Mr. and Mrs. S.E. Rorick, of Oxford Mills, were within the week called on to mourn the loss of their only child, Cornelius Harry, aged thirty-six years, four months and two days. The young man died at Independence, Iowa, were he has been for the past five or six years, following a week’s illness from pneumonia. He was ailing for several days before he was finally forced to his bed, the end coming on May 11th. The remains were brought to this city Friday morning, and taken to the home of his grief-stricken parents at the Mills, from where the funeral services were held Sunday morning at ten o’clock, followed by interment in the Mayflower cemetery. Rev. Wolgemuth officiated at the last sad rites.
The deceased had not been in the full strength of mental vigor for several years. As a youngster he was a big aid to his father with the farm work and seemed to taken an unusual interest therein. In 1898 he went to Davenport where he attended college, taking a course in Civil Engineering, which line of endeavor seemed to be exactly to his liking and desire. While at work in the college, his mind gave way to a certain degree under the stress of hard study, and he was later forced to abandon his work. For a year and a half, he was in a sanitarium at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Later, also, he spent several months in Chicago, then a year in the Sanitarium at Maquoketa, but his condition did not improve, and it was finally deemed best that he go to Independence. For a short time after going there he seemed morose, but soon found employment as an assistant in the institution, and ever since he has had work to do, always performing his services faithfully and well. But it seemed there was to be no permanent cure. Finally, physical illness overtook him, as stated above, and he was called to his eternal rest.
“Harry” was the only living child of Mr. and Mrs. Rorick. Two other children, born years ago, died in infancy. The loss of this son, right in the prime of life, is a sad blow to the parents, and they have the sincere and heartfelt sympathy of all in their loss and affliction. It can hardly be concluded otherwise thought, that the taking of this young man was for the best, as the All Wise FAther knows what to do, and when.
Source: Oxford Mirror, May 18, 1916.