George H. Rorick

There are many native sons of Lenawee county who are prominently identified with the agricultural industry within its borders, and none can but feel that their “lines are cast in pleasant places” and that properly directed energies will bring goodly returns in said connection.  One of the appreciative farmers of Seneca township, where he owns a fine landed estate, is Mr. Rorick, who maintains a dairy business, devoted especially to the manufacturing of cheese.  He was born on the present farm of Frank Bryant, north of Seneca village, and the date of his nativity was June 28, 1864.  He is a son of Casper and Alice Horton Rorick, the former of whom was born in Seneca township, this county, Oct. 8, 1838, a member of one of the honored pioneer families of the county, and the latter was born in Medina county, Ohio.  Casper Rorick was reared and educated in Lenawee County, and his early farming operations in an independent way were conducted upon a place of 160 acres, in his native township.  Later he sold this property and became the owner of the fine farm of 220 acres, which is now owned and occupied by his eldest son, the subject of this sketch.  He continued to give his active supervision to the farm until 1894, when he removed to the village of Morenci, where he has since lived; Horton C. , who resides in the city of Toledo, Ohio; Eva May, who is the wife of George H. Crane, of Fayette, Ohio; and Leila Estell, who is the wife of Albert Foster, of Morenci.  After duly availing himself of the advantages of the district schools of Seneca township, George H. Rorick continued his studies in Medina Academy, this county, and later completed a course in Evans Business College, in the city of Adrian, the metropolis and judicial center of the county.  Upon initiating his independent career, he purchased a farm of 120 acres, in Seneca township.  After living nine years on this farm he purchased the old homestead of 220 acres, where he has since continued most successful operations as a general farmer, stock-grower and dairyman.  He has made numerous improvements on the farm, which is one of the model places of Seneca township.  His cheese factory is located in the village of Seneca, is thoroughly modern in its equipment, and its annual output averages about 300,000 pounds.  For several years he conducted a large business in the buying and shipping of cattle, sheep and hog.  Mr. Rorick is well known as one of the progressive business men and loyal and public-spirited citizens of his native county, where he is held in high esteem by all who know him.  On Sept. 17, 1885, Mr. Rorick was united in marriage to Miss Edith Kennedy, who was born and reared in Seneca township, and who is a daughter of Lyman and Frances Elizabeth (Schneider) Kennedy, the former of whom was born in Boston, Mass., Sept. 18, 1834, and the latter in Wood county, Ohio, Dec. 16, 1841.  Lyman Kennedy came with his parents to the West in 1838, and was reared to maturity in Fulton county, Ohio, where he became a representative farmer and influential citizen.  About 1887, he retired from active labors and since that time he and his wife have maintained their home in the village of Morenci.  Mr. and Mrs. Rorick have two sons, Casper H. and Curtis K., both of whom are associated with their father in his business operations, and both of whom are popular young men of the county in which they are representatives of the third generation of a sterling pioneer family.

Source:  Bonner, Richard Illenden.  1909.  Memoirs of Lenawee County, Michigan.  Madison, WI:  Western Historical Association.

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