A pharmacist, Edward Z. Gross was born in Harrisburg, November 6, 1851.
He was a son of Daniel and Elizabeth Kunkel Gross, and received his
education in the private schools of Harrisburg and the academies taught
by Gause and Seiler, and the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. He started
working at his father's drug store at 16. He served as school director
for one term, and was manager of the City hospital and member of the
advisory board of the Children's Industrial Home. He was also a member
of Harrisburg's Pine Street Presbyterian Church, where he was an elder,
a leader of the choir, and a superintendent of the infant department
of the Sabbath-school.
He married in Harrisburg on May 18, 1876 to Nancy J. Criswell, daughter
of Vance and Hannah (Dull) Criswell. They had two children, Hannah and
There are no documents relating to Edward Z. Gross in the McCormick
papers, and no photos, outside of the group photo taken in the rose
garden, which features his likeness above.
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