Samuel S. Gross

SAMUEL S. GROSS, M. D. With an experience as a physician and surgeon covering over twenty years, and with increasing capabilities for exact and thorough service, Doctor Gross has been located for the past ten years at Denton, Kansas, where he controls a large practice and has also identified himself with the business interests of the locality.

His paternal ancestors several generations back came out of Germany and were early settlers in the State of Tennessee. Doctor Gross' grandfather was a native of Tennessee and went as a pioneer to that picturesque district of Northwest Missouri now known as Excelsior Springs in Clay County. There he pre-empted a tract of land, and continued to farm it until his death.

Doctor Gross himself is a native of Excelsior Springs, Missouri, where he was born October 2, 1874. His father, A. W. Gross, who was born at the present site of Excelsior Springs in 1850, has long been prominent in that city both in business affairs and in public life. He has extensive interests as a farmer and stock raiser, and is also engaged in the banking business at Lawson, Missouri. For one term he represented Clay County in the State Legislature, having been elected as a democrat, and has served as county judge and for eight years was presiding judge of the Clay County Court. He is a deacon in the Christian Church and for thirty years was superintendent of its Sunday school. A. W. Gross married Lucy Laffoon, who was born in Clay County, Missouri, in 1851 and died at Excelsior Springs in 1906. Doctor Gross was the oldest of their children. His sister Mattie is still at home with her parents. His brother Jesse was in business with his father and while on a visit to Needles, Arizona, was accidentally killed, being then only thirty years of age.

Doctor Gross attended rural schools in Clay County, Missouri, and in 1891 graduated from the Excelsior Springs High School. He had already definitely formulated his career, and spent two years in the University Medical College of Kansas City and completed his course in the Kentucky School of Medicine at Louisville, where he was graduated M. D. in 1891. Doctor Gross has spared no pains to perfect himself in every possible way for a better and more thorough work, and in 1907 he completed a course and received another degree as Doctor of Medicine from Ensworth Medical College at St. Joseph, and during 1916 spent a number of weeks in Chicago attending clinics and hospital lectures.

After graduating from the Medical School at Louisville Doctor Gross began practice at Tescott, Kansas, where he was located five years, and after that was at Towanda in Butler County until 1907. In that year he located at Denton, and has since had a growing general practice in medicine and surgery. His offices are in the Denton State Bank Building.

Doctor Gross is a director and stockholder of the Denton Mutual Telephone Company and owns the building in which its exchange is located. He is a member of the Doniphan County and the State Medical societies, the American Medical Association, and is affiliated with Towanda Lodge of Masons and Denton Camp of the Modern Woodmen of America.


A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written and compiled by William E. Connelley, Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, copyright 1918; transcribed 1997.
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