Leroy W. Rorick

MORENCI, Mich., March 14.—Leroy W. Rorick was born in Seneca township, Lenawee county, Michigan, September 14, 1847, and departed this life March 10, 1917, aged 69 years.  His father, Cosper Rorick, a native of New Jersey, came to Michigan in 1840 and commenced with the pioneers of this county in the work of changing a wilderness to a domain of fine homes and productive farms. His father was married to Nancy A. Breese, January 15, 1845, and they settled on a farm one mile north of Seneca in a log house with primitive surroundings, where the subject of this sketch was born.  He grew up on the farm, laboring with his father in the fields as boys in those days did, and walked 2 ½ miles to a district school house for his education, which was completed at Medina academy.

He was married February 10, 1870, to Harriet L. Porter, to whom were on [sic] daughter, Nellie R., wife of Dr. Murphy, now living in Columbus, Ohio, and one son, Cosper M., now cashier of the First National bank of Morenci.  He is survived by one brother, Mark C. Rorick, who resides in Morenci, also eight grandchildren.

He commenced the work of an active life on a part of the old family farm, where he resided until 1888, when he moved to Morenci, where lived a retired life for one year, then going to Fayette, where he purchased a livery business, which he successfully followed for nine years.  Then, disposing of the business, he followed the business of harness making for about six years in Morenci, after which he purchased a farm two miles west of Weston, where he resided about three years.  He then purchased a small country home near Seneca, where he lived until the spring of 1916, when he built a home and moved to Morenci.

His life has been a full demonstration of industry, kindness and business integrity, and his friends are numerous.

The funeral service was held from the home of his son, Monday, at 2 o’clock, under the auspices of the Seneca K. of P. lodge, of which he was a member.  Carrying out the request of the deceased, two of his friend, Hon. B.D. Chandler of Hudson and Judge B.L. Hart of Adrian, were the speakers upon this occasion. Each eulogized their departed friend.  Two appropriate selections were sung by Miss Virginia Wilson, accompanied by her sister, Miss Eva Wilson.  The bearers were Messrs. M.C. Rorick, C.M. Rorick, S.K. Porter, J.P Rorick, Earl Baldwin and Dr. W.D. Murphy.  Burial was in Oak Grove.  The out-of-town friends were Dr. and Mrs. W.D. Murphy of Columbus, Ohio; Mr. and Mrs. Albert Foster, Mrs. and Mrs. H.C. Rorick of Toledo; Mrs. Melvin McCloe, Spencer Sloan of Detroit; Mrs. W.R. Rorick of Buffalo; John C. Rorick of Wauseon; Dr. E.H. Rorick, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Baldwin, Mrs. and Mrs. F.J. Sullivan, Mrs. Henry Crane, P.F. Cawley and daughter Helen, John Rorick of Fayette; John Cole and G.B. Horton of Weston.  There were many other friends from Fayette and Seneca.

Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, March 14, 1917. 


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