Double Golden Wedding Anniversary Celebrated

MORENCI, Aug. 23.—The celebration Thursday of the double golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. S.K. Porter of this place and Dr. and Mrs. Estelle [sic] Rorick of Fayette was an event of more than passing interest. The celebration of the golden anniversary by one couple is quite a common occurrence, but that the four people who were wedded by the same ceremony 50 years ago, August 22, 1868, should live to celebrate the double anniversary is a rare incident.

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Estell H. Rorick

It was September 1, 1842, that Dr. Estell H. Rorick of Fayette began his earthly career in Seneca, Michigan. He is a son of William and Phoebe (Brees) Rorick, the father from New Jersey and the mother from New York State. The young man was reared on a farm in Lenawee County, and in 1867 he entered the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor as a student in the medical department there.

The Rorick family history began in Michigan with the coming of William Rorick in 1836, and he owned a great deal of land in Lenawee County. He was in position to give superior educational advantages to his children, and when the Doctor was 16 years old he attended the Medina, Michigan academy. He later attended college at Kalamazoo but lacking funds to continue at the time he engaged in teaching for two years. At Medina young Rorick formed the acquaintance of Doctor Weed, and it was through his influence that the young man decided to study medicine and surgery.

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Estell H. Rorick

HON. ESTELL H. RORICK, Superintendent of the State Institution for the Feeble Minded at Columbus, Ohio, was born in Lenawee county, Michigan, September 1, 1842. His father moving, from Horseheads, N. Y., in 1836, was one of the early pioneers of that part of Michigan and was a large land owner when the subject of this sketch, was a. boy. Educational facilities were not good, but young Rorick, by close attention to his studies at the district school and at home to enter the Medina Academy at the age of sixteen. He afterward attended college at Kalamazoo, Michigan. but lacking means to finish his course, he taught two terms of district school, intending later on to return to college. At the Medina school, he formal the acquaintance of Dr. Weeds, a physician of note, and thereby, conceived the idea of studying medicine and turned his studies, in that direction Dr. Weeds, who became a surgeon in the United States service was located at Nashville. Tenn., where Mr. Rorick joined him in 1864 served as hospital assistant until the close of the war. He then returned to Michigan and in due time entered the University, of. Michigan at Ann Arbor and graduated, from the medical department in 1869. and located for practice at Tedrow. Ohio, and was rewarded with eminent, success from the beginning. Three years later he sold out his practice to Dr. G. P. Campbell and bought out Dr. J. 0. Allen of Fayette. He did much toward building up Fayette and making it one of the most prosperous educational and business towns of its size in Ohio, He contributed largely toward the expense of establishing the Palette Normal University and at his own expense furnished a room in the institution, fitting it up with mannikins, models, charts and all other useful apparatus and delivered regular courses of lectures, on the subjects of anatomy, physiology and hygiene free of charge. He took a postgraduate course at the Detroit Medical College and graduated March 2, 1875. In 1877 he went to Scotland and took a partial medical course in the University of Edinburgh and after visiting and studying the principal hospitals of London and Paris returned to his practice in 1878. He again took a post graduate course at the Alabama Medical Collage at Mobile and graduated March 15, 1883. He was elected to the state legislature in 1887 and again in 1889; serving four years, His service as representative was satisfactory to: his constituents and useful to the state. As a member of the Finance committee of the House he was required to visit frequently the State institutions, this giving him an opportunity to carefully study their conditions and to note their requirements. His education and professional experience as well as his interest in and familiarity with the state institutions became so well . known that he was recognized throughout the state by those in authority as a man well adapted to assume the difficult management of a state hospital, for which his name was prominently mentioned in connection with the superintendency of several institutions, but at the close of his second term in the legislature he returned to his practice in Fayette, after taking a course of studies at the Polyclinic in New York, and graduating in 1892. Under the first administration of Gov. Asa S. Bushnell, he was elected by the board of directors to the superintendency of the State Hospital at Athens, Ohio, which institution he took charge of in June, 1896. His administration was a successful one and his business management a great saving to the state. The grounds and buildings were vastly improved, and at the same time the per capita cost of maintenance was reduced to the lowest figure in the history of the state for a similar institution. A vacancy occurring by the death of Mr. Doren, Dr. Rorick was requested to take charge of the Institution. for Feeble Minded at Columbus by Gov. Myron T. Herrick, which he did in May, 1905. The same business methods used at Athens were employed at Columbus, resulting in a saving to the state of $13,222.58. for the months ending October 15, as compared with the same months for the year 1904. Dr. Rorick’s father, who was of German descent, was born in New Jersey, March 30, 1805, and died at Morenci, Mich., January 15, 1898. His mother, Phoebe Ann Breese, was of English parentage, born at Horseheads, N. Y., October 27, 1811, and died in Seneca, Michigan, September 1, 1858. He was united in marriage to Mary P. Acker, August 20, 1868. They have but one child living— Mabel, who is attending the university at Columbus. The eldest child, Clark, died at the age of eight and Georgie at the age of twenty. Dr. Rorick has been financially successful, being a large real estate owner as well as having controlling interest in the First National Bank at Morenci.

Source: Mikesell, Thomas. 1905. The County of Fulton. Madison, WI: The Northwestern Historical Association.

Estell H. Rorick

E.H. Rorick, M.D., superintendent of the Ohio State Hospital, at Athens, has held that office since June, 1896, by appointment of the board of trustees, his residence at the time of appointment being at Fayette, in Fulton county. His management of the insane has been satisfactory. He has always been a Republican, strong, zealous, and able, his first vote being cast for General Grant in 1868 while he was a resident of Michigan, his native state. In 1869 he graduated in the medical department of the University of Michigan, at Ann Arbor, having previously graduated in the literary or collegiate course. In the same year he moved to Ohio, ever since which time he has been active in politics. In 1888 he was elected to the house of representatives of the sixty-eighth general assembly of Ohio, and in 1889 was re-elected to the sixty-ninth general assembly. During his first term as a member of the assembly he was placed on the committee on insane asylums, ditches, drains, and water-courses, and medical colleges and societies; and during the second term he served as a member of the finance committee. In his county he has been at various times a member of the county committee, and in all the organic work of the Republican forces in Fulton county he has had a hand, being indeed one of the most active and efficient workers in the party throughout his township, county, and district. During every campaign he has been a delegate to the nominating conventions of his party, in the state convention leading the delegation from his county. At one time he was a member of the Toledo central district. Since coming to Athens he has become well known throughout the county, and in the affairs of the party here he has been prominent, although he retains his residence in Fulton county.

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Estell H. Rorick was born near Morenci on September 1, 1842. He was the son of William Rorick. His father was a farmer and he attended school in that vicinity. He also attended school at Medina Academy and a school of higher grades at Kalamazoo.

At the age of 21, he taught school for about two years after which he began the study of medicine under the instruction of Dr. Weeks, a prominent physician of Medina. During the last year of the Civil War in 1865, he accompanied Dr. Weeks to Nashville, Tenn., where he acted as his assistant at the army hospital. In that city and here, he acquired valuable knowledge and experience in surgery.

After the close of the war, he attended the University at Ann Arbor, where he graduated in 1869. In the fall of that year he began to practice medicine in Springhill, Ohio, for about three years. In the spring of 1872, he left Springhill and went to Fayette, Ohio.

In 1875, he attended lectures in Detroit and graduated in 1875. He then went to Scotland and attended college at Edinburgh. Following his return, he attended school at Mobile, Alabama.

Dr. Rorick married Miss Mary Acker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Acker, a well known merchant of Morenci, in 1868. Three children were born to them, a son Clark and [a daughter] Georgia passed away very young and another daughter Mabel Rorick married Terry Sullivan, well known in Morenci and Fayette. Mrs. Sullivan passed away in Fayette a few years ago. Dr. Rorick passed away in 1923.

Source: Lundahl, Helen Rorick. (n.d.) The Rorick Family in America. (NB: This manuscript is held in the Toledo-Lucas County Library and contains a number of transcriptions of undated newspaper clippings.)

Old Resident Passes Away, Was Noble Citizen

Dr. Estell H. Rorick was born September 1st 1842 at Seneca, Mich. and was reared on a farm in Lenawee county. In 1867 he entered the University of Michigan as a student in the medical department. When 16 years of age he attended the Medina, Michigan Academy. He latre [sic] attended college at Kalamazoo, but lacking funds to continue, he engaged in teaching school for two years. He formed the acquaintance of Dr. Weed and it was through his influence that he took up the study of medicine and surgery. In 1864 he joined the staff of Dr. Weed who was then an army surgeon until the end of the Civil War, and it was after the war that he entered the University of Michigan and in 1869 he graduated with honor from that institution. He began the practice of medicine at Spring Hill (Tedrow), but three years later he sold the practice and located in Fayette. He made a financial success of the practice of medicine and contributed much to the success of the Fayette college.

He was identified with many of the business interests of Fayette. He discontinued the practice of medicine to devote his time to business enterprises. He was a director in the Farmers State Bank and owned considerable real estate in the community.

He has been an active politician and served two terms as representative from this district. When Gov. Willis was elected in Ohio he was named as a member of the state board of administration with authority to manage the state institutions. For nine years he was superintendent of the Athens State Hospital and it was there that he displayed executive ability.

He was united in marriage to Mary P. Acker, a native of Gorham, on Aug. 20, 1868. To this union were born three children, Clark Chappell and George Agnes who preceded the father to the Great Beyond and one daughter Mabel Acker with the wife of F.T. Sullivan of Metamora. The daughter and mother are left to mourn their loss.

He was stricken with paralysis on Monday, Jan. 23rd and died Friday, Jan. 27th, 1922 at the age of 79 years, 4 months and 25 days. Funeral services were held at the home in Fayette last Monday. Hundreds of people were unable to enter the home to pay their last respects to the Doctor.

Services were under the directions of the Masonic bodies of which he was a member having been raised to a 32nd Degree Mason.

Source: Fulton County Tribune, February 2, 1922.