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These pages seek to identify and document the known tombstone carvers in the state of Pennsylvania, from all time periods.  If any one has any information about additional tombstone carvers to be included, or have additional information to add to an existing carver,  please feel free to contact Ellis Michaels or Bill Plack

George W. Gross (1864 - 1946)

Bedford and Somerset Counties

(biography by Ellis Michaels)

1900 Census Hyndman Borough, Bedford County, PA, ED #16, sheet 6B
   Grose, George W., Head, b. Nov 1864 in West VA, aged 35Y, married 14Y,   marble worker
   Grose, Anna M., wife, b. Sep 1865 in MD, aged 34Y, mother of 6, 4 living
   Grose, Clarence E., son, b. Mar 1887 in MD, age 13Y
   Grose, Clifton R., son, b. Jun 1888 in MD, aged 11Y
   Grose, George W., son, b. Nov 1889 in MD, aged
   Grose, Laura C., daughter, b. Aug 1896 in PA, aged 3Y
   Grose, Martha A., mother, b. Jun 1831 in MD, aged 68, widowed
   Ritchey, Mary, servant, b. Feb 1886 in PA, aged 14Y
   Imler, Ralph, employee, b. Sep 1881 in PA, aged 18, marble worker, servant
   Fajenbaker, Otto A., employee, b. May 1881 in VA, aged 19Y, marble worker

Bedford Gazette, Bedford, PA, Friday, 28 Mar 1902, front page:
   Mrs. Martha A. Grose, widow of George W. Grose, died at the home of her son,
George W. Gross, Jr., in Hyndman, on March 20. Her husband passed away
about 2 years ago at the age of ninety-five years. Mrs. Grose's maiden
name was Martha A. Judy and she was born in Frederick county, Maryland,
seventy-two years ago. She is survived by three sons-George W. Grose,
of Hyndman; William H. Grose, of Johnstown, and Theodore W. Grose, of
Marietta, O. The body was taken to Cumberland on Sunday, and after funeral
services were held in SS. Peter and Paul's church, was buried in the cemetery nearby.

The Evening Times, Cumberland, Md., Friday, 19 Feb 1909, front page:
   Handsome Monument for Mr. Morgan
   Mr. George Gross, of Hyndman, who has been in this city for several days,
returned to his home this afternoon after closing with Mrs. Michael Morgan,
of Westernport, for a $1,000 monument of granite.. This handsome monument is
to be placed in the Catholic Cemetery at Westernport this spring.

1910 Census Londonderry Township, Bedford County, PA, ED #15, sheet #4B
   Grose, George W., head, aged 45Y, married 25Y, b. VA, Proprietor Marble Works
   Grose, Anna M., wife, age 44, m/o 6. 4 living, b. MD
   Grose, Clarence B., son, age 23, collector for furniture co.
   Grose, Lara B., daughter, age 13,

1920 Census King Township, Bedford County, PA, ED#20, sheet 4A
   Grose, Clifton A, Head, age 33, b. MD, marble cutter
   Grose, Lillie D., wife, age 31

   Grose, George W., head, age 55, b. WV, merchant general store
   Grose, Anna M., wife, age 54, b. MD
   Grose, Helen P., grand daughter, age 10, b. MD

1930 Census Hyndman, Bedford County, PA, sheet 3A, page 195
   Grose, George W., head, property $3,500, age 65Y, married at age 22, b. WV, Proprietor Monumental yard
   Grose, Anna M., wife, aged 64Y, married at age 21, b. MD
   Ake, Mary R., servant, age 48, single, b. in PA

Bedford Gazette, Bedford, PA, Thursday, 24 Oct 1946, page 2:
   George W. Grose, 81, of Hyndman, a retired monument dealer, died Thursday Evening in Memorial Hospital, Cumberland. He had been engaged in business in Cumberland and Hyndman for many years.
   Mr. Grose was born at Huntinton, W. Va. on Nov. 27, 1864, a son of George W.
and Martha (Judy) Grose. He was a member of the Official Board of the Methodist Church here. Surviving are his widow, the former Anna M Conler, and three sons- Clarence and Clifton, both of Cumberland, and George, address unknown. A brother, William Grose, lives at Johnstown. The deceased also leaves seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.Funeral Services were conducted by the Rev. Wendell Allen, pastor.

Bedford Gazette, Bedford, PA, Thursday, 27 Mar 1947, page 4:
   Mrs. Anna M. Grose, widow of George W. Grose, died at her home in Hyndman on Monday.
   She was born in Cumberland September 30, 1865, a daughter of William and Mary Conner. She was married to George Grose in 1886. He died Oct. 17, 1946.
Surviving are two sons, C.R. Grose and C.E. Grose, Cumberland, and a brother, Charles Conner. Membership was held in the Methodist Church, Hyndman.
   Funeral services will be conducted this Thursday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock, the Rev Wendell Allen officiating. Interment will be in the Hyndman cemetery under the direction of the Zeigler funeral home.

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Known Examples of

George W. Grose's

stone carvings

Charles E. Griffith Monument

Union Cemetery

Meyersdale Borough, Summit Township, Somerset County

(photos contributed by Pat Bowser)

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Rose Hill Cemetery

Cumberland, Allegany County, Md

(contributed by Barbara Meredith)

Levi W. Brant

Rev. Isaac Thomas

Mary Hopkins Thomas

Thomas Hopkins Thomas



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