Amity Man Resists Suit

Chester A. Walling Files Answer To Wife’s Charges.

Allegations Of Improper Conduct Are Made.

In a cross-complaint to his wife’s suit for divorce Chester A. Walling, of Amity, Or., accuses Zella Walling of conduct which for the sake of his 4-year-old son he does not “care to properly characterize.”

The defendant in the suit answers his wife’s charge of cruelty with asserting, in papers filed in the Circuit Court yesterday, that she not only had a tempestuous and wasteful disposition, but that she had numerous young men callers during her husband’s working hours.  Two named by Mr. Walling are Nelson Walling, a cousin, and Alger Cooper, who boasted, says the husband, of their conquest in Amity.

On November 19, 1918, Mrs. Walling is accused of running away with C.E. Tatro, owner of a homestead at Trenholm, Columbia County, Or., from whose home Mr. Walling and the Sheriff of Columbia County took her December 24, 1918.  As a result of that alleged episode Mr. Walling says he filed suit for divorce in the Multnomah court, but had been persuaded to drop it on account of his youngest.

The plaintiff asks that the defendant’s suit be denied, but that he be granted the decree and custody of the child, Carvel Errol Walling.

Source:  Portland Oregonian, February 5, 1919.


Willard C. Rogers, 81, 50-year Oxford Resident, Dies After Short Illness

Willard C. Rogers, a 50-year resident of Oxford, died Sept. 22 after a two-month illness.

Mr. Rogers, who was 81 years of age, was a carpenter by trade.

He was born in Independent Township Jan. 6, 1879, the son of Claude and Mary Sutton Rogers. He married Anna Bailey in Clarkston in 1901.

Surviving are a son and daughter, Maurice Rogers and Mrs. Dorothy Fritz, both of Lake Orion. Other survivors are a brother and sister, Lee Rogers and Miss Hattie Rogers, both of Oxford; eight grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

Services were held Sunday in the Flumerfelt Funeral Home with Rev. Marvin Porritt of Ortonville officiating. Interment was in Seymour Lake Cemetery.

Source: Lake Orion Review, September 29, 1960.

Marion Robinson & Ford W. Margarum

Miss Marion Louise Robertson, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Samuel E. Robertson of 21 Walnut St., Newark, N.J., and Ford W. Margarum of Sussex, were married last night at the bride’s home by the Rev. Dr. Robert Scott Inglis, pastor of the Third Presbyterian Church, North. Miss Robertson is a former student at Blair Academy and Mr. Margarum is the President of the Farmers National Bank of Sussex. His grandfather and father each occupied the same position.

Source: New York Times, November 29, 1916

Former State Administration Board Member Passes Away

Columbus, Jan. 28. — News os the death of Dr. E.H. Rorick, 70, former member of the erstwhile state board of administration when United States Senator Willis was governor, was received here todya. Death, due to apoplexy, occured at Dr. Rorick’s home at Fayette, Fulton county. After serving two terms in the state legislature, beginning in 1989, Dr. Rorick for ten years was superintendent of the state hospital at Athens. Later he was superintendent of the state institution for the feeble-minded here. He retired from poilitce some years ago.

Source: Mansfield News, January 28, 1922.

Dr. E.H. Rorick Dies at Home in Fayette

Former Member of State Board of Government

Columbus, Jan 23 — News of the death of Dr. E.H. Rorick, seventy, former member of the erstwhile state board of administration when United States Senator Willis was governor, was received here today.

Death, due to apoplexy, occurred at Dr. Rorick’s home at Fayette, Fulton county.

Mrs. Rorick has been an invalid for two years, her illness being due to an an apoplectic stroke.

After serving two terms in the state legislature, beginning in 1898, Dr. Rorick for ten years was superintendent of the state hospital at Athens. Later, he was superintendent of the state institution for the feeble-minded here.

He retired from politics some years ago. He was interested in banking and owned much real estate in Fulton county.

Source: Marion Daily Star, January 28, 1922.

Porritt-Fuller Vows Spoken Last Saturday

Joan Marie Fuller and William Edward Porritt spoke their nuptial vows at noon Saturday, Sept. 16, at our Lady of the Lakes church at Waterford.

The bride is the daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. Wilford Fuller of 6420 Bridge Lake road and the bridegroom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward L. Porritt of East Church street, Clarkston.

The Rev. F.J. Delaney read the double ring ceremony in the presence of 150 guests.

Geraldine Pacer was matron of honor and Joan Booth and Elaine Porritt were bridesmaids.

William Howland was best man and Arnold Pacer and William McDiarmid ushered.

A wedding breakfast was served at the Fuller home for the immediate families and wedding party.  In the evening a reception for 150 guests was held in Clarkston.

The bridegroom is connected with the Porritt Dairy here and is a member of the local Chamber of Commerce.

Source:  Lake Orion Review, September 22, 1950.

Mrs. John Coulter

Mrs. Carrie Coulter, wife of John Coulter, of Sparrowbush, died this (Wednesday) morning at three o’clock of puerperal fever, aged 30 years, 2 months and 16 days.

Mrs. Coulter was the daughter of William C. Van Sickle, of Sparrowbush, at whose home she died, and had been married about four years.  She leaves only one child, an infant, one week old. She also leaves two brothers, Charles, of Sparrowbush, and Emmet, the jeweler, of Port Jervis.  Mrs. Coulter was highly respected by her many acquaintances, and her sudden death will be deeply regretted. The funeral announcement will be made to-morrow.

Source:  Port Jervis Evening Gazette, January 29, 1890.

Another Pioneer Gone

Died, at his home in Ellington, of heart failure on Friday, October 25, at 10:00 a.m., Amzy Clay, an old pioneer of Tuscola county.  He was born in Orange county, New Jersey [sic], October 17, 1828.  In 1852 he moved with his parents to Michigan locating on land in Town 13 NR 8 E where he lived for some time. Then he moved to Ellington where he has since resided.  He was the youngest of eleven children, all of whom have gone before.

He leaves to mourn his death a wife and four children, Henry M. of Portland, Ore., Ida, Grant and Annie, who resided at home, and three grandchildren; also five great grandchildren.  He has been the correspondent in Ellington for the county papers for a number of years. The funeral was held Sunday at two p.m. and interment made in the Ellington Cemetery.

Source:  Cass City Chronicle, November 1, 1907.

Chester Whitaker

Rio – Funeral services for Chester F. Whitaker, former Town of Forestburgh supervisor who died at his home here yesterday, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at his home. Mr. Whitaker, a builder and contractor, was born in Rio January sixth, 1881, the son of Simon P. and Helen Eastgate Whitaker.

On July twenty-fourth, 1902, he was married to Charlotte Van Sickle. He was a member of the Monticello Masonic Lodge.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a son, Kenneth, at home; two daughters, Mrs. Louise Karr of Rio and Mrs. Charlotte Morrill of Stony Point; a sister, Mrs. Anna W. Slaughter of Middletown; three grandchildren; and six nieces.

Masonic services will be held at the home at eight o’clock tonight. Burial will be in Rio Cemetery.

Source:  Middletown Times Herald, July 29, 1949.

William Murphy Dies

Retired Banker Here

William David Murphy, 71, of 2650 Martin Road, prominent retired Zanesville banker and civic leader, died at 9:43 a.m. Friday in Bethesda Hospital where he had been a patient since July 10.

Mr. Murphy was born Nov. 7, 1900, in Fayette, Ohio, a son of Dr. William and Nellie Murphy.

His family moved to Columbus when he was a boy and he attended schools there, graduating from Ohio State University in 1923. He studied law at Franklin University and passed the bar in 1928. While in school he helped himself financially by selling clothing, and as a messenger for Citizens Bank and Trust Company in Columbus. He remained with the bank when it merged with the Ohio National Bank.

When Ohio National started its branch program in the late 1920s, he served in various executive capacities and in 1929 the Banc-Ohio Corp. was formed and began buying banks in various cities. In 1930, when Citizens National was organized by the merger of four Zanesville banks, Murphy was assigned to Zanesville to supervise its promotion program. He was elected cashier and a member of the Citizens board of directors in May 1931, vice president and cashier in 1945, and president in January 1947, succeeding Henry J. Knoedler. Her retired Dec. 31, 1965, at the age of 65.

He had been an associate trustee of Bethesda Hospital; trustee, treasurer, and past president of the Muskingum Motor Club; and a trustee of the Abbot Home for Men. He was a past campaign chairman of the Community Fund. In 1961 he was appointed chairman of Ohio State University’s Development Fund and in 1966 served as chairman of the Muskingum Area Trade School campaign finance committee.

He was a member and elder of Central Presbyterian Church, a former member of the trustees and past president of the church Brotherhoods; a member of the Rotary Club, Zanesville Country Club, Amity Lodge F&AM, Aladdin Shrine and Zavi Shrine Club.

Surviving are his widow, the former Margaret Foster of the home; a son, William F. Murphy of Route 8; a daughter, Mrs. John (Margaret) McConnell, of Minneapolis, Minn.; seven grandchildren; and a brother, John Murphy of Columbus. A brother, Roy, is deceased.

Friends may call 7 to 9 p.m. today and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Bryan Funeral Home.

Lodge of Amity 5 F&AM will hold services at 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Source: Zanesville Times Recorder, July 29, 1972.