Sylvester King Porter

Sylvester King Porter died February 3 at his home, 1931 Marengo avenue, South Pasadena. Mr. Porter was 81 years old and a native of Michigan. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Melissa R. Porter, a daughter, Mrs. G.H. Milne, New York City, and a sister, Mrs. Howard [sic] Rorick, Columbus, Ohio. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 o’clock Saturday at the chapel of Turner, Stevens and Berry, 1000 Fremont avenue, South Pasadena.

Source: Pasadena Post, February 5, 1929.


Untitled (Capt. W.C. Tyrrell)

Cap. Tyrrell seems to be getting his name before the public in his operations in oil. Last Sunday’s Inter Ocean, in a write up of the Beaumont oil fields, says of him:

The David Harum of the oil country is W.C. Tyrrell, a rich man who owns large bodies of grazing lands in Iowa and the Dakota. He came to Texas for sport, as he says, and is now dabbling in leases and options. Tyrrell keeps a wad of bonds, mortgages, and stocks in an old tin bread box, the only fastening to which is a stick put through the hasp. He was looking through the box the other day when Dewey Heywood asked him what he was after. “Wall [sic], Dewey,” he drawled, “I’ve just been sued for $150,000, and I want to see if I have the cash to settle.”

Continue reading “Untitled (Capt. W.C. Tyrrell)”


RORICK—In San Bernardino, California, Monday, March 26, 1900, David G. Rorick, a native of Iowa, aged 34 years.

Funeral from Barton & Catick’s undertaking parlors this afternoon at 2:30, under the director of Token Lodge, No. 290. I.O.O.F. and the O.R.C.

Source: San Bernardino Sun, March 27, 1900.

J.P. Robinson, Former Resident of Redding, Dies In San Francisco

J.P. Robinson, formerly a resident of Redding, died suddenly in San Francisco Wednesday, according to a wire received by relatives here. Funeral services will be held in the bay city today, and burial will be made there.

Robinson, who came to Shasta county as a young man, was born in Canada 65 years ago. While in this city he was engaged in the draying business. He left Redding about 12 years ago and has since resided in Turlock. Surviving him are his four sons, Fred, Alfred and John Robinson, all of Redding, and Wilson Robinson of Chico.

Source: Redding Searchlight, April 13, 1928.

Untitled (John Frederick Loosley)

J.F. Loosley, the Ft. Klamath creamery man, came to Medford last week with 1500 pounds of butter from his creamery. The butter was placed in cold storage at the Medford Ice plant, since which time Mr. Loosley has been engaged in working it into rolls and shipping it to San Francisco. The gentleman states his creamery had made this season about 9000 pounds of butter, and aside from this head has made four or five tons of cheese. All of these two products, he states, he finds a ready sale for in the larger cities of the coast, principally San Francisco. The season for operation at the creamery commences April 1st and closes December 1st. During the season just past an average of 250 cows have supplied the milk for the creamery. At times the number has reached 300 but the average is not far from 250. This is Mr. Loosley’s first visit to Medford but having read the many pleasant words spoken for our town in the columns of The Mail during the past year, he, like many others, decided to “try it one whirl for luck.” He will load back with merchandise of a varied nature—and we are satisfied that his first visit will not be his last. He is a gentleman always keen for bargains and he will not lose sight of the treatment extended him by Medford merchants. His success in operating the Ft. Klamath creamer proves him a gentleman of sterling ability—while his judgement was not at fault when he headed his team Medford way.

Source: Medford Mail, September 25, 1896.

Rancher Dies While At Work Upon Farm

James P. Robinson Victim of Heart Attack

TURLOCK, April 12.—James P. Robinson, 64, died suddenly yesterday afternoon as the result of a heart attack while working in the field at his farm west of Turlock.

Neighbors had talked to him a few minutes before he was stricken. He was a native of Canada and had been a resident of Turlock for the past eight years.

Surviving are two sons and a daughter, George of Turlock, Fred of San Francisco, and Mrs. Margarite Paulsen, San Francisco.

The funeral will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the O’Hara chapel. Rev. D.L. Moffet will officiate.

Source: Modesto Bee, April 13, 1928.

Untitled (Bessie Rorick)

Died of a combination of diseases, the sequel to measles, Bessie, only daughter of J.T. and Carrie Rorick, Monday, April 7. About three weeks ago Bessie Rorick was taken down with measles, everything seemed to be going well until one night she was taken ill with a chill. From this time she gradually grew worse, defying the skill of her physicians, Drs. Dixson and Deady, who with unrelenting care watched by her and prescribed for her until death came and relieved them of their charge, robbed her parents of an unusually bright and pretty child, who had just by a few days her third birthday. On Wednesday forenoon the remains were conveyed to the Colfax cemetery, the grave having been tastilly [sic] draped with cotton and flowers. The Tribune extends to the bereaved parents in their great sorrow heartfelt sympathy.

Source: Huron Tribune, April 12, 1890.


The marirage [sic] of Miss Alice Genevieve Webster of 977 Grove street and Frank Dayton Sutton of 456 East Church street was solemnized this morning at 10 o’clock in the parsonage of Hedding M.E. Church. The Rev. E.E. Merring, past of the church, performed the ceremony. The couple was attended by Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Webster, the fomer [sic] being a brother of the bride.

Following the ceremony, a wedding breakfast was served at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred. H. Webster, covers being laid for the following besides the bride and bridegroom: Mr. and Mrs. Fred H. Webster, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Webster, Mr. and Mrs. Leon Sutton and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Sutton of Waverly.

Mr. and Mrs. Sutton left for a trip to New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. They will make their home at 977 Grove street upon their return.

Source: Elmira Star-Gazette, June 10, 1925.

Bought In

On Monday E.E. Haskins purchased a half interest in the grocery establishment of F.P. Rorick, and after to-day the business will be conducted by the firm of Rorick & Haskins. “Ed” needs no introduction to the people of this section, he being well known as a straight and enterprising business man. May the new firm prosper.

Source: Wright County Monitor, August 22, 1883.