attended closely to his private business, leaving office
holding to others who had more taste for such prominence.
The business affairs have been and are still carefully and efficiently
conducted by Mrs. Gross, a lady of ability who in no small way contributed to
the success of her husband. The
religious connection of the whole family is with the
Lutheran Church, where our subject was highly valued, and where the family is
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