Ross papers

Lebanon County Historical Society
924 Cumberland Street, Lebanon, PA, 17042
Material Type
1848 – 1911 Inclusive date(s)
1848 – 1911 Normal date(s)
Extent Units
linear feet
Ross, George D. (is creator of)
Ross, George Redsecker (is creator of)
Administrative/Biographical History
Dr. George Ross (1821-1880) was born November 22, 1821 in Elizabethtown, Pa.  His father Robert May Ross was a merchant.  George Ross attended school in Reading and Litiz, Pennsylvania before working as an apprentice druggist in Harrisburg and Elizabethtown from 1838-1842.  Ross graduated from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia in 1849 and began practicing medicine.  He purchased property in Lebanon in 1852 and quit medicine to operate a drug store.  Ross later served as a director of the Lebanon Gas Company, Valley National Bank, the Mount Lebanon Cemetery Association, the Lebanon Mutual Insurance Company of Jonestown and president of the Board of Health of Lebanon.  He was a prominent and active member of th Chuch of God and wrote and published several works for the Church including Biography of Elder John Winebrenner SemiCentennial Sketch (Harriswburg, Pa. : George Ross, 1880).  George Ross died November 30, 1880. George Redsecker Ross (1854-1936) was the son of Dr. George Ross born in Lebanon Pa. on October 17, 1854.  He was educated at Layfayette College (1878) and th Philadelphia College of Pharmacy (1880).  He waorked as a druggist for Dr. George Ross & Co., the business begun by his father, until his death in 1936.
Scope and Content
This small collection contains George D. Ross' correspondence and his manuscript notes relating to his publications for the Church of God, financial papers and advertising materials relating to the Ross drug store in Lebanon, Pa. and three volumes of medical school notes. Five letters (1847-1849) relate George D. Ross' experience at Jeferson Medical College in Philadelphia and his conversion to the Church of God. The remaining four letters (1857 and undated) concern drug store financial matters. Three manuscripts are an early version of Ross' biography of Rev. John Winebrenner, a brief history of the Church of God and a note on slavery and race. The financial papers and advertising material include a state issued lisence to kill song or wild birds for scientific purposes and a hand written advertisment for 'Dr. Ross' Compund Camamile Pills.' The volumes of medical school notes were kept by George D. Ross (2 vols. Jefferson Medical College, 1847) and George Redsecker Ross (Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, 1880). A George R. Ross mathematical problems book from his time at Lafayette College is also included.
Existence and Location of Copies
1 box, 3 vols.
Lebanon County, Lebanon, Church of God in North America, George Ross & Co. (Lebanon, Pa.), Winebrenner, John, 1797-1860