As 2018 comes to a close and we look forward to 2019, I continue to gather information about the descendants of Gasper Rorick from newspaper databases across the country. In the past, I’ve grouped things together for special occasions (e.g., wedding announcements on Valentine’s day or news about servicemen and women on Veterans Day).
This year, I’d like to do something a little different. I’ll be posting in chronological order, starting with an advertisement for John C. Rorick’s Milwaukee commercial college from 1856 and moving through the years. Short news items (social news, birth announcements, business items, wedding announcements, etc.) will be gathered by year or, in some cases, by decade if there is only one item for any given year. I have a significant backlog of short items, so you’ll be seeing a lot of those, especially in the earlier years. It’s my hope that posting items in chronological order will give a sense of how things changed for the family through the years. There’s enough content to continue to post on a daily basis for the foreseeable future.
The source for this advertisement, for the Baldwin Hardware Company, is the Livingston County Daily Press, December 27, 1950. Happy New Year!
MORENCI, June 2.—The funeral of Mrs. Deborah Ann Spear was held Friday afternoon at the home on East Main street. The Rev. H.A. Essex, pastor of the Baptist church, officiated and the burial was made in the family plot in Oak Grove cemetery. The bearers were Paul E. Spear, Maurice Spear, Richard Rogers, John Bryant, Ned Baldwin and Lawrence Spear, grandsons and nephews of the deceased.
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MORENCI, Mich., May 26—The funeral of Emma Frances Spear, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Spear near Waldron, who died in the Flower hospital in Toledo, was held in the home of the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Spear of East Street North in Morenci Thursday afternoon. The Rev. S.N. Oliver of the First Congregational church of Charlotte officiated, assisted by the Rev. H.B. Stevens of the First Baptist church in Morenci.
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MORENCI, Mich., Sept. 19.—Philetus Spear was one of five children born to Stephen and Lucinda Spear. He was born near Adrian, Dec. 21, 1833. His parents were among the earliest settlers of Lenawee county, his father coming to Michigan in 1831. His mother was the daughter of Rev. Powell, a Baptist minister prominent in the denominational life of that church in that day. At an early age young Spear with his parents moved to Washtenaw county and there resided until he was 10 or 11 years old. Later they moved to Adrian and there resided for a short time; removing from there to North Morenci, where they remained until the time of their death. In 1857 Philetus married Miss Deborah Rorick. After they married they lived on the farm now occupied by Cosper Rorick. In the early ‘60’s they moved to what is now known as the Spear farm in Medina township, where they continued to live until two years ago when, on account of the infirmities of age, they moved to Morenci. Mr. Spear was a member of the Medina Baptist church and maintained an active interest in all public affairs. His last slickness was a protracted one, extending over nearly a year, during which time he had been confined to the bed, tenderly cared for by his wife and by his son and son’s wife.
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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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The reunion of the Rorick family was held Wednesday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. M.C. Rorick in Morenci. These gatherings have now been held annually for about forty-three years. One hundred and three relatives and friends enjoyed the visiting gand [sic] dinner incident to this event. At a short business meeting, Dr. E.H. Rorick was elected president for the coming year. Mrs. Amelia Rorick, who has served as secretary for the past 15 years, declined re-election and Mrs. G.H. Crane was chosen as her successor. Mrs. G.H. Rorick was appointed chairman of the committee on arrangements. Continue reading “Rorick”
MORENCI, Mich., June 25.—The Rorick reunion was held Wednesday at the home of E.E. Spear, Medina. There were about one hundred people present, and dinner was served under a tent on the lawn. At the business meeting, presided over by M.C. Rorick, the following officers were elected for the ensuing year.
President, Dr. E.H. Rorick, Fayette.
Secretary and treasurer, Mrs. Amelia Rorick, Morenci.
Chairman of executive committee—Mrs. Earl Baldwin, Fayette.
Cosper M. Rorick and wife invited the members to meet at their home next year. The invitation was accepted. Continue reading “Rorick Reunion”
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 when aged four years; Sylvester K. Porter of South Pasadena, Cal., and Harriet Rorick, of Morenci, Mich.
She received her education at the Medina Academy 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, 1925.
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Wallace Bailey left for overseas duty, after a three weeks’ training period. He spent the weekend recently with his sister, Mrs. Verne Whims. (Orion Weekly Review, June 15, 1951)
The city fire department was called to the home of E.J. Rorick, 400 Cedar street, at 10:45 o’clock Sunday morning to extinguish a fire in the roof caused by chimney sparks. The damage was slight. (Quincy Daily Journal, April 4, 1921).
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Mrs. Martha B. Spear
Martha Baldwin Spear, daughter of Nelson and Sarah Baldwin, was born in Medina township October 26, 1864. After two years of failing health she departed this life March 5, 1934, at the University Hospital at Ann Arbor, where she had been a patient for the last five weeks. She was aged 69 years. She received her early educational training in the public schools of Medina township and Morenci village. For a number of years she was a very successful teacher in the schools of Medina and Seneca townships. She was married to Estell E. Spear December 31, 1885. To this union six children were born. Rorick, who died in early childhood; Paul and Kenneth of New Mexico; Maurice of Medina township; Dorothy (Mrs. Richard Rogers of Ypsilanti) and Margaret (Mrs. Roy [sic] Lyons of Adrian. Mr. and Mrs. Spear made their home on the farm in Medina township until 1918, when they moved to Morenci.
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