GROSS, DANIEL WIESTLING, son of Abraham and Marie (Wiestling) Gross, was born in Middle Paxton township, Dauphin county, Pa., on March 11, 1810. He was educated in the borough schools of Harrisburg and the Harrisburg Academy. He also prepared himself thoroughly as a pharmacist, and commenced business in this city in 1830, and continued therein until a short time before his death.
Mr. Gross was active and prominent in public affairs. He was the first president of the borough council in 1860-62, and was a member of the school board for many years. He was a trustee of the State Lunatic Asylum at Harrisburg for a long period, and was afterwards the treasurer of that institution. He was president of the board of trustees of the Theological Seminary of the Reformed Church; vice-president of the board of trustees of Franklin and Marshall College, and was for many years president of the board of publications of the Reformed Church of the United States.
Mr. Gross was an elder of Salem Reformed church and was prominent in all the affairs of the denomination. He served on the famous "Peace Commission," appointed to allay the excitement over the liturgy. He was the oldest member of the Salem church, and was for a long time superintendent of the Sunday-school and also of the infant department of the school. Daniel W. Gross was married, in 1841, to Elizabeth, eldest daughter of George Kunkel, of Harrisburg, who died in 1882. Their children were: George A., John K., Joshua W., Daniel W., deceased, Edward Z., Henry S., Robert, deceased, and Mary Elizabeth, deceased. At the home of his son, Joshua W., surrounded by his friends, having just reached his eighty-sixth year, he quietly passed away, after a lingering illness, March 11, 1896. His retrospect was an active and useful life crowned with humble and honored age, while before him lay the joy and glory of eternal life.
Historical Review of Dauphin County
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Date of Transcription 4 Jan 2001
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