1880, 1900, 1920, U.S. Federal Census and U.S. Naturalization Records
William Gross (same as William F. Gross)
Born about July 1854 in Germany/Saxony
Spouse: Annie (Anna) Gross was born about 1856 in Bavaria
Marriage Year: 1880
Immigration Year: William arrived June 15, 1866 at Port of New York
Naturalization Date: William, June 18, 1919
Annie Gross, spouse, born about 1853 or 1856
Frederick Gross, son, born about January 1883
William J., son, born about 1885
Alois (Aloys), son, born about June 1887
Agnes, daughter, born about February 1890
Madeline, daughter, born about May 1895
Christina, mother, born about 1832, divorced and lived with William and family in 1880 Census as well as Charles, listed as a half brother.
About Christina Turk Gross Rapp
Christina Turk was born in Saxony, Germany. Her parents names according to her marriage licence were Michael and Sophia T(u)erk. She cam to America in 1866 with her husband, Caspar Gross and two children: William and Ernest. They settled in Racine, Wisconsin area and joined the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Racine where Christian Rapp and his sisters went. Caspar died in September 1866. She married Christian Rapp in November 1866. She lost her son Ernest; and a baby girl, Christina Barbara; and a baby boy named Christian by the year 1869. She had two more children: Christian and Matthias. A few years later, she another baby boy, Charles out of wedlock. By 1879 Christian had left her with his two sons and his mother Anna to settle in Arlington, South Dakota.
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In the letter a demand was made on Gross that he place $50 in money under a stone at the foot of a designated telephone pole along the Lake Shore road. The penalty of refusal was a threat to take the life of Gross and the members of his family and burn his home and other possession. Gross has been waiting some ten days for things to happen. There was not signature to the letter beyond a significant "skull and cross bones." It was mailed in Kenosha and delivered to Gross by a rural carrier.
Gross was inclined to take the letter as a joke. It reached him just a little while after he had been instrumental in recovering a bunch of stolen goods which had been taken from the Wilson store at the north end of Milwaukee Avenue. After he turned it over to the district attorney Gross began to get frightened. The attorney ordered an investigation. A roll of money was placed under the stone in question at the foot of the post and just after midnight the men who had been set to watch the stone saw an automobile come near the corner. Then some one made a break and coughed. The man driving the automobile turned into a side road and managed to get away before the bungling deputy who had coughed could get the number of the machine.
Since that time the police and the sheriff have been making almost nightly trips into Somers to make an effort to get some new clew to the identity of the men who have sent the letters to gross. A half a dozen automobile owners have been called before the district attorney and the sheriff for examination in connection with the investigation of the death threat, but none of them have been able to give any real information.
(Source: Racine Journal publication date November 6, 1915)
The funeral of William J. Gross was held on Monday morning from his late home on Lake Shore Road. Mr. Gross was born on the Berryville Road on the farm now owned by Henry Schmunck on March 23, 1884. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Frances Gross, one daughter Madeline, his mother Mrs. Anna Gross, one brother, Fred; and a sister, Mrs. Richard Gehl of Milwaukee. His father preceded him in death 18 months ago. A large number of members of the Knights of Columbus have been in attendance different times as the body lay at the home.(Source: Racine Journal publication date September 23, 1932)
|1908 Partial Map for Somers Township, Kenosha County|
Willliam Gross, 72 acres in Section 18 on Lake Michigan
William Gross, 20 acres in Section 7 on Berryville Road
|1861 Partial Map of Somers Township, Berryville neighborhood|
C. Rapp parcel, Section 6 on Berryville Road
Kenosha County Land Records stated Samuel Hale sold acres to Chris Rapp March 18, 1967.
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