Mrs. Ada Elnora Brown

Mrs. Ada Elnora Brown, aged 83 years, passed away at the home of her daughter in St. Louis, Mo., last Monday.

Mrs. Brown was born at Sashabaw Plains in Oakland County September 20, 1857, the daughter of Charles and Susan Beardslee.  She had lived in St. Louis, Mo., for the past six years.

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Business and Professional News from the 1860s and 1870s

Jas. Mullany, who took a stock of goods to Salmon City for C. Jacobs of Boise City, has pulled up stakes, and left with the goods for the Yuba District, on Mr. Jacob’s account. (Idaho Semi-Weekly World, August 24, 1867)

C.S. Kingsley has a lot of nice butter from the dairy of I.P. Gile. (Idaho Semi-Weekly World, September 22, 1875)

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Wedding Anniversaries

Wednesday evening last will be long remembered by Mr. and Mrs. Z.E. Brown.  It being the silver wedding anniversary of their marriage, about seventy-five friends by special invitation assembled at their residence and passed a merry evening.  A number of very excellent presents were left behind as souvenirs of the occasion.  (Minneapolis Star Tribune, January 1, 1882)

Mr. and Mrs. S.H. Rorick celebrated their silver wedding Oct. 20, at their home in Miller, with a number of friends. They were the recipients of many fine pieces of silverware. (Hand County Press, October 27, 1892)

Morenci Observer: The “Roricks” had one of their characteristic gatherings last Tuesday to celebrate the tenth wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Rorick.  Mrs. Dr. Bennett, of Detroit, was among the number present.  Her daughters, Bessie and Georgia, sent to the couple a big tin horn and on the accompanying card was written this wish:  “Hope that you will toot your horn for ten years more.”  (Adrian Daily Telegram, September 21, 1895)

Mrs. Cora Reynolds and E.V. Reynolds attended the golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Moore held Saturday evening at their farm home one half mile east of Canandaigua.  Mr. and Mrs. Moore were pleasantly surprised when about 50 friends from Adrian, Morenci, Medina and the neighbors came to their home with well filled baskets and served dinner.  (Adrian Daily Telegram, June 24, 1931)

Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Rorick entertained at a family dinner Sunday in observance of the second wedding anniversary of their daughter and husband Mr. and Mrs. Harold Ranger.  Mrs. Arthur Brewer of Ann Arbor, another daughter, was among the guests.  (Adrian Daily Telegram, June 1, 1943)

Wedding News from the Early 1900s

Miss Perita Sanborn, whose marriage with Mr. Clarence Zelora Brown will be celebrated next Tuesday, will be the guest of honor at a luncheon to be given in the tea room today by Miss Anna Kirk and Miss Eva Harris.  The entire party will attend the Euterpe club’s recital later in the afternoon.  A matinee box party will be given Saturday afternoon in behalf of the bride-elect.  Miss Sanborn is entertaining Miss Mayme Bagley of Duluth, Minn., and Miss Edith McQuaid of Des Moines, Ia., both of whom will remain until after the wedding.  (Kansas City Times, January 11, 1900)

Dr. Charles O. Wilkin, a young dentist of Port Jervis, was married, Wednesday afternoon, to Miss Emma VanSickle, daughter of Emmet VanSickle, of that village.  (Middletown Daily Argus, October 18, 1900)

Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Kuhn announce the marriage of their eldest daughter, Miss Elizabeth A., to Mr. Chas. F. Beardslee, Wednesday evening, June 19, at 8 o’clock at their residence, 224 Farnsworth avenue.  (Detroit Free Press, June 9, 1901)

An interesting pre-matrimonial event occurred Saturday afternoon when Miss Leila Rorick became the recipient of a kitchen shower at the hands of a dozen or more of her young lady friends.  A comforter was tied, a delightful afternoon spent, and a variety of useful kitchen utensils evidenced the appreciation of the guest.  (Adrian Daily Telegram, September 2, 1903)

Untitled (Perita Sanborn & Clarence Z. Brown)

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Warren Sanborn’s invitations were out during the week for the marriage of their daughter, Perita, to Mr. Clarence Zelora Brown, Tuesday evening, January 16, at 8 o’clock, in the Christian church, Sixth street and Prospect avenue. The wedding will be a very pretty one, green and white having been chosen for the color plan. Miss Allie Hurley will be the maid of honor and the bridesmaids will be Miss Edith McQuaid of Des Moines, Miss Ella Branham, Miss Leila Mather, Miss Eva Harris, Miss Anna Kirk and Miss Myrtle Scott. Mr. Ralph Soule of Minneapolis will be best man, and the ushers will be Mr. Roy Sanborn, Mr. Orla Severance, Mr. Rob Brockett, Mr. Will W. Stevens, Mr. Will McCrum and Mr. Fred Mertsheimer. The wedding music will be given by Mr. Herbert Sisson and Mrs. S.S. Gunlach. A supper for the bridal party will be given after the wedding at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Sanborn, 3010 East Tenth street. The at home announcement is “after June 1, The Trossachs, Lake Minnetonka.”

Source: Kansas City Times, January 7, 1900.

Mr. Z.E. Brown Reported Dying

The above person is a relative of Dr. and J.D. Witter, of this city. Two years ago he was in this city the guest of Dr. Witter and received great help from his treatment. The following about his condition is taken from the St. Paul Pioneer Press:—A telegram has been received from Los Angeles, Cal., stating that Zelora E. Brown, the well known real estate agent and former partner of H.O. Hamlin, was in a dying condition. In response to this sad message Mrs. Brown and her son left yesterday for California. During the major portion of last summer Mr. Brown had suffered much from bilious disorders, and left for the Pacific coast early in the winter in the hope that a change of climate would prove beneficial. It appears, however, that the disease continued to make rapid progress, and all remedial objects proved unavailing. Prior to engaging in the real estate business Mr. Brown had been a commercial traveler, and was very generally and favorably known throughout the state. Personally he was esteemed by all with whom he came in contact, and the unfavorable report in regard to his condition will create deep regret in his extended circle of acquaintances.

Later—Mr. Brown died in Los Angeles, Wednesday last.

Source: Wood County Reporter, February 2, 1888.

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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Mrs. Brown Leaves For Western Home

Having spent the past two weeks as the house guests of Dr. and Mrs. Frederick B. Kremer of Humboldt avenue and of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Watson of Thomas avenue S, Mrs. C.Z. Brown has left for her home in Los Angeles, Calif. Before returning, she will stop at Kansas City, Mo., for a fortnight’s visit with her mother.

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune, October 4, 1928.