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”

Leila Rorick & Albert Foster

Morenci, Mich., Sept. 17 – A most beautiful wedding occurred on Wednesday at noon at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Cosper Rorick, when their daughter, Leila, was united in marriage to Mr. Albert Foster. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Trevor C. Jones in the presence of a large number of guests, all of whom, however, were immediate relatives or near friends of the contracting parties.

The color scheme of the decorations was green and white, and was carried out in white asters, white carnations, lilies, and smilax; while just back of the improvised altar was a massive bank of palms. The bride was dressed in cream crepe de chine and carried a shower bouquet of white rosebuds. She was attended by her cousins, Miss Irene Jewett, of Dayton, O., and Miss Bessie Bennett, of Detroit. These bridesmaids were becomingly gowned in white, and carried shower bouquets of pink roses. Mr. Shirley Foster, brother of the groom, acted as best man, while Dr. Ewart and Mr. Norman Horton did duty as ushers.

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Small Town News from Various Points

Mr. and Mrs. William L. Barclay, of East Ferry avenue, and their guests, Mrs. J. Ford Sutton and Mr. I. Hickman, who have been at their summer home at Bay View, Mich., returned home. (Detroit Free Press, December 9, 1917).

The following officers were elected by the Laurel Run borough school board: President, E.N. Johnson; vice president, Evan Griffith; secretary, Benjamin Belles; treasurer, Edward Chubb; solicitor, Chaz. Loveland. (Wilkes-Barre Times, December 11, 1907)

Dr. Rorick Bennett, and her daughter, Mrs. Clark, who have been occupying the Tilden residence [in Kensington, MD] for the past year, expect to return to Detroit, their former home, in the next year. (Washington Post, November 21, 1915)

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dilts have left for Morristown, N.J., where Mr. Dilts will begin his law practice. A June graduate of the University of Michigan law school, Mr. Dilts passed his Iowa bar examination Saturday. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Dilts, 1212 Lincoln way. (Ames Daily Tribune, June 27, 1950)

Lincoln—Mrs. Russell Gallagher of Colon, Canal Zone, was a guest here Sunday at the home of her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Walling. Mrs. Gallagher (Marjorie Walling), formerly lived in this neighborhood and attended the school here. Miss Gertrude Walling of Portland was also a guest at the Walling home Sunday and was accompanied back to Portland by Mrs. Gallagher. (Daily Capital Journal, June 20, 1934)

Mr. and Mrs. Harper Gallup of Detroit spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Gallup. (Ann Arbor News, December 4, 1917)

Miss Hazel Gallup has returned from Union City and will spend the summer at her home here. Mr. and Mrs. Harper Gallup of Detroit were guests of Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Gallup over the week-end. (Ann Arbor News, June 25, 1918)

REDDING, Aug. 11. — Mrs. E. Gardner, wife of a prominent dentist of this city, killed a black bear weighing 450 pounds on Noshana Creek, near Gregory, yesterday. While strolling from camp, rifle in hand, she saw two bears facing her in the road. The animals started towards her and she raised the rifle and shot one dead in its tracks. The other escaped. Mrs. Gardner’s daughter, Mrs. A.F. Dobrowsky, bagged three buck deer the same day. (San Jose Mercury News, August 11, 1905)

THIRTY YEARS AGO (1929): Mrs. Rose Garth who returned Friday from a visit with Dr. and Mrs. J.W. Garth at Beaumont, Texas brought with her the $1,000 donation “Dr. Will” made to the Clarion Library. (Wright County Monitor, November 19, 1959)

Misses Blanche Hightower and Agnes Devin were visitors to Bellingham on Friday. (Bellingham Herald, May 15, 1910)

Miss Eva Johnson, who has been motoring through the Willamette valley and has visited at the John Walling ranch, near Salem, is expected home today. Miss Elva Johnson has returned from a fortnight’s visit on Sauvies’ Island, where she was the guest of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Paquet at their Oak Grove Ridge ranch. (Portland Oregonian, September 2, 1915)

The Misses Eva and Elva Johnson are at Yaquina Bay, enjoying the salmon trolling. They are the guests of their aunt, Mrs. W.M. Toner. (Portland Oregonian, September 6, 1916)

Mr. J.W. Linderman is entertaining Mr. J. Sutton, of Cheboygan. (Detroit Free Press, February 22, 1855)

George P. Walling

George P. Walling, manager and proprietor of the most extensive carpet and rug manufactory on the Pacific coast, comes of a family represented in all of the important wars of the country, and also creditably enrolled among its educators, legislators, farmers and builders. He was born on a farm near Monroe, Green county, Wis., October 1, 1846, a son of J. R., and grandson of Gabriel Walling.

Gabriel Walling was born near Versailles, France, and when a young man came to America with his father, who served in the Revolutionary war. The grandfather was an educator of some note, and became one of the pioneers of Illinois and Iowa. Not less patriotic than his father, he served with courage and distinction in the war of 1812, and while still in Iowa was a member of the legislature of that territory. After crossing the plains in 1847, he located near Oswego, on the Willamette, cleared a plantation and engaged in farming. The sterling traits of character which had already been recognized in Iowa were appreciated to an even greater extent in the unsettled conditions of Oregon, where there was urgent need of so strong and reliant a character, and where conservative eastern forces tempered a tendency to rapid development. He served for one term in the territorial legislature of Oregon, and after assisted in organizing the state, and in framing the first laws of Oregon. He was judge of Clackamas county for two terms, and was variously associated with fraternal and social organizations, including the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Mr. Walling died in Polk County, Ore.

J.R. Walling was born near Buffalo, N.Y., in 1813, and learned the carpenter’s trade near Canton, Fulton county, Ill. True to the tradition of his family, he also became familiar with tented field and roar of cannon, for no more patriotic soldier donned the uniform in the Black Hawk war. His regiment was the same as that which was honored by the valor of Lincoln, the great emancipator. After the war, Mr. Walling removed to the vicinity of Davenport, Iowa, and in 1840 removed to Green county, in time constructing the third house in the village of Monroe. He continued to live in the growing little town, and is responsible for a considerable portion of the early upbuilding thereof. Well content with his success he returned to Fulton County in the spring of 1849, and April 29, 1854, started across the plains with his wife, arriving at Amity, Yamhill county, Ore., September 1, 1854. In his adopted western home he engaged in building and contracting, and at the same conducted a farm and nursery, the latter especially being carried on a large scale. These combined interests yielded him a satisfactory income, and he was engaged thereat until his death in 1891, at the age of seventy-eight years. In his young manhood, he married Mary Long, who was born in Virginia and whose paternal grandfather, Ware Long, was born near Paris, France, and immigrated to Virginia. Mr. Long finally became a pioneer farmer on Indiana, from which state he removed to Illinois, his final home being Wisconsin. He was a soldier in the war of 1812, and was a member of the Baptist Church. Mrs. Walling, who died in Yamhill county, Ore., July 21, 1900, was the mother of the following children: Gabriel, who was born in Fulton County, Ill., in 1836, became a lumber manufacturer in Linn and Polk counties, Ore., and is now engaged in jobbing and contracting in Portland; Nancy, who died in Wisconsin in 1849; William, who died in infancy; Phoebe, who is now Mrs. Burton [sic], of Lewiston, Idaho; George P.; Cynthia, Mrs. McCarthy [sic], of Lewiston, Idaho; and Otto, who is a musician in California.

The carpet manufacturer of Portland recalls very little of his life on the parent farm in Green county, Wis., for he was but seven when he became a small member of the train of emigrants bound for the western coast. At the little old Mount Hood schoolhouse near Amity he imbibed such knowledge as a very busy childhood permitted, and his youth passed by uneventfully until the breaking out of the Civil war. In 1864 he volunteered in Company B, First Oregon Infantry, and for twenty-two months served on the plains against the Indians, taking the place of the regulars who had been ordered back east. He had many thrilling adventures and many hair-breadth escapes, but escaped bodily injury and in due time was mustered out of the service in Vancouver, Wash.

Returning to his home, Mr. Walling was apprenticed to a tinner at Salem, Ore., worked at his trade thereafter, and in 1871 started a tinware and hardware store in Amity. At the end of a year he removed to Placerville, Cal., engaged at the same business for three years, and finally removed his stock to Lodi, Cal. Upon returning to Oregon he conducted a tinware business at Newport for fourteen years, and in 1894 settled in Portland, where he became interested in the carpet business. From a comparatively small beginning, the merits of the commodities manufactured have so increased the demand, that at the present time there is no more extensive concern of the kind on the coast, or in fact this side of the Rocky mountains. The custom extends all up and down the coast, and eight looms are kept busy the year ’round. In addition to carpets and rugs, the firm manufacturers silk portieres five feet and more in length, and some of their carpet is as wide as nine feet. The manufactory is located on the corner of Union avenue and Sacramento streets.

In Lafayette, Ore., Mr. Walling married Dora Clark, a native of Plano, Kendall county, Ill., and a daughter of David Clark, a farmer who removed to California in 1860, and to Oregon in 1866, settling in Dayton, Yamhill county. Mr. Clark engaged first in the manufacture of agricultural implements, but later contracted and built up to the time of his death in Santa Barbara, Cal. He married Harriet Colburn, who was born in New York and died in California, and who became the mother of four children, three of whom are still living: Thornton, a resident of Santa Barbara, Cal.; Mary, now Mrs. Porter of Eldorado county, Cal.; and Dora. Mrs. Walling was reared and partially educated in Illinois, and crossed the plains with her parents, thereafter attending the public schools of California. She came to Oregon in 1868. Six children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Walling: Nora, who is now Mrs. Richardson, of Fort Stevens; Otto, who is a barber of Portland; Omar Clyde, who died at the age of ten months; Lena, who is the wife of Newton Anderson, of Portland; Walter, who is clerking in Portland; and Mary, who died while a baby. Mr. Walling is a Republican in political affiliation, and is associated with the George Wright Post, G. A. R.

Source: Portrait and Biographical Record of Portland and Vicinity (Oregon). 1903. Chicago: Chapman Publishing Company.