MORENCI, Mich., June 12.—At the home of Mr. and Mrs. C.M. Rorick on Oak street Saturday afternoon occurred the marriage of their daughter Catherine A. to Attorney Harry A. Metcalf of Eaton Rapids, Mich. At 4 o’clock the young couple, unattended, took their places before the mantle banked with ferns and peonies and the ring service was by the Rev. S.N. Oliver. The bride wore a gown of white canton crepe with an over drape of lace and carried Ophelia roses and valley lilies. Following the ceremony a three course dinner was served by three cousins of the bride, Miss Pauline Baldwin, Miss Marie Rorick, Miss Lorna Sutton. The tables were centered with pink roses in bud vases and the color scheme of pink and white was carried out in the appointments. Large baskets of pink gladioli beautified the parlors.

Guests from out of town were the groom’s mother, Mrs. Gertrude Holmes and son Gayle Metcalf of Ann Arbor, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Metcalf of Detroit, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Domitoe of Toledo, Mr. and Mrs. E.N. Baldwin, son Ned and daughter Pauline of Fayette.

Mrs. Metcalf is a graduate of the Morenci high school and for the past few months has been the manager of the Grinnell Brothers music store of this place. Mr. Metcalf is a graduate of the Detroit College of Law and is now practicing in Eaton Rapids, Mich., where they will be at home to their friends after July first. They left Saturday evening for the Rorick cottage at Devils Lake where they will spend the week.

Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, June 12, 1922.


Celebrated Gold Wedding

Mr. and Mrs. M.C. Rorick celebrated their fiftieth anniversary at their home on East Main street Friday. The guest were members of the immediate family. Dinner was served at the Hotel Saulsbury after which the afternoon was spent at the Rorick home with pleasant social intercourse and refreshments of ice cream and cake later in the day. Mark C. Rorick and Mary Porter were married August 9, 1868, at the Baptist parsonage in Medina by Rev. Boynton. Twenty-seven years were spent on their farm in Seneca and 23 years they have been residents of Morenci. To them were born three children, J.P. Rorick of Seneca and Mrs. Earl Baldwin of Fayette. Their daughter Maud died several years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Rorick have the distinction of being the first couple in the Rorick family to celebrate the golden anniversary and received the hearty congratulations of a host of friends. The guests were Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Rorick and family of Seneca; Mr. and Mrs. Earl Baldwin and family; Dr. and Mrs. Estelle [sic] Rorick of Fayette; Mr. and Mrs. L.H. Converse, Mr. and Mrs. S.K. Porter, Mrs. Amy Rorick, Mrs. Amelia Rorick, Mrs. Harriet Rorick, Mr. and Mrs. C.M. Rorick.

Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, August 10, 1918.

Frank E. Bryant

Frank E. Bryant, son of John and Sophronia Bryant, was born in Seneca township, Michigan, Sept. 10, 1866, at the Bryant homestead, now occupied by his brother Ralph.

He attended the district school and then went to high school one year in Adrian, where later his children were educated. At 21 years of age he took his father’s farm to work on shares. This he kept for seven years, and here he laid the foundation for a successful business career. Sept. 7, 1893, he was married to Katie B. Rorick. They immediately bought the farm near Seneca village, where he resided until his death. To them were born five children, two of whom, John and Jacob, died in infancy. Two daughters, Mary L. and Florence S., also one son, Gerald, are left. Seven years ago on Oct. 24, 1910, the loved wife and mother died after a short illness, leaving three children between the ages of 12 and 16 years.

So great was their father’s determination for them to finish their education that he insisted on them continuing their course at high school while he bravely died his best to keep up the household until their graduation.

With the exception of one year spent in Morenci and one year on his father’s farm, Mr. Bryant made his home on the property which he loved and which he improved and made into an ideal home in every respect. After an illness of one week he died Sunday, Sept. 30, making his age 51 years.

There remain two sisters, Mrs. Nellie Hawkins and Mrs. Ida Gorsuch, and a brother, Ralph J. Bryant.

Frank Bryant was a man of sterling qualities; a man of honesty and integrity; public spirited and always willing to help with any affairs of benefit to the community. He belonged to the Seneca Union church, and was an active member of the Knights of Pythias order. He was a staunch Republican and firm in temperance principles. For some twenty years he has carried on a successful stock business and thus was widely known.

The funeral service was held at the home Tuesday afternoon, and large company of friends and relatives being present. The floral offerings were many and beautiful. Rev. H.W. Moody of the Morenci Congregational church officiated and Clarke E. Baldwin delivered a brief eulogy. Miss Virginia Wilson sang, accompanied by Miss Eva Wilson. The bearers were Ralph Bryant, Archie Hawkins, W.R. Rorick, E.J. Bryant, Wm. Gorsuch and A. H. Nimmo. The members of the K. of P. lodge attended in a body.

Friends present from out of town were Mrs. and Mrs. Melvin McCloe and daughter Maud, and Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Nimmo and daughter Virginia of Detroit; Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Rorick and daughter Alma of Buffalo; Mr. and Mrs. John Rorick and Mr. and Mrs. William Gorsuch and family of Wauseon; Mr. and Mrs. A.V. Foster of Toledo; Clarke E. Baldwin, Henry A. Wing, Miss Anna Bemendorfer, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Abbott, Mr. and Mrs. Irving Smith, Mrs. Furman and daughter Freda, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Schneider of Adrian; Mrs. Margaret Ashley of Sand Lake; Mrs. John Doig of Pontiac; Mrs. Josie Howland, Birmingham, Mich.; Dr. and Mrs. E.H. Rorick, Mr. and Mrs. E.N. Baldwin, Mrs. G.H. Crane, Perley Cawley and daughter Helen, Mrs. Claud Elliott, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Stoner of Fayette; Albert Hawkins of Los Angeles; Miss Ethelyn Shugars and Elwood Knapp of Onsted.

Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, October 4, 1917.

Kenneth Spear

Reading—Kenneth (Pappy) Spear, proprietor of the Reading Hotel and a retired postal worker, died Tuesday at the Hillsdale Community Health Center after a two-week illness.

He had lived at 345 S. Allen Road, Allen, where moved seven years ago after having lived in Reading for many years and in Morenci prior to that time.

He was born in Morenci Feb. 27, 1892, the son of Estel and Martha Baldwin Spear.

He was preceded in death by three wives.  His first wife, Henrietta Roberts, died in 1937; Gladys Tewsley in 1967 and Beatrice Ryan in January 1973.  He was also preceded by one daughter and one brother.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. LeJean (Jane) Marshall of Allen; one son, Kenneth Spear Jr. of Plymouth; two sisters, Mrs. R.H. (Dorothy) Rogers of Albuquerque, N.M. and Mrs. Carroll (Margaret) McLeary of Clearwater, Fla.; one brother, Maurice Spear of Clearwater; and seven grandchildren.

The funeral service will be Friday afternoon at 1 in the St. John Funeral Home, Reading.  Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday evening from 7 to 9.

Source:  Hillsdale Daily News, October 10, 1973.

Sunday Wedding

Two Popular Young People Took the Matrimonial Vow at the Bride’s Home

At 6:30 o’clock last Sunday evening — a gracious time for the plighting of troth — two of our popular young people took the matrimonial vow at the home of the bride.

This was the marriage of Earl N. Baldwin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Baldwin, and Mertie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M.C. Rorick — a social happening of much intreest in which only immediate relatives participated, and a joyous bringing together of two prominent and well known families.

Rev. T.C. Jones, the congregational pastor, officiated, and after the ceremony supper was served to the company.

There is but a single day’s difference in the ages of the young people, who are approaching 22.

The bride is an estimable and accomplished young lady, who, following her high school graduation, successfully engaged in teaching. The bridgegroom is an energetic young man, of excellence business capacity, who for some time has been employed in G.W. Guss’s hardware store.

In happy youth they begin life together under most favorable circumstances, and we truly hope that they realize that which is heartily wished them by a host of relatives and friends.

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.)

Mary Porter Rorick

Mary S. Porter, wife of the late Mark C. Rorick, was born in Seneca township Michigan April 17, 1850. She was the daughter of John C. Porter and Louisa (King) Porter, Pioneers of Lenawee County.

She was one of four children: Frank, who died at four years of age; Sylvester K. Porter, of South Pasadena, California; and Harriet Rorick of Morenci.

She received her education at the Medina Academy and was married in Medina to Mark C. Rorick August 9, 1868. They began housekeeping in a log house on the Rorick farm in Seneca township where they remained until their removal to Morenci April 1, 1895.

An unusual coincidence was the marriage of the sister Harriet to Mr. Rorick’s brother, Leroy W.

To Mr. and Mrs. Rorick were born three children: John Porter Rorick of Adrian; Myrtie C. Baldwin, wife of E.N. Baldwin of Howell: Maude L., who died in 1899 at the age of 14.

There are living 13 grandchildren, three great grandchildren, a niece Mrs. W.D. Murphy of Columbus, Oho, a nephew Cosper M. Rorick of Morenci.

Mr. Rorick died in Morenci February 6, 1922. Since that time Mrs. Rorick has lived a quiet, uneventful life within her home with her devoted companion.

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.)

Well Known Morenci Resident Passes Away

Mark C. Rorick, older son of Cosper and Nancy A. Breese Rorick, was born on a farm in Seneca township, Michigan Dec. 7, 1845 and died Feb. 6, 1922. His brother Leroy W. was born Sept. 14, 1847. He lived with his parents in a log house until the brick house was built in ’68. Cosper Rorick, father of M.C. Rorick, had a small clearing 3-4 mile north of what is now Seneca village, woods being on all sides. Canandaigua was the nearest post office and trading point combined and traveling was accomplished entirely by ox team or by horse back. The nearest church was at Medina, seven miles distant, and this they attended every Sunday morning. It was necessary to make an early start as they drove an ox team and wagon with a board across the wagon box for the little boys.

When about five years of age “Mark” commenced school in the home district 2 1/2 miles way in the Rorick district today. He walked back and forth to school. When the Tufts school house was being built he attended school in a part of the James Lord home, temporarily. Continue reading “Well Known Morenci Resident Passes Away”

A Well Known Citizen Gone

Death of Leroy W. Rorick at his Home in Morenci Last Saturday Morning

Leroy W. Rorick, a well known citizen of Morenci, died at his home here last Saturday morning, March 10, 1917, after an illness of several months. The funeral service was held Monday under the direction of the K. of P. Lodge of which he was a member.

Judge B.L. Hart of Adrian and Hon. B.D. Chandler of Hudson, who represented the order, gave words of sympathy and helpfulness to the bereaved family.

Miss Virginia Wilson sang a solo. The out of town relatives who attended the funeral were: Mrs. William Rorick of Buffalo, N.Y., Mrs. Spencer Sloan, Mrs. Della McCloe, H.C. Rorick and wife, A.V. Foster and wife of Toledo, J.C. Rorick of Wauseon, Dr. and Mrs. E.H. Rorick, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Sullivan, P.F. Cawley and daughter, Helen, Earl Baldwin and wife, John Rorick and Mrs. G.H. Crane of Fayette, Hon. G.B. Horton and John Cole of Weston.

Leroy W. Rorick was born in Seneca township, Sept. 14, 1847. His father, Cosper Rorick, a native of New Jersey, came to Michigan in 1840 and commenced with the pioneers in the work of changing a wilderness to a domain of elegant homes and productive farms. His father was married to Nancy A. Breese, Jan. 15, 1845, and they settled on a farm one mile north of Seneca in a log house with primitive surroundings, where Leroy was born. He grew up on the farm laboring with his father in the fields as boys in those days did and walking two and a half miles to a district school house for his education which was completed at the Medina Academy.

He was married Feb. 10, 1870 to Harriet L. Porter to whom were born one daughter, Nellie R., wife of Dr. Murphy of Columbus, OH and Cosper M., cashier of the First National Bank of Morenci. He commenced the work of an active life on the farm where he resided until 1888, when he moved to Morenci where he lived a retired life for one year, then going to Fayette where he purchased a livery business which he successfully followed for nine years. Disposing of the same, he followed the business of harness making for about six years in Morenci, after he which he purchased a farm two miles west of Weston where he resided about three years. He then purchased a small country home near Seneca where he lived until the spring of 1916 when he built a home and moved to Morenci.

His life has been a full demonstration of industry, kindness and business integrity and his faithful friends are numerous wherever he is known. His departure is mourned by all who knew him. He is survived by one brother, Mark C. Rorick of Morenci.

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.)

John Rorick, Former Legislator, Farmer and Banker, Dies

Named as Original Member of Road Commission in Lenawee in 1919

Services are Sunday

John P. Rorick, prominent in business, farming and civic affairs during his life-long residence in Lenawee County, the last 31 years of which were spent in Adrian, died Thursday afternoon. He had been in poor health since May when a serious operation was performed upon him in Cleveland. Since then he has been confined to his home at 403 Toledo Street from where he was taken to the Emma L. Bixby hospital Monday afternoon when his condition took a suddenly critical turn. He would have observed his 79th birthday anniversary December 31.

Mr. Rorick was born on a farm in Seneca township, the son of the late Mark C. and Mary Rorick. He attended school (rural) there and later the Fayette Normal School at Fayette, Ohio. When he was 18 years old he began working in a private bank in Morenci. He was engaged in the banking business for the next ten years, being one of the organizers and cashier of the First National Bank of Morenci, the first national bank to be chartered in Lenawee County. He married Miss Bertha Green of Morenci Nov. 25, 1897.

He served in the bank until 1909 and then became interested in the organization of telephone companies and the building of exchanges, establishing several of them in towns in Ohio and Indiana. But farming remained an interest also. He moved from Morenci back to his home farm, gradually expanding his land holdings and farming operations in his home township and into Fulton County, Ohio.

During his residence in Morenci, he had served on the village council and also on the school board. In 1919 when the Lenawee County Board of Road Commissioners was established he was elected one of the three original commissioners. His road commission work took him to Adrian and he moved his family there in 1922. After six years on the road commission he ran for election to the state legislature from the district that included the Southern half of Lenawee County. During his two terms in the legislature, he served on the roads and bridges committee, the committee on public utilities and the committee on state penal institutions. When the legislature was redistricted Mr. Rorick retired from politics.

Since then his major interest has been supervision of his farm operations. He has been a member of the Adrian lodge of the Elks the last 30 years and a trustee for much of that time.

Mrs. Rorick died in 1941. Surviving Mr. Rorick are four daughters and two sons: Mrs. Harry Lundahl and Mrs. Russell Raymond of Adrian, Mrs. Prosser Watts of Huntington, Ind., Mrs. J. Clayton Scott of Defiance, Ohio, John Rorick, Jr. of Seneca and Alan G. Rorick of Brecksville, Ohio. He also leaves 16 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. A sister, Mrs. Earl N. Baldwin, resides in Howell and St. Petersburg, Florida.

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.)

Mr. and Mrs. Mark C. Rorick Had a Gold Wedding Day

Mrs. and Mrs. M.C. Rorick Celebrate Fiftieth Anniversary of Their Marriage

Scholars at Medina Academy

Worthy Members of Honored Pioneer Family

Two Other Golden Wedding Anniversaries to Follow

Friday, August 9th. Mr. and Mrs. M.C. Rorick observed their golden wedding anniversary in a happy manner at the same time giving pleasure to some thirty near relatives. Dinner was served at Hotel Saulsbury at one long table and a variety of ages was represented ranging from the host down to the twin son and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.N. Baldwin.

A four course dinner was enjoyed after which the afternoon was spent at the family home on Main Street. Ice cream and cake were served. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. E.N. Baldwin and family, Dr. and Mrs. E.H. Rorick of Fayette, J.P. Rorick and family, Mr. and Mrs. S.K. Porter, Mr. and Mrs. L.H. Converse, Mesdames Harriet, Amelia and Amy Rorick, Mr. and Mrs. C.M. Rorick.

There will be two other golden anniversaries of this company during the present month, those of Mr. and Mrs. S.K. Porter, also Dr. and Mrs. E.H. Rorick.

Fifty years ago Mary Porter, then a girl of eighteen and daughter of the well known John C. Porter and wife of Seneca township, married Mark C. Rorick, aged 23, son of Cosper and Nancy Rorick. The marriage took place at the Baptist parsonage in Medina, Rev. Boynton officiating. Both having been scholars at Medina Academy, this seemed a fitting and thriving place for the event. At that time there was no post office at what is now Seneca village, Canandaigua being the nearest. [The couple started their married life] in a log house opposite the home of the late F.E. Bryant. Three years later the couple moved a short distance north to what is called the “home” place now occupied by J.P. Rorick. After about 24 years here of extensive farming, Mr. and Mrs. Rorick moved to Morenci where their daughter, Maud, died in 1899. This has been the only death among the children and grandchildren.

Mr. and Mrs. Rorick are the fortunate grandparents of twelve boys and girls besides enjoying the relationship of a large family and many friends.

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).