Untitled (Mary Beemer Groover)

Mrs. Geo. Groover, of Oxford, daughter of Nelson Beemer and wife, Orion, died at her home on Sunday morning.  She had been sick for many years and her ambition was all that kept her up.  A husband and two sons survive her.  Funeral from the residence on Tuesday at 2 o’clock p.m., Rev. Karr officiating, with interment at Oxford cemetery.

Source: Pontiac Gazette, May 15, 1896. 

A Pleasant Family Gathering.

Mr. and Mrs. E.T. Beardsley and family, of Sashabaw, on Tuesday, entertained a number of relatives and friends; among whom were Mrs. Elizabeth Sutton, the aged mother of Mrs. Beardsley; Mr. L.M. Sutton, of Chicago, a brother, and two sisters, Mrs. Charles Beardsley, of Victor, and Mrs. M.D. Lawrence and little granddaughter, of Fenton.

“Grandma Sutton” was the center of attraction, for though she recently celebrated her 92nd birthday, she retains her memory to a wonderful extent and joined in the story telling and laughter with apparently as much enjoyment as the younger members of the family, and not withstanding the storm and rough roads, endured the trip from Fenton splendidly. She will remain with Mrs. B. the coming summer, and it is hope will enjoy many more such delightful gatherings.

Source: Pontiac Gazette, April 5, 1895.


Clinton J. Sutton died at the home of his aunt, Mrs. Porter Wright Dec. 15, 1894, aged 18 years. He was assistant postmaster at Davisburgh, a young man of excellent qualities and loved by all who knew him. He was left an orphan when nine years old, and has since lived with his aunt, Mrs. Wright. For years he has been battling with that dread disease, consumption, but he bore his suffering like a little martyr, without murmur or complaint. He was like a little ray of sunshine, brightening the life of everyone with whom he came in contact. He was a nephew of Ella Schooley, of this city, who stood by his side until the last, ministering to his wants and making plain to him the way to that “beautiful home” to which he has gone.

His uncle, Judge E.B. Sutton, Sault St. Marie and John Shaw, Esq, of Detroit, were in attendance at his funeral, which was from the P.M. church Saturday afternoon, Rev. Miller officiating.

Source: Pontiac Daily Gazette, January 4, 1895. Also, Pontiac Gazette, January 11, 1895.

Lenawee Lawyers (excerpt)

The Toledo Evening News recently issued an elaborate write-up under the title of “Men who have won reputation in that city,” from which we take the sketches below concerning two former Lenawee countians:

Horton C. Rorick was born Dec. 16, 1866, in Lenawee county, Michigan.  He entered Adrian college, graduating therefrom in ’90, and from University of Michigan L.L.B., law school, class of ’92, and also took special courses in political economy and international law and art in literary department. Mr. Rorick spent the summer of ’90 in Toledo in E.W. Tolerton’s office.  He took first honors of his class at graduation in ’90, and was admitted to the bar of Michigan, June ’92.  Mr. Rorick came to settle in this city permanently in November, ’92, and opened a suite of offices in the Nasby building and commenced to practice law.  In March, ’93, he was admitted to the bar of Ohio.  Mr. Rorick married in ’91, and at present resides at 632 Oakwood avenue.

Source:  Adrian Daily Telegram, November 2, 1893. 

A Family Re-Union

A very pleasant social gathering was participated in at the residence of E.T. Beardslee, on Sashabaw Plain, Dec. 20th to 23d, it being the reunion of Mrs. Beardslee’s family, the mother, Mrs. Lewis J. Sutton, and her six children, all being present, the husband and father having died in 1852. The list, besides Mrs. Beardslee, includes Mrs. S.D. Groover, of Lapeer; C.L. Sutton, of Orion; Mrs. Chas. Beardslee, of Clinton county; Mrs. J.H. Lawrence, of Fenton, and L.M. Sutton, of Chicago, this son having been absent 18 years, rendering the occasion doubly pleasant.

This re-union was a very remarkable one, it being the first time the children had all met together at one time, the eldest being 66 years, and the youngest 45 years of age, and the family ties of brothers and sisters having never been broken.

W.H. Brummit photographed the family; the aged mother, who is nearly 87 years of age, still retaining her mental faculties and enjoying the event equally with her children, forming the central figure; after which he photographed the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Source: Pontiac Gazette, January 8, 1891.

Untitled (Fred Stevens & Gertrude Sutton)

At the home of the bride, 1007 South Webster street, East Saginaw, Mr. Fred Stevens and Miss Gertie Sutton, formerly of Pontiac, were married on Wednesday evening, September 7, 1886 at six o’clock, two of the resident clergy officiating.  We unite with her large circle of friends in this city in extending our heartfelt congratulations for the future happiness of both bride and groom, who start out life under circumstances the most favorable.

Source: Pontiac Gazette, September 10, 1886.

Indian River Improvements

Judge Sutton returned from Lansing Sunday morning where he went to look after the bill introduced by Senator Canby, appropriating five sections of state swamp lands to aid in removing the sand bar in Indian River. The bill passed the Senate Saturday morning, and will undoubtedly receive the approval of Governor Begole. The five sections of swamp lands appropriated is part of the land appropriated in 1879 in aid of the Black River improvement[.] Judge Sutton says there was a big lobby on hand for and against the hill, but it passed all right. This improvement will be of the greatest value to the navigation of the Inland Lakes, and we congratulate the people of Cheboygan and Emmet Counties on the success of the bill.

Source: Cheboygan Democrat, May 17, 1883.

Mrs. M. Jay Hoskins

Miss Joyce Ann Rorick, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leo E. Rorick of 1516 North Twelfth, and Maynard Jay Hoskins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Avener Hoskins of Plainville, were married Saturday morning at 10:30 in Salem Evangelical church. Larry M. Watson, student minister, officiated.

Nuptial music was provided by Robert L Meyer, organist, and Robert Knuse, vocalist. Snapdragons, pompons [sic] and candelabra adorned the altar for the ceremony.

Mrs. John Wheelock was matron of honor. Attending as brides-matron and bridesmaid were Mrs. Nancy Boone of Plainville, the bridegroom’s sister, and Miss Linda McKinstry of Indianapolis.

Continue reading “Mrs. M. Jay Hoskins”

Joyce Ann Rorick, Maynard J. Hoskins Set February Date

Mr. and Mrs. Leo E. Rorick of 1316 North Twelfth are announcing the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Miss Joyce Ann Rorick, to Maynard Jay Hoskins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Avener Hoskins of Plainville

Miss Rorick was graduated in 1956 from Senior High school. She is employed at the Hotel Lincoln-Douglas.

Mr. Hoskins was graduated in 1956 from Seymour High school at Payson. He is employed at the Packaging Corporation of America.

The couple will be married Saturday morning, Feb. 25, at 10:30 in Salem Evangelical church.

Source: Quincy Herald Whig, January 29, 1961.