"History of Lincoln, Oneida, and Vilas Counties Wisconsin"

Compiled by George O.Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others. Printed in 1924 by H.C.Cooper. Jr. & Co., Minneapoli-Winona MN. ill. 787 pages. The first two hundred pages are history of the three counties, the remainder of the book is biographies.


Gross, Charles of Rhinelander, who for a number of years has been prominent in public affairs, and was chairman of the Oneida County Board of Supervisors from the spring of 1922 to July, 1923, was born at Sturgeon Bay, Wis., March 5, 1867, son of Mathias and Christina (NELLIS) GROSS. The father was a native of Switzerland and the mother of Prussia. Having come to the United States when young, they grew up here and were subsequently married in Wisconsin, settling first at Sturgeon Bay, but later moving to Appleton, where Mathias GROSS followed the occupation of carpenter and millwright until his death. His wife has also passed away. Charles GROSS acquired a public school education in Clintonville and Appleton. He then learned the meat cutter's trade, which he followed first in Clintonville, and later for two years in Rhinelander, to which city he came in 1888. He then took a homestead in that part of the town of Pelican that is now the town of Crescent, and from the wild timber land in time developed a good farm, erecting a nice residence and other necessary buildings, on which place he lived for many years. The farm now contains 320 acres, a part of the land being improved. He has followed general farming, paying particular attention to dairying, his cattle consisting of grade Holsteins. Mr. GROSS has long taken an active part in promoting the growth and prosperity of the county, having been an active factor in more than one line of enterprise in addition to farming. As to his political service, he was for many years a member of his township board, serving both as chairman and treasurer, and was also active on the school board. His position as a member of the town board made him a member of the county board, which he served as chairman. For some 15 years he has done county construction work, and is now foreman of the county machine shops at Rhinelander, in which city he has made his home for the past two years in order that his children might have better school advantages. Mr. GROSS was first married to Augusta RADTKE, who died leaving two children, George and William, both of whom are now living in Rhinelander. The son George married Elsie BUCKINGHAM of Ridgeway, Wis. Mr. GROSS married secondly Ursula JAMES, and of this union five children have been born, namely: Raymond, Roy, Ralph, Mary and Maxine. Raymond is now a student in the River Falls Normal School.

Transcribed by Susan Swanson, from pages 304-305 (with picture), History of Lincoln, Oneida and Vilas Counties Wisconsin; Compiled by George O. Jones, Norman S. McVean and Others 1924, H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co.

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