RUSS, Narcissus
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RUSS, Narcissus, proprietor of the Columbus Hotel, is a native of the southern part of Italy, having been born near Lucca. He came with his parents to America when a lad of about seven years. The family first located at Pottsville, Pa., subsequently removing to Philadelphia and finally to Harrisburg. Mr. Russ first engaged in the Hotel business in Harrisburg, and also in connection with his father, conducted a fruit and fish stand for some time. As agent, he introduced the Louis Bergdoll beer in the Capital (sic) city of Pennsylvania. Several years ago he purchased from John Gross the "Gross House," which he changed on "Columbus Day" to the Hotel Columbus, and has since given his attention to that popular hotel, in which he has had eminent success.

Mr. Russ has been twice married. By his first wife, who is dead, he has two children: Adolph and Ella. By his second wife, whose maiden name is Lizzie Shanoffen, he has one living son, Maurice. Mr. Russ has five brothers living in Harrisburg: William, who is engaged in the fruit and fish business on Market Square; Patrick, proprietor of the Hotel Russ; James, of the Commonwealth Hotel; John, agent for Rupperts’ N. Y. beer, and Lewis, formerly of the Grand Hotel.

Historical Review of Dauphin County

Transcribed by Linda Mockenhaupt for The Dauphin County, Pennsylvania Genealogy Transcription Project -

Date of Transcription: 25 July 2001

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