Born In Morenci In 1865; Had Been Prominent Livestock Dealer
William R. Rorick, aged 77 years, a prominent livestock dealer and one of the best loved men among the older pioneer families of Morenci, died at his home on North street Monday afternoon at 1:45 o’clock. While his health had not been well for a number of years he was only seriously ill for about three weeks.
He was the only son of Jacob C. [sic] and Mary Sloan Rorick and was born November 13, 1865 in the Old Exchange Hotel, which his parents were then operating. It stood on the same site which the Saulsbury Hotel now occupies.
His parents later moved to Canandaigua and he attended the country schools there and later went to Medina Academy.
He became interested in the livestock and meat business and conducted a large meat market in the location of the present Reppert Brothers & Son store. He later conducted a meat market at Garret, Ind., and at Hudson, Mich.
He returned to Morenci and for several years was engaged in the livestock business around this community. In 1902 he went to Buffalo, N.Y., and entered the livestock commission business. He became president of the Sadler-Rorick and Company, a well known firm of stock buyers.
He was married June 11, 1891, to Minnie Botsford who was then the teacher of the brick school at Canandaigua.
Ill health caused him to retire from active business nearly twenty years ago and he and Mrs. Rorick left Buffalo and returned to Morenci where they have made their home since.
SwIn his younger days he was a member of the Masonic Lodge, the B.P.O. Elks and the Knights of Pythias fraternal organizations. He was also affiliated with the Congregational Church in Morenci. In the later years of his life poor health caused him to drop out of most of these.
Besides the widow, Mrs. Minnie Rorick, he is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Frank J. Sweeny [sic] of Buffalo; three grandchildren, Mrs. William F. Munschauer, Mrs. Edward N. Marlette of Buffalo, and Ensign William Rorick Wilson who is now with the U.S. Naval Air Corps somewhere in the Pacific area. Also two great-grandchildren, William G. and Karen Munschauer of Buffalo survive and one sister, Mrs. Carl G. Guss of Hudson. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Mrs. Alma Rorick Wilson in 1925 and one son, Frank J. Rorick in 1902 at the age of seven years, three sisters, Mrs. Melvin B. McCloe of Detroit, Mrs. Frank E. Bryant of Seneca and Erma [sic] Rorick who died in girlhood.
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock in the Ackland Funeral Home with the Rev. W.A. Rush of the Congregational Church officiating assisted by the Rev. H.J. Salmon of the Methodist church.
Six nephews of Mr. Rorick acted as bearers: Gerald S. Bryant, Glen Guss, Donald C. Guss, Robert J. Guss, William J. Scott, Eugene T. Scott.
Burial was made in the family lot in Oak Grove cemetery.
Source: Morenci Observer, February 4, 1943.