Transcribed from: The History of Florida: Past & Present, The Lewis Publishing Co., Vol.
III, page 317, 1923.
BROSS, JULIUS. Included among the substantial business men of Jacksonville, one who has
won not only personal success but the esteem and respect of those with whom he has come
in contact in either a business or social way is JULIUS BROSS, head of the watch and clock
repairing firm of J. Bross & Company. An expert in his line, he has been identified with
a number of the leading manufacturers of timepieces in the country, and his past experience
and present ability augur well for his future success.
Mr. BROSS is a native of Poland, and was born January 14, 1882. He attended the public
schools of his native land, and was about fifteen years of age when he immigrated to the
United States, first settling at New York City, where he made his home for some fifteen
years. As a youth he began to work for S. EDMUND SZYDLOWSKI, the leading jeweler and
watchmaker of New York, after leaving him he went to Orange, New Jersey, and entered the
employ of the Thomas Edison Company, where for six years he was engaged in reproducing work.
His next location was at Jersey City, where he worked for the Standard Watch Company, whence
he went to Trenton, New Jersey, and entered the service of the Trenton Watchworks Company.
When this company was sold to the Ingersoll Watch Company, Mr. BROSS went with the latter
company, and when the Ingersoll concern bought out the New England Watch Company at Waterbury,
Connecticut, he was sent by this concern to that city in the capacity of instructor. After
one year Mr. BROSS resigned his position and came to Jacksonville, where in 1917 he founded
the present business of J. Bross & Company. This concern is located in Room 2, United States
Trust Building, 25 Laura Street, and Mr. BROSS has his establishment equipped with the latest
appliances and machinery for the handling of the most delicate mechanism. He is fitted to
repair any and all kinds of watches and clocks, and guarantees to do only first-class work.
It is a motto of the company to please and satisfy its customers, so that they will call
again when in need of having work done. Mr. BROSS is not only an expert in repairing watches
and clocks, but also antiques of all kinds.
Mr. BROSS stands high in public estimation at Jacksonville, not alone among those of his own
race, but among business men generally. While he has devoted himself to his business interests
to the exclusion of other matters, he takes a good citizen's interest in public affairs and
civic matters, and is always willing to aid movements which promise to be of benefit to the
community which he has adopted as his permanent home. He has several fraternal connections
and is generally popular among his associates.