Miss Ann Adams Married to R.P. Rorick in Florida

Wedding of great interest to Southern California was performed for Miss Ann Adams, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Adam Albert Adams of Pasadena, and Richard Packard Rorick Saturday afternoon in St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Jacksonville, Fla.

The bride is a cousin of Mrs. Merritt E. Van Sant of Pasadena and niece of Mr. and Mrs. William T. O’Connell of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.  She was given in marriage by her uncle.

Mrs. James F. Robinson II of Grosse Pointe, Mich., sister of the bridegroom, was matron of honor.  Bridesmaids were Misses Michelle Myers, Pasadena, Pasadena; Julia Potts, New York City; Paula Armstrong and Preston Stockton of Jacksonville, Fla.

Robert R. Bowen of Jacksonville was best man for the son of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin H. Rorick of Perrysburg, O., and Palm Beach, Fla.  Ushers were Marvin H. Rorick Jr., Perrysburg, O.; Robert B. Rorick, Toledo, O.; F. James Robinson II, Grosse Pointe, Mich.; and R. Alexander McClelland of New York City.

The bride, who made her debut at her aunt and uncle’s home when they resided in Lake Forest, Ill., will live in Jacksonville after a honeymoon in Jamaica.

Source:  Los Angeles Times, May 6, 1957.


Dallas D. Rorick Is Claimed By Death

Monticello, Ia., Aug. 1.—(Special)—Dallas D. Rorick, 87, a long time resident of Jones county, died at Monticello after a few days’ illness.

He was born in Franklin county, Ohio, June 18, 1844, the son of C.H. and Julia F. Rorick.  He came with his parents, when a small boy, to Iowa and first settled on the farm known as the Rorick farm near Oxford Junction.  The first home was a long house.  The deceased resided in Oxford Junction during the early part of his life, and later moved to Miller, S.D., where he resided for seven years, and was engaged in the practice of law.

On his return to Iowa, he settled at Oxford Junction, where he practiced law until about 17 years ago when he moved to Monticello and practiced law continually until his death.

He was married to Martha Jane Hammond at Oxford Junction.  Julia Anna Rorick was born to this union and is the only living survivor.

He was a member of the Jones County Bar association and the Iowa State Bar association.  Mr. Rorick served Clinton county in the state legislature during one session.  He was the oldest law practitioner in Jones county at the time of his death.

Source:  Davenport Daily Times, August 1, 1932.


Fatal Word from William Rochelle in Damage Suit Trial.

When Attorney M.O. Burns asked William Rochelle his age, the latter replied “19.” That ended his suit against Carl H. Dilg as proprietor of the American Taxi line for $1000 damages, Judge Walter Harlan dismissing it, Judge Walter Harlan dismissing it.

The jury had just been secured and all was in readiness to proceed with the hearing of the case.  But a minor cannot prosecute a suit on his own initiative and that accounts for the dismissal.

The suit grew out of Rochelle’s attempt to catch a street car on High street west of Fourth street.  He claims he was struck by one of Dilg’s taxis.

Source:  Hamilton Evening Journal, June 23, 1921.

Widow of a Santa Fe Conductor Files Suit for $5,000

Damages for David Rorick’s Death

Was Injured On the San Jacinto Run and Died Suddenly

Many railroad people will remember David Rorick, who was long connected with the Santa Fe, and prior to this death was conductor on the San Jacinto flyer.  He died in this city March 26, 1900, as the supposed result of a bump on the head while getting out of the mail door in the baggage car.

He was a member of the Railroad Officials and Employees Accident association and took out a policy on December 26, 1898, for $5000.  The company has failed to pay up the policy, which was made in favor of Rorick’s wife, and Saturday she filed suit in the superior court of Riverside county.

The complaint in the case is a long one and among other things alleges that decedent paid all demands made upon him by the corporation, yet since his death the widow has been able to collect the policy.

The plaintiff alleges that after the death of her husband she made all the required proof of his death, and within the time stipulated in the papers.  Yet the paper refused to disgorge, and new suit is brought and plaintiff asks for a judgement for the $5000 with interest at 7 percent, and for such other relief as the court may deem proper.

Rorick died quite suddenly and an autopsy revealed the fact that there was a small clot on the brain that may have been caused by the blow.  Rorick was apparently a strong man, but those intimately acquainted with him say that he could not stand much heavy work.

The case will prove an interesting one to railroad people, and to many friends of the widow, Mrs. Issola Rorick, who resides in this city.

Source:  San Bernardino Evening Transcript, November 26, 1900.

Mrs. Strevelle Of Oxford Goes To Her Reward

Oxford, Ia., Nov. 8.—Mrs. Julia A. Strevelle, aged 66 years sister of S.E. Rorick of this city, passed away at Mercy hospital, Anamosa, yesterday. Mrs. Strevelle was in poor health for some time. Her brother, S.E., and son, George, were with her last night, as well as two of her nieces. He immediate relatives are her son, George, and two brothers, S.E. of this city and Del [sic] of Monticella [sic]. Mrs. Strevelle lived a number of ears in Oxford Mills, and during her residence there made many friends. Funeral services will be held form the home of her brother, S.E. Rorick and burial will be in the Mayflower cemetery.

Source: Quad-City Times, November 8, 1923.

S.E. Rorick Of Oxford Junction Called By Death

OXFORD JUNCTION, Ia., March 31.—(Special)—Funeral services for S.E. Rorick, prominent Oxford Junction citizen who died Saturday, were held this afternoon at the Oxford Mills Methodist church, the Rev. Wolgremuth officiating. Burial was in Mayflower cemetery.

Mr. Rorick was the first president of the Oxford Junction Savings bank in 1891. He was born Oct. 31, 1849 in Columbus, O. He came to Iowa in 1859, location on a farm three miles south of Oxford Junction. He married Miss Charity Green in March, 1876. D.H. [sic] Rorick of Monticello is a brother of the decedent.

Source: Davenport Daily Times, March 31, 1930.

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Dr. Rorick Thinks Present Central Board For Institutions Not A Success

“I would like to see every state official compelled to wear a red shirt, or some distinctive clothing, so that the people of the state would know just how many of them there are traveling around all the time, at the expense of the state,” said Dr. E.H. Rorick, member of the state board of administration, at his home in Fulton co.  He is a new member of the board and is becoming with acquainted with veterans in the Home.

“Take the board of administration, of which I am a member,” he continued, “the salaries of all the members and clerks and stenographers figure up to $62,000 a year. Their expenses reach a high figure.  We all stop at the best hotels and ride in Pullman cars.

“I believe the work of the board could be better accomplished by the former method.  We have 20 institutions to look after, and it is difficult to properly attend to all of them.  Under the old regime each institution had its own board of control, and these members were glad to serve without salaries for the honor.  There should be a central purchasing agency.”

Dr. Rorick recently stated in Columbus that the entire board should be fired by the governor.  This was after a session when the members had split on the appointment of a superintendent of the state for the blind.  The workings of the board have not been entirely harmonious.

“Governor Willis is not to be blame for this condition,” said Dr. Rorick.  “The board was organized under a former administration, and all the governor can do is appoint members.”

Dr. Rorick believes that the state could be saved hundreds of thousands of dollars in state jobs, without any loss of efficiency, and state that for his part he would be glad to return home and work in his garden.

Source:  Sandusky Star Journal, May 23, 1916.

Slate Hill Girl A Graduate Nurse

Unionville—Mrs. Seely Sutton went to New York last week to attend the graduation exercises of the Class of 1933 of nurses at the Presbyterian hospital.  There were seventy-five in the class of which Miss Evelyn Sutton of Slate Hill was a member.  A number of Slate Hill relatives also attended.

Source:  Middletown Times Herald, June 6, 1933.


Dr. Rorick Will Resign

Was Alone In Opposition to Women’s Reformatory.

A Sincere Old Standpatter.

His Interviews With Columbus Newspapers Made Their Newspapers Ridiculous.

Dr. E.H. Rorick, a Republican member of the State Board of Administration, has sent a letter to Governor James M. Cox to the effect that his resignation will be placed in his hands at any time the governor wishes to fill the place, which the govern will undoubtedly do at the earliest possible moment. Dr. Rorick is the man who is responsible for every bit of the opposition to the women’s reformatory in Marysville. His statements to newspaper reporters were accepted as facts and printed without investigation as to the truth of the statements made by the doctor. In these statements Dr. Rorick was quoted as representing the state board. As a matter of fact he represented himself alone. The other three members of the state board, Messrs. Davey, Creamer and Philbrick, were always in sympathy with the spirit and purpose of the local institution.

Dr. Rorick was at all times entirely ignorant of the law governing the Marysville institution. He did not know anything whatsoever of the vast need of the institution or the wide scope of reform work to be performed here. He knew nothing whatsoever of the local institution as it will be or in fact, as it is. He did not even comprehend the fundamental principle upon which the institution is base.

Affable and approachable, Dr. Rorick was easily seen by the Columbus newspaper reports, who accepted his statements as representing the state board, and as being correct. The Columbus Dispatch editorially praised the reformatory and the work here, and in its news columns printed Dr. Rorick’s fiction stories. Other newspapers took up these stories and enlarged upon them, leaving the realm fiction to enter that of mendacious falsehood.

Locally, Dr. Rorick has established a reputation as a politician wearing horns and a barked tail. As a matter fact he is personally one of the finest old gentlemen who was ever appointed to a state office. He was probably honest in his view and likely did not realize the vast extent of his ignorance of the institution he was supposed to help manager. The trouble with Dr. Rorick is that he doesn’t believe in any of the progressive ideas of government. He’s an honest old standpatter. He believes everything ought to be just as it was in his prime. He does not believe for a minute in any attempt at reform among prisoners. He thinks it’s all “bosh.” Progressive ideas have arisen, been adopted and become accepted as conservative, yet Dr. Rorick does not believe in any of them. He’s the champion of all the conservatives.

Before he was appointed one of the four members of the State Board of Administration, Dr. Rorick was outspoken in his belief that the State Board of Administration should be abolished, and that Ohio should return to the old plan of boards of trustees for each state institution. Nor did his appointment to the board change his belief. He continued up to the last election voicing his hope that the legislature would abolish the State Board of Administration, of which he himself was a member. He so completely believed in his position that he urged the legislature to legislate himself out of office.

Naturally, as a member of a board governing Ohio’s greatest department, he was one vast failure. There’s a man living not far from Marysville who believes the entire school system should be abolished, because the school wagons damage the roads, yet no one would advocate placing him in charge of the public school system. There are men who do not believe in banks, yet no board of bank directors would hire one of them as a cashier. Yet this is exactly what Governor F.B. Willis did when he appointed Dr. Rorick a member of the State Board of Administration. He is but another example of the retiring governor’s unusual incapacity for naming the right man for the right place. In some positions Dr. Rorick might have been a valuable official for the state but he certainly landed in the wrong berth.

So he is doing Ohio one of the best things he ever did in volunteering to step out of office as soon as convenient.

Source: Marysville Union County Journal, January 9, 1917.