Mrs. Deborah Spear

MORENCI, May 28—Mrs. Deborah Spear, aged 91 years, died at 3:15 o’clock Wednesday afternoon in her home on East Main street after an illness of one day. Mrs. Spear moved to Morenci 16 years ago from the homestead in Medina township where she and Mr. Spear had lived for many years.

She is survived by one son, E.E. Spear of Morenci; two sisters, Mrs. S.K. Porter and Dr. Lavina Bennett, both of Pasadena, Calif., and five grandchildren.

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Philetus Spear

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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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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Know All And Forget Not

Know what? to be seen, how easily Piles or Hemeroids [sic] are cured without cutting or ligating or using claws. No pain, no delay in business, and how those lame backs, kidney and bladder difficulties, womb and nervous troubles and all other difficulties coming from rectal ulcers and did you ever have one or hear of them. If not go the National, Sept. 24 and 25, Oct. 21 and 22 and every 4 weeks thereafter and we know he cures them, not helps but gets them entirely well. Who does all this? Dr. C.T. Bennett, who speaks English and German. Go and see him by all means.

Source: Owosso Times, October 12, 1883.

Rorick

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”

Rorick Reunion

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”

Bessie Rorick Bennett & Willard Otis Waters

The marriage of Miss Bessie Rorick Bennett, daughter of Dr. Rorick Bennett, and Mr. Willard Otis Waters, of Washington, D.C., which took place at the bride’s home Tuesday evening, was celebrated in the presence of a large gathering of relatives and friends. An improvised altar was arranged in the north end of the parlor under a canopy of southern smilax and northern pine and throughout the house there was an artistic blending of Christmas colors—rich green and bright red.

As the Lohengrin bridal chorus was played, the bride with her mother and attendants entered the parlors. Miss Dorothy Spears [sic] and Mr. Kenneth Spears [sic] carried the satin guest ribbons, the little Misses Sarah Lambert, Alice Louise Porter, Eva Hamilton and Evelyn Keys acted as flower girls. Miss Margaret Louise Milen [sic] of Chicago assisted as ring bearer. Mr. William Hamilton attended the groom as best man and the ushers were Mr. John Willis and Mr. E. Birtsch.

The bride looked very attractive in an exquisite gown of embroidered Lusl-cloth over white satin trimmed with pearls and rare family lace. She carried a bouquet of lilies of the valley. The mother of the bride wore a gown of pearl grey satin veiled with chiffon and trimmed with violet velvet and [unclear] steel heads. The young girls of the bridal party wore white mull gowns with sashes of pink and carried bouquets of pink rosebuds. Mr. and Mrs. Waters left for a short trip and will then proceed to Washington, their future home.

Source: Detroit Free Press, December 31, 1911.

Bennett Lacked Caution

Coroner’s Jury Reports on Death of S.A.D. Pratt

Battle Creek, Mich., August 14.—(Special.)—The coroner’s jury brought in a verdict this afternoon attributing the death of S.A.D. Pratt, of Athens, to chloroform. The verdict also alleges that Dr. C.T. Bennett did not use caution in that he administered chloroform and performed treatment contrary to usual medical custom.

No criminal proceedings are likely, but a damage suit is probable. Pratt died on Bennett’s operating table.

Source: Detroit Free Press, August 15, 1906.

On An Operating Table

Well-Known Athens Man Died Unexpectedly at Battle Creek.

Battle Creek, Mich., August 7.—(Special.)—S.A.D. Pratt, well-to-do resident of Athens, died in Dr. C.T. Bennett’s office today on the operating table.

Pratt came in for treatment and took chloroform. When Dr. Bennett tried to rouse him he showed failing pulse and before a counsel of physicians could be called, as desired, Pratt was dead.

Coroner Bidwell impaneled a jury to investigate. Dr. Bennett says it was a case of heart failure.

Source: Detroit Free Press, August 8, 1906.

Bennett Not Guilty

The trial of Dr. Charles T. Bennett, of Detroit, upon the charge of murder, was finished in superior court at Grand Rapids, Thursday afternoon, when a verdict of not guilty was rendered.  The jury was out but a few minutes.  The doctor was arrested last fall on a charge of causing the death of Alta Richards, a young woman who went to Grand Rapids from Adrian [sic] to be treated.  She called upon the doctor in his room in the Eagle hotel and he administered chloroform himself, with only a chambermaid as an assistant, performing a slight operation.  The woman died under the influence of the drug and it was shown that he had no proper restoratives at hand.  The defense showed on the trial, however, by many medical men, that the doctor could not be blamed.  There were internal conditions of which he could not be expected to know, and which were found only in the post-mortem.  The defense was conducted by William F. McKnight, of Grand Rapids, and Congressman Henry C. Smith, of Adrian.

Source:  Jackson Citizen, April 9, 1900.