Prominent Man Died On Sunday

Cosper Rorick, Banker Of Morenci Village

Well Known for Over Half a Century to the People of Lenawee and Fulton Counties

MORENCI, Mich., April 25.—About 8 o’clock last evening the sad and, to the general public, surprising news, was received here announcing the death of Cosper Rorick, president of the First National Bank of this village, at the home of his sister Mrs. Dr. Rorick Bennett in Detroit. Mr. Rorick had been in a state of reduced strength for some time from diabetes, although he was about as usual and at the bank daily. He had also suffered greatly from hemorrhoids and had hitherto been relieved of that difficulty by operations. Believing he could again find relief it was for this purpose that with his wife he had gone to Detroit, and underwent an operation Thursday. He failed to rally and when it appeared that he could not live his children were summoned to his bedside; also his sister Mrs. S.K. Porter of this place, all of whom were with him when he passed away.

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Rorick Family Reunion

The Rorick family—with many branches, famed in local annals, true and staunch clansman—held its annual reunion Wednesday with Dr. E.H. Rorick, ex-member of the Ohio legislature and for some years connected with state institutions for the insane and feeble-minded, now living in more or less retirement at his beautiful Fayette home. It is a delightful place for such a meeting, and noted for hospitality. The Roricks had one of their characteristic good times—no formalities, just visiting, with the inevitable jokes and stories—and a plentitude of picnic provisions. His rubicund face and snowy hair, giving him patriarchal dignity, were continually in evidence and his sunny smile kept up the lively cheer of his kindred and friends.

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Another Golden Anniversary

The fiftieth wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Philetus Spear was celebrated at their home, northwest of town, Tuesday. A large company of relatives and friends from Morenci and vicinity helped to make the occasion a joyous one. Mr. and Mrs. Spear were married in Medina and have continually lived in this locality. Dinner was served to about 30 guests at noon and a very enjoyable day spent. Mr. and Mrs. Spear are the parents of one son, Edward, who lives near them. The presents were handsome and numerous and everyone in departing wished the happy couple many more years of life and happiness. Among those present from abroad were Dr. Rorick Bennett and daughter, Miss Bessie, of Detroit.

Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, January 2, 1908.

Clarence Saxby a Benedict

Announcements have been received here of the wedding of Clarence B. Saxby, of Hancock, Mich., to Miss Elma Bennett, of Houghton, Mich. They will be at home after May 1. The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. M. Saxby of West Freeport, and was a resident of this county up to about five years ago when he located in Michigan.

Source: Freeport Journal-Standard, February 19, 1906.

Rorick Family.

The Rorick family reunion was held at the home of Cosper Rorick, sr., on “Rorick Avenue”—East Main street—Morenci.  About seventy-five representatives of the family sat down to a bountiful dinner, which, owing to the uncertain weather, was served in the spacious barn, especially prepared and decorated for the occasion.  No set program was followed, but the time was spent in conversation and good cheer.  Those present from out of town were Hon. and Mrs. E.H. Rorick, of Athens, O., Hon. and Mrs. J.C. Rorick, of Wauseon, and their granddaughter, Misses Ada and Cleantha McConnell, of Adrian; Mrs. Dr. Rorick Bennett, of Detroit, and her daughters, Mrs. Clark and Miss Bessie Bennett. It was decided to hold the next reunion at the home of Mark Rorick.  Noticeable among the decorations were beautiful hot house roses from Athens.

Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, June 26, 1903. 

Mrs. Deborah Ann Spear

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 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 one 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

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.

Medical Pioneer

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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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)

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)