The Tragedy At Hunters

Funeral of David Bucklew—Coroner’s Inquest—Ham’s Preliminery [sic]

The time for the preliminary examination of David Ham, charged with having shot and killed David Bucklew at Hanter [sic] Sunday has not been set. An officer said today “there is too much politics at present” and he did not know when the preliminary examination would take place. It might be postponed till after election time.

The remains of David Bucklew were brought in from Hunter Monday and interred in Oak Hill cemetery. The funeral procession was met just beyond the county hospital by the hearse and the remains were transferred to it and taken to the cemetery. The services were conducted at the grave by Rev. D.H. McCullagh of the Presbyterian church.

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A.G. Walling

Lithographer, Publisher and Bookbinder

Mr. A.G. Walling, located at the corner of First and Ash streets ,is the leading job printer, lithographer and bookbinder of Portland.  In fact he is the only one in this line of business who conducts all branches of it, and the only one prepared to properly do such work as it should be done. He is one of the pioneers in the business and does by far the largest part of the work of Portland.  He has the best corps of artists in his lithography department that can be procured, many of whom has obtained wide renown as skillful workmen in the east and in Europe. The artistic printing which is turned out from his establishment cannot be excelled in any similar institution in Oregon, and his book binding is known to be the best on the coast.  Just now he is engaged in the publication of the History of Southern Oregon, a quarto of 600 pages, [unclear] illustrated, neatly printed and elegantly bound.  This will be an addition to Oregon literature of which we may well be proud.

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Kirk Rorick Found Guilty

Kirk Rorick, charged in the Lenawee circuit court with the crime of involuntary manslaughter was found guilty as charged by a jury of nine men and three women who returned their verdict of guilty to Judge Jesse H. Root of Monroe, presiding at 3:05 p.m. Wednesday, approximately five hours after being sent out at 9:55 a.m.

Judge Root announced that sentence would be pronounced June 21.  Rorick’s bond was continued until that date.  The jury was dismissed.

It was the second trial through which the young son of C.M. Rorick, a prominent Morenci banker, had sat.  He was charged with having caused injuries to Page Stockwell, another Morenci resident, and his own boyhood friend, that resulted in the latter’s death last July 4.

Source: Archbold Buckeye, June 9, 1926.

Youth Convicted Of Manslaughter

ADRIAN, Mich., May 27.—(By A.P.)—Kirk Rorick, 23-year-old son of a prominent Morenci, Mich. banker, was found guilty of manslaughter by a jury in circuit court here late Wednesday afternoon. Rorick was accused of killing Page Stockwell, 22, a life-long friend, on July 4, 1925.

Rorick was charged with having struck Stockwell during an argument on a street in Morenci causing the youth to fall to the sidewalk.  His head struck the curb and he was rendered unconscious.  He never regained consciousness.  Rorick claimed self-defense.

Source: Lansing State Journal, May 27, 1926.

Retrial for Manslaughter

Adrian, Mich.—Kirk Rorick of Morenci, Mich., will go on trial in the March term of the Lenawee circuit court on a manslaughter charge in the death of Page Stockwell, a life-long friend also living in Morenci.  A jury of 10 men and two women in the Lenawee county court could not agree after deliberation.  Prosecutor Henry I. Bourns announced plans for a retrial.  Judge Jesse H. Root of Monroe presided over the trial.

Source: Archbold Buckeye, February 24, 1926. 

Blow In Face Caused Death

Morenci—Page Stockwell died  in a short time after he was met on the street and struck in the face by Kirk Rorick.  Both young men were raised in Morenci, the sons of prominent families. The father of the dead man is a prominent undertaker and the father of Rorick is cashier in the bank.  Both families have fine homes on the most prominent residence street.

It is said that they met on the street and Rorick struck Stockwell without warning.  Stockwell fell to the pavement, and it was afterward learned that he had suffered concussion of the brain.  Both young men were about 25.  Stockwell had been to college and taken a course in mining engineering  in Colorado, where he found his wife.

Rorick was placed under arrest on a warrant sworn out by the father of the dead man, charging manslaughter.  He was bound over to the October term of court under bonds of $5,000 signed by his father and uncle.

Source: Archbold Buckeye, July 25, 1925. 

Morenci Man’s Death Subject Of Inquiry

Jury Hears Details of Page Stockwell’s Injury and Death

MORENCI, Mich., July 10.—That Page Stockwell came to this death from the effects of injuries sustained when he fell and his head struck the pavement after being hit in the face or mouth by a blow delivered by Kirk Rorick was the substance of a special jury’s verdict at the conclusion of an inquest held in Justice Leon D. Mowry’s court Thursday.

About a dozen witnesses were sworn.  Kirk Rorick was not present at the inquest but he was represented by his attorney, B.D. Chandler of Hudson, although Mr. Chandler cross-examined none of the witnessed and took no active part in the proceedings.  The hearing was conducted before Justice Mowry by Henry I. Bourns, prosecuting attorney.

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Inquest To Be Held In Stockwell Death

Special Jury to Conduct Inquiry at Morenci Thursday

MORENCI, Mich., July 8.—A inquest to determine the cause of L.S. [sic] Stockwell’s death will be held here Thursday.  A special jury was impaneled yesterday by Judge Leon D. Mowry and after viewing the body of the deceased, the jurors adjourned until Thursday morning when the inquiry will be formally opened.

Mr. Stockwell died Saturday night from injuries said to have been sustained when he fell and struck his head on the pavement in an altercation with Kirk Rorick, another Morenci resident.  Mr. Rorick was arrested Sunday and was arraigned in an Adrian justice court Monday on a charge of manslaughter.  He waived examination and was released on bail of $5,000 for his appearance at the October term of the Lenawee circuit court.

The jury is composed of the following:  Walter Hill, William Binns, Adelbert Baldwin, William Kigar, Rollin M. Smith and Benjamin Potes.

Source:  Adrian Daily Telegram, July 8, 1925. 

Morenci Youth Held After Fatal Brawl

ADRIAN, Mich., July 7.—Kirk Rorick, 25 years old, of Morenci, is being held in connection with the investigation of the death of Page Stockwell, 25 years old, Saturday, of a fractured skull suffered, it is alleged, in a fall after being struck by Rorick in a street altercation Thursday night. A warrant was issued today charging Rorick with manslaughter. The complaint was signed by L.S. Stockwell, father of the deceased. Rorick was bound over the October term of the Lenawee county circuit court and was released on $5,000 bond when he appeared before Justice S.W. Bennett.

Source: Saint Joseph Herald-Press, July 7, 1925.

Morenci Man Held As Result of Death Of Man Whom He Struck

Kirk Rorick Charged With Manslaughter After Demise of Page Stockwell


Fatal Injury Said to Have Resulted from Fall on Pavement After Blow

Kirk Rorick of Morenci, aged 25 years, was arrested late Sunday night by members of the sheriff’s force and was brought to the county jail in connection with an investigation into the death of Page Stockwell, aged 25 years, who died Saturday night at the Blair hospital from the effects of a fractured skull.  Mr. Stockwell’s injury was sustained, it is alleged, when he fell to the pavement after being struck by Rorick during a street altercation Thursday night.

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