John Harlyn Bryant, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Bryant, was born March 24, 1903, at their country home in Dover township, and died July 4, 1931, at the age of 28 years.
He attended the Adrian high school, graduating with the class of 1923. He also spent one year at Adrian Business College. February 4, 1928, he was married to Margaret Spear of Morenci. Those left in the immediate family are his widow and two little years, Carolyn Ann and Betty Jane; his father and mother, grandmother, Mrs. Lillian Rice, and one brother, George, at home. He was a loving, kind and patient father and husband, loved by all who knew him.
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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.
MORENCI, March 10 – The funeral of Melvin McCloe, who died Wednesday morning in his home in Detroit was held Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the Ackland Funeral Home with the Rev. W.A. Rush officiating. The bearers were Dean Kennedy, G.S. Bryant, Carl Guss, Russell Johnston, Glenn Guss and Harold Aberduskey. The burial was in Oak Grove cemetery.
Relatives and friends from Detroit, Waldron, Adrian, Hudson, Fayette and Morenci attended the services.
Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, March 10, 1941
The funeral party accompanying the remains of Mrs. Melvin McCloe who passed away at her home in Detroit, arrived at the home of her brother, W.R. Rorick Monday morning and the funeral service was held at the Rorick home Monday afternoon, the Rev. S.N. Oliver officiating. George Pratt sang and the bearers were G.H. Rorick, C.M. Rorick, J.P. Rorick, Allie Kennedy, Earl Baldwin and F.T. Sullivan. Friends and relatives at the service from out of town were Melvin McCloe, Miss Maude McCloe, Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Nimmo, Misses Mary and Florence Bryant of Detroit; Mrs. Frank J. Sweeney, Norma Sweeney of Buffalo; Mrs. Lottie Abbuskey, Harold Abbuskey of Waldron, Mich.; Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Stoner, Mrs. G.H. Crane, Mr. and Mrs. F.T. Sullivan, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Baldwin, Mr. and Mrs. R.D. Amsbaugh of Fayette, Ohio; Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Rorick of Adrian, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Guss and family, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Scott of Medina, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Moore, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Bryant, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Salisbury and family and Jacob Hathaway of Canandaigua. The burial was made in Oak Grove cemetery.
Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, January 12, 1926.
Mrs. Howell Wilson entertained Friday afternoon with a linen shower in honor of Miss Ethelyn Shugars of Onsted. A buffet luncheon was served, the decorations being in pink and white. The guests were Miss Vivian DeVry, Miss Gertrude Stegg, Miss Vanyce Furman of Adrian, Miss Mary Bryant, Miss Florence Bryant, Miss Virginia Wilson, Miss Madelyn Wilson, Miss Helen Rorick, Miss Marjorie Rorick, Mrs. Curtis Rorick.
Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, April 14, 1919.
Mr. and Mrs. Willard C. McConnell announce the engagement of their daughter, Cleantha Parke, to Wylllis Osborn Dodge of Lansing. (Adrian Daily Telegram, January 7, 1918)
Mrs. William Moore Rorick announces the marriage of her daughter, Mrs. Claribel Rorick McGraw, to Lieut. L.W Mueller, of the ordinance department, in the Central Methodist church, in the presence of the immediate families, Lieut. R.W. Baldwin, of the signal corps, being the only attendant. Lieut. and Mrs. Mueller will reside in Decatur, Ill., where Lieut. Mueller is engaged with the Mueller Manufacturing company. (Detroit Free Press, March 22, 1918)
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Mrs. Cosper H. Rorick entertained Saturday in honor of Miss Ruth Lloyd of Evanston, Ill., a bride of the near future. A four-course luncheon was served at 1 o’clock. Pink carnations made a beautiful center piece and were given as favors, while cupids and hearts were used in profusion. Many attractive and practical gifts were showered from a pink and white umbrella. Mrs. Rorick was assisted by Mrs. G.H. Rorick and Miss Beulah Campbell. The guests were: Mrs. W.D. Murphy, Columbus, O.; Miss Alma Rorick, Buffalo; Mrs. Perry [sic] Sullivan, Mrs. Earl Baldwin, Fayette; Mrs. C.M. Rorick, Mrs. Martha Spear, Mrs. Paul Spear, Mrs. Richard Rogers, Mrs. John Rorick, Misses Florence and Mary Bryant, Helen and Marjorie Rorick.
Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, January 22, 1917.
MORENCI, Jan. 22.—The funeral of Mrs. C.M. Rorick, who died Thursday, Jan. 18, was held at her late home on Main street, at 1 o’clock Sunday, the Rev. Henry Coate officiating. The pall bearers were Fred Foster, R.E. Baker, Frank Bryant, John P. Rorick, Earl Baldwin and Bert Rorick, all cousins of Mrs. Rorick. The music was a solo, “Abide with me,” sung by Mrs. Hazel Horton. There was a large circle of friends that paid the last respect to her memory by their gifts of beautiful flowers and she was laid to rest in Oak Grove cemetery.
The following people were here from out of town for the funeral: Dr. and Mrs. Rorick, Earl Baldwin and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Amsbaugh, G.H. Crane and John Rorick of Fayette; F.E. Foster and wife, Mrs. Marvin Picket and R.E. Baker, Lansing; Mrs. G.H. Gates, Mrs. F.S. Myers, Mrs. Maude Sullivan, Detroit; Mrs. W.D. Murfey [sic] and son John Murfey [sic] of Columbus.
Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, January 22, 1912.
MORENCI, June 2.—The funeral of Mrs. Deborah Ann Spear was held Friday afternoon at the home on East Main street. The Rev. H.A. Essex, pastor of the Baptist church, officiated and the burial was made in the family plot in Oak Grove cemetery. The bearers were Paul E. Spear, Maurice Spear, Richard Rogers, John Bryant, Ned Baldwin and Lawrence Spear, grandsons and nephews of the deceased.
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MORENCI, Mich., May 26—The funeral of Emma Frances Spear, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Spear near Waldron, who died in the Flower hospital in Toledo, was held in the home of the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Spear of East Street North in Morenci Thursday afternoon. The Rev. S.N. Oliver of the First Congregational church of Charlotte officiated, assisted by the Rev. H.B. Stevens of the First Baptist church in Morenci.
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