Born on June 24, 1841, in Baltimore, Md., Grof was educated in public schools and Millersville Normal School; enlisted for three-year service, Oct. 4, 1861, private, Co. B, 54th Regt., PVI. He received his training at Camp Curtin; dispatched to Washington; guard duty for the Baltimore and Ohio rail and telegraph lines; and participated in ranger and sniper attacks on Stonewall Jackson’s army, positioned on the Virginia side (West Va.) of the Potomac River. Grof’s entire company was captured on Oct. 4, 1862, by Confederate Capt. Imboden (from Lebanon, Pa.) and sent to Libby Prison, Richmond. Confederates threatened to execute Grof and his companions in retaliation for the Union Army’s execution of Missouri guerillas. Pennsylvania Judge Jeremiah Black finally persuaded Company B’s captors to desist. The prisoners were exchanged three months later. He patrolled the Potomac Highlands in 1863; action in Romney, W. Va.; deployed to Cumberland, Md.; and served guard duty on Patterson’s Creek. After the war, Grof continued his profession as a miller and merchant through 1871; taught school; appointed school director; elected justice of the peace twice; councilman; and chief burgess of Stoystown, Somerset County, 1870-1875; elected to the state Senate, Nov. 1878; died February 18, 1896, New Berlin, Somerset County.