Carey W. Dunton

Established in the successful practice of his profession in the city of Manistique, Schoolcraft county, Mr. Dunton merits recognition in this work by reason of the fact that he not only holds prestige as one of the representative members of the bar of the Upper Peninsula of his native state but is also a citizen who stands for conservatism in both business and civic matters, and maintains the confidence of his fellow citizens by the safe and sane ideas of which he is the embodiment.

Mr. Dunton was born at Mattawan, Van Buren county, Michigan, a village located twelve miles southwest of the city of Kalamazoo, on the 25th of June, 1862, and is a son of Rev. Alfred A. and Margaret (Cummins) Dunton, both of whom were representatives of families early founded in Michigan, the original representatives of the Dunton family having settled at Goguac Prairie, Calhoun county, this state, in 1836, about one year prior to the admission of Michigan to the Union. Rev. Alfred A. Dunton was a clergyman of the Methodist Episcopal church and long years of faithful effort in the ministry are to be recorded in connection with his active career. lie passed the closing years of his life at Battle Creek, Michigan, and his wife died at Hillsdale, Michigan.

Carey W. Dunton is indebted to the public schools of the lower peninsula of Michigan for his early educational discipline, which was supplemented by a thorough course in Hillsdale College, at Hillsdale, this state, in which institution he was graduated as a member of the class of 1885 and from which he received his degree of Bachelor of Arts. He then began the study of law under the preceptorship of an able member of the bar of Hillsdale, and in 1887 he was duly admitted to practice, upon examination before the circuit court. In the same year he initiated the work of his chosen profession at. Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, where he remained three years, at the expiration of which he removed to Manistique, where he has followed the work of his chosen vocation during the long intervening period of twenty years. Thus his entire professional career has been identified with the Upper Peninsula, and his precedence as an advocate and counselor of marked ability represents the direct result of his close application, careful and discriminating labors and strong technical ability. He is known as a specially versatile and resourceful trial lawyer and has been identified with most of the important litigation in the courts of Schoolcraft and adjacent counties within the past two decades. He served a number of years as prosecuting attorney of Schoolcraft county and at various times and for varying intervals he has been city attorney of Manistique. He has shown a lively interest in all that has touched the material and civic welfare and progress of his home city and county and for twenty years he has served as a member of the board of school examiners for the county. His practice is now largely confined to corporation work, and he is retained as attorney and counsel by the majority of the leading industrial and business concerns in Schoolcraft county. In politics Mr. Dunton is aligned as a stalwart in the camp of the Republican party, and he has given effective service in behalf of its cause.

On the 11th of October, 1893, Mr. Dunton was united in marriage to Miss Edith C. Bennett, who was born at Lapeer, Michigan, and who is a daughter of Daniel W. Bennett.

Source:  Sawyer, Alva L. 1911.  A History of the Northern Peninsula of Michigan and Its People. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company.

Is Held For Trial





The police court end of the case against Dr. Charles T. Bennett was concluded yesterday. He was held for trial in the superior court on the charge of manslaughter. The judge did not consider the evidence was sufficient to hold Dr. Bennett on the charge of murder. He fixed the bond at $10,000, with three sureties, one of which he required to be a resident of this county. Attorneys McKnight and Clark argued for a bond in nominal sum, but Judge Doyle was firm and would not make a reduction from $10,000. The afternoon was spent by Dr. Bennett and his brother-in-law, Casper Rorick of Morenci, in trying to complete arrangements by which Dr. Bennett may be released. In order to get a bondsman, a resident of Kent county, Dr. Bennett and his friends will have to put up $10,000 collateral security.

In police court yesterday the testimony of George B. Richards, brother of Alta B. Richards, who died under chloroform administered by the doctor, was read and signed. There was nothing more to be done in police court except the making of the order by the judge.

Source: Grand Rapids Herald, July 18, 1899


She Stands By Him



Wife of the Detroit Doctor Charged With Being Responsible for the Death of Alita Richards is Interviewed – Does Not Fear the Outcome of the Trial Here.

Dr. Rorick Bennett, wife of Dr. C.T. Bennett, charged with the murder of Miss Alita Richards in this city, has been interviewed by a Detroit evening paper, which contains the following account of the interview:

” ‘It is a persecution, due to professional jealousy on the part of Grand Rapids hospitals,’ ” said the wife of Dr. Charles Tanner Bennett, referring to the prosecution of her husband, charged with causing the death of Miss Alita Richards by malpractice.”

” ‘They saw their opportunity to cause him trouble for taking patients and money away from him, and seized upon it.’

“Mrs. Bennett did not seem at all alarmed about the outcome of the case against her husband. She sat composed in a deeply cushioned chair, her handsome face, black hair and flashing dark eyes standing out in bold relief against the mass of carnations that overflowed the jardinière behind her. The atmosphere of the spacious parlors, three of them, opening one into the other, was sweet with the perfume of flowers. The carpets were soft to luxuriousness, the hangings rich and heavy, the furniture costly and well selected. The whole was a blending of effects in excellent taste and harmony.

“Mrs. Bennett’s composure may have been but the natural comportment of a well-bred woman, or it may have been that she is a physician herself, and trained to composure. She is a member of the Eclectic School of Medicine, and her professional names is Dr. Rorick Bennett. Anyhow, though she had not heard of the finding that her husband caused the death of Alita Richards “by administering to her chloroform wrongfully, negligently and unprofessionally,” she exhibited no surprise nor emotion upon learning of the fact; nor any gratification upon receiving the information that her husband hoped to be released from prison upon bail on Thursday.

Should Be an Expert

” ‘Dr. Bennett,’ she said, ‘has been administering chloroform during 28 years of country practice, with no ill results or results. He graduated in ’71 or ’72 from the school of regular physicians at the University of Michigan, and for 10 years has been living in Detroit, constantly attending to a large practice. The testimony of the Grand Rapids physicians that he administered the chloroform while the young lady patient was improperly confined in corsets or stays is contradicted by the testimony of the nurse present. Anyway, he may have told the young lady to loosen her stays before the operation, and she may have failed to notify him that she had not. An examination of the young girl after death showed a pleural adhesion of the lungs to the chest, but no physician could be aware of that unless the adhesion were so great as to include parts of the lungs. The entire case against him is very thin. Besides, he had given the patient chloroform before without ill effects. The cause of her death was undoubtedly due to some temporary physical condition at the time the chloroform was administered, of which the physician could not be aware.’

“Mrs. Bennett’s tone and attitude were always professional. It was so oddly analytical that it gave rise to an idle wonder if she would so professionally discuss and analyse with her husband during the last moments of his life any disease that laid him on his deathbed.

She Was Bored

“Mrs. Bennett seemed politely bored at this point, and it was only with reluctance that she could be induced to give a few facts regarding her husband his practice. He was born in New York state, just where she did not know. He was 57 years of age, but when he married, she said, was immaterial. He went from Adrian college to the state university at Ann Arbor, and upon graduation went to Morenci, where he practiced many years. His professional career has been that of an advertising physician, who traveled from town to town throughout the state, advertising his arrival in local papers and receiving patients at his rooms in the hotel. He published pamphlets of his method of treatment and was always accompanied by more or less Dr. Bennett literature. [sic] Of late years he has largely given up his advertising methods and made Detroit his headquarters, spending three days every week here and the remainder of the week on the road, stopping at such cities as Adrian, Coldwater, Jackson, Bay City, Grand Rapids, Lansing, etc.

” ‘Treating his regular patients,’ added Mrs. Bennett. Then coldly: ‘If you make any inquiries regarding him from any of his patients I think you will be satisfied as to his standing as a physician.’

“Mrs. Bennett does not fear the outcome of the trial of her husband. Whatever the result, whether he proved a competent or incompetent physician, whether he is criminally responsible for the death of Alita Richards, or treated her in an unprofessional way, one thing is certain, the doctor has a most handsome and elegantly appointed home upon one of the most fashionable of Detroit’s streets, and has made, apparently, a most astounding financial success in medical practice, even if he is one of the profession’s abhorred ‘advertising and traveling doctors.’ ”

Source: Grand Rapids Herald, June 29, 1899.

Golden Wedding Anniversary

Dr. and Mrs. E.H. Rorick of Fayette, OH and Mr. and Mrs. S.K. Porter of Morenci, Mich., celebrated their golden wedding anniversaries at the Blair Hotel in Morenci, Thursday, Aug. 22. It is an unusual and remarkable occurrence for two couples to come down through life together, as has been the case with Dr. and Mrs. Rorick and Mr. and Mrs. Porter.

In the center of a flower-decked table on which a sumptuous dinner was served, was a large basket of golden-hearted Ophelia roses, a remembrance from the guests. The brides each wore a quaint corsage bouquet, the gift of Dr. Rorick Bennett, of Detroit. In the afternoon ice cream, cake and punch were served on the spacious lawn on S.K. Porter, East Main Street.

The double wedding ceremony was performed in the parsonage by Rev. James Noynton, the pastor of the Baptist church at Medina. Both couples have a large circle of friends and acquaintances who extend to them congratulations upon this rare occasion.

The guests were Mr. and Mrs. A.V. Foster, Hon. and Mrs. Horton C. Rorick of Toledo, Mrs. (Dr.) Rorick Bennett and daughter Mrs. George Clark of Detroit, Mrs. and Mrs. Fred Sullivan, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Baldwin, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Crane of Fayette, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Rorick of Wauseon, Mr. and Mrs. M.C. Rorick, Mr. and Mrs. C.M. Rorick, Mr. and Mrs. G.H. Rorick, Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Rorick, Mrs. Amelia Rorick, Mrs. Amy Rorick, Mr. and Mrs. H.E. Spear, Mrs. P.H. Spear and Mr. and Mrs. L.H. Converse.

S.K. Porter and Mary Rorick were residents of Seneca Township at the time of their marriage, both living near Seneca Village. After their marriage, they continued to live on the Porter homestead until recent years, when they retired to Morenci. Mr. Porter was Vice President of the First National Bank until recently when he resigned that he might be free from the duties imposed by the position.

Estell Rorick and Mary Acker were residents of Morenci at the time of their marriage. Later, Mr. Rorick took his medical courses at the U. of M. He practiced at Tedrow and then located at Fayette, which pace has been his home except for a short period of years when he resided in Columbus, OH.

The warmth of their genial presence in the community where they reside has left ever a wholesome atmosphere of cheer.

Dr. Rorick in his profession during the past years had been able to enter the hearts of many homes and to have part in the deepest things of many lives. He has time and again given material aid in a silent and inauspicious way to those who will never forget. Generosity pure and simple is an attribute not amiss for Dr. and Mrs. Rorick

When Fayette was struggling in the its steps of progress support was always coming from the Rorick home. Perhaps there is no better way to describe the attitude of these people toward the community than in the words of the poet, “Write me as one who loves his fellow men,” and as a seeming reward for such helpful living, youthful mind and heart have remained with both, and this through half a century. It is not for us to estimate the value of such a home.

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).

Hannah Breese Rorick

One by one the pioneers who prepared the way for the religious and material prosperity of our state are passing from our midst. We do well to pause in our rapid life and look back upon the times and conditions out of which they brought law, order, and prosperity from the primitive forest and savage conditions.

Mrs. Hannah Rorick, born in 1819 in Chemung County, N.Y., was married to Deacon Estell Rorick in 1836. They came to Lenawee County in 1837 and settled in the wild unbroken country and worked out for themselves and their children character and material prosperity worthy of all founders of our state. Early in her married life, joining the visible Church of God, she was for nearly 60 years a member of the Baptist Church. First in all good work for Church and State, earnest, careful for essential things of both religion and government, but liberal to all the differing views.

Their home was open for other denominations as well as their own. Their open hand was ready for the cause of Christ by whomsoever represented. In the fullness of years, God has called her to himself and to the husband who preceded her 16 years ago.

At her funeral, which was conducted by her pastor, Rev. J. McLean, from the home of her daughter, Mrs. S.K. Porter of Seneca, were gathered her children, Cosper Rorick, Mrs. P.H. Spear, Mrs. Rorick Bennett and Mrs. Porter with their children and grandchildren, a goodly number of strong earnest men and women of two generations who will honor her memory and in her life find an example worthy of their emulation and inspiration to higher living and a check to the temptations which assail them in the battle of life.

Mrs. G.H. Crane and Mrs. A.V. Foster of Toledo are granddaughters of Mrs. Rorick. The Estell Rorick farm is where Herbert Rorick, a great-grandson lives.

Source: The Christian Herald, November 19, 1897.

Crime & Punishment

Dr. Rorick Bennett says the prosecution of her husband, Dr. C.T. Bennett, of this city, arising out of the death of Miss Alta Richard under his treatment at a Grand Rapids hotel is due to professional jealous of physicians of that city. She said her husband had administered chloroform to this patient previously without any ill results, and that the young woman’s death must have been caused by some temporary physical condition of which the physician could not be aware. (Detroit Free Press, June 29, 1899)

Frederick Johnson, indicted on the charge of stealing a horse valued at $50 from Albert Rorick of Emmons County, pleaded not guilty and, at his request, M.T. O’Conner was appointed to defend him. (Bismarck Tribune, November 21, 1884)

TIRE, WHEEL STOLEN: Ray E. Yocom, of Montgomery avenue, reported to police last night that thieves had forced the rear compartment door of his car and stolen a tire and wheel assembly, valued at $36. The theft occurred while the auto was parked on Market street Saturday evening, Yocom said. (Zanesville Times Recorder, March 3, 1942)

Harley Yocum, Clarence Dickerson and Jesse Guest pleaded not guilty to possessing intoxicating liquors and their cases were continued. They were arrested Saturday evening following raids at their homes when home brew beer was found by officers. (Zanesville Times Recorder, June 23, 1925)

Harley Yocum of Falls township was fined $100 and costs when he pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing intoxicating liquor in municipal court Thursday afternoon. He paid his fine and was released. (Zanesville Times Recorder, June 26, 1925)


Drs. Charles T. and Rorick Bennett

This page from an 1893 Detroit telephone directory features an advertisement for Dr. Charles T. Bennett and his wife, Dr. Lovina Rorick Bennett.  Lovina was reported to be one of the first women doctors in Michigan. She used the name Dr. Rorick Bennett or L. Rorick Bennett professionally.


Bessie Bennett & Willard Waters

Dr. Rorick Bennett, 38 Winder street, Detroit, announces the engagement of her daughter, Miss Bessie Rorick, to Mr. Willard Otis Waters, of Washington, D.C.  The marriage is to take place immediately after Christmas.  The announcement is received with considerable interest in Lenawee county where Miss Bennett has resided and where she has many friends.  (Adrian Daily Telegram, December 12, 1911)

Dr. Rorick Bennett, 38 Winder street, announces the engagement of her daughter, Miss Bessie Rorick Bennett, to Mr. Willard Otis Waters, of Washington, D.C. The marriage is to take place immediately after Christmas. (Detroit Free Press, December 10, 1911)

Dr. Bennett Dead

Well Known to Many People in Lenawee County

The following notice is from the Battle Creek Moon, of Thursday.

Stricken without notice as he was about to sit down to dinner at the boardinghouse of Mrs. Ida M. Curl, 203 West Main street, Dr. Charles T. Bennett , a well known local specialist, died very suddenly Wednesday morning from hemorrhage of the brain.

Dr. Bennett was about to partake of the evening meal when he suddenly became ill and fell to the floor, unconscious. Drs. W.L. Godfrey and T.E. Sands were summoned and decided upon the patient’s removal to Nichols hospital, almost across the street from Mrs. Curl’s residence.  Spaulding’s ambulance removed Dr. Bennett to the institution, where he expired shortly after being place in a room.  The remains were afterward taken to Mr. Spaulding’s undertaking rooms, where they await funeral arrangements.

Dr. Bennett came to Battle Creek from Detroit several years ago, establishing himself in business as a specialist, building up considerable practice.  Mrs. Bennett is a practicing physician in Detroit, and he has two daughters, also residents of that city.  The decedent was 70 years old.

[Mrs. Dr. Bennett is a sister of Cosper Rorick and Mrs. S.K. Porter, of Morenci.  Dr. Bennett’s father lived for years at 137 West Maumee street, this city.]

Dr. Bennett’s remains arrived here from Battle Creek about 9 o’clock this morning and were taken to the Everiss undertaking parlors, where the funeral will be conducted Saturday morning at 10 o’clock.  Rev. Horace Palmer, of Medina, who was with him in the Eighteenth Michigan regiment, will officiate, and the remains will be taken to Rome for interment beside his parents, as he requested.  Dr. Bennett was a member of the Battle Creek G.A.R.  His youngest daughter, Miss Bessie Bennett, who is a teacher in Detroit, is here to make the arrangements, and her mother, Dr. Rorick-Bennett, arrives from Detroit Saturday morning.  The older daughter, Mrs. Clark, is in the Philippines.

Source:  Adrian Daily Telegram, April 3, 1908.

Charles T. Bennett, M.D.

Bennett, Charles T., M.D., son of Benjamin H. and Rebecca (Mapes) Bennett, was born in Goshen, Orange county, N.Y., March 19, 1842, and came with his parents to Adrian, Mich., when a babe in arms.  His early education was obtained in the public schools of Adrian, after which he entered the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, from which he graduated in March, 1872.  He began practicing his career in Morenci, Mich., and remained there twenty years.  Previous to his college career, Dr. Bennett enlisted in September, 1862 in the 18th Mich. Vols., and returned home to Adrian on receiving his discharge at the close of war in 1865.  July 27th, 1871, Dr. Bennett married Lovina A. Rorick of Seneca, Mich., and they have two children:  Georgia R. and Bessie B. Seven years ago, Dr. Bennett took up residence in Detroit, where he has since practiced with the exception of the time his business called him to other cities of the State.

Source:  Ross, Robert B. 1898.  Landmarks of Wayne County and Detroit.  Detroit:  The Evening News Association.