Short News Items from 1880

Mr. Joseph Ayres, of Bruce, has for many years enjoyed the honor of being the father of Macomb county’s board of supervisors. The gentleman has represented Bruce for twenty-five years, all this time with but one break of a single year, when he declined to run. (Port Huron Times Herald, March 29, 1880)

Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Linderman named their youngest son Harry Robert Patterson. This week Robert Patterson presented to his young namesake a deed, in his own name, for a village lot in one of his additions to the village. We would not be surprised to learn of a number of young Robert Patterson’s in the not distant future. But then they must not all expect village lots. (Cheboygan Northern Tribune, August 28, 1880)


Short News Items from 1877

Harry Linderman, the youngest son of J.W. Linderman, had a very narrow escape from being killed last Tuesday. He was riding with Colonel Davis on a load of lumber when he fell off, falling in front of the hind wheels. The Colonel stopped the horses as soon as possible and before the wheel had passed over the little fellow, it having shoved him along the hard road a short distance. He was somewhat bruised on one hip, though not seriously injured. Had the wheel passed over him, in all probability it would have killed him. The accident happened on Court street, near Mr. Barber’s residence. (Cheboygan Northern Tribune, July 21, 1877)

Mr. David Rorick, agent of the American Central Fire Insurance Company was in town last week on business connected with his company. (Chetopa Advance, October 25, 1877)

Another Vicious Bull



Mr. Wm. C. Van Sickle, who lives on the old Anson Raymond farm in Sparrowbush, some two and a-half miles west of this village, came very near being gored to death by a vicious bull, between five and six o’clock Friday morning.

Mr. Van Sickle has a bull of his own raising, some thirteen months old, and unusally [sic] large for its age. The animal is kept in a stable daring the day, but is allowed to run out in the barnyard all night.

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Letter from Dave Rorick

A letter from Dave Rorick, an old Kansan, now residing near San Francisco, dated April 16th, says the coast is now afflicted with a drought to as severe an extent as Kansas ever was.  As an illustration of the pinching times he cites the fact that fine-wool sheep are in the market at a shilling a head, and other surplus stock at like rates.  The wheat crop will be very short in all parts of the state, and in some parts none at all.  San Francisco is the heart of the whole coast and particularly the only part of the whole that has any life in it at all.  The mines are not yielding the usual amount of ore.—Atchison Patriot.

Mr. Rorick was one of the former owners and publishers of the Times, well known to most of our readers.

Source:  St. Marys Democrat, May 11, 1877.

Short News Items from 1876

Mr. David Rorick who figured prominently in the Anderson trial came home with a crippled leg. We have not learned the extent of the injury. (Lawrence Daily Journal, February 13, 1876)

Jno. C. Rorick, patentee and proprietor of Rorick’s process for working butter, Wauseon, O., is in the city. (Quad City Times, March 3, 1876)

Untitled (James J. Reynolds)

Last Sabbath morning, after church, Mr. James J. Reynolds and wife, while returning from Bluff Point Baptist Church, about one-half mile from the church, his horse became frightened at the top of his carriage. He got out of the carriage to lower the lines in the bit, when the horse (a colt) became unmanageable and started to run. Reynolds hung to him until he turned the carriage over, throwing Mrs. Reynolds out, hurting her hip at the time quite severely, but she is quite smart again. The horse and carriage came on towards home. The carriage, not much of a carriage, a complete wreck, horse not hurt. Considered a lucky accident.

Source: Yates County Chronicle, April 25, 1872.

Artists’ Paradise

Attesting to the unusual scenic beauty of the 20 Miracle Miles are more than 150 artists working in this area. Of course, natural beauty alone does not account for the concentration of painters on this short stretch of the Wes Coast.  Much of the credit belongs to Maude Walling Wanker, an artist of national reputation who founded the Lincoln County Art Center at Delake in 1942 and the adjoining Gallery by the Sea in 1949—one of the few successful nonprofit ventures of its type.

Speaking from experience, Mrs. Wanker says, “It’s never too late to start painting.”  If you happen by the Lincoln County Art Center Aug. 17 or 18 during the annual art festival, she’ll have enough equipment to let you try your hand under the tutelage of two dozen professionals, any of whom would be happy to discover a “Grandpa Moses.”

Source:  San Bernardino County Sun, July 7, 1957. Excerpted from an article about Oregon tourism that was syndicated in several newspapers.

Lincoln Home Is Scene For Big Surprise

Lincoln, Ore., Sept. 3.—Mrs. J.D. Walling was honored with a surprise dinner birthday party at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. Fred Purvine at Zena recently.  Miss Gertrude Walling was assistant hostess with Mrs. Purvine.

The guests were seated about a beautifully appointed table centered with a lovely bouquet of mixed flowers, and the special feature of the dinner was a huge decorated birthday cake, bearing the wish of “happy birthday.”

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J.B. Walling, One of Idaho’s Pioneers, Celebrated His 83rd Birthday.

Yesterday was the eighty-third birthday of Jerome B. Walling, and his son Enos and wife, with whom he is living, gave a family feast in honor of the occasion. A number of Mr. Walling’s children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and Rev. J.A. Holton and family were present. A happy reunion and a royal dinner made the occasion one of more than ordinary enjoyment.

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Oregon Landmarks Shown In Pictures

Portland Artist to Put Work on Display.


Livestock Exhibit to Hang Collection of Mrs. Maude Walling Wanker.

Fifty pictures of Oregon landmarks, from the easel of Mrs. Maude Walling Wanker of Portland, will constitute a subject of special interest for many visitors this season at the Pacific International Livestock exposition. Mrs. Wanker, already a recognized artist of Oregon, has won new fame for herself by transferring to her canvas the likenesses of historical spots of the state before they are completely destroyed by crumbling and decay.

Most of the historical collection was painted by Mrs. Wanker during the past summer, which she devoted largely to the work. After reading and research on Oregon history and conferences with men and women best acquainted with the history and lore of the state, Mrs. Wanker set out to find the places she had learned about.

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