Celebrated Gold Wedding

Mr. and Mrs. M.C. Rorick celebrated their fiftieth anniversary at their home on East Main street Friday. The guest were members of the immediate family. Dinner was served at the Hotel Saulsbury after which the afternoon was spent at the Rorick home with pleasant social intercourse and refreshments of ice cream and cake later in the day. Mark C. Rorick and Mary Porter were married August 9, 1868, at the Baptist parsonage in Medina by Rev. Boynton. Twenty-seven years were spent on their farm in Seneca and 23 years they have been residents of Morenci. To them were born three children, J.P. Rorick of Seneca and Mrs. Earl Baldwin of Fayette. Their daughter Maud died several years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Rorick have the distinction of being the first couple in the Rorick family to celebrate the golden anniversary and received the hearty congratulations of a host of friends. The guests were Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Rorick and family of Seneca; Mr. and Mrs. Earl Baldwin and family; Dr. and Mrs. Estelle [sic] Rorick of Fayette; Mr. and Mrs. L.H. Converse, Mr. and Mrs. S.K. Porter, Mrs. Amy Rorick, Mrs. Amelia Rorick, Mrs. Harriet Rorick, Mr. and Mrs. C.M. Rorick.

Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, August 10, 1918.

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Lewis H. Converse

FAYETTE, April 15—Lewis H. Converse, aged 87 years, died at midnight last night at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Carrie Acker.  Mr. Converse had been ill for some time of the infirmities of age.  He was born in Medina township, Michigan, but had spent the greater part of his life in this vicinity.  Mr. Converse was a veteran of the Civil War, having enlisted in Company A, 18th Michigan Volunteer Infantry.

He is survived by the daughter, Mrs. Acker of Fayette, and a son, Charles L. Converse, of Medina township.

The funeral will be held Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the Stockwell Funeral Home in Morenci and the burial will be made in the Whitney cemetery in Medina township.  The Rev. Ada Hawley, pastor of the Fayette Church of Christ, will officiate.

Source:  Adrian Daily Telegram, April 15, 1933.

John C. Rorick

A Long and Active Life

Varied Experiences – Pioneer and Patriot – Services to His Community and State – Honored by Fellow Citizens and Associates

John C. Rorick was born near Elmira, New York, February 13th, 1834, died at his home in Wauseon, December 8th, 1920; between these two dates there is a period of nearly eighty seven years; a long life time and filled with a variety of experiences beyond the average of those which come to the lives of American citizens. Mr. Rorick was of a sturdy stock remarkable for its longevity and as well for its initiative and energy in service to its time and place.

William Rorick, his father, was of German parentage, as a young man of twenty-five he made the trip from New Jersey to Elmira on foot and six years later he was a member of the “Westward Ho” which people this section of the country with those pioneers of indomitable spirit and will who have conquered the wilderness and gave it as a heritage to their successors in the generation that followed. William Rorick made the trip from New York to Lenawee County, Michigan, with his little family in a covered wagon in 1836, he died at the age of 93. The mother who shared the adventure and the task of her pioneer husband, was Phoebe Breese, from the same family came such men as Judge Sidney Brees of Illinois, and Samuel Finley Breese Morse, the inventor of the telegraph.

The characteristic traits of his ancestry are evident throughout the life history of Mr. Rorick.

In the days of his boyhood, society made but meagre provision for the school training; but his undaunted determination led him to work out his own training and education by supplementing the meagre school advantages with his own persistent effort to acquire for himself the knowledge essential to successful and useful living: One and one half terms at Medina Seminary in Tenawee [sic] County and a rather meagre course in Commerce in Gregory’s Commercial College of Detroit formed the framework upon which Mr. Rorick by his own study at home and constant search for information wrought out for himself what was recognized by those who knew him as a liberal education. To the last days of his activity he was constant in effort to add to his fund of information, so it was indeed true that with him education was the process of a lifetime.

The pioneer spirit and versatility of his character is exemplified in an outline of his life’s activities.

At the age of eighteen he began teaching school; in 1854 he was in the Lake Superior Copper country as “Boss of the Kilns” at the Ridge Mine Ontonagon; returning to the states in company with two other young men on snow shoes 250 miles through unbroken wilderness with only a chart and compass to guide them; he again took up the occupation of teaching, giving instruction in writing, drawing and bookkeeping in Madison, Wisconsin and towns in that vicinity. In 1855 he in company with Dan Howard, a noted pen artist, charactered the first Commercial College in the State of Wisconsin, located in the city of Milwaukee; Mr. Rorick’s position in this school being the professor of the science of accounts and Commercial Law. He became proficient in pen drawing and his work in this line was awarded premiums in art exhibits in Chicago and elsewhere. Selling out his interest in the Commercial College in Milwaukee, he retired to Aurora, Illinois and in 1860 returned to Michigan. In 1862 December 15th, he was united in marriage to Miss Emma J. Whiting at Elmira, N.Y. returning to his home in Michigan with his bride. In 1864 he became the proprietor of the Sherman House in Wauseon. In 1866 he purchased the Morenci Hotel Morenci, Michigan, in 1867 he became the owner and operator of a Spoke Factory at Canandaigua, Michigan. In 1872 he moved to Wauseon where he resided to the date of his decease: In addition to the enterprises already alluded to he has been actively involved in agriculture, having owned 12 farms in Ohio, besides numerous others in the States of Michigan, Indiana, Iowa and Kansas. He was engaged in Commerce in Wauseon for a number of years as a member of the grocery firm of White and Rorick; he was also president of the Grayson Telephone Company of Sherman and Dennison, Texas with headquarters at Lima, Ohio.

Mr. Rorick has also distinguished himself as an inventor, having to his credit the following practical and useful inventions: The Rorick System of re-working butter, which went into use among shippers in 1878. The Quadrant Bevel Square; an improved Air Pad Truss and several other practical devices. He was also a frequent contributor to the press on political and social subjects.

In the field of public service Mr. Rorick has made himself a remarkable record. In Lenawee county Michigan he was called to serve as a member of the School Board and as Justice of the Peace; in Wauseon he has served as councilman, Mayor, President of the Board of Education and a township trustee. He has served the State of Ohio as a member of the Board of Equalization, in 1881 and again on the same board in 1901. He was elected State Senator from the 33rd Senatorial District in 1891 and was re-elected to this same position in 1893, serving two full terms as State Senator; for two years he served as a member of the Board of managers for the Ohio State Penitentiary. His last important public service was as a member of the Ohio State Constitutional Convention in which body he helped to frame the present Constitution of our State. To all of these positions whether great or small he brought a thorough knowledge of practical economics, a well balanced judgement, an unfailing energy, a true public spirit and unsevering fidelity to every trust reposed in him, by which he merited the confidence and esteem which his fellow citizens gave him.

In private life he was a loyal and faithful husband, a friend whose true friendship found expression in kindly deeds as well as words. He loved his fellowmen and loved to mingle with them. He found real pleasure in ministering to the comforts and pleasures of others. His long life is closed and his best monument is the record of a life well spent in service to humanity. He leaves in the circle of those nearest to him by family ties his faithful wife, companion and work-fellow for fifty-eight years; his adopted daughter, Mrs. W.C. McConnell of Adrian, Mich., a sister, Mrs. Converse of Adrian, Mich., and a brother, Dr. E.H. Rorick of Fayette.

Funeral services were held at the house on East Elm Street Saturday afternoon, Dec. 11th, Rev. Arthur E. Fish, pastor of the Congregational church officiating and Wauseon Lodge No. 156 Knights of Pythias, of which he was a member performing their burial service at the grave.

Mr. Rorick was at the time of his death Commander of the Associate Members of Losure Post G.A.R. Members of this Post were in attendance in a body at the funeral services.

Source: Fulton County Tribune, December 17, 1920.

Short Rorick Death Notices

Canandaigua – The many friends of Mrs. Jacob Rorick were grieved to hear of her death Saturday p.m. The funeral was held at the Congregational church of Morenci at 10 o’clock Monday Morning. (Adrian Daily Telegram, September 17, 1901)

Sidney E. Rorick, the brother of Dallas E. [sic] Rorick of Monticello, died at Oxford Mills, March 29, at the age of 80 years. The only living brother of the Rorick boys who came to Iowa from Franklin county, Ohio, in 1859, is D.E. [sic] Rorick. The decedent’s wife and two children preceded him in death. (Monticello Express, April 10, 1930)

William Rorick, one of the few remaining pioneers of Michigan, died at his home in Morenci, Saturday morning at 6 o’clock. He was born in Sussex county, N.J., March 30, 1805, and came to this county over sixty years ago. He leaves five children, Mrs. Converse, E.B. Rorick, of Morenci, Hon. John C. Rorick, of Wauseon, O., Hon. E.H. Rorick, superintendent state hospital at Athens, O., and J.M. Rorick of Seneca, Mich. (Adrian Daily Telegram, January 17, 1898)

Hon. John C. Rorick

Hon. John C. Rorick died at his home in Wauseon, Wednesday, Dec. 8, after an illness extending over several months.

Mr. Rorick was one of the foremost citizens of Fulton County. He came from poverty to be one the country’s wealthy and successful business men, being identified with several banks and business institutions. He first came to Wauseon in 1866 and purchased the Sherman House. The next year he returned to Michigan where he remained until 1872, when he again came to Wauseon (Ohio), where he has since resided.

Mr. Rorick enjoyed the confidence of his fellow men. He served them faithfully and they gave him places of honor. He was elected and served for two terms as Senator in the State Legislature. Twice he was elected to the State Board of Equalization of property for taxation and in these positions he won the reputation of being the friend of the average man. His work was marked by ability, fearlessness and honesty.

Gov. Harris appointed Mr. Rorick a member of the State Board of Penitentiary managers, where he demonstrated his ability as a financier of the first rank. Here he gave the people an economical and efficient administration. In 1911 Mr. Rorick was elected a member of the state constitutional convention.

In all public service Mr. Rorick has proven faithful to every trust reposed in him and he leaves a record and a name untarnished. He kept the faith of those whom he has served and made his word as good as his bond.

John C. Rorick was born near Elmira, N.Y. Feb. 13, 1834 and moved with his parents to Lenawee Co., Mich. in 1836. There he grew to manhood and endured all the hardships of pioneer life. His education was secured largely by home study. He taught school for a short time and then completed a commercial course, graduating from the Gregory Commercial College of Detroit.

For some months, Mr. Rorick has been in failing health and on the afternoon of Dec. 8, this active, useful life was ended, leaving his aged companion, a foster daughter, Mrs. W.C. McConnell of Adrian, a brother, Dr. Estell H. Rorick of Fayette, a sister, Mrs. L.H. Converse of Morenci, and hosts of friends to cherish his memory.

Mr. Rorick was commander of the Associate G.A.R. organization and a member of Wauseon Lodge Knights of Pythias.

Source:  Lundahl, Helen Rorick.  (n.d.) The Rorick Family in America.  (NB: This manuscript is held in the Toledo-Lucas County Library and contains a number of transcriptions of undated newspaper clippings.)

Mr. and Mrs. Mark C. Rorick Had a Gold Wedding Day

Mrs. and Mrs. M.C. Rorick Celebrate Fiftieth Anniversary of Their Marriage

Scholars at Medina Academy

Worthy Members of Honored Pioneer Family

Two Other Golden Wedding Anniversaries to Follow

Friday, August 9th. Mr. and Mrs. M.C. Rorick observed their golden wedding anniversary in a happy manner at the same time giving pleasure to some thirty near relatives. Dinner was served at Hotel Saulsbury at one long table and a variety of ages was represented ranging from the host down to the twin son and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.N. Baldwin.

A four course dinner was enjoyed after which the afternoon was spent at the family home on Main Street. Ice cream and cake were served. Those present were Mr. and Mrs. E.N. Baldwin and family, Dr. and Mrs. E.H. Rorick of Fayette, J.P. Rorick and family, Mr. and Mrs. S.K. Porter, Mr. and Mrs. L.H. Converse, Mesdames Harriet, Amelia and Amy Rorick, Mr. and Mrs. C.M. Rorick.

There will be two other golden anniversaries of this company during the present month, those of Mr. and Mrs. S.K. Porter, also Dr. and Mrs. E.H. Rorick.

Fifty years ago Mary Porter, then a girl of eighteen and daughter of the well known John C. Porter and wife of Seneca township, married Mark C. Rorick, aged 23, son of Cosper and Nancy Rorick. The marriage took place at the Baptist parsonage in Medina, Rev. Boynton officiating. Both having been scholars at Medina Academy, this seemed a fitting and thriving place for the event. At that time there was no post office at what is now Seneca village, Canandaigua being the nearest. [The couple started their married life] in a log house opposite the home of the late F.E. Bryant. Three years later the couple moved a short distance north to what is called the “home” place now occupied by J.P. Rorick. After about 24 years here of extensive farming, Mr. and Mrs. Rorick moved to Morenci where their daughter, Maud, died in 1899. This has been the only death among the children and grandchildren.

Mr. and Mrs. Rorick are the fortunate grandparents of twelve boys and girls besides enjoying the relationship of a large family and many friends.

Source:  Lundahl, Helen Rorick. (n.d.) The Rorick Family in America.  (NB: This manuscript is held in the Toledo-Lucas County Library and contains a number of transcriptions of undated newspaper clippings).

Golden Wedding Anniversary

Dr. and Mrs. E.H. Rorick of Fayette, OH and Mr. and Mrs. S.K. Porter of Morenci, Mich., celebrated their golden wedding anniversaries at the Blair Hotel in Morenci, Thursday, Aug. 22. It is an unusual and remarkable occurrence for two couples to come down through life together, as has been the case with Dr. and Mrs. Rorick and Mr. and Mrs. Porter.

In the center of a flower-decked table on which a sumptuous dinner was served, was a large basket of golden-hearted Ophelia roses, a remembrance from the guests. The brides each wore a quaint corsage bouquet, the gift of Dr. Rorick Bennett, of Detroit. In the afternoon ice cream, cake and punch were served on the spacious lawn on S.K. Porter, East Main Street.

The double wedding ceremony was performed in the parsonage by Rev. James Noynton, the pastor of the Baptist church at Medina. Both couples have a large circle of friends and acquaintances who extend to them congratulations upon this rare occasion.

The guests were Mr. and Mrs. A.V. Foster, Hon. and Mrs. Horton C. Rorick of Toledo, Mrs. (Dr.) Rorick Bennett and daughter Mrs. George Clark of Detroit, Mrs. and Mrs. Fred Sullivan, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Baldwin, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Crane of Fayette, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Rorick of Wauseon, Mr. and Mrs. M.C. Rorick, Mr. and Mrs. C.M. Rorick, Mr. and Mrs. G.H. Rorick, Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Rorick, Mrs. Amelia Rorick, Mrs. Amy Rorick, Mr. and Mrs. H.E. Spear, Mrs. P.H. Spear and Mr. and Mrs. L.H. Converse.

S.K. Porter and Mary Rorick were residents of Seneca Township at the time of their marriage, both living near Seneca Village. After their marriage, they continued to live on the Porter homestead until recent years, when they retired to Morenci. Mr. Porter was Vice President of the First National Bank until recently when he resigned that he might be free from the duties imposed by the position.

Estell Rorick and Mary Acker were residents of Morenci at the time of their marriage. Later, Mr. Rorick took his medical courses at the U. of M. He practiced at Tedrow and then located at Fayette, which pace has been his home except for a short period of years when he resided in Columbus, OH.

The warmth of their genial presence in the community where they reside has left ever a wholesome atmosphere of cheer.

Dr. Rorick in his profession during the past years had been able to enter the hearts of many homes and to have part in the deepest things of many lives. He has time and again given material aid in a silent and inauspicious way to those who will never forget. Generosity pure and simple is an attribute not amiss for Dr. and Mrs. Rorick

When Fayette was struggling in the its steps of progress support was always coming from the Rorick home. Perhaps there is no better way to describe the attitude of these people toward the community than in the words of the poet, “Write me as one who loves his fellow men,” and as a seeming reward for such helpful living, youthful mind and heart have remained with both, and this through half a century. It is not for us to estimate the value of such a home.

Source:  Lundahl, Helen Rorick.  (n.d.) The Rorick Family in America.  (NB:  This manuscript is held in the Toledo-Lucas County Library and contains a number of transcriptions of undated newspaper clippings).