Short News Items from 1894

Mr. and Mrs. Horton Rorick, of Toledo, were here today enroute to their old home in Seneca for a visit. Mrs. Rorick is just convalescing from a run of typhoid fever. Their little baby, who has been ill at the home of Dr. Bennett, of Detroit, came over this morning with Mrs. Riddle of Cleveland and together the party took the Wabash for Seneca. (Adrian Daily Telegram, October 17, 1894)

Dr. Rorick, of Fayette, Dr. Blair, of Morenci, and Dr. Perkins, of this place, met at the home of John Rorick last Monday morning to remove a cancerous growth for Mrs. Rorick. It is understood that the operation was very successfully performed. Her sympathizing friends are hopeful of a speedy recovery. (Adrian Daily Telegram, November 13, 1894)

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Short News Items from 1889

Mrs. Sutton, mother of Judge Sutton and Mrs. J.W. Linderman, with her daughter, Mrs. D.W. Bennett, and children arrived on the Garden City last evening for a visit with their relatives and friends in the village. (Cheboygan Northern Tribune, March 22, 1889)

Mrs. Alvin Holmes and son, and Mrs. Chandler Williams and daughter, Miss Ida, are spending a few weeks at Long Branch and other summer resorts. (Pittston Gazette, August 2, 1889)

Mrs. John Kirkwood and Mrs. Walling, mother of our townsman Grant Walling, spent Friday and Saturday with friends in Guy. (Pullman Herald, October 5, 1889)

Short News Items from 1881

Joseph Ayres, of Bruce, a member of the board of supervisors for the past 25 years, has been presented with a gold headed cane by his fellow members of the board. (Port Huron Times Herald, March 8, 1881)

E.S.B. Sutton, of Sault Ste. Marie, Judge of Probate for Chippewa county, arrived in the village about 11 o’clock Wednesday night, making the trip from the Sault here in 24 hours. (Cheboygan Northern Tribune, March 27, 1881)

E.S.B. Sutton came down on the Ste. Marie Thursday and spent the night in this village. He left yesterday via the inland route on his way to visit his sister, Mrs. D.W. Bennett. (Cheboygan Northern Tribune, June 18, 1881)

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.