George Walling Loosley

One of the first white children born at Champoeg, Oregon, in Clackamas County, was George Walling Loosley on August 16, 1856. He and his father, John Loosley, came to Klamath County in 1871, built and operated the first flour mill here and took an active part in the early development of the county. John Loosley was born on February 9, 1824, in Oxford, England, where he received his education. There he sang in Queen Victoria’s choir in the Episcopal Church. His trip to the United States required three months and on arrival he began his life-long trade of flour miller by operating a mill in Chicago. In 1852 he settled in Clackamas County, after coming west by covered wagon, remaining there nearly twenty years before he located in Klamath County at Wood River Valley where he was the first rancher and built the first home, dying there November 24, 1900. George Loosley’s mother, Lucy Walling, was born at Muscatine, Iowa, January 22, 1834. She crossed the plains in a covered wagon with her father, locating at Albany, Oregon, in 1847, and was married at Amity, Oregon, April 1, 1854. Her life was devoted to her 12 children and neighborhood service as practical nurse. On May 28, 1912, she died at Wood River. Among her children known here are Benjamin Henry of Malin; Birdseye McPherson, of Diamond Lake Junction; Fanny (Mrs. Oscar Bunch), of Chiloquin; Philip Sheridan, of Medford, Oregon.

George Loosley attended Oregon schools at Amity, Portland, and Linfield College at McMinnville. He began farming when 14, receiving 75 cents per day and helped support his family until he arrived in Klamath County. Here he was employed as superintendent of the shops and mills at Klamath Agency, subsequently building the school and dormitory, serving as Chief of Police, enforcing prohibition and acting as probation officer in the school work there. He also made rentals and leases of Indian lands. In 1882, he purchased the General Howard boat on Upper Klamath Lake to haul freight and soldiers’ supplied to Fort Klamath. A few years later he began purchasing land in Wood River Valley, acquiring 1200 acres. Although his ranching activities were interspersed with a great deal of service at the Fort and at Klamath Agency, George Loosley was well known in agricultural circles in the valley and, in 1905, raised the first Alsike clover in the county. He also produced the first oats and timothy in Wood River Valley. In 1890, he constructed Linkville Hotel, near Link River and operated this for a time before returning to Wood River where he was appointed custodian of the Fort for two years.

On May 2, 1880 Mr. Loosley married Emma Temperance Anderson at Klamath Agency. She was born at Brownsville, Oregon, December 8, 1859 and attended school in Jackson County, at Yreka and Fort Jones, California. She taught school at Klamath Agency from 1890 to 1895. Through her ancestor, George Anderson, a lieutenant in the Revolutionary Army, Mrs. Loosley is a member of Mount Ashland Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. Her father, Jessie Marion Anderson, was born in Monroe County, Indiana, January 13, 1832. He came to Oregon in 1852 as a Methodist minister and circuit rider, covered the territory from Brownsville to Ashland, Oregon. His death occurred in Ashland, April 9, 1865. Mrs. Loosley’s mother, Melissa Arnold, was born in Fountain County, Indiana, January 1, 1828. She taught school in Iowa before her marriage in that state, and passed the later years of her life at Ashland, where she died on January 21, 1865. Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. George Loosley, in Klamath County, as follows: Earl, born June 28 1881, died when six months old; Edward Kenneth, born March 4, 1883, well known contractor of Klamath Falls, has one child, George Butler; Cary Vernell, born June 13, 1885, resides in Klamath County, has two daughters, Carol Jane, a teacher in Klamath Falls, Frances Dorothy, attending Oswego College, Oregon; Clara Morris (Mrs. Fred Neil), born August 30, 1887, died November 25, 1925, had three children, Joe, of Seattle; Kay Frederick, at the State Medical School, Portland Oregon; Jean, a senior at the University of Oregon.

Mr. and Mrs. Loosley are of the Episcopal religious faith and both belong to Alpha Chapter No 1, Order of Easter Star, in Ashland Oregon. Mr. Loosley in consecutive years is the oldest living Mason of the Ashland Lodge, having joined the Order in June 1877. He is now retired, at the age of 84, living with his wife in Ashland, enjoying the fruition of a life well spent.

Source: Good, Rachel Applegate. 1942. History of Klamath County, Oregon : Its Resources and Its People, Illustrated. Klamath Falls, OR.

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Estell H. Rorick

It was September 1, 1842, that Dr. Estell H. Rorick of Fayette began his earthly career in Seneca, Michigan. He is a son of William and Phoebe (Brees) Rorick, the father from New Jersey and the mother from New York State. The young man was reared on a farm in Lenawee County, and in 1867 he entered the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor as a student in the medical department there.

The Rorick family history began in Michigan with the coming of William Rorick in 1836, and he owned a great deal of land in Lenawee County. He was in position to give superior educational advantages to his children, and when the Doctor was 16 years old he attended the Medina, Michigan academy. He later attended college at Kalamazoo but lacking funds to continue at the time he engaged in teaching for two years. At Medina young Rorick formed the acquaintance of Doctor Weed, and it was through his influence that the young man decided to study medicine and surgery.

In 1864 the young man joined the staff of Doctor Weed, who was then an army surgeon, and he assisted the surgeon until the end of the Civil War. It was after the close of the war that he entered the medical department of the University of Michigan, and in 1869 he graduated with honors from that institution. Doctor Rorick began the practice of medicine at Spring Hill (Tedrow) but three years later he sold the practice at Spring Hill and located at Fayette. He made a financial success of the practice of medicine, and he contributed much to the success of Fayette College. A student of the College afterward wrote: “Those school days in Fayette Normal back in the ’80’s are never to be forgotten,” and Dr. Rorick is mentioned with others who helped to establish the school that would be worth while to those who attended it.

Dr. Rorick is identified with many of the business interests of Fayette. Since 1896 he has discontinued the practice of medicine, giving his entire time to business enterprises. He is a stockholder and director in the Farmers State Bank, and he owns considerable real estate in the community.

On August 20, 1868, Doctor Rorick married Mary P. Acker. She was a daughter of George and Minerva (Cottrell) Acker. Like her mother she is a native of Gorham, while her father came from Lehigh County, Pa. The Ackers and the Cottrells were among the pioneers of Fulton County. The grandparents were George and Lydia (Holbern) Acker and Rea and Harriet (Stevens) Cottrell.

The children born to Dr. and Mrs. Rorick are: Clark Chappell, who died at the age of eight years; Georgia Agnes, who died at the age of 20; and Mabel Acker, who is the wife of F.T. Sullivan, of Fayette.

While Doctor Rorick was not an active politician, when Gov. Willis was elected in Ohio he named him a member of the board (state) of administration with authority to manage the state institutions. For nine years he had been superintendent of the Athens State Hospital, and it was here that he displayed executive ability. It was at Athens that the Doctor has his first personal knowledge of the institutional life in Ohio.

While serving as a member of the state board of administration Dr. Rorick had opportunity of observation, and at his behest wards of the state were sometimes changed from one institution to another. Sometimes a prisoner was transferred to a hospital, and a hospital patient place in prison — the confinement best adapted to the needs of the case. A newspaper clipping says: “Dr. E.H. Rorick has been a friend to the young man, and many a boy owes his success in life to some word of encouragement or a start given him by Doctor Rorick.”

While in his young manhood Doctor Rorick stood ready to do anything necessary to help himself along, and when he needed money he worked in a brickyard for it. There were frequent jumping contests and his strong physique enabled him to win, having one time covered 41 feet and 8 inches in two hops and a jump and he won thirty dollars in cash that way. Many honors have been awarded Doctor Rorick in connection with the institutional life of Ohio, but a friend sums it all up by saying, “The Doctor Rorick that will be longest remembered is that smiling, cheerful, kind physician who gave lectures on physiology and anatomy to the classes of the old Normal School, who cured the boys and girls of their aches and pains, and broke up some of the worst cases of homesickness. Who inspired them to be something and do something in the world. Who with friendly help and kind words piloted the boys and girls who came under his influence through the dark clouds of discouragement.”

Doctor Rorick and his wife came in much contact with the students of Fayette College and since “the thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts,” they will be remembered for many years to come by those in whom they manifested a friendly interest.

In contrasting present day conditions with the time when he began the practice of medicine, Doctor Rorick says, “You have only to remember that within this time the fever thermometer came into use. The temperature used to be estimated by the rapidity of the pulse and the touch of the skin. The appearance of the tongue in those days was a great indicator of what was going on internally. A hypodermic syringe was not in use for many years, and the antitoxin and serum treatments had not been thought of in those days.

Bleeding for pneumonia and typhoid fever was still in vogue, but this method of treatment was becoming obsolete, and the fever patient was allowed water and milk to drink. Pneumonia was supposed to originate from taking cold. Malaria was a poison floating about causing fever and ague. The mosquito had not yet been discovered as an agency for the distribution of malaria and fever.” The review of such a life is indeed a revelation.

Someone writing of the man says: “The great secret of Doctor Rorick’s success lies in the fact that he makes no distinction between individuals. He has the same hearty hand-shake, the same warm smile, the same cheerful word for all alike,” and when one has spent more than half a century in one community the people know all about him. Quoting again: “There are none who know Doctor Rorick as well as Fayette people. He has never sought other residence and has not often left the town since he first came among us.”

Source: Reighard, Frank H. 1920. History of Fulton County, Ohio. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company.

Estell H. Rorick

HON. ESTELL H. RORICK, Superintendent of the State Institution for the Feeble Minded at Columbus, Ohio, was born in Lenawee county, Michigan, September 1, 1842. His father moving, from Horseheads, N. Y., in 1836, was one of the early pioneers of that part of Michigan and was a large land owner when the subject of this sketch, was a. boy. Educational facilities were not good, but young Rorick, by close attention to his studies at the district school and at home to enter the Medina Academy at the age of sixteen. He afterward attended college at Kalamazoo, Michigan. but lacking means to finish his course, he taught two terms of district school, intending later on to return to college. At the Medina school, he formal the acquaintance of Dr. Weeds, a physician of note, and thereby, conceived the idea of studying medicine and turned his studies, in that direction Dr. Weeds, who became a surgeon in the United States service was located at Nashville. Tenn., where Mr. Rorick joined him in 1864 served as hospital assistant until the close of the war. He then returned to Michigan and in due time entered the University, of. Michigan at Ann Arbor and graduated, from the medical department in 1869. and located for practice at Tedrow. Ohio, and was rewarded with eminent, success from the beginning. Three years later he sold out his practice to Dr. G. P. Campbell and bought out Dr. J. 0. Allen of Fayette. He did much toward building up Fayette and making it one of the most prosperous educational and business towns of its size in Ohio, He contributed largely toward the expense of establishing the Palette Normal University and at his own expense furnished a room in the institution, fitting it up with mannikins, models, charts and all other useful apparatus and delivered regular courses of lectures, on the subjects of anatomy, physiology and hygiene free of charge. He took a postgraduate course at the Detroit Medical College and graduated March 2, 1875. In 1877 he went to Scotland and took a partial medical course in the University of Edinburgh and after visiting and studying the principal hospitals of London and Paris returned to his practice in 1878. He again took a post graduate course at the Alabama Medical Collage at Mobile and graduated March 15, 1883. He was elected to the state legislature in 1887 and again in 1889; serving four years, His service as representative was satisfactory to: his constituents and useful to the state. As a member of the Finance committee of the House he was required to visit frequently the State institutions, this giving him an opportunity to carefully study their conditions and to note their requirements. His education and professional experience as well as his interest in and familiarity with the state institutions became so well . known that he was recognized throughout the state by those in authority as a man well adapted to assume the difficult management of a state hospital, for which his name was prominently mentioned in connection with the superintendency of several institutions, but at the close of his second term in the legislature he returned to his practice in Fayette, after taking a course of studies at the Polyclinic in New York, and graduating in 1892. Under the first administration of Gov. Asa S. Bushnell, he was elected by the board of directors to the superintendency of the State Hospital at Athens, Ohio, which institution he took charge of in June, 1896. His administration was a successful one and his business management a great saving to the state. The grounds and buildings were vastly improved, and at the same time the per capita cost of maintenance was reduced to the lowest figure in the history of the state for a similar institution. A vacancy occurring by the death of Mr. Doren, Dr. Rorick was requested to take charge of the Institution. for Feeble Minded at Columbus by Gov. Myron T. Herrick, which he did in May, 1905. The same business methods used at Athens were employed at Columbus, resulting in a saving to the state of $13,222.58. for the months ending October 15, as compared with the same months for the year 1904. Dr. Rorick’s father, who was of German descent, was born in New Jersey, March 30, 1805, and died at Morenci, Mich., January 15, 1898. His mother, Phoebe Ann Breese, was of English parentage, born at Horseheads, N. Y., October 27, 1811, and died in Seneca, Michigan, September 1, 1858. He was united in marriage to Mary P. Acker, August 20, 1868. They have but one child living— Mabel, who is attending the university at Columbus. The eldest child, Clark, died at the age of eight and Georgie at the age of twenty. Dr. Rorick has been financially successful, being a large real estate owner as well as having controlling interest in the First National Bank at Morenci.

Source: Mikesell, Thomas. 1905. The County of Fulton. Madison, WI: The Northwestern Historical Association.

Estell H. Rorick

Honorable Estell H. Rorick, Athens, Ohio, was born in Lenawee county, Michigan, near the town of Morenci, September 1, 1842. His father, William Rorick, came from New York in 1836 and was one of the pioneers of Michigan. He purchased land and, when the subject of this sketch was a young boy, owned a large farm upon which all of the boys learned by practical routine the solid facts of industry and economy. Educational facilities were not good, but young Rorick managed to prepared himself at the district school to enter the Medina academy, which he did at the age of sixteen. He afterward attended college at Kalamazoo, Michigan. Not having means to finish his course, he left college and taught school two years, in the meantime spending his spare hours under the instruction of Dr. Weed, who became surgeon in the United States army, stationed at Nashville, Tennessee. Mr. Rorick joined him in Nashville in 1864, and served as hospital assistant until the war closed. Still without means to take a medical course, he worked in a brickyard in Illinois one summer, carefully leaving his entire wages with his employer, who broke up in the fall and did not pay him a dollar. He then returned to Michigan and engaged in farming and teaching, and finally, with his earnings and four hundred dollars borrowed money, graduated from the medical department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1869. He again worked one summer in a brickyard in Canandaigua, Michigan, and later in the year located in Tedrow, near Wauseon, Ohio, and commenced the practice of medicine. Three years later he sold his practice in Tedrow to Dr. G.P. Campbell, now a trustee of the State hospital at Toledo, and bought out the fine practice of Dr. J.O. Allen, at Fayette, Ohio, and his success for the future was thereby assured. He did much toward making Fayette one of the most prosperous educational and business towns of its size in Ohio. He contributed largely to the expense of securing the Fayette Normal university for his town, and at his own expense furnished a room in the institute and fitted it up with mannikins, models, charts and all useful and necessary apparatus, and delivered regular courses of lectures in anatomy, physiology and hygiene free of charge until official duties required his absence from home. He took a post graduate course at the Detroit Medical college and graduated March 2, 1875. In 1877 he went to Scotland and took a partial medical course at the University of Edinburgh, and after visiting and studying the principal hospitals of London and Paris, returned to his practice in 1878. He again took a post graduate course at the Alabama Medical college at Mobile and graduated March 5, 1883.

Source: Men of Northwestern Ohio: A Collection of Portraits and Biographies of Well Know Men in this Section of the Professional, Business and Commercial World. 1898. Toledo, OH: C.S. Van Tassel.

Estell H. Rorick

E.H. Rorick, M.D., superintendent of the Ohio State Hospital, at Athens, has held that office since June, 1896, by appointment of the board of trustees, his residence at the time of appointment being at Fayette, in Fulton county. His management of the insane has been satisfactory. He has always been a Republican, strong, zealous, and able, his first vote being cast for General Grant in 1868 while he was a resident of Michigan, his native state. In 1869 he graduated in the medical department of the University of Michigan, at Ann Arbor, having previously graduated in the literary or collegiate course. In the same year he moved to Ohio, ever since which time he has been active in politics. In 1888 he was elected to the house of representatives of the sixty-eighth general assembly of Ohio, and in 1889 was re-elected to the sixty-ninth general assembly. During his first term as a member of the assembly he was placed on the committee on insane asylums, ditches, drains, and water-courses, and medical colleges and societies; and during the second term he served as a member of the finance committee. In his county he has been at various times a member of the county committee, and in all the organic work of the Republican forces in Fulton county he has had a hand, being indeed one of the most active and efficient workers in the party throughout his township, county, and district. During every campaign he has been a delegate to the nominating conventions of his party, in the state convention leading the delegation from his county. At one time he was a member of the Toledo central district. Since coming to Athens he has become well known throughout the county, and in the affairs of the party here he has been prominent, although he retains his residence in Fulton county.

The Doctor was born in Lenawee county, Michigan, September 1, 1842, and in that state his father William Rorick is still living. He is a Democrat, but in 1896 he voted for McKinley. The Doctor has three brothers and one sister, namely: John C. Rorick, of Wauseon, Fulton county, Ohio, who is a thorough Republic and has served two terms in the state senate 1870-1; he is now mayor of Wauseon; Elias B., a hardware merchant of Morenci, Michigan; Jacob M., living near Seneca, same state; and Miss Zettie, living with her father at Morenci. Dr. Rorick, in 1869, the year of his graduation, began the practice of his profession in Fulton county, to which place he changed his residence that year. For sixteen years he was engaged in the drug business at Fayette. He was always interested in agriculture, now owing three farms in Fulton and Williams counties, which he is managing; and he is also interested in a bank at Morenci, Michigan, with his brother and Colonel E.L. Barber. Dr. Rorick is an honored member of the Masonic fraternity.

The Doctor was united in matrimony with Miss Mary Acker, of Fayette, and they have two daughters. The family are all together at their Athens home.

Source: Smith, Joseph P. 1898. History of the Republican Party in Ohio. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company.

Clarence A. Steves

Clarence A. Steves is a prominent representative of financial interests in San Diego County as president of the First National Bank of Fall Brook. A native son of California, he was born in Los Angeles, his parents being M. A. and Abbie (Aldrich) Steves, the former now deceased, while the latter is a resident of Claremont, this state.

Clarence A. Steves was associated with the First National Bank of Oceanside, California, prior to July, 1926, at which time he purchased and took over the business of the First National Bank of Fall Brook, of which he has been the president and active manager throughout the intervening period of seven years. This thriving institution is one of the few independent banks in San Diego County, serving Fall Brook and vicinity, and has been an important factor in the development and welfare of the community. Aside from his banking activities Mr. Steves owns and operates a fine lemon grove of seventeen acres in Fall Brook. He served as president of the Fall Brook Citrus Association in 1931-2 and is a director of the San Diego County Fruit Exchange. He is also a director of the Oceanside Building & Loan Association of Oceanside, California, and president of the West Fall Brook Grammar School. By hard work and close application, combined with innate business ability, he has gained a gratifying measure of success for one of his years and is deservedly popular and highly esteemed in the community where he resides.

In 1922 Mr. Steves was united in marriage to Miss Ruth Rorick, daughter of David Rorick, an honored pioneer and well known attorney of Oceanside, California. Mrs. Steves is prominent socially and belongs to the Woman’s Club and to the Eastern Star. Mr. and Mrs. Steves are the parents of a son, Clarence A. Steves, Jr., who is five years of age. Fraternally Mr. Steves is affiliated with the Masonic lodge at Fall Brook and with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks at Oceanside. He is fond of outdoor life, finding pleasurable recreation in riding and hunting.

The following interesting article, written by Mr. Steves, is copied from the Fall Brook Enterprise:

The community of Fall Brook, situated among the foothills of northern San Diego County, easily reached by way of excellent paved highways, offers to the home seeker a fine place in which to live. A long period of years has proven that from a climatic viewpoint San Diego County surpasses most sections of the great commonwealth of California. The soil condition of Fall Brook’s rolling hills is of the best and offers a most fitting home for the successful growing of lemons, avocados, and Valencia oranges. The Fall Brook Public Utility District has for the past ten years supplied water to the town from wells. This supply has been more or less limited and the uncertainty of sufficient water has not been conductive to community growth. Just recently negotiations have been consummated whereby the people of the district will be furnished a safe, certain, and plentiful supply of domestic water. This “new” water is to be pumped from the Santa Margarita River to the district’s present reservoir and assures the community of an adequate water supply that will do a great deal toward bringing home seekers to Fall Brook.

The people of Fall Brook are justly proud of their school system. The Union high school has a Class A rating with the State University and is regarded as the most outstanding rural high school in all California. Transportation for both elementary and secondary pupils is provided for those students living at a distance from the schools.

The Baptist, Christian Science, Church of Christ, Episcopal, Methodist, Seventh Day Adventists and Spiritualist churches all hold services in the community. Fraternal organizations are well represented by the Masonic, Odd Fellow, Eastern Star, Rebekah lodges and chapters and Theosophical Society. The Chamber of Commerce, the University Women’s Club, the Woman’s Club, Garden Club, the Kiwanis Club, the American Legion and Ladies Auxiliary, the Fraternal Club, and the Farm Home Department are active in social, civic and farm enterprises. There is also an active W. C. T. U. in Fall Brook.

The Southern California Telephone and Telegraph Company, the San Diego Consolidated Gas & Electric Company, the Santa Fe Railroad, the Coast Truck Line, and the Pacific Greyhound system furnish Fall Brook’s telephone, electric power and transportation requirements.

From a recreational standpoint Fall Brook is an ideal community and has many advantages. Just twenty miles from Fall Brook by paved highway is Oceanside, where there is a splendid beach. To the lover of the mountainous country there is Palomar Mountain, which is within the boundaries of the Cleveland National Forest and is only twenty-five miles from Fall Brook. Several hot spring resorts are easily reached by good roads within a two hours’ drive.

The present so-called depression with all its unnecessary and superfluous conversation about “terrible times” has left no blot on Fall Brook’s business section, and the situation looks fair to good for the summer and fall of 1932. This in itself speaks well for the community and its people.

New homes and new developments are certain to come to Fall Brook with the coming of the Santa Margarita water. The directors of the Fall Brook Public Utility District have taken the right step, which is a step forward, and which will be proved over a period of years to be the turning point in making Fall Brook an even finer place in which to live.

Source: McGroarty, John Steven. 1933. California of the South, Volume III. Indianapolis, IN: Clarke Publishing.

Impressions of the Journal Man, Part 2 (Flora Savage Richardson)

Mrs. Flora Savage Richardson, who lives with her daughter, Mrs. Sadie McKee, at S.E. 170th avenue and Division street, was born in Yamhill county on October 14, 1851. She went to school to Sylvester Pennoyer and later attended the Harrison Street school and Portland academy. This is a portion of her story:

“When I was 17 my father, Charles Savage, who, with my stepmother and their four children, lived at Jacksonville, sent for me to come to Jacksonville to do the house work. I had not been there long when what was known as black smallpox broke out, and Jacksonville was quarantined. Two of the first to die were Mrs. John Loye and her child. George Funk died in his cabin, south of town and was buried nearby. Colonel W.G. T’Vault was buried at midnight by the priest who had been with him when he died. The siege lasted about two months. During that time they kept bonfires of pitch pine burning to serve as a disinfectant.

“Colonel T’Vault was the first editor of the Oregon Spectator, started at Oregon City in February, 1846. Hel later served in the legislature of the provisional government and in the territorial legislature. He was aide to General Joseph Lane in the Rogue River war. He started the Umpqua Gazette in Scottsburg, in 1855, the Table Rock Sentinel, Jacksonville, that same year.

“Not long after the smallpox epidemic was over, my stepmother decided I had better go back to Portland. My Uncle, Jesse D. Walling, told me I could go out to Spring Valley and live with them. It was a wonderful change and relief to go to him. Uncle Jesse was born in Ohio in 1816 and came across the plains with the rest of the family in 1847. He took a donation land claim in Spring Valley, in Polk county, seven miles from Salem. He went to the California gold fields in 1849. His wife’s maiden name was Eliza A Wise. Thirteen of their children grew to maturity.

“That fall I went to work for Mrs. Enos Williams, at Amity. She had adopted my brother, Charley. He lived with them until he died, at the age of 21. I stayed with the Williams family till I was 20. They were kindly, Christian people. Before going to Amity I had worked awhile at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Abrams. Their son Carle, has for many years lived at Salem. Carle’s father was running a store at Lincoln when I worked there.

“I was married to George W. Richardson in the fall of 1871, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Williams, at Amity. The Rev. James Campbell of the Christian church married us. My husband was born on the Platt river, in Nebraska, in 1851.

“We had a small farm near Bethel. The place was uncleared, being mostly timber and brush. We had nine children, all of whom were born there except one born at Amity. My husband’s sister came to live with us when she was 10 years old. She lived with us until her marriage to James Butterick. My oldest daughter, Dora, married William Butterick. My son, Charles, lives at Roseburg. Jesse, named for Uncle Jesse Walling, has been a railway mail clerk 20 years. He lies at Seattle. Elva, now Mrs. Fred Werner, lives at West Salem. Helen died six years ago. Sarah Ann – though we always call her Sadie –married William McKee. Her husband is an engineer on the Bonneville dam. I live here with Sadie. Frank lives at Seattle. Lynn started to work for the Southern Pacific when he was 15. He is now a section foreman at Salem. Crystal married Frank Carter. They live at Stayton. He is a carpenter. My husband did at Amity five years ago. We lived at Forest Grove and Salem prior to going to Amity. My husband’s father, the Rev. G.W. Richardson, was a minister of the Christian church.”

Source:  Oregon Daily Journal, August 8, 1936.

Impressions of the Journal Man, Part 1 (Flora Savage Richardson)

Mrs. George W. Richardson, who has lived in Oregon 85 years, lives with her daughter, Mrs. Sadie McKee, at Division street and 170th avenue.

“I was small for my age, as a child,” said Mrs. Richardson, “But when I finally got my growth I was 4 feet 10 inches high. For 70 years my weight has varied from 75 to 95 pounds.

“I was born at Dayton, Or., October 14, 1851. My father was Charles Savage. I don’t know when or where he was born, in fact, I know very little about him. My mother’s maiden was Phoebe Walling. She died when I was 4 and my brother Charlie was 2 years old. My father, shortly after Mother’s death, married Lois Hull, and they went to Jacksonville. My brother was adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Enos Williams of Amity. They were very good to him. They had none of their own, and they adopted a number of children. I went to Jacksonville with my father and stepmother, but when an uncle, Albert Walling, came to Jacksonville to see how I was getting along he took me back to Portland with him.

“William B. Taylor had started a paper, The Oregon Farmer in Portland, and my uncle was its editor. Later my uncle published a number of county histories and for many years was in the printing business.

“By the time I was 17, I had lived with a good many families. In those days women were hard worked and had few conveniences. Money was scarce, and they felt that it was their duty to make anyone staying with them earn her way by working hard from the time they got up till they went to bed. So I had little or no playtime.”

“Uncle Albert bought a place in South Portland, near the penitentiary. They were then building the Harrison Street schoolhouse. I went to school there a while. Later I attended the Portland Academy and Female Seminary near William S. Ladd’s beautiful home. There were no Willamette bridges in those days, and only a few farms in East Portland. Occasionally we would cross the ferry to attend a funeral at Lone Fir cemetery. I attended Sunday school at Taylor Street Methodist church.

“My uncle had a place on the Willamette between Oregon City and Oswego. Each spring we would move out and spend the summer. If we went to Portland it was by steamboat. His children were younger than I,, so I did most of the chores. One was to row down the river at 5 o’clock each morning about a mile to get our supply of milk.

“My uncle George Walling had a farm about half a mile above Uncle Albert’s place. He had an orchard and a nursery. Mr. and Mrs. Bullock had a place about a mile from us, not far from Oswego, where a that time there was a big iron works. One of Uncle Albert’s children took sick, so Aunt Sarah sent me to ask Mrs. Bullock to come. Mrs. Bullock said, ‘How did you come?’

“I said, ‘by the trail through the woods.’ She said, ‘The boys are out in the woods hunting a panther, so we had better go to your place in a boat.’ When wild blackberries were ripe I would stay at Mrs. Bullock’s place to gather and dry them. One day I reached out over the river to pick some particularly fine berries, lost my balance and fell in I climbed on a rock and waited a long time. The girls came with a boat and took me off.

“When I was 17, my father thought I could do the work at his house in Jacksonville, so I went there. I had had very little pleasure when I was a girl, but I nearly had a good time when I was in Jacksonville. My father told me I could go to a dance, so I made myself a dress and looked forward to the dance with great anticipation; but the very day the dance was to be given someone broke out with black smallpox and the dance was called off. The town was quarantined, schools and churches dismissed and a pesthouse established. One doctor died and the other left. The Catholic priest had already had smallpox, and he and the sisters visited the sick and dying.”

Source:  Oregon Daily Journal, August 2, 1936.

Eli Chrysler

Eli Chrysler is numbered among the early settlers of Mifflin township, where he yet resides, his home being a half a mile west of Gahanna. Many years have passed since he came to Franklin county and decade after decade has been added to the cycle of the centuries. The contract between the site which met the gaze of the traveler when Mr. Chrysler first arrived here and the view which is spread out before the visitor of to-day is very great. Then there were to be seen unbroken forests and tracts of wet, marshy land, where to-day are fine fields of grain, surrounding commodious and substantial farm houses, while here and there are towns, villages, and cities with all the business interests known to the much older east.

Mr. Chrysler was born in Cayuga county, New York, June 15, 1836. His father, Adam Chrysler, was a native of the Empire state and a farmer by occupation. In 1838 he came to Ohio, locating in Licking county, and in 1853 he took up his abode in Franklin county, his farm being situated in Truro township. His last days, however, were passed in Mifflin township, where he died when about seventy years of age. He was of German lineage. His wife, who bore the name of Ruth Leonard, was a native of Vermont but was reared in New York and for many years was a resident of Ohio, her death occurring in Columbus when she was about seventy years of age. She was of English descent. They were the parents of four sons and five daughters, eight of whom reach years of maturity.

“Squire” Chrysler, as he is well known throughout Franklin county, was the fifth child and second son. When about two years of age he was brought by his parents from New York to Ohio, and at the age of seventeen accompanied the family on their removal from Licking to Franklin county. In the former locality he acquired his education in the common schools and through the months of summer he assisted in the labors of field and meadow. His first independent work was as a farm hand, at which he was employed by the day. He afterward embarked in the saw mill business in partnership with his brother in Truro township, where they continued until 1864. In 1865 they began the operation of a grist mill and also engaged in the manufacture and sale of lumber in Mifflin township, the partnership being continued until the death of the brother. Mr. Chrysler afterward carried on the business alone until 1875. The following year he purchased another saw mill in Mifflin township and therein converted the timber to lumber. Throughout the greater part of his active business career Mr. Chrysler engaged in a mill in Mifflin township. He also followed general farming through a portion of this time and has continuously given his attention to that industry during the past eight years, owning a farm of eighteen acres in the same township, while in Walnut township, Pickaway county, they have fifty acres.

In 1863 “Squire” Chrysler was united in marriage to Miss Susan Roshell [sic], who for about a quarter of a century was a faithful companion and helpmate on the journal of life, but her death occurred January 17, 1867. They had two children, Eva, now the wife of Harry Earl, a farmer in Mifflin township, and Charles H. who married Clara Palmer and resides with his father, with whom he is associated in business.

Mr. Chrysler was elected justice of the peace in 1878 and since that time has continuously filled that office — a period of twenty-three consecutive years. His record in the county in unparalleled by that of any incumbent in the office of the county. That he discharges his duties in a prompt and reliable manner and without fear or favor is indicated by his long continuance in that position. During this time, he has not only administered the law concerning differences between litigants, but has also married about sixty couples. In politics he has been a life-long Democrat. Socially he is connected with Mifflin Lodge, No. 518, I.O.O.F., has filled all its chairs and has taken a very active part in its work. At the time of the Civil war he was among the defenders of the Union who work the blue. He enlisted in August, 1862, as a member of Company I, Ninety-fifth Ohio Volunteer infantry, and served for nine months. At the battle of Richmond, Kentucky, he was wounded by a gun shot and on account of his injuries was honorably discharged. He holds membership in the John A. Miller Post, No. 192, G.A.R., and has served as its quartermaster. At all times he has been faithful to his duties of citizenship, honorable in his business relations and loyal to the ties of social and home life. His history shows the power of industry as a means of wrestling fortune from the hands of an adverse fate. He is now a substantial citizen of Franklin county, and has attained the position through his well directed efforts.

Source: A Centennial Biographical History of the City of Columbus and Franklin County, Ohio. 1901. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company.

Gaspar Rorick, Jr.

Gasper Rorick, Jr. lived probably about four years in Pennsylvania. Of his early life little is known to us at the present time. The most we know is obtained from a letter from the Veterans Administration, Bureau of Pensions, Washington, D.C. where it is stated: You are advised that it appears from the papers in the Revolutionary War pensions claim S. 833 that Gasper Rorick was born in Pennsylvania. His father died when he was about 4 or 5 years old (about 1752 or 1753) possibly later as there seems to be some discrepancy about Gaspar’s age, and his mother moved from Pennsylvania. The names of his parents are not given, nor is it stated to what place they moved. While residing in Sussex County, N.J. he enlisted and served with the N.J. Militia, as follows:

In the spring of 1776, one month in Capt. Frank Hedley’s company; in the same year, one month in Capt. Richard Edsall’s company, one month in Capt. Kirkendall’s company, one month in Capt. Hill’s company, one month in Capt. William Johnson’s company, two tours of one month each in Capt. Bockhover’s company, and two weeks in Capt. Jacob Stoll’s company under Major Harrison, and was at the Battle of Germantown. There are no specific dates of service given. He was allowed pension on his application executed August 31, 1832, at which time he was living in Wantage Township, Sussex Co., N.J., aged 81.

Gasper Rorick, Jr. was a little man and in his declining years wore a red cap with a long tassel like old people used to wear years ago. He also smoked a pipe according to information which was sent by Miss Margaret Cox, a descendant of Gasper Rorick, Jr. who resided in the vicinity of Gasper Rorick Jr.’s home.

May 14, 1936 Sussex County, N.J. the following news item appeared in the papers:

“The Chinkchewunska Chapter of D.A.R. will unveil three markers on Saturday, May 15, 1936 on graves of Revolutionary Soldiers in Papakating Cemetery on the Hamburg Road. Gosper Rorick, Jr. of the N.J. Troops will be one of the soldiers so honored, and at the Rorick grave Miss Margaret Cox of Newton, a descendant, will read the biography. Anson DeWitt of Sussex will unveil the marker. The other two so honored were Quartermaster Azariah Martin and Nathaniel Martin.

Source: Lundahl, Helen Rorick. (n.d.) The Rorick Family in America. (NB: This manuscript is held in the Toledo-Lucas County Library and contains a number of transcriptions of undated newspaper clippings.)