Roy Walling on the Road

This is an advertisement for a tour of The Flower of the Ranch, a musical that debuted on Broadway in 1908 then was popular with stock companies for several years thereafter.  It was described as “a western play with music” and was set in the imaginary town of  Tomahawk, CA. Unfortunately, I failed to note the date for this clipping, but it’s for the Lyceum Theater in Ogden, UT.  Roy Walling is pictured on the right.


Manhattan Nocturne by Roy Walling

Roy Walling was an actor, playwright, and producer.  This an advertisement for one of the plays he wrote, Manhattan Nocturne.  It ran for about three weeks and is considered a flop.  Playbill summarized the plot as, “A down-and-out writer asks a call girl to appear in his bedroom as correspondent in a divorce suit, but he finds himself drawn to her and willing to help her out of her sad circumstances.”

Walling Flyer

Roy Walling, Actor and Producer

In “The Love Child” Roy Walling, who is both stage manager and actor, understudies Sidney Blackmer and Lee Baker. (New York Times, February 18, 1923)

Roy Walling, producer of “Conscience,” now at the Cherry Lane in New York, had an exciting time during the rehearsal period. It was necessary that he find a magpie and he combed New York State before securing one. (Oakland Tribune, August 29, 1924)

W. Herbert Adams and Roy Walling formed a producing partnership. Their first will be “The Fast Worker” by Fred Ballard and Charles Bickford. (Syracuse Herald, May 19, 1928)

Roy Walling, well-known Broadway producers of such successes as “What Anne Brought Home,” “Mary’s Other Husband,” “Laff That Off,” “Her Majesty the Widow,” “Brothers,” “Conscience,” and other plays is visiting the Manhattan Players at Whalom. Mr. Walling sold the late David Belasco the play, “It’s a Wise Child,” which was produced in stock at Whalom four years ago. Mr. Walling will remain in Fitchburg until after the opening of the new comedy, “A Reason for Youth.” (Fitchburg Sentinel, July 25, 1936)

Casting Notes: Paula MacLean, W.O. McWatters, Carree Clarke, Roy Walling, Darren Dublin, and Don Symington to “One Shoe Off”. (New York Times, February 16, 1946)
Clarence Jacobson aims to produce Roy Walling’s dramatization of Mannix Walker’s book, “The Lonely Carrot,” in January. (New York Times, October 13, 1947)

The Walling Ditch

The Walling Ditch, owned by Jerome B. Walling, was an important source of water during the early days of Boise, ID.  It appears that the company was a family business that employed, at various times, Jerome Walling’s sons,  Enos C. and Nelson B. Walling, and his son-in-law, James Mullany. Following are some news items about the Walling Ditch.

NOTICE: The undersigned is now cleaning out the Boise City Water Ditch, bringing water to the upper part of the city. Those desiring to take water, and pay for the same in work, can have an opportunity to do so by applying immediately for work. J.B. Walling, Superintendent, Boise City, I.T., April 13, 1872. (Idaho Tri-Weekly Statesman, April 13, 1872)

Those who have observed the growth of our city will remember the building of the ditch south of Main street, and the rapid settlement of that part of town lying along the ditch, known as Grove street. This was owing to facilities afforded by the ditch in obtaining water for irrigating purposes. Many fine residences were erected, shade trees, shubbery and fruit trees planted out, and have grown up, so that this street is truly lovely and delightful. In the north or upper side of town there was no ditch, and although this portion of town was considerably well settled up in 1864, and has been growing slowly since that time, the houses are inferior and property cheaper than on the south side. The land is quite as good and the surface level, but the drawback for the want of water was seriously felt, and without this advantage it was plainly evident that this portion of town would never become desirable. After several ineffectual efforts, a ditch was brought in from Boise River covering all this portion of the city. For some cause or other the ditch has not proved profitable to the owner, or all that was necessary for the prosperity of those who depended upon it for watering their trees and gardens. It was, however, largely improved last year, and afforded water the major part of the season. This year the ditch has been farther [sic] improved, and we have every reason to believe it will yield a good supply of water. Mr. J.B. Walling is in charge of the ditch, and there is no doubt but that he understands the business and will keep all this portion of town fully supplied with water during the whole season. He has reduced the water rates, and no man need to grumble, and proposes to insure a supply of water by collecting the rent from time to time as the season advances so that none shall say that they have paid for water they didn’t have. There is no reason why this ditch should not yield as certain a supply of water as the lower ditch, and we are satisfied it will under Mr. Walling’s good management. If this fact is established it will raise the credit of the ditch property, and make the property in the upper portion of town the most desirable. The location is more elevated, and with the same improvements, residences, shade trees and gardens, it would be more beautiful and we doubt not will eventually become more valuable. With the public square well fenced, a good State House erected, shade trees grown up, and the grounds laid out in walks and otherwise ornamented, who would not consider a residences [sic] in this locality as desirable, if not more so, than in any other portion of our city. (Idaho Tri-Weekly Statesman, June 18, 1872)

WATER, WATER: Persons will take notice that water is now running in the Boise Water Ditch, and they are required to clean out the town ditches, preparatory to using it. Terms, one half down and the other half payable the first of July. All persons using the water will be required to pay. — J.B. Walling, Superintendent. (Idaho Tri-Weekly Statesman, May 13, 1873)

WATER! WATER! All persons wanting water from the upper ditch will clean out their ditches and apply to me for water. — J.B. Walling (Idaho Tri-Weekly Statesman, May 20, 1876)

GET READY FOR WATER: Parties who want water from the Walling ditch will attend to putting in taps or boxes immediately, as it will be inconvenient to put them in when the ditch is full of water. The water will be let into the ditch in three of four days. — James Mullaney, manager of the Walling ditch (Idaho Tri-Weekly Statesman, April 19, 1881)

NO DAMS: All persons are notified not to put any dam or dams in the Walling Ditch, as any or all persons who do so after the publication of this notice will be prosecuted. — James Mullaney, Superintendent (Idaho Tri-Weekly Statesman, August 2, 1881)

The bridge across the Walling ditch, on the Warm Springs road, is an old rattletrap. It is not half as wide as it ought to be, the plank should be thicker, put on new stringers and fastened down, and a good railing put up at each end of the bridge. It is only a miracle that some accident has not happened at this place and we hope the road supervisor of that district will see that a new and substantial bridge is made over that ditch. And while he is mending his ways in this respect, let him cause the road to be opened through Bob Wilson’s place to its proper place. We have read in the scriptures that the road to the penitentiary is “broad and smooth,” and we are in scripture land. (Idaho Statesman, September 23, 1881)

Four-fifths of the Walling Ditch was sold by J.B. Walling to Joseph Perrault on Monday last for $10,500, and one fifth by E.L. Curtis to R.Z. Johnson. (Idaho Daily Statesman, March 7, 1888)

It will be seen that Mr. Walling has inserted an advertisement in our columns in which he requests that all ditches that take water from his own be cleaned out. In addiiton to this Marshall Iseli puts in his demand and says they must be, or he will enforce the city ordinances in that direction, as he does not mean that every sidewalk and street on the line dependent upon that ditch shall be converted into a mud puddle. (Idaho Daily Statesman, March 31, 1888)

The marshal had the water shut off in the Walling ditch yesterday because property owners had not complied with the law and some of the streets became flooded. People should clean out their [unclear]. The marshal does not wish to be severe and the acts of the negligent cause others to suffer. The city cannot forebear much longer. (Idaho Daily Statesman, April 10, 1888)

Water from the Walling ditch is improving vegetation on the north side of town very much. (Idaho Daily Statesman, April 10, 1888).

The expression of intention made by Mr. Joseph Perrault, as the representative of the owners of the Walling ditch, to no longer sell irrigating water to the people of Boise City, deserves consideration. It is to be presumed that Mr. Perrault would not make such a statement unless he meant it, and if the owners of the Walling ditch do intend to discontinue running water into the city, some movements should be made at once to arrange for an irrigation supply. It will not do to permit Boise’s beautiful trees and lawns to die for lack of irrigation, and more rneans than the water company’s supply will undoubtedly need to be obtained. (Idaho Daily Statesman, September 12, 1891).

Curlew gulch is as dry as a bone. The water supply from the city serves for drinking and culinary purposes, while the horses get their drink from the Walling ditch. (Idaho Daily Statesman, October 4, 1891)

The city council has ordered the bridge across the Walling ditch at Ninth street to be repaired. The owners of the ditch refused to repair the bridge. The city will do so and bring suit to recover the cost in the event of the Grove street ditch case being decided in its favor. (Idaho Daily Statesman, October 14, 1899)

Business Change Is Made

Mrs. Rorick of Oxford Junction Purchases Stock of Mrs. Emerson

OXFORD JUNCTION, Ia., March 22.—Mrs Mattie Rorick of this place purchased the grocery stock of Mrs. M.J. Emerson, and the stock is being invoiced. It is thought a sister of Mrs Rorick, Miss Emma Hammond, will help with the business. The change came as a surprise to the public. Mrs Emerson will retire from active business.

Source: Davenport Daily Times, March 22, 1912.


Assorted Business News Items

Vincent Carr has served [sic] his connection with the Markovitt’s store. (Middletown Times Herald, January 6, 1932)

Vincent Carr, recently discharged from service, has resumed his work with Charles Kithcart. (Middletown Times Herald, December 20, 1945)

OCEANSIDE NEWS: David Rorick, an attorney from Des Moines, Iowa, is building a residence on Pacific avenue. He will open an office here for the practice of his profession. (Los Angeles Times, June 26, 1906)

Frank Rorick is clerking in G.M. Graves’ insurance agency. (Daily Huronite, April 12, 1886)

Report of Superintendents of Poor House Farm shows that Jacob Rorick succeeded N.K. Beardslee. Failure of crops increased expenses of institution, a long and hard winter ran the number of inmates up to 110. Of the 99 inmates on May 10, forty-five were children too young to be bound out. (Newspaper Clippings from the Sussex Register. 1897-1899. Newton, NJ: The Register. Item originally published June 19, 1837.)

Superintendents of poor house and farm publish annual report; express satisfaction with Mr. Rorick and re-engage him at increased salary; he had improved the meadows and proved himself to be a superior farmer. Owing to the bad year only three bushels of wheat and 47 1/2 of rye were gathered from the farm; many sheep had been lost through scab. (Newspaper Clippings from the Sussex Register. 1897-1899. Newton, NJ: The Register. Item originally published June 25, 1838.)

Mr. Harry F. Tyrrell, secretary of the university Y.M.C.A., will attend the annual convention of Y.M.C.A. secretaries to convene at Saugatuck, Mich., on June 27th for a two weeks session. He will be accompanied by Mrs. Tyrrell. (Iowa City Press Citizen, June 26, 1925)

The Tyrrell Rice Milling Company of Beaumont, TX

Founded in 1916 by Captain W.C. Tyrrell, B.A. Steinhagen, J.E. Josey, and R. C. Miller, the Tyrrell Rice Milling Company has made significant progress as one of the strongest organizations of its kind in the Lone Star State.

Since that period of formation in 1915, various events occurred which would have disrupted less strongly built companies, but because of the excellent management it went steadily on its way of progress. Shortly after Capt. Tyrrell died, his interests were withdrawn from the company as were those of Mr. Steinhagen. V.C. Clark, who started with the company in 1916, took over the active management of the company in 1927 as secretary and manager with R.C. Miller, Pres.; J.S. Gordon, V.P.; and J.F. Josey, Treas.

With more than thirty years of rice milling experience behind him, Mr. Clark may well point to his record and reputation with the pride one feels in a job well done. Most of the business of the company up to a few years ago was export trade, but of late, a considerable amount of rice is being shipped to Cuba where the Tyrrell Company has rate advantages over foreign competitors.

Great credit is due to Mr. Clark for the excellent direction he has given to the company’s affairs, for under his guidance, the Tyrrell Rice Milling Company is indeed a credit to Texas and the nation.

Source: Stickle, Waldo Arthur. 1937. The State of Texas: One Hundred Years of Prosperity. Austin, TX: The State Bureau of Research and Publishing.

Dr. Frank H. Rorick


Dr. Frank H. Rorick,

Late of

Bellevue Hospital, New York City,

Ably assisted by a full corps of competent physicians and surgeons, treats with unparalelled [sic] success all Chronic, Nervous, Skin and Blood diseases of every nature upon the latest scientific principles. He particularly invites all whose cases have been neglected, badly treated, or pronounced incurable. Patients who are doing well under the care of their own physicians need not call on us, as our province is to treat those who cannot find relief otherwise. No money required of responsible parties to commence treatment.

COMMON SENSE A S APPLIED TO MEDICINE. It Is well known by all intelligent observers that it is impossible for any person, no matter how highly endowed by nature or acquirements, to become thoroughly conversant with all the divisions of the science of medicine. Nearly all who have attained distinction in medicine have made some special department their life work, being fitted therefor by natural adaptation or selection, special education and experience. The doctor having devoted several years to the special study of chronic diseases in hospitals and general practice, and having the most recent and improved instruments for finding out diseased conditions in the organs of the body, he proposes to devote the whole of his time to the practice of these specialties. He adopts the following plan, which is peculiar to the large hospitals, and is not and never has been the practice of country doctors: He carefully notes the symptoms of the patient, ascertains the condition of the internal organs, examines the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat by the most approved instruments and methods, all of which he carefully records in his register for future reference. In this way, he ascertains the true nature of the disease and its cause. Knowing the disease, he knows the changes it produces in the tissues, and, knowing the changes, he checks them with specific remedies, and places his patient on the high road to recovery. When sick people consult him he readily tells them whether he can cure or help them, or if they are beyond hope.


The examinations are in accordance with anatomical and physical science as he will convince the most skeptical. By an examination he will convince anyone of the nature and exten- [sic] of disease, amount of danger to life, and chance of a perfect cure. Believing that science is truth and “truth is mighty and will prevail” when known, and knowing that disease can be cured with positive certainty, he invites the afflicted to call and receive advice free and be cured of their diseases There is no subject that requires so much study and experience as the treatment and cure of chronic diseases. The astonishing success and remarkable cures performed by him is due to a thorough knowledge of the structure and functions of the human system, and the cure of diseases by their natural remedies. Let those given up by others call for examination. He has successfully treated the following diseases since his arrival in this state: Eye and Ear diseases, Chronic Diarrhea, Chronic Inflammation of the Womb, Chronic Inflammation of the Bladder, Painful or irregular Menstruation, Fever Sores and Ulcers, Incontinence of Urine, Tape Worms, Crooked Limbs and Enlarged Joints, Spinal Curvatures, Club Foot, Hip Joint Disease, White Swelling, Discharging Abscesses, Barrenness, Nervousness and General Debility, Impotency, Diseases of the Kidneys and Bladder, Leucorrhea or Whites, Blotches, Pimples, Skin Diseases, Dyspepsia, Constipation, Dropsy, Cancer, Epileptic Fits, Erysipelas, Gravel, Goitre, Gleet, Gonorrhea, Hydrocele, Heart Disease, Headache, Piles, Hysteria, Syphilis, St. Vitus Dance, Chronic Dysentery, Fistula in Ano, Hernia or Rupture, Ovarian Tumors, Paralysis, Prolapsus Uteri, Bronchitis, Asthma, Catarrh, Scrofula, Consumption, Chronic Cough, Female Weakness, Spermatorrhoea, Rheumatism, etc. All surgical operations performed.

CURING OF PILES guaranteed. Will give $1,000 for any case of failure.

YOUNG MEN who through ignorance or the careless exuberance of youthful spirits, have been unfortunate and find themselves in danger of losing their health and embittering their after lives may call with full confidence.

DR. RORICK has attained the most wonderful success in the treatment of cases to which
he devotes his special attention. After years of experience he has discovered the most infallible method of curing weaknesses in the back or limbs, involuntary discharges, impopotency [sic], general debility, nervousness, languor, confusion of ideas, palpitation of the heart, loss of memory, trembling and timidity, diseases of the nose, throat and lungs, affections of the liver, stomach and bowels—those terrible disorders arising from the solitary habits of youth and secret practices, blighting the most radiant hopes and rendering marriage impossible.

EPILEPSY, or Fits, positively cured by a new and never-failing method.

PRIVATE DISEASES. —Blood Poison, Syphilis, Gonorrhoea, Gleet, Stricture, Hydrocele, Loss of Sexual Power and any diseases of the genito-urinary organs speedily and permanently cured. No risks incurred. Consultation free and strictly confidential. Medicine sent free from observation to all parts of the United States.

MIDDLE AGED MEN, who find their vigor and vitality weakened by the traces of old complaints and their bodies racked with pain at a time when they should spend their declining years in peace and comfort, should consult Dr. Rorick at once and find the sympathy and relief they positively require. His cures are thorough and permanent.

DISEASES OF WOMEN.—We shall continue as heretofore, to treat with our best consideraton [sic] and skill the diseases peculiar to women. Our operations for Fistula, Ruptured Cervix Uteri, Ruptured Perineum, and for Stricture of the Cervical Canal, a condition resulting in Sterility, have been alike gratifying both to ourselves and to our patients.

FREE EXAMINATION OF THE URINE. Each person applying for medical treatment should send or bring an ounce of their urine, which will receive a careful chemical and microscopical examination.

REMARICABLE CURES perfected in old cases which have been neglected or unskillfully treated. No experiments or failure. Parties treated by mail and express, but where possible personal consultation preferred. Curable cases guaranteed. List of questions free.

Western address, BR. RORICK, TOLEDO, OHIO.

References: Prof. T.R. Pooley, M.D., Surgeon to New York Opthalmic and Aura Institute, O.S. Vander Poel. M. D., Surgeon to Manhattan Eye and Ear Hospital, New York, Prof. August C. Bernays, A. M., M. D., M. R. C. S., Professor of Anatomy St. Louis College Physicians and Surgeons, St. Louis, Mo.; Prof. H. S. Greene, A. M., M. D., Professor Orthopoedic [sic] Surgery, Florida University; also, Commercial National Bank. Chicago.

Source:  Advertisement in The Crawfordsville Weekly Review, May 25, 1899.

Linn Theatre, Owned by Stewart Walling

New Theatre Opening

Concrete Building

New Furnishings

Fine Improvements

Wednesday, Apr. 23, will mark the opening of the new Linn Theatre. It is one of the largest construction projects to take place in Brownsville for several years. Six months ago Stewart Walling was confronted with a problem of continuing the operation of the theatre in an old building which constituted a fire hazard and in other ways was short of meeting demands of modern entertainment places, to close down completely, or to battle against a tough building program of material and labor shortage and CPA restrictions. Mr. Walling had enough faith in the future of Brownsville to raze the old building and start gathering his supplies for new fire proof structure. It was after several weeks effort of the builder and townspeople that the CPA approval was received and the go signal cleared actual construction. Opening of the theatre was help up two weeks or more by the delay in delivery of new seats. The shipment was received Tuesday and assembly will start today.

The 306 new full cushion seats are designed for comfort and attractiveness.

Air Condition System

Installed in the basement of the new Linn Theatre is a modern air conditioning furnace for even distribution of heat in the winter and cool air in hot weather.

A marquee has been built for protection from the rain of patrons entering the building and for lighting and display of coming attractions.

New carpets have been laid in the foyer and aisles.

Patrons of the theatre will be delighted by the new electrically operated curtain, the first to be used in Brownsville. New equipment also includes a motiograph and complete projection equipment and a 12 x 16 foot screen.

There will three changes of shows each week, starting Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, with closing on Tuesday nights. Mr. Walling is considering a matinee program for Saturday and Sunday afternoon, but will not start with this program. An effort will be made to bring to the screen the pick of shows, although not the latest releases. For those who enjoy the western shows, Roy Rogers pictures this year are in technicolor and are rated high by the western fans.

Watch for the latest in theatre news each week in the times.

Source:  Brownsville Times, April 17, 1947.

Drs. Charles T. and Rorick Bennett

This page from an 1893 Detroit telephone directory features an advertisement for Dr. Charles T. Bennett and his wife, Dr. Lovina Rorick Bennett.  Lovina was reported to be one of the first women doctors in Michigan. She used the name Dr. Rorick Bennett or L. Rorick Bennett professionally.