D. H. Ramsey Library Special Collections and University Archives

David Gross Family Collection

"David and Minnie (Rose) Gross," [gross002] David Gross Family Collection,
D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNC Asheville 28804

Title David Gross Family History
Creator David Gross Family
Alt. creator Jana Milenky Weissman, great-granddaughter of David Gross
Identifier http://toto.lib.unca.edu/findingaids/mss/gross_david/default_gross_david_family.html
Subject Keyword David Gross ; Leopold Rose ; Fannie Rose ; Jewish families ; Asheville businesses ; Asheville, N.C. ; hot dog stands ; Pack Square ; "Minnie" Rose Gross ;
Subject LCSH Gross, David
Jews -- North Carolina -- Asheville -- History
Jews -- North Carolina -- Asheville -- Identity
Business enterprises -- North Carolina -- Asheville Metropolitan Area
Asheville (N.C.) -- History
Description The photographs and newspaper clippings in this collection depict the life and business of the David Gross family both before coming to Asheville and after the family arrived in the community. The original photographs and newspaper clippings were returned to the family at their request and D.H. Ramsey Library reproduced the images to tell the story of the owner and operator of the Gross Cafe and his family.
Publisher D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville, NC
Date original 1896-1945
Date digital Electronic Record Issued: 2010-06-22
Type Image ; Text
Format 17 items (photographs and newspaper clippings) ; copies of family photographs and documents scanned and returned to family.
Source M2010.02.01 Virtual collection. No physical items located at UNCA.
Language English
Relation Is part of Jewish Businesses in Western North Carolina Oral History Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNCA ;

Leo Finkelstein Oral History in Voices of Asheville Oral History Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNCA ; Hyman Dave Oral History in Voices of Asheville Oral History Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville ; Leo Finkelstein Papers, 1903-1993, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Belk Library Special Collections, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC ; Sol Schulman Collection, a small collection of material related to Jewish businesses in the western part of the state. Includes material on Sol Schulman, a businessman in Waynesville, NC. The Ada and Lou Pollock Collection contains rich material on many of the individuals and businesses mentioned in the Beth-Ha-Tephila collection and also contains supplementary material related to the Congregation Beth-Ha-Tephila. "Jewish Roots in the Carolinas: A Pattern of American Philo-Semitism,", Charlotte, N.C.: The Charlotte Israelite, 1955, in the D. Hiden Ramsey Collection, printed material - various publications (M80.5.2.6) ; Louis Blomberg Family Papers, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNCA ; Schandler Family Papers, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, UNCA ; Schochet Family Papers, D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collection, UNCA ; Choosing to Remember - From the Shoah to the Mountains ; Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, UNC Chapel Hill ; American Jewish Historical Society ;
Coverage Temporal 1896-1945
Coverage Spatial Asheville, N.C. ; Budapest, Hungary
Rights Any display, publication, or public use must credit the D.H. Ramsey Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville. Copyright retained by the authors of certain items in the collection, or their descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Acquisition Donor number: 183 ; Date of acquisition: February 10, 2010
Processed By Special Collections staff
Last update 2010-06-22 ; 2012-02-01, HP
Biography In Asheville in the 1930s, David Gross was known as the man with the biggest family and the tiniest business in town. Gross was born in 1865 and came to the United States from Budapest, Hungary in 1873. After the turn of the century, Gross opened his first cafe on Pack Square. With the depression, Gross created his noteworthy hot dog and ham sandwich stand in a narrow alleyway between a three story building and a lunch wagon on Broadway. With the addition of a roof over the tables, the location became known as a cafe. Later, Gross moved to larger quarters on Broadway. His two sons, Leon and Charlie, took up the restaurant business until 1945.
Series > Photographs
Items List
Box ID Number Description Thumbnail
M2010.02.01 gross002 David Gross and Minnie Gross (Rose)- no date, [portrait]
gross_david002.jpg (99356 bytes)
  gross003 David Gross at Elk Home, September 1954. [Standing with cane in right hand.]
gross_david003.jpg (222003 bytes)
  gross004 Ruth Milenky (Gross ) - no date, [portrait]
gross_david004.jpg (193872 bytes)
  gross005 Minnie Gross (Rose) -- no date [Standing in front of steps.]
gross_david005.jpg (125425 bytes)
  gross006 Rose Gross (Rose) - no date, [portrait]
gross_david006.jpg (216117 bytes)
  gross007 David Gross children - no date [Children posed standing in 'stair-step' arrangement.]
gross_david007.jpg (212560 bytes)
  gross008 Fannie Ross (Becker) with twins, Freda and Charles Gross and Albert Gross [portrait]
gross_david008.jpg (998127 bytes)
  gross009 Fannie Rose (Becker), August 8, 1896, in Chattanooga, Tenn. [Studio portrait]
gross_david009.jpg (226926 bytes)
  gross010 Leopold Rose, August 8, 1896, in Chattanooga, Tenn. [Studio portrait]
gross_david010.jpg (246583 bytes)
  gross014 Postcard of the Gross family, 1930 [Produced by Gross family(?)]
gross_david014.jpg (262878 bytes)
  gross015 Photograph, unrelated to the Gross family genealogy but collected by family and labeled, "Some of the famous Anderson clan of North Carolina mountains"
gross_david015.jpg (252370 bytes)
  gross016 Newspaper article, "Gross, Once Cafe Operator Here, Dies; Rites Set Today"
gross_david016.jpg (1088582 bytes)
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  gross017 Newspaper article, "Gross Family Quits Restaurant Business After Half Century, Wednesday, August 8, 1945"
gross_david017.jpg (245279 bytes)
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