Jacob T. Rorick, editor and proprietor of the Bad Axe Democrat, published at Bad Axe, Mich., was born in the State of New Jersey, Feb. 9, 1853; he is a son of Mark and Ann E. (Moore) Rorick, the former of German-English extraction, the latter of Irish descent, and both natives of New Jersey, where they lived and died.
The subject of this sketch attended school the first 15 years of his life; he was then engaged in working on a farm by the month for a period of seven years, after which he engaged in teaching school, some 14 terms, in the country; he then became Principal of the Schools at Canandaigua, Mich., for three terms, then acted as Principal of the Schools at Fayette, Ohio. He emigrated to Michigan in the year 1867, having been engaged for a short time previously as clerk in a grocery store. Several years since, he was engaged for a time in dealing in produce, with a fair degree of success. He came to Bad Axe in July, 1884, and purchased the press from William T. Hutchinson and entered immediately upon the duties of publishing a paper known as the Bad Axe Democrat, which he has continued up to the present time, a more extended sketch of which will be found elsewhere in this work.
Mr. Rorick was married in Lenawee Co., Mich., April 16, 1881, to Carrie Eldridge, daughter of the Rev. H.P. and Sarah (Averill) Eldridge; she was born in New York, Feb. 4, 1858. They have by this union one child, Mark Eldridge, born Feb. 1, 1884. Mr. Rorick is a member of the Order of Freemasons, belonging to Lodge No. 173, Medina, Lenawee Co., Mich. In political faith Mr. Rorick is, as the title of his paper would seem to indicate, a Democrat of strong type. He holds to the principles of no compromise with wrong, but to hew to the line and let the chips fall where they may. On the subject of religion he is a freethinker.
Source: Portrait and Biographical Album of Huron County Containing Portraits and Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens of the County. 1884. Chicago: Chapman Brothers.