Retrial for Manslaughter

Adrian, Mich.—Kirk Rorick of Morenci, Mich., will go on trial in the March term of the Lenawee circuit court on a manslaughter charge in the death of Page Stockwell, a life-long friend also living in Morenci.  A jury of 10 men and two women in the Lenawee county court could not agree after deliberation.  Prosecutor Henry I. Bourns announced plans for a retrial.  Judge Jesse H. Root of Monroe presided over the trial.

Source: Archbold Buckeye, February 24, 1926. 

Blow In Face Caused Death

Morenci—Page Stockwell died  in a short time after he was met on the street and struck in the face by Kirk Rorick.  Both young men were raised in Morenci, the sons of prominent families. The father of the dead man is a prominent undertaker and the father of Rorick is cashier in the bank.  Both families have fine homes on the most prominent residence street.

It is said that they met on the street and Rorick struck Stockwell without warning.  Stockwell fell to the pavement, and it was afterward learned that he had suffered concussion of the brain.  Both young men were about 25.  Stockwell had been to college and taken a course in mining engineering  in Colorado, where he found his wife.

Rorick was placed under arrest on a warrant sworn out by the father of the dead man, charging manslaughter.  He was bound over to the October term of court under bonds of $5,000 signed by his father and uncle.

Source: Archbold Buckeye, July 25, 1925. 

Morenci Man’s Death Subject Of Inquiry

Jury Hears Details of Page Stockwell’s Injury and Death

MORENCI, Mich., July 10.—That Page Stockwell came to this death from the effects of injuries sustained when he fell and his head struck the pavement after being hit in the face or mouth by a blow delivered by Kirk Rorick was the substance of a special jury’s verdict at the conclusion of an inquest held in Justice Leon D. Mowry’s court Thursday.

About a dozen witnesses were sworn.  Kirk Rorick was not present at the inquest but he was represented by his attorney, B.D. Chandler of Hudson, although Mr. Chandler cross-examined none of the witnessed and took no active part in the proceedings.  The hearing was conducted before Justice Mowry by Henry I. Bourns, prosecuting attorney.

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Inquest To Be Held In Stockwell Death

Special Jury to Conduct Inquiry at Morenci Thursday

MORENCI, Mich., July 8.—A inquest to determine the cause of L.S. [sic] Stockwell’s death will be held here Thursday.  A special jury was impaneled yesterday by Judge Leon D. Mowry and after viewing the body of the deceased, the jurors adjourned until Thursday morning when the inquiry will be formally opened.

Mr. Stockwell died Saturday night from injuries said to have been sustained when he fell and struck his head on the pavement in an altercation with Kirk Rorick, another Morenci resident.  Mr. Rorick was arrested Sunday and was arraigned in an Adrian justice court Monday on a charge of manslaughter.  He waived examination and was released on bail of $5,000 for his appearance at the October term of the Lenawee circuit court.

The jury is composed of the following:  Walter Hill, William Binns, Adelbert Baldwin, William Kigar, Rollin M. Smith and Benjamin Potes.

Source:  Adrian Daily Telegram, July 8, 1925. 

Morenci Youth Held After Fatal Brawl

ADRIAN, Mich., July 7.—Kirk Rorick, 25 years old, of Morenci, is being held in connection with the investigation of the death of Page Stockwell, 25 years old, Saturday, of a fractured skull suffered, it is alleged, in a fall after being struck by Rorick in a street altercation Thursday night. A warrant was issued today charging Rorick with manslaughter. The complaint was signed by L.S. Stockwell, father of the deceased. Rorick was bound over the October term of the Lenawee county circuit court and was released on $5,000 bond when he appeared before Justice S.W. Bennett.

Source: Saint Joseph Herald-Press, July 7, 1925.

Morenci Man Held As Result of Death Of Man Whom He Struck

Kirk Rorick Charged With Manslaughter After Demise of Page Stockwell


Fatal Injury Said to Have Resulted from Fall on Pavement After Blow

Kirk Rorick of Morenci, aged 25 years, was arrested late Sunday night by members of the sheriff’s force and was brought to the county jail in connection with an investigation into the death of Page Stockwell, aged 25 years, who died Saturday night at the Blair hospital from the effects of a fractured skull.  Mr. Stockwell’s injury was sustained, it is alleged, when he fell to the pavement after being struck by Rorick during a street altercation Thursday night.

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Untitled (Herbert A. Washburn)

WASHBURN—Herbert A. Washburn, aged 75, passed away at his home, 822 Trumbull-pl., N.E., Tuesday afternoon.  Surviving are his widow, Arthelia; four daughters and two sons.  The body was removed to Greenhoe’s and will be taken to the Masonic temple Friday noon, where services will be held at 2 o’clock.  Interment in Jones cemetery, Moline.

Source:  Grand Rapids Press, May 17, 1938. 

Street Altercation Has Serious Ending

Morenci Young Man’s Skull is Fractured in Fall

MORENCI, Mich., July 3.—Page Stockwell, aged about 24 years, is in a serious condition at the Hal Blair hospital suffering from a fracture at the base of the skull. The fracture was sustained in a fall to the pavement, after he was struck a blow by Kirk Rorick last night.  Physicians today said his chances for recovery were slight.

Mr. Rorick assisted in carrying the unconscious man to the hospital, where physicians stated today his condition was serious.  A specialist from Toledo was call in consultation this morning.

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Mrs. Hattie Beardslee Passed Away Monday

Mrs. Hattie Wager Beardslee passed away on Monday in the Mellus Hospital at Brighton following an operation.

Mrs. Beardslee was 51 years old and had spent all her life in Oakland County.  She was a member of the Royal Neighbors, the Baptist Ladies’ Aid and the Independence Grange.

She is survived by one daughter, Lillian, and two sons, Earl and Ray; her father, Samuel T. Beardslee and one brother, Grant E. Beardslee of Sashabaw Plains.

The funeral service was held at the residence on Bridge Lake Road on Wednesday afternoon with Rev. H.A. Huey of Ann Arbor, former pastor of the Clarkston Baptist Church, officiating.  Burial was in Lake View cemetery. The Ogden Funeral parlor was in of the arrangements.

Source:  The Clarkston News, March 25, 1938.