Deborah Ann Rorick was born in Seneca township, September 28, 1840, and died at the home of her son in Morenci May 27, 1931, aged 90 years, seven months and 27 years. Her parents were Estel and Hannah Rorick. She was the eldest of four children. She received her education in the public schools and attended the seminary at Medina. She was married to Philetus Spear December 30, 1859. One son was born to the them, Estel E. Spear of Morenci. In early life she united with the Medina Baptist church, where she retained her membership to the time of her death. Fifty years of her life were spent on the farm in Medina township. Fifteen years ago they moved to Morenci because of the failing health of her husband who preceded her in death September 11, 1917. Her life had been one of constant activity. She had always taken a lively interest in the affairs of the local church and community. She leaves to mourn her loss on son, Estel E., and wife Martha, five grandchildren, Paul and Maurice Spear of Morenci, Mrs. Richards Rogers of Ypsilanti, Mrs. John Bryant of Sand Creek, and K.R. Spear of Littlefield, Texas, and 12 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters, Dr. Rorick Bennett and Mrs. S.K. Porter of Pasadena, Cal.; five nieces and two nephews.
Deprived of a daughter, she took Josephine Grandy, now Mrs. Will Hyslop of West Branch into her home.
The funeral was held at the home of her son, Estel, Friday afternoon, May 29, at 2 o’clock. The Rev. H.A. Essex of the Baptist church officiated.
Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, June 4, 1931.
Woman, Noted As Pioneer In Surgery, Dies
Dr. Rorick Bennett First of Sex to Graduate At Michigan Medical School
Dr. Rorick Bennett, one of America’s first woman surgeons, who started practicing with her husband nearly half a century ago, died early yesterday in San Marino. She was 88 years of age.
Death came to the aged medical pioneer at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Willard O. Waters, wife of a member of the Huntington Library staff.
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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)
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)
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)
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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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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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.
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”