The Passing of the Pioneers (excerpt)

Amity, Ore.—Grandma Celestia Walling died December 6. Mrs. Walling was a pioneer woman, having come to Oregon in 1847, two years before the discovery of gold in California. She was born near Peoria, Ill., in 1839, and was 8 years old when her parents crossed the plains. Mrs. Walling is survived by four sons—J.W., Fred and Will Walling of Amity, and Frank Walling of Oregon City. There are 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren living and one sister, Mrs. Phoebe Burch, all of Amity.

Source: Spokane Spokesman-Review, December 13, 1912.

Mrs. David Rorick Called

Clarion relatives received a message last week announcing the death of Mrs. David Rorick at her home in Oceanside, Calif.  Death occurred on Friday following an illness of several months.  Mrs. Rorick was a daughter of the late “Cap” Tyrrell and as a resident of Clarion was known as Miss Vinnie Tyrrell.  The husband, two daughters and a son survive.  Mrs. J.W. Garth of Beaumont, Texas, has been with her sister since last fall.  Some weeks ago Mrs. Garth was painfully injured in an automobile accident when the machine skidded on a stretch of oily pavement.

Source:  Wright County Monitor, March 2, 1933. 

George Robinson Dead

Hamburg Undertaker is Victim of Acute Indigestion

Taken ill during the night, George C. Robinson, well know Hamburg funeral director, succumbed early on Saturday morning to an attack of acute indigestion, brought on by the eating of seafood the night before. He had not been in the best of health and only a short time before had had several teeth removed, believing this would rid him of his run-down feeling. The news of his death spread over the county Saturday morning, casting a gloom in Hamburg and Franklin where he was very well known. He was also well known for his activities as a fireman. George Robinson and the fire department were synonymous, he always taking a leading interest in its affairs, and particularly was he in his glory at the annual county firemens [sic] parade, where he could always be seen at the head of the Hamburg firemen. Practically since his residence in Hamburg he had been the department’s drillmaster. He was fifty-seven years old.

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Mrs. William H. De Witt died at her resident, 24 Union street, on Thursday night, after an illness of several months. She was born in Wurtsboro, N.Y., but has been a resident of Montclair for the last twenty years. She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Montclair, and is survived by her husband, one daughter and two sons.

Source: The Montclair Times, April 30, 1910.

Untitled (Samuel P. Groover)

Staff Sgt. Samuel P. Groover, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur R. Groover of 653 Hurd Road, Ortonville, left this week for the Army Air Forces Separation Center at Patterson Field, Ohio, to be honorably discharged from the army, it was announced Dec. 15 by Col. Bradford A. Shaw, commanding officer of Selfridge Field.

Entering the army in February, 1942, Sgt. Groover has been stationed at Richmond, Va., Norfolk, Va., and Selfridge Field. He is a graduate of Wayne University in Detroit.

Source: Oxford Leader, December 28, 1945.

Attorney Busy In Draft Work

OCEANSIDE, Oct. 1.—Attorney David Rorick, former mayor of the city, who recently retired from public office, finds himself about the busiest person in Oceanside, having offered his services to registrants in filling out questionnaires. The rush has been so great that Mr. Rorick has been obliged to ask the registrants to fill out as much of the blanks as they can before asking the assistance of others. Fred Hayes, who is also doing much of the notary work in connection with the questionnaires, has been of service as a Spanish interpreter.

Source: San Diego Union and Bee, October 2, 1918.

Soldier Letters (excerpt)

Received by Mr. and Mrs. Studebaker of Pleasant Hill street from Bugler Dewey Studebaker, Battery C, 60th A.R.T., C.A.C, A.E.F, France:

Dear Father and Mother:

I have received all of your mail and sorry because I have not wrote sooner, but I have not had the chance to get writing paper.

I am in the best of health and hope you are all the same. I am looking forward to the days that I will be sailing back to the dear old U.S.A. with the best of health and can enjoy a good diner set before me at home. I suppose you had began to think I have been killed, but I am feeling fine and looking as good as when I left. We are having lots of rain now over here. You will have to excuse this writing paper. One of our men met a lady in the Salvation Army and she said her names was Studebaker and was from Iowa. I did not get to see her.

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