Cosper Rorick, Banker Of Morenci Village
Well Known for Over Half a Century to the People of Lenawee and Fulton Counties
MORENCI, Mich., April 25.—About 8 o’clock last evening the sad and, to the general public, surprising news, was received here announcing the death of Cosper Rorick, president of the First National Bank of this village, at the home of his sister Mrs. Dr. Rorick Bennett in Detroit. Mr. Rorick had been in a state of reduced strength for some time from diabetes, although he was about as usual and at the bank daily. He had also suffered greatly from hemorrhoids and had hitherto been relieved of that difficulty by operations. Believing he could again find relief it was for this purpose that with his wife he had gone to Detroit, and underwent an operation Thursday. He failed to rally and when it appeared that he could not live his children were summoned to his bedside; also his sister Mrs. S.K. Porter of this place, all of whom were with him when he passed away.
Cosper Rorick was born in Seneca, Lenawee county, October 8, 1838, a son of Estell and Hannah Breese Rorick who in the year 1837, the year following their marriage, came to this state. Mr. and Mrs. Estell Rorick settled first in Seneca, purchasing land in section 7, which subsequently was sold, and Dover became the family home for a few years, when land was purchased in sections 8 and 17 and this remained the homestead.
Cosper Rorick has always lived in this county and was educated in the district schools of his township, Barrows’ Academy and at Oak Grove academy in Medina village. He lived on a farm and followed that business until 1894, when he located in the village of Morenci, where he had since resided. While engaged active farming he was largely interested in dairying and for 25 years had a cheese factor on his farm. He also handled considerable live stock (cattle and hogs) and fitted them for market. At one time he owned 760 acres of land, nearly all in one body. He erected fine buildings, among the very best in the township and always took pride in keeping them in good repair. He erected a good residence in Morenci and was engaged in looking after his property interests. He was a direct and president of the First National bank of Morenci. He never took to politics and never sought nor held a political office.
June 30, 1861, Cosper Rorick married Miss Alice Horton, daughter of Samuel and Lucina Horton of Fairfield and they had four children, as follows: George Herbert, who resides on the home farm in Seneca; Horton C., a lawyer and prominent Toledoan; Eva May, the wife of George Henry Crane of the Fayette bank, in which Mr. Horton also interested, and Leila Estell, who married Albert V. Foster and who resides in Morenci. Mrs. Rorick died in 1891 and November 21, 1894, he married Miss Amie C. Spaulding, who, with the four children previously mentioned, survive of the immediate family.
Mr. Rorick was one of four children, Deborah Ann marrying Philetus Spear, Lovina A., who married Dr. C.F. [sic] Bennett and who is herself a physician, and Mary Melissa, who married Sylvester K. Porter.
Messrs. Albert Foster and G. Henry Crane, sons-in-law of Mr. Rorick, arrived this morning from Detroit, and the remains will come here this evening via the Wabash. It has been decided to hold the funeral at 1:30 standard time Wednesday at his late residence.
Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, April 25, 1910.