During the 25th anniversary celebration of her brother George Henry and his wife Agnes at their home on Cloud Avenue
Sunday dinner was the most special meal of the week and it was a true occasion to have the preacher as guest. Just such a meal is picture here when Rev. Robert H. Baddy was the guest of George Henry and Agnes Gross in their Cloud Avenue home. Rev. Baddy is seated center with Mr. Gross to on the right and the sister of Mrs. Gross Sarah is on the left.
In 1970, Prince George’s County officials reported that only a few of Lakeland’s streets were paved, lighting was inadequate, and home values lagged behind those of neighboring white communities. The report failed to mention contributing influences, such as the disparity in economic prospects and the lack of financing opportunities for residential and commercial properties. African Americans were primarily dependent on unregulated private lenders; bank mortgages were rarely granted. Here are two homes on Pierce Avenue circa 1965. On the left is the home of Willie Laney and his wife Arlene; to the right is the home built by Elwood Gross and his wife Wilmer in 1962. (Courtesy of Thelma Lomax.)
Miss Gross was a Lakeland girl who moved to New York City to be near her sister, Margaret.
An oral history interview conducted with Elwood Gross by Eli Pousson as part of an IMPART funded oral history research project.
Taken during 25th Anniversary Celebration for George Henry and Agnes Gross at their home on Cloud Avenue. Mr. Gross worked in the kitchens of a dinning hall at the University of Maryland. A friend, one of the University's bakers made the cake shown.
On the beach near New York City. Members of the Gross/ Hughes family
Left home of Willie and Arlener Laney, Right Home of Elwood Harrison and Wilmer Sydnor Gross on Pierce Avenue. For many years the sign at one end of the street was marked Pierce Avenue and the other end of the street the sign read Pierce Street. An urban renewal listing of addresses shows a mixture of designations.
Delphine and Maxine Gross