Advertisement for the Rochelle Sanitarium

Wichita Daily Eagle 3-9-1913

Source:  Wichita Daily Eagle, March 9, 1913.


Entertained Citizens and Physicians

More than forty of the prominent citizens of this city, together with several of the leading physicians of this city and the Missouri side were present at the informal opening of Dr. May Rochelle’s sanitarium which she started three months ago. The opening which was an invitational affair was a “get acquainted” meeting, and games and cards made the evening an enjoyable one. The feature of the evening, the guests declare was the elaborate luncheon served by the hostess.

W.J. Rigsby deputy chief license inspector, made the principal address of the evening, eulogizing Dr. Rochelle’s wrok [sic] in founding the sanitarium and welcoming her institution to the city in behalf of the guests present. He told of the benefits that would accrue to the city from the location here was [sic] an institution as Dr. Rochelle has opened here.

Source: Kansas City Gazette Globe, May 28, 1916.

Some Short Business Items

Hobart O. Hamlin and Zelora E. Brown, (under the firm name of Hamlin & Brown), will open their Real Estate, Insurance & Loan office at room No. 2, Centre Block, over the National Exchange Bank, Monday, April 2d next. (Minneapolis Star Tribune, March 26, 1877)

The new auto shop of John Rorick is nearly completed and will soon be ready for use. The new structure is of brick and is an addition to the appearance of the street. (San Bernardino, September 13, 1907)

Cancer Cure in Family Years To Be Made Public

Sanitarium May Be Erected Here in Which To Practice Rochelle Remedy

Many Claim Benefit

With the purpose in mind of “relieving a suffering humanity,” Mrs. Maybelle Rochelle Chambers and Dr. John Volmer formed a partnership last week to resume the practice of a cure for cancer which has remained a secret in the Rochelle family since the Civil War.

The Rochelle sanitarium, 302 South Oak street, West Side, which has been closed since the death on April 6 of Mrs. M.S. Rochelle has been reopened by Mrs. Chambers, her granddaughter, and Dr. Volmer.

Mrs. Rochelle, whose husband, Dr. Rochelle, began to practice the cure in Wichita in 1885, imparted the secret to her granddaughter a couple of months before she died. It is the intention of Mrs. Chambers to keep the remedy in the sanitarium laboratory until her death, when she will either reveal it to her niece or tell it to the world outright.

Formula Is Secret

Mrs. Chambers is now the only one of the descendants of Dr. M.S. Rochelle who knows the formula, the efficaciousness of which is attested to by hundreds of persons, among them many Wichitans, according to Charles Payne, 308 South Sycamore street.

In 1885 Dr. M.S. Rochelle, who learned of the secret in Ohio in Civil war days, founded the Wichita Medical Co., which later became the Rochelle Cancer Sanitarium. His son, Dr. Homer L. Rochelle, and his wife, Dr. Mae Rochelle, both of them licensed physicians, later opened a sanitarium in Kansas City, Kan., where Mrs. M.S. Rochelle practiced under the tutelage of her son after her husband’s death from paralysis in 1908. After her son’s death a decade ago Mrs. Rochelle returned to Wichita where she professed to cure light cases of cancer.

Now that the sanitarium has resumed treatment of cases, Mrs. Chambers and Dr. Volmer plan to do business on a wider scale by increasing the facilities on the institution. A new building, to replace the South Oak street sanitarium, may be built in a year, it was indicated.

Dr. Volmer came here recently from Oklahoma City, where a practice a year, before which he was at Mound Valley, Kan., for ten years. He is a licensed physician, a graduate of the medical college.

Source: Wichita Daily Eagle, June 11, 1922.

Noted Lecturer Visits In City

Rollo Walter Brown, one of Perry county’s distinguished native sons, was in this city yesterday and visited via phone with Tom Berkshire, a member of the Times-Recorder staff. The noted writer and lecture was on his way to New Concord, to spend Monday and Tuesday at Muskingum college presenting a series of lectures and meeting with any of the students interested in creative writing.

Brown has had, in the words of one educations, a “disturbingly vivid careers.” Born on a hillside farm near Crooksville he worked in mines and potteries and had visions of becoming an inventor, but at 17 he discovered Victor Hugo, Defoe and Byron and the spirit of invention surrendered another recruit to the spirit of literature.

After completing his high school education, Brown found employment in Zanesville and then went on to college, receiving and AB from Ohio Northern and his MA at Harvard. After years of successful teaching at Wabash, Carleton and Harvard he turned exclusively to writing.

His literary reputation was made with his biography of Dean Briggs of Harvard. For years he has spent six months of each year at the McDowell Colony at Peterborough, N.H., where most of his writing is done. There he has been in contact with many of the great literary figures of the time and his “Next Door to a Poet,” a memoir of Edwin Arlington Robinson his friend and neighbor, added much to the general knowledge of this strange shy genius. Other books include four novels laid in the Perry county locale, and special studies such as “Lonely Americans, ” “I Travel by Train,” and his latest book “Harvard Yard in the Golden Age.” The last is a collection of short biographies of Charles Eliot, William James, James Royce, George Santayana and other notable men associated with the University. He is also a contributor to the Atlantic Monthly.

The time not spent in writing is devoted to lecture tours such as the one that brings him to Muskingum. He has traveled over the whole of the United States, lecturing before college audiences and holding conferences for students interested in creative writing. At his first appearance at Muskingum, Berkshire’s coverage of his lecture so impressed Brown that he contacted the local man, with the result that a firm friendship has been established and Berkshire is the proud possessor of several autographed first editions of Brown’s books.

The lectures at Muskingum are open to the public as part of the college lyceum program.

Source: Zanesville Times-Recorder, October 30, 1951.

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Dr. Rorick Thinks Present Central Board For Institutions Not A Success

“I would like to see every state official compelled to wear a red shirt, or some distinctive clothing, so that the people of the state would know just how many of them there are traveling around all the time, at the expense of the state,” said Dr. E.H. Rorick, member of the state board of administration, at his home in Fulton co.  He is a new member of the board and is becoming with acquainted with veterans in the Home.

“Take the board of administration, of which I am a member,” he continued, “the salaries of all the members and clerks and stenographers figure up to $62,000 a year. Their expenses reach a high figure.  We all stop at the best hotels and ride in Pullman cars.

“I believe the work of the board could be better accomplished by the former method.  We have 20 institutions to look after, and it is difficult to properly attend to all of them.  Under the old regime each institution had its own board of control, and these members were glad to serve without salaries for the honor.  There should be a central purchasing agency.”

Dr. Rorick recently stated in Columbus that the entire board should be fired by the governor.  This was after a session when the members had split on the appointment of a superintendent of the state for the blind.  The workings of the board have not been entirely harmonious.

“Governor Willis is not to be blame for this condition,” said Dr. Rorick.  “The board was organized under a former administration, and all the governor can do is appoint members.”

Dr. Rorick believes that the state could be saved hundreds of thousands of dollars in state jobs, without any loss of efficiency, and state that for his part he would be glad to return home and work in his garden.

Source:  Sandusky Star Journal, May 23, 1916.

Dr. Rorick Will Resign

Was Alone In Opposition to Women’s Reformatory.

A Sincere Old Standpatter.

His Interviews With Columbus Newspapers Made Their Newspapers Ridiculous.

Dr. E.H. Rorick, a Republican member of the State Board of Administration, has sent a letter to Governor James M. Cox to the effect that his resignation will be placed in his hands at any time the governor wishes to fill the place, which the govern will undoubtedly do at the earliest possible moment. Dr. Rorick is the man who is responsible for every bit of the opposition to the women’s reformatory in Marysville. His statements to newspaper reporters were accepted as facts and printed without investigation as to the truth of the statements made by the doctor. In these statements Dr. Rorick was quoted as representing the state board. As a matter of fact he represented himself alone. The other three members of the state board, Messrs. Davey, Creamer and Philbrick, were always in sympathy with the spirit and purpose of the local institution.

Dr. Rorick was at all times entirely ignorant of the law governing the Marysville institution. He did not know anything whatsoever of the vast need of the institution or the wide scope of reform work to be performed here. He knew nothing whatsoever of the local institution as it will be or in fact, as it is. He did not even comprehend the fundamental principle upon which the institution is base.

Affable and approachable, Dr. Rorick was easily seen by the Columbus newspaper reports, who accepted his statements as representing the state board, and as being correct. The Columbus Dispatch editorially praised the reformatory and the work here, and in its news columns printed Dr. Rorick’s fiction stories. Other newspapers took up these stories and enlarged upon them, leaving the realm fiction to enter that of mendacious falsehood.

Locally, Dr. Rorick has established a reputation as a politician wearing horns and a barked tail. As a matter fact he is personally one of the finest old gentlemen who was ever appointed to a state office. He was probably honest in his view and likely did not realize the vast extent of his ignorance of the institution he was supposed to help manager. The trouble with Dr. Rorick is that he doesn’t believe in any of the progressive ideas of government. He’s an honest old standpatter. He believes everything ought to be just as it was in his prime. He does not believe for a minute in any attempt at reform among prisoners. He thinks it’s all “bosh.” Progressive ideas have arisen, been adopted and become accepted as conservative, yet Dr. Rorick does not believe in any of them. He’s the champion of all the conservatives.

Before he was appointed one of the four members of the State Board of Administration, Dr. Rorick was outspoken in his belief that the State Board of Administration should be abolished, and that Ohio should return to the old plan of boards of trustees for each state institution. Nor did his appointment to the board change his belief. He continued up to the last election voicing his hope that the legislature would abolish the State Board of Administration, of which he himself was a member. He so completely believed in his position that he urged the legislature to legislate himself out of office.

Naturally, as a member of a board governing Ohio’s greatest department, he was one vast failure. There’s a man living not far from Marysville who believes the entire school system should be abolished, because the school wagons damage the roads, yet no one would advocate placing him in charge of the public school system. There are men who do not believe in banks, yet no board of bank directors would hire one of them as a cashier. Yet this is exactly what Governor F.B. Willis did when he appointed Dr. Rorick a member of the State Board of Administration. He is but another example of the retiring governor’s unusual incapacity for naming the right man for the right place. In some positions Dr. Rorick might have been a valuable official for the state but he certainly landed in the wrong berth.

So he is doing Ohio one of the best things he ever did in volunteering to step out of office as soon as convenient.

Source: Marysville Union County Journal, January 9, 1917.

Some Short Business Items

Dr. F. H. Rorick, of St. Louis, Mo., was registered at the Huron House last night.  The doctor radically cures ruptures, piles, fistula, prolaspsus, etc. without recourse to the knife or other painful methods and makes no charge until cured.  Dr. Rorick is on his way to Bad Axe where he has been called to attend some special cases.  He will remain there a week and those who would like to consult him on these important subjects will please write him and he will inform them of the day he will be at the Huron House.  No charges for consultation or examination.  (Port Huron Times Herald, February 10, 1886)

The most self-sacrificing editor is Michigan is J.T. Rorick, of the Bad Axe Democrat.  He refrains from printing the detail of a murder trial because it would people so well posted that it would be impossible to procure a sufficiently ignorant jury for a forgery case which is to follow, and which will deal with about the same evidence as the murder case.  (Port Huron Times Herald, October 14, 1887)

J.P. [sic] Rorick, of the Bad Axe Democrat, has lately been elected secretary of the Huron County Agricultural Society. (Port Huron Daily Times, February 8, 1888)

Gov. Winans has appointed William M. Rorick, of Bad Axe, county agent for the State Board of Corrections and Charities for Huron County, vice Jacob T. Rorick, resigned.  (Detroit Free Press, December 7, 1892)