Eldridge Family Items

One of my great-grandmothers was Carrie Eldridge Rorick. This page houses information I’ve collected relating to the descendants of Samuel Eldridge and Susanna Casey.

Laurien E. Blunt, a pioneer resident of Wilmette, died yesterday at his home at 1008 Oakwood avenue, in the suburb. He was 89 years old. Mr. Blunt founded Blunt’s bookstore in Evanston in 1876. Two sons, George L. and Laurien E., Jr., survive. The funeral will be held tomorrow in the chapel at 1118 Greenleaf avenue, Wilmette. (Chicago Daily Tribune, August 7, 1942)

Grinnell – Ann Boget, 80, died Thursday, Sept. 22, 1994, in St. Francis Manor, of Alzheimer’s disease. Services: 10 a.m. Saturday, St. John’s Lutheran Church. Burial: Union Cemetery, Pomeroy. Friends may call from noon to 9 p.m. today at Smith Funeral Home, where the family will be present from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Survivors include her husband, Carl; a daughter, Beverly Schoon, of Rockwell City; a brother, Donald Sage of West Bend; and a sister, Deloris Shimon of Havelock. (Cedar Rapids Gazette, September 23, 1994)

Fairfax – Miss Bertha Boget is visiting at her uncle’s, J. Boget of this place. (Inter-Iowa Record, August 11, 1887)

Colonel Ellis J. Boget, a pioneer of Cedar Rapids, died in that city after a brief illness, aged 71 years. Colonel Ellis was born in New York, but came to Cedar Rapids when that place was in rather a crude state. He served through the civil war, having won a colonel’s commission before its close, and was justly proud of the record he gained in that memorable conflict. (Waterloo Semi-Weekly Reporter, March 9, 1906)

Chapin – Mrs. and Mrs. James Livsey of Montezuma, Mrs. Liza Boget and son Carl, of Grinnell, and Mrs. Katherine Watson of Searsboro visited in the George Pitser home. (Mason City Globe-Gazette, September 28, 1950)

Mrs. Zella Boget returned to her home at Searsboro, Ia., Saturday after a visit with her mother, Mrs. James Clendenen, and other relatives here. (Burlington Hawk Eye, August 9, 1913)

Lois Idell Lincoln, 84, of Winterset, formerly of Grinnell, died Friday, Oct. 2, 1998, in Winterset Care Center, Winterset, of Alzheimer’s disease. Services: 1:30 p.m. Monday, Smith Funeral Home. Burial: Westfield Cemetery, rural Grinnell. Friends may call from noon to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. Survivors include two sons, Glen of Fort Dodge and Charles of Winterset; and a brother, Carl Boget of Grinnell. (Cedar Rapids Gazette, October 4, 1998)


Did You Know That?

Estell H. Rorick was born near Morenci on September 1, 1842. He was the son of William Rorick. His father was a farmer and he attended school in that vicinity. He also attended school at Medina Academy and a school of higher grades at Kalamazoo.

At the age of 21, he taught school for about two years after which he began the study of medicine under the instruction of Dr. Weeks, a prominent physician of Medina. During the last year of the Civil War in 1865, he accompanied Dr. Weeks to Nashville, Tenn., where he acted as his assistant at the army hospital. In that city and here, he acquired valuable knowledge and experience in surgery.

After the close of the war, he attended the University at Ann Arbor, where he graduated in 1869. In the fall of that year he began to practice medicine in Springhill, Ohio, for about three years. In the spring of 1872, he left Springhill and went to Fayette, Ohio.

In 1875, he attended lectures in Detroit and graduated in 1875. He then went to Scotland and attended college at Edinburgh. Following his return, he attended school at Mobile, Alabama.

Dr. Rorick married Miss Mary Acker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Acker, a well known merchant of Morenci, in 1868. Three children were born to them, a son Clark and [a daughter] Georgia passed away very young and another daughter Mabel Rorick married Terry Sullivan, well known in Morenci and Fayette. Mrs. Sullivan passed away in Fayette a few years ago. Dr. Rorick passed away in 1923.

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.)

The Presbyterian Journal

The first number of the Presbyterian Journal, a weekly paper devoted to the interests of Presbyterianism, has just made its appearance. It is to be published in this city by Mr. J. Ford Sutton, at the low price of $1.50 per annum. The Journal is beautifully printed on fine white paper, and its editorial selections and new matter are well written and prepared with care and judgement. It will doubtless fill a field all its own, and certainly merits support.

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, December 30, 1875.

More Small Town News from Various Points

Portola, Calif., March 3 — Miss Barbara Loosley and Miss Lola Loosley, who have been residing with their grandmother, Mrs. H.C. Weir, have returned to their home in Beckwourth. (Nevada State Journal, March 4, 1933)

F.M. Loosley, a former merchant of Beckwith but now in the mercantile business in Valley Ford, is here visiting his son and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Loosley. He is exhibiting a bruised lip when he received when his car was forced off the road. His car did not turn over but was wrecked badly enough to be put in the workshop. (Reno Evening Gazette, July 18, 1931)

Robert Mackrell, of Huntington, Indiana, stopped off here Wednesday afternoon to visit friends, being en route to Cleveland. He was accompanied as far as Ashland by J.K. Meachem. (Marion Daily Star, May 28, 1914)

Theo. Mackrell, Erie train despatcher at Newburgh, and daughter, Eva, spent Sunday at H.K. Wood’s. (Middletown Daily Times, February 1, 1894)

FIRE ENDANGERS BARNS: Fire from embers from burning brush carried to straw stacks, but for the assistance of neighbors, would have completely destroyed the large barns on the Porritt Farm, Seymour Lake, Friday the 6th. The water tanks for cattle and a large cistern provided sufficient water. (Clarkston Community News, May 21, 1921)

Mrs. Allen Price, of Penn Yan, was a week-end guest of her father, W.W. Hutchinson, and sister, Miss Dorothy Hutchinson. (Wellsboro Agitator, May 30, 1928)

The many friends of Clifford Rochelle, of Fifth and Heaton streets, will be sorry to learn that he is confined to Ft. Hamilton hospital for treatment. Mr. Rochelle has recently returned from the Good Samaritan hospital, Cincinnati, where he also underwent treatment. (Hamilton Evening Journal, August 21, 1931)

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Rochelle, Mrs. Ida Rochelle, Mrs. Chas. Stegel [sic], and son, George, left yesterday by motor to visit friends and relatives in Sandusky and Columbus. (Hamilton Daily News, August 29, 1924)

Mrs. Theodore C. Search of Maryville, Mo., is here for a visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. Werre. (Edwardsville Intelligencer, July 27, 1927)

Miss Minnie Spearin of the Grindstone City school is the guest of her sister, Mrs. Jas. Baldwin. (Bad Axe Democrat, December 30, 1887)

ONE YEAR AGO: The historic Bailey House, near Pilot Hill, has been sold by John B. Wagner to Clarence Steves, formerly of Orange County. (Placerville Mountain Democrat, July 31, 1947)

Mr. and Mrs. Estell Sullivan, of Fayette, former students at Ohio University, were weekend guests of Mrs. Sullivan’s aunt and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. I.D. Quick, Columbia Ave., and Mrs. Sullivan’s brother and family, Mr. and Mrs. John H. Acomb and son John III, Highland Ave. Mr. Acomb was a member of the graduating class at Ohio University Sunday. (Athens Messenger, June 9, 1953)

J.P. Sutton accompanied to Orion the remains of his brother whose death occurred last Sunday night at the residence of his sister Mrs. J.W. Linderman. (Northern Tribune, January 6, 1883)

Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Walling, parents of Mrs. Richard Jones, who have made their home in Silverton for several years, are now occupying a trailer house near their daughter, and family. (Dayton Tribune, September 23, 1971)

Miss Mildred Werre, who attends McKendree at Lebanon, is spending the week-end with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. Werre. (Edwardsville Intelligencer, February 9, 1924)

Dr. and Mrs. Charles Wilkin, of Jeffersonville, Dr. and Mrs. Osmer J. Wilkin and daughter, of Newburgh, Mr. and Mrs. Karle Heinle, of Warwick, Mrs. Louise Van Kan and Miss Harriet Wilkin, of New York, were Sunday guests at the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Heinle. (Kingston Daily Freeman, November 3, 1939)

Lawrence Willson, of Bowdoin College, Maine, is visiting his parents Mr. and Mrs. Merritt Willson over Christmas (Wantage Recorder, December 28, 1917)

Small Town News from Various Points

Mr. and Mrs. William L. Barclay, of East Ferry avenue, and their guests, Mrs. J. Ford Sutton and Mr. I. Hickman, who have been at their summer home at Bay View, Mich., returned home. (Detroit Free Press, December 9, 1917).

The following officers were elected by the Laurel Run borough school board: President, E.N. Johnson; vice president, Evan Griffith; secretary, Benjamin Belles; treasurer, Edward Chubb; solicitor, Chaz. Loveland. (Wilkes-Barre Times, December 11, 1907)

Dr. Rorick Bennett, and her daughter, Mrs. Clark, who have been occupying the Tilden residence [in Kensington, MD] for the past year, expect to return to Detroit, their former home, in the next year. (Washington Post, November 21, 1915)

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dilts have left for Morristown, N.J., where Mr. Dilts will begin his law practice. A June graduate of the University of Michigan law school, Mr. Dilts passed his Iowa bar examination Saturday. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Dilts, 1212 Lincoln way. (Ames Daily Tribune, June 27, 1950)

Lincoln—Mrs. Russell Gallagher of Colon, Canal Zone, was a guest here Sunday at the home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Walling. Mrs. Gallagher (Marjorie Walling), formerly lived in this neighborhood and attended the school here. Miss Gertrude Walling of Portland was also a guest at the Walling home Sunday and was accompanied back to Portland by Mrs. Gallagher. (Daily Capital Journal, June 20, 1934)

Mr. and Mrs. Harper Gallup of Detroit spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Gallup. (Ann Arbor News, December 4, 1917)

Miss Hazel Gallup has returned from Union City and will spend the summer at her home here. Mr. and Mrs. Harper Gallup of Detroit were guests of Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Gallup over the week-end. (Ann Arbor News, June 25, 1918)

REDDING, Aug. 11. — Mrs. E. Gardner, wife of a prominent dentist of this city, killed a black bear weighing 450 pounds on Noshana Creek, near Gregory, yesterday. While strolling from camp, rifle in hand, she saw two bears facing her in the road. The animals started towards her and she raised the rifle and shot one dead in its tracks. The other escaped. Mrs. Gardner’s daughter, Mrs. A.F. Dobrowsky, bagged three buck deer the same day. (San Jose Mercury News, August 11, 1905)

THIRTY YEARS AGO (1929): Mrs. Rose Garth who returned Friday from a visit with Dr. and Mrs. J.W. Garth at Beaumont, Texas brought with her the $1,000 donation “Dr. Will” made to the Clarion Library. (Wright County Monitor, November 19, 1959)

Misses Blanche Hightower and Agnes Devin were visitors to Bellingham on Friday. (Bellingham Herald, May 15, 1910)

Miss Eva Johnson, who has been motoring through the Willamette valley and has visited at the John Walling ranch, near Salem, is expected home today. Miss Elva Johnson has returned from a fortnight’s visit on Sauvies’ Island, where she was the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Paquet at their Oak Grove Ridge ranch. (Portland Oregonian, September 2, 1915)

The Misses Eva and Elva Johnson are at Yaquina Bay, enjoying the salmon trolling. They are the guests of their aunt, Mrs. W.M. Toner. (Portland Oregonian, September 6, 1916)

Mr. J.W. Linderman is entertaining Mr. J. Sutton, of Cheboygan. (Detroit Free Press, February 22, 1855)

Small Town News – Lake Orion

TEN YEARS AGO (1924) — Kenneth Chapin, Assistant Cashier of the Orion State Bank, who has been critically ill this week with pneumonia, is considered out of danger and on the road to recovery. The services of a trained nurse were secured Tuesday evening. Dr. Bachelor is caring for him. (Orion Weekly Review, December 7, 1934)

A double birthday celebration was held at the Lyle Fritz home last week in honor Mr. and Mrs. Fritz’s two sons, Richard (7) and Billy (10). (Lake Orion Review, October 10, 1947)

Mrs. John Lomerson underwent an operation for the removal of a goiter at University Hospital, Ann Arbor, Friday, and is recovering splendidly. Her husband, daughters Miss Marjory Groover and Mrs. Willard Cline, son Lee Groover, and Miss Marie Hessler visited her Sunday. She is expected home this week-end. (Lake Orion Review, November 8, 1935)

THIRTY YEARS AGO (1919): Edward, the 11 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Porritt of Seymour Lake, was severely injured Friday afternoon when he fell from a wagon in which he was riding and the rear wheel passed over the body. A doctor was summoned and it was found no bones were broken although it was feared he might be injured internally. (Lake Orion Review, July 8, 1949)

Olga, Francis, and Ward Lake were entertained by Miss Hattie Rogers on Sunday. (Orion Weekly Review, March 26, 1909)

TEN YEARS AGO (1927): Mrs. Mary Rogers, sister of L.L. and Marion Sutton, of Town Corners, has sold her 40 acre farm east of Oxford to Mr. Buhl of Detroit. Consideration $6,000. Mr. Buhl has given Mrs. Rogers permission to occupy the farm till she buys another home. (Lake Orion Review, March 12, 1937)

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO (1919): Talk about potatoes! Will Schoff deposited on our ta—, no floor, a bushel of this week’s raising, the actual count of which was 47 tubers. When anyone beats Will as a potato raiser, they have got to “go some.” (Lake Orion Review, October 19, 1934)

Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Schoff spent several days last week with the latter’s sister, Mrs. Manley Brodt, at Marlette. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Thurstin were also guests of Mrs. Brodt. (Lake Orion Review, October 26, 1934)

Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Skinner, and their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Murl Teller, spent Mother’s Day together. They had dinner at a restaurant near Detroit and visited the White Chapel to view the tulips. (Lake Orion Review, May 18, 1951)

Gale Skinner, who is employed by the Kroger Company and has been transferred from Pontiac to Flint, was home for the week-end. (Orion Weekly Review, August 23, 1935)

TWENTY YEARS AGO (1931): Murl Teller and his bride of a few weeks contemplate an early trip to St. Petersburg where his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.C. Teller, reside and where he expects to obtain employment in the Newark Shoe Store. (Lake Orion Review, October 15, 1951)

Murl Teller, who is suffering from sciatic neuritis, has been home from Lapeer Hospital for about ten days. He is able to be up and around a little, but is confined to his bed most of the time. (Lake Orion Review, June 24, 1949)

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Thurstin and Marion Sutton were Thanksgiving dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Schoff. (Lake Orion Review, November 30, 1934)

Mrs. Frank Thurstin, of Lake Orion, is seriously ill at the Bliss Home. (Lake Orion Review, May 5, 1944)

Mueller News Items

Mr. Lucien Mueller left Thursday for Ithaca, N.Y., where he will attend the graduation exercises of his brother, Clarence, and also the ten year reunion of his class at Cornell University. Mr. Mueller will return to Decatur June 27. (Decatur Review, June 7, 1927)

Mrs. Lucien Mueller entertained three tables at bridge on Tuesday afternoon, honoring her mother, Mrs. W.M. Rorick, who has been visiting her for several weeks. Mrs. Rorick will leave Monday for her home in Detroit, Mich. (Decatur Review, January 29, 1922)

Mrs. Lucien Mueller has returned from a visit in Detroit and Sarnia, Ontario, with relatives. (Decatur Review, July 15, 1929)

MUELLER-METZLER PARTY RETURNING. Mr. and Mrs. Lucien Mueller and Mrs. and Mrs. A.M. Metzler are leaving California today for their return trip to Decatur. The two couples will make several stops on the way home. On the way to the West Coast, they visited Decatur persons who are passing the winter in Arizona. (Decatur Review, January 25, 1931)

The Porritt Dairy

The Middleton Dairy has been purchased by Edward Porritt of Clarkston and the milk processing machinery is to be moved to the present Porritt Dairy on the Orion-Clarkston road, near the Grand Trunk R.R. Cleon Middleton, who has operated the Dairy during the past 17 years, is retaining the Ice Cream Manufacturing end of the business and will devote his entire time to this product. Mr. Middleton has contributed much to the dairy business over the past several years, erecting the building which houses the plant in 1938 and enlarging the facilities. The Porritt Dairy has been in continuous operation since 1921 when it was founded by Lee Porritt, father of the present owner. The son, Edward, purchased the business from his father in 1933 and has operated it continuously ever since. Mr. Porritt advises that machinery for making pressed paper milk bottles is being installed and will be in operation about January 1st, 1948. Both parties agreed that the recent tendency of a business of this character toward specialization made the new arrangements advisable.  (Orion Weekly Review, August 8, 1947)

In 1921 Lee Porritt started what was to become one of the finest dairies in our area. From a small herd of 12 cows and horse-drawn vehicle he bottled and delivered milk throughout the near by lake area. Because of poor health, in 1933 he sold his business to his son Edward who continued to service the area and to expand to neighboring communities. As sales increased the milk production of several nearby farms was needed. In 1939 Porritt moved to the present location at 1758 Clarkston Rd. Even though a fire completely destroyed the original wood frame building and all the delivery equipment, Porritt did not miss one delivery after the fire. The Porritt Dairy has continued to expand, and several other dairies were purchased in the nearby area. Milk is procured from various farmers in Oakland, Lapeer and Macomb counties and employment has been provided for 35 persons in the area. William “Bill” Porritt, Edward’s son, grew up helping his Dad in the dairy. After serving in the Army during World War II, he took a course at Michigan State in dairying. Upon his return to the business, Bill was appointed business manager and made a partner in the concern. The Porritt family owes a great deal of their success to the fact that they have always given their customers the best that can be had in pure milk, cream and other dairy products. (Lake Orion Review, September 19, 1969)

Joshua P. Sutton

THIRTY-TWO YEARS AGO [1903]: Judge J.P. Sutton and wife were entertained Wednesday and Thursday at the Predmore and Coon homes. Mr. Sutton is assistant superintendent of the soldiers’ home at Leavenworth, Kansas. Mrs. Sutton will be remembered by the older settlers as Miss Nellie Shadbolt. They have two grownup children, a married daughter living in Kansas City and a son in Johannesburg, S.A. Mr. Sutton was the first village marshal and tells of the village lock-up. He said in those days a little stockade built of boards six feet high without a roof served as the bastille and when a man became drunk — and in those days there were lots of them — he would lock his prisoner in and allow him to climb out when he had sufficiently sobered up. Pretty hard on the justices of those days. This failed to work, he notes, in the case of “N—– Charley,” a village character of those days, who would persist in digging himself out contrary to regulation.

Source:  Lake Orion Review, July 5, 1935)

Small Town News—Port Jervis

The largest apples by far that we have ever seen are now displayed in Vail Brothers show window. They are called pound sours or [unclear] apples. The two weigh three pounds and seven ounces, and one measures 15¼ and another 15¼ around. They were grown on the farm of Lewis Cox, about a mile and a half beyond Deckertown, and were picked from the trees by W.H. Dewitt of this village, a brother-in-law of Mr. Cox. (Port Jervis Evening Gazette, October 16, 1880)

We learn from the Middletown Press that Jonathan Dewitt, of Deckertown, last Sunday made a call at the house of G.R. Carr. A political discussion ensued, which waxed very warm, and finally ended in Mr. Carr ordering him from his house and, as he had no inclination to do so, struck him with a chair, when he got out. He was bruised a little. (Port Jervis Evening Gazette, December 2, 1876)

The youngest child of William H. Dewitt, the builder, was Tuesday taken very sick. Dr. Hunt was called, and he pronounces the disease diphtheria, the first well-defined case in Port Jervis since last winter. (Port Jervis Evening Gazette, February 1, 1881)

The donation of the Rev. D.E. Frambes of Montague, Sussex county, N.J., will take place at the Brick House on Wednesday evening, Dec. 20th, instead of the 30th, as previously stated. (Port Jervis Evening Gazette, December 14, 1876)

The old barns on the Rorick English [sic] farm, at Monroe Corner, were totally destroyed by fire Monday evening of last week with the contents, consisting of farming implements, harness and a large amount of hay and grain. (Port Jervis Gazette, October 28, 1880)