A Pleasant Family Gathering.

Mr. and Mrs. E.T. Beardsley and family, of Sashabaw, on Tuesday, entertained a number of relatives and friends; among whom were Mrs. Elizabeth Sutton, the aged mother of Mrs. Beardsley; Mr. L.M. Sutton, of Chicago, a brother, and two sisters, Mrs. Charles Beardsley, of Victor, and Mrs. M.D. Lawrence and little granddaughter, of Fenton.

“Grandma Sutton” was the center of attraction, for though she recently celebrated her 92nd birthday, she retains her memory to a wonderful extent and joined in the story telling and laughter with apparently as much enjoyment as the younger members of the family, and not withstanding the storm and rough roads, endured the trip from Fenton splendidly. She will remain with Mrs. B. the coming summer, and it is hope will enjoy many more such delightful gatherings.

Source: Pontiac Gazette, April 5, 1895.

A Family Re-Union

A very pleasant social gathering was participated in at the residence of E.T. Beardslee, on Sashabaw Plain, Dec. 20th to 23d, it being the reunion of Mrs. Beardslee’s family, the mother, Mrs. Lewis J. Sutton, and her six children, all being present, the husband and father having died in 1852. The list, besides Mrs. Beardslee, includes Mrs. S.D. Groover, of Lapeer; C.L. Sutton, of Orion; Mrs. Chas. Beardslee, of Clinton county; Mrs. J.H. Lawrence, of Fenton, and L.M. Sutton, of Chicago, this son having been absent 18 years, rendering the occasion doubly pleasant.

This re-union was a very remarkable one, it being the first time the children had all met together at one time, the eldest being 66 years, and the youngest 45 years of age, and the family ties of brothers and sisters having never been broken.

W.H. Brummit photographed the family; the aged mother, who is nearly 87 years of age, still retaining her mental faculties and enjoying the event equally with her children, forming the central figure; after which he photographed the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Source: Pontiac Gazette, January 8, 1891.

Rescue Squad Commended

Please, a few words of commendation for what is probably the best organization in the United States.

On June 7, while erecting a carnival at Twenty-seventh street and Military road N.W., for the purpose of raising funds for a new St. John’s College High School, one of the participants suffered a heart attack. A quick phone call, and the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad was on its way within minutes—all so competent and sincere in the work that it makes one who has had anything to do with paid, professional personnel a bit ashamed. Their attitude, efficiency, and ability should be a criterion to all who have had a desire to help their fellow-man.

Mark D. Rorick

Source: Washington Evening Star, June 15, 1954.

Old Sleuth In The Toils

Detective McDonald, of McDonough County, Relieved of His Pistol and Locked Up

Trying Denouement of Hawkshaw Follower’s Search For a Runaway Wife.

Milton McDonald, the McDonough county sleuth, who carries a commission issued to him by the Grannan Detective Agency of Cincinnati, spent last night behind the bars of the city prison. He was footsore and tired and fell asleep shortly after being locked up at 8 o’clock last night. The revolver which he carried in a holster swung to his side just as you see them in the Wild West pictures, was taken from him and sold at a pawnshop by the police for $1, which sum was turned over the old man this morning when he was sent to the Q. station and started on his way home. The aged follower of Sherlock Holmes and Hawkshaw, the Detective, was arrested on the levee last night by Patrolman Ryan, who had been told that the rural detective was going about armed. Chief Ahern, knowing the prisoner to be an inoffensive person, was opposed to having him fined and on learning of his expressed determination to return to McDonough county he ordered him released.

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A New Use for a Wooden Leg

Ed Ryan was fined $5 and costs before Justice Heckencamp this afternoon for assault and battery upon Charles Rorick a barber. The trouble occurred on May 17. Rorick is a barber. He said that Ryan who is a cripple came to his place to be shaved. They had some words about 25 cents that Rorick sa’d Ryan owed him and the latter took off his wooden leg and beat Rorick on the head and shoulders. Ryan admitted the assault and said he did so because Rorick passed a remark about his sister.

Source: Quincy Daily Journal, June 10, 1902.

Shot in the Arm.

On Sunday while Mrs. Charles H. Rorick, who resides on Spring street, between Tenth and Eleventh, was at St. Boniface cemetery, she was struck on the right arm by a rifle ball. The ball passed through her arm, making a severe wound. Mrs. Rorick did not hear the report of the rifle, and no one knows who fired.

Source: Quincy Daily Whig, March 13, 1894.

“His Business Is Light”

Wyoming Journal: Attorney D.D. Rorick of Monticello was in town on business Tuesday. This office acknowledges a call from the sage of the would be county seat. Mr. Rorick is more than pleased with the outcome of the late court house unpleasantness. He says the old store building at Anamosa has passed as a court house for nearly fifty years, and that it is good enough for the next fifty year. But you know his business at the county seat is extremely light.

Source: Anamosa Eureka, December 16, 1920.

Untitled (Dallas D. Rorick)

The following is taken from the Clinton county, Iowa, papers, the former home of D.D. Rorick, who has recently returned to Miller:

“Hon. D.D. Rorick and wife left on Saturday morning on the early train for their future home at Miller, Hand Co., Dakota. Mr. Rorick came here about five years ago, and through his integrity and sociability has won the respect and admiration of all with whom he came in contact. In the county he will be remembered as a distinguished member on the democratic side of the house in the last legislature. All here are sorry to have him go, and unite in heartfelt wishes for his future welfare and prosperity.—Calamus Free Press.

Our understanding has been that Mr. Rorick did not intend to make Dakota his home, but like the big crowd going there; to come back when he got his tree claim and homestead in shape to leave. We regret his going, if he goes to stay. He made a good legislator, and would be returned for another term, were he to stay in the county.”—Age.

Source: Hand County Press, June 6, 1883.

Untitled (Jacob R. Armstrong’s Barn)

Dr. McCoy kindly gave us a seat in his buggy during one of his professional calls at Cresco and Irvington last week, and we took the opportunity to visit the barn of Dr. Armstrong, of which we had heard so much. It is certainly the most complete barn for general purposes which could be well imagined. The first thing which one remarks is the extreme cleanliness of the whole, from the entrance room to the pig pen, a cleanliness with the Doctor assures us is chiefly owing to his children, upon who devolves the care of this large edifice. Going into the entrance room, we are first attracted by the neatly arranged rows of seed corn packed along the ceiling, next by the cobs, all of which are preserved for fuel. From this road leads the stairway to the bins and hay loft above. There we first note a number of large “bins” containing shelled seed corn, oats, wheat, &c., each arranged with sliding panels, and provided with a spout, for spouting the grain to the floor below for feed or bagging. The hay loft is provided with large spouts, spreading below, for feeding the horses and stock on the lower floor. Below, from the entrance room, lead two doors, one to the heads of the cattle for feeing them, the other into the stables. Beyond is a single stall for valves, or early milch cows, arranged with rings, hooks and sliding panels to convert it into a pen when needed. Still beyond are the hog pens, the troughs arranged with lids for feeding and the feed pens opening into the sleeping pens, still father back. On the side is the hen house, with capacity for 300 hens, the roosts arranged one above another and separated by sloping shelves to receive the droppings and prevent fouling the hens beneath. The nests are ingeniously prepared readiness of cleaning. Sand is scattered over the floor, shelves, and in the bottom of the nests, and the whole scrupulously clean. Wire screens at once admit air from without and prevent the inroads of owls &c., while the room is ventilated by openings in the large bay loft above. The barn throughout is made with a view to convenience, durability, and neatness, warmth in the winter and coolness in summer. There are double floors above and below, the outside is sheathed and clap-boarded, the partitions made of inch and a half matched stuff, doors and windows are all supplied with perfect fastening, and altogether a more complete barn in every respect, it were difficult to conceive.

Source: Algona Upper Des Moines, April 19, 1877.