Dallas D. Rorick

Hon. Dallas D. Rorick, a leading attorney-at-law, located in Oxford Junction, Jones County, is widely known as one of the most prominent, able and influential citizens of Iowa.  A gentleman of superior social and business attainments, commanding the esteem and confidence of all who know him, he has held various positions of trust and honor and been intimately associated with national and local politics.

Our subject was born in Franklin County, Ohio, June 18, 1846, and is the son of Cornelius H. Rorick, a native of New Jersey, whence he removed in an early day to the above county in Ohio.  In the year 1858 the father of our subject came west and made a settlement in Jones County, where he numbered among its most extensive and prosperous farmers.  He was always ready to aid in the enterprises and improvements of his township and vicinity and did his duty as a true American citizen.  A resident of the county for thirty years, he was an eye-witness of the growth and permanent advancement of all the prominent interests of the state.  C.H. Rorick departed this life on his fine estate in February, 1888.

The paternal grandfather of our subject, who bore the name of G.H. Rorick, was of Scotch descent and was a native of New Jersey.  The mother of Dallas D. was, prior to her marriage, Julia F. Kimball, born in New Jersey and the daughter of Dr. David Kimball, of Scotch descent and a skilled physician of New Jersey.

C.H. Rorick was a Democrat in politics, and in addition to superintending the operations of his farm, gave some attention to the practice of law.  Our subject when a lad of seven years accompanied his parents on their removal to New Castle, Ind., where he acquired his primary education.  In 1858, however, he came with his family to this county, soon after which he began reading law in the office of his honored father.  In 1878 he passed the examination and was admitted to the Bar at Clinton, this state, by Judge W.I. Hayes, who is now Congressman from the Second District of Iowa.

Our subject began practicing his profession in the town of Wheatland, Clinton County, where he remained for four years.  In the year 1881 he was elected on the Democratic ticket to represent his county in the State Legislature, where he rendered valuable service as a member of various important committees until 1882, when he resigned his position and removed to Miller, Hand County, S. Dak., where he conducted a large practice for twelve years.

In the summer of 1894 we find Mr. Rorick again located in this state, this time making his headquarters at Oxford Junction, where he enjoys the distinction of being a popular man with both the Republicans and the Democrats.  Socially he is a Royal Arch Mason, belonging to the Calantha Lodge No. 22, K.P., Lodge No. 1512, M.W.A. and Alpha Lodge No. 19, A.O.U.W., the three latter of South Dakota.

In February, 1865, the Hon. Dallas D. Rorick and Miss Mattie J., daughter of Noah Hammond, an old settler of Delaware County, Ohio, later a resident of Jones County, Iowa, were united in marriage.  To them has been born a daughter, Miss Anna J.  Ever genial, courteous, affable, benevolent and sympathetic by his nature, his ready wit and exceptional conversational powers render him a host whose cordiality and entertainment are never forgotten by the guests who enjoy his hospitality.  Upright and honorable in the daily transactions of his life, our subject commands the esteem and confidence of his fellow-citizens, and his attractive home is the scene of many social gatherings.

Source:  Portrait and Biographical Record of Dubuque, Jones and Clayton Counties, Iowa. 1894.  Chicago:  Chapman Publishing Company.

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