GUSS, SAMUEL M., p. 1432
Surnames: GUSS, KEITER, SHUNK, KNERR, KEITER, PHILLIPS, SNYDER, GROVE, HERSHBERGER, KLEIN
Samuel m. Guss, master mechanic of the Oley Street Mills of the Reading Iron Company, and an inventor of international reputation, is a well-known man in manufacturing circles in Berks county, Pa. He was born in 1840, in Chester county, Pa., son of Jacob and Sarah (Keiter) Guss.
Charles Guss, great-grandfather of Samuel M. Guss, and a celebrated mathematician of Germany, came to America in middle life, and settled near Phoenixville, Chester Co., Pa. He married Mary Shunk, a first cousin of Gov. Francis R. Shunk, of Pennsylvania, and both died in the faith of the Lutheran Church. Their sixth child, Simeon Guss, grandfather of Samuel M. Guss, married Barbara Knerr. The seventh child of this union, Jacob Guss, was the father of Samuel M.Guss.
Jacob Guss was a shoemaker and farmer all of his life, also serving as justice of the peace and surveyor. He died in 1883, at the age of seventy-one years, and his wife in 1893, when eighty-nine years of age. Ten children were born to Jacob and Sarah (Keiter) Guss, nine of whom lived to maturity: Mary A.; George W.; Catherine A.; Barbara A.; Frederick R.; Samuel M.; Henry F.; William E.; Jacob A.; and William, the first-born who died in infancy.
Samuel M. Guss was educated in the schools of Chester county, and the Pughtown Academy, instituted by David Phillips, from which were graduated many prominent men. His first work was at farming, but later he learned the machinist's trade at Pottsville, and entered the employ of the Colliery Iron Works, of which George W. Snyder was at that time proprietor. He helped in the erection of the Philadelphia & Reading Railway Company's rolling-mills in October 1868, and for seventeen years was in the employ of that company. He had charge of the P. & R. rolling-mill for fourteen years, and in 1895 was made general foreman in the erection of the Oley street rolling-mill, then took charge as master mechanic, and is at the present time foreman of the plate mill and master mechanic of the entire plant. Mr. Guss has the reputation of being a pioneer in the universal rolling-mill business, having erected several universal rolling-mills, including the Central Iron and Steel Company's mill at Harrisburg; and many of his inventions in this line are used extensively in America and Europe.
In 1869 Mr. Guss married Florence E. Grove, born in Franklin county, Pa., daughter of John and Rebecca (Hershberger) Grove. Nine children were born to this union: William E. C. C.; Laura R.; Charles S.; Florence E.; Carrie V. N. (m. Rev. William F. Klein); Lucreitia M.; Herbert S.; Marion H.; and Samuel M., Jr. In religious belief, the family belongs to the Evangelical Association. Mr. Guss is a Republican in politics. He was a member of the International Centennial Association in 1876. In 1891 he erected his present comfortable home at No. 606 North Tenth street, Reading.