William B. Rorick, a Prominent Merchant.
Had Been in Failing Health the Past Winter and Spring.
MORENCI, Mich., July 20.—William B. Rorick, head of the Rorick hardware concern of this village, died at near 4 o’clock this morning. He had been in failing health in the winter and spring, when nearly three weeks since he was taken ill with catarrhal pneumonia his condition was immediately regarded as serious. He seemed to be improving at times, but Sunday it was evident his case was hopeless.
The entire town mourns the loss of a popular and enterprising business man. He was about 47 years of age, and was the son of the late Elias B. Rorick, for many years a hardware dealer and also a banker, and one of the leading citizens here.
Following his father’s death he assumed charge of the hardware business and with his partner, Mr. Clair La Rowe, was making a fine success with bright prospects.
His death removes the last member of the immediate family to which he belonged, he having survived his parents, a brother and a sister. He leaves a devoted wife to whom he was married about five years, and a host of relatives and many friends in Morenci and the county. He was a member of the Pythian lodge of this village and the Elks of Adrian.
Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, July 20, 1908.