Shelby County Indiana
Peter Gross was born in Germany, December 25, 1824. He was reared on a farm, but had a good education. He learned the shoemaker trade with his father. He served in the regular army for a short time, but was discharged because of a disabled hand. One year later he came to America and went to Pittsburg and from there to Franklin County, Indiana, where he worked at his trade. He came to Shelby County in 185 1, but returned to Franklin County, where he engaged in farming, and later at his trade at Cedar Grove, where he made $1,900. He then located at Waldron in 1869, where he kept a saloon for a short time, then a shoe store, and later a dry goods store. In 1872, he moved to his present home, where he has been engaged in merchandising and farming. He has now a fine home, the result of his own work. He is a well liked and honorable citizen.
History of Shelby County, Indiana, Chicago: Brant & Fuller, 1887, "Liberty Sketches," page 686-687
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming
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