Roland Amberg Gave Promise of Fine Career

Elmiran Who Was Victim of Infantile Paralysis Had Accomplished Much and Friends Expected Him to Win Success

Elmira has paid heavy toll to the dread endopoliomyelitis in the death of Roland Amberg, who succumbed to this disease at Sherrill, N.Y., last Sunday evening.

Reared in this city and trained in her public schools, he was certain, judging from his achievements, to bring credit and even honor to the home of his youth. “Whom the Gods love, die young,” runs the old Greek proverb, and in the passing of this young man at the age of twenty-two these words have their verification.

Roland was a great hearted, industrious and dependable young man, with all that these adjectives imply. He had the best characteristic of genius, that for hard work. Thoroughness and finish marked everything he did, and nothing in the line of his duty or development was too difficult for him to attempt. These traits made him an invaluable helper, as those who employed him during the vacation periods testify.

Mr. Legg, minister at the Hedding Church, for whom Roland acted for a period as secretary, and A.M. Bovier of the American Sales Book Company, without the least hesitation attribute to him an unusual readiness and aptitude in service and a judgement not ordinarily expected in one of his years. A great amount of work and all of a superior quality, was sure to a result from the life he had lived.

Though not be classed with pre-eminently gifted young men, Roland was no ordinary scholar. He won a place on the Elmira Free Academy Debating team and secured a state scholarship for his court at Syracuse University. His marks for the junior year at the University average well over ninety, so that honors, over which his friends could rejoice and the Academy be proud, would have been his at graduation from college. He planned still further preparation, so that his profession would have been enriched with a scholarship of great depth and maturity.

The young man had chosen the ministry for his profession and had already shown marked ability in this pursuit. He had supplied the pulpit in the Hedding Methodist Episcopal Church of this city, the church in which he had grown up, with great acceptability. To meet such a test in such a manner as to be in demand for its repetition as opportunity is offered is no uncertain praise for any young man.

The churches which he served during the past two years, in addition to his college work show by their advance in every department what might be expected, when he should be free and ready to devote his entire time to the ministerial service. And yet here, as in other matters, it was his kindly sympathy and his constant alertness to help that endeared him to his associates. He was loved as well as respected, and from people to whom he ministered, comes tribute to the fact that he seemed always to consider what was the most rather than the least that he could do.

The long tramps over the dusty roads through the hot days of the past summer to reach some of the members who had been previously estranged from the church, undoubtedly helped to make him a ready victim of the death-dealing disease from the little one, whom he held in his arms, and whom no one else could quiet. What a Shepherd such a man would make!

Source: Elmira Star-Gazette, August 23, 1916.


Officer Returns From Europe

Back from 39 months overseas, 1st Lt. Jay T. Rorick had his first meeting with his 32-month-old son, J.T. III, when he arrived at his home at Lake Grove early this week. Now on terminal leave from Camp Beale, Cal., he will be retired to inactive status in 90 days.

Lt. Rorick is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jay T. Rorick Sr. of 2486 N.W. Westover road. He served with the communications corps in Iceland, and with the 18th airborne corps in England, Belgium, France, and Germany.

A member of the Oregon National Guard, he was mobilized and assigned to the 41st division in September, 1940, but was separated from that outfit when he went back to New Jersey for special training. Prior to induction he was employed at Lipman, Wolfe & Co.

Source: Portland Oregonian, October 25, 1945.

Charles G. Amberg

Charles G. Amberg, died at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, 1940, of a heart attack at his home, 300½ Sly St. Mr. Amberg was a retired salesman, having been employed by the W.I. Booth Candy Company for 30 years. He was a member of Hedding Church and the Elmira Lodge of Elks. He leaves a daughter, Miss Carolina Amberg of Elmira; a son, Charles R. Amberg of Alfred, N.Y., a granddaughter, Elizabeth Jane Amberg, of Alfred. The body is at the Holly funeral home, where a private funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, the Rev. Harold Stearns officiating. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Source: Elmira Star-Gazette, December 11, 1940.

Eunice Hiller Clay

Mrs. Eunice C. Clay was born in the state of New York, June 15th, 1838, and departed this life May 19, 1908, at half past four o’clock. She has been a great sufferer for eight years, ever bearing her afflictions patiently. She came to Michigan with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hiller, when about six or seven years of age. They settled near Flint where they remained several years. She came to Tuscola county when about seventeen years of age, her parents having preceded her to this county. She was married on August 9, 1857, to the late Amzy Clay when eighteen years of age, in Fairgrove township, where they resided until twenty-seven years ago when they took up their residence in Ellington township. After their five children had grown to manhood and woman hood she took three of her grandchildren into her home and carried for them. She was always known as a very kind and helpful woman, ever ready to help a friend or neighbor who needed assistance. Funeral services were held at the home, conducted by Revs. R.L. Cope and Wm. Hutchinson and her remains laid to rest in Ellington cemetery. She leaves to mourn four children, Henry M. Clay of Portland, Oregon; Grant C. Clay, and Ida and Annie, of Ellington; three grandchildren, Mrs. Grace V. Loomis of Ellington, Mrs. Daisy L. VanHorn of Indianfields, and Harry D. Hunt of Ellington; also two sisters, Mrs. Lavina Wright of Saginaw, and Mrs. Rose E. Molonzo of Elllington; and one brother, Walter M. Hiller of Almer. Thus one by one the old pioneers are passing away.

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Funeral Set For Ashland Pioneer

Ashland, Dec. 5 – Last rites will be held here Thursday at the Episcopal church at 3 p.m. for George Walling Loosley, 89, who died at his home in Ashland, Dec. 4. The deceased was the first white child born in the old Oregon settlement of Champoeg, his birth having taken place there Aug. 16, 1856.

Mr. Loosley’s father built and operated the first flour mill at Champoeg for Dr. McLaughlin of the Hudson’s Bay company and as a lad worked for the Indian service and during the Modoc Indian wars served as a messenger for the army. He owned and operated the first steamboat ever used on Klamath Lake. In later years he operated a ranch, and retired from ranching about six years ago to live in Ashland.

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Fort Klamath Pioneer Dies

With the death of Mary Isabelle Loosley, 82, widow of the late John Frederick Loosley, Fort Klamath pioneer, at a Medford hospital at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, January 2, the Klamath county lost another of its beloved matrons and early day residents.

Mrs. Loosley left three weeks ago for Central Point to spend the holidays with her brother, James Culbertson. Details of her illness were not learned here. Ward’s will announce final rites Saturday.

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Anna Prescott Van Sickle

The funeral of Mrs. Anna Prescott Van Sickle which was private was held at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John C. Prescott in Matamoras at 3 p.m. on Friday, June 8, where the services were conducted by the Rev. James S. Royer.  There were many beautiful floral tributes from relatives and friends. Interment was in Pine Grove Cemetery, Matamoras.

Source: Port Jervis Evening Gazette, June 9, 1923.

Phoebe McGrew

McGREW—At the residence, 988 Union avenue north, September 13, Phoebe McGrew, age 74 years; beloved mother of Miss Jessie E. Ball and Miss Florence McGrew, both of this city; Mrs. Mable Briner, Mrs. Curtis McGrew, both of Talent, Or. Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 18, at 3 p.m., at the chapel of Miller & Tracey.

Source: Oregon Daily Journal, September 16, 1919.