Another Landmark Gone

Remains of Wild Scheme Goes Up in Smoke

The historic landmark across the river from The Dalles known as the Grand Dalles Show Factory, now owned by T.J. [sic] Rorick and valued at $5,000, went up in smoke at 8 oc’lock [sic], Oct. 5, and had there been a light wind the entire settlement would have been swept off.  No effort was made to save the building, as no effective means were at hand to fight the fire.

Grand Dalles was founded in 1891 by a preacher, named O.D. Taylor, who built one of the worst wildcat schemes ever perpetrated in this section.  He went East with pamphlets and maps setting forth the resources of Grand Dalles and showing a large bridge crossing the Columbia at this point.  Many Eastern families came, a town was platted and factories erected, but the whole scheme flat.  The conflagration was the most spectacular fire seen here for years.

Source: Condon Globe, October 11, 1907. 

An Old Odd Fellow.

West Pittston claims the distinction of being the home of a veteran Odd Fellow in the person of William C. Van Sickle, who since the 12th of May 1841, has been a member of that order. In that year being a resident of Branchdale, N.J., he traveled fourteen miles to join Mazeppa Lodge No. 83, I.O.O.F., at that place and later transferred his membership to the Utsiantha Lodge, at Port Jervis, N.Y., in which lodge he is still a member in good standing. Mr. Van Sickle makes his home with his son, C.W. Van Sickle on Warren street, and is enjoying fairly good health, having reached the advanced age of 85 years. Only three times during the period of his long membership has Mr. Van Sickle drawn sick benefits, being a member of the order for fifty-one years before a cent was drawn. This is a record probably unsurpassed.

Source: Wilkes-Barre Record, January 15, 1906.

Lieut. Rorick Tells Of Training Received In Course At Fort Sill

Home for a ten day leave during his transfer from Fort Sill, Oklahoma, to Fort Knox, Ky., Lieut. Alan Rorick, U.S.A., said yesterday that the tremendous task of expanding the Army and modernizing its units is being accomplished in an efficient and orderly fashion. Lieut. Rorick is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John P. Rorick of Adrian.

The young officer, who was graduated in June from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, has just completed a three months basic training period for officers at Fort Sill located about 100 miles southwest of Oklahoma City and near the Texas line. The intensive course has not been given since the World War, Lieut. Rorick said, and covered nearly everything that officers are likely to encounter such as the care of horses, overhauling motors, all kinds of weapon firing, making surveys and mapping, regulations on the care of soldiers and managing the Army mess. The most enjoyable feature of the course, as far as Lieut. Rorick was concerned, was the two hours on horseback daily.

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Cadets Stage Hot Debates On International Situation

Strategy of Armies Is Studies by Lectures and Reading, Lieutenant Rorick Says

“It’s a marvelous education in every way,” are the words used by Second Lieutenant Alan G. Rorick in describing his four years in the United States Military Academy at West Point which ended in graduation exercises June 11.

Spending what is supposed to be a three months furlough at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John P. Rorick of 403 Toledo Street, Lieut. Rorick said that his leave may be cut short at any time if international conditions warrant increased activity in army circles.

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Miss Margaret Rorick Named Correspondent Of The Daily Telegram

Miss Margaret Rorick of 136 East Union Street became the Morenci correspondent of The Adrian Daily Telegram today, replacing Mrs. Sara G. Metcalf, who had held the position temporarily.

Miss Rorick, a graduate of Michigan State Normal College at Ypsilanti, has been a school teacher and has a wide acquaintance in Morenci. Persons wishing to report news items or to place advertising in The Telegram are asked to get in touch with her. Miss Rorick’s telephone number is 6.

Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, July 10, 1939.

Huntress Kills Mountain Lions

A Redding Woman the Heroine of a Thrilling Exploit.

REDDING, July 21.—Mrs. A.F. Dobrowsky, the pretty young wife of a local jeweler, killed two mountain lions yesterday at Bear Mountain, twenty miles from Redding. Mr. and Mrs. Dobrowsky are ardent sportsman. They got into the wood every Sunday after game. Mrs. Dobrowsky has killed dear, bear and wildcats, not to mention quail and grouse, but never before yesterday did she shoot a lion.

Mrs. Dobrowsky was alone on the mountain side when attracted by the baying of her hound. She found the dog had a large lion up a tree. As she prepared to shoot it she saw a second lion glaring at her through the thick foliage. Just then her husband came up, attracted by the baying of the dog. At the count of three two rifle shots rang out and two tawny brutes fell clawing and screaming to the earth. They were both mortally wounded.

As they rolled in their death struggles Mrs. Dobrowsky saw a third lion higher up the tree than Its fellows had been. She killed it with one bullet. A sharp lookout was then made for more of the dangerous beasts, but without result.

Source: San Francisco Call, July 22, 1902.

Next Thursday At The C.H. Rorick Farm

Farm Electrification To Hold Demonstration

The farm electrification truck of the Michigan State College will be at the farms of H.H. Driggs, Palmyra, Michigan, on June 19th, and C.H. Rorick, Morenci, Michigan, Thursday, June 20th. Demonstrations on powers uses of electric farm equipment will be conducted from 10:30 A.M. to 4 P.M. The truck is equipped with the same kind of electrical equipment used by the farmers on the Mason-Dansville line, the experimental electric farm line of Michigan.

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Funeral Services For Curtis Rorick This Saturday

Died Unexpectedly Wednesday Morning

Curtis Kennedy Rorick, 62, died unexpectedly at his home on North Summit street early Wednesday morning. Mr. Rorick had been a prominent farmer in Seneca township most of his life until his retirement in 1950.

He graduated from Adrian College in 1916 where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. In 1917 he married Ruth Lloyd.

The lived on the farm west of Seneca until 1950, when they moved to Morenci. Mr. Rorick was a member of the First Congregational church here.

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Needs the Journal-World

Friend Boggs: Will you please send me the back numbers of the Journal-World from say October 25 down to date. If I decide to locate in the east permanently I will let you know my address as I cannot keep house without the J-W., but I expect to return to South Dakota soon.

My health is good; has, I think, improved some in the last two weeks. I am taking treatment from Dr. Chas. Mayo, of Rochester, but he did not think it necessary to operate on me.

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Mr. and Mrs. Rorick Entertain at Dinner

Mr. and Mrs. G.H. Rorick entertained with a three course dinner at their home on LaGrange street, Monday evening, the occasion was the fifteenth wedding anniversary of their son, Cosper Rorick and his wife. The table was very attractive with spring flowers and candles, and covers were marked for Mr. and Mrs. Cosper H. Rorick, Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Rorick, Henry Crane of Fayette, and the host and hostess, Mr. and Mrs. Rorick.

Source: Morenci Observer, February 25, 1926.