The announcement of the approaching marriage of Miss Helen Rorick to Dr. Harry Lundahl of Ishpeming was made a luncheon of attractive arrangements Saturday afternoon at Miss Rorick’s home on Toledo street. Ophelia roses centered the table and from each bud suspended by a white card was a dainty little place card in the form of a little bride, marking the places of the guests. At the conclusion of the luncheon which was served by Miss Alice Rorick and Miss Gladys Westgate the flowers were presented to the 12 guests and hidden within each rose was found a tiny roll of paper on which was written the announcement and the date, December 1. The afternoon was spent in playing Mah Jongg, Miss Elizabeth Hart winning high score. Those present from out of the city were Miss Estelle Hooper of Ann Arbor, Miss Rachel Reno of Pittsburgh, Pa., and the Misses Amy Crane and Josephine Hamilton of Toledo.

Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, November 19, 1923.


Silver Wedding Celebrated

FAYETTE, Ohio, Sept. 25.—Mr. and Mrs. G.H. Crane celebrated their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary Saturday, Sept. 16, with a small family gathering at their home on West Main street.  Those present were Mrs. Amanda Horton of Fruit Ridge; Mrs. S.K. Porter, Mrs. Amie Rorick, Mr. and Mrs. G.H. Rorick of Morenci; Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Rorick of Seneca; Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Rorick, Mr. and Mrs. A.V. Foster and family, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Prudden, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Rorick, Miss Isabel Scott and Ceilan Rorick of Toledo; also Miss Amie Crane and George Crane, Jr.  Appropriate gifts in silver from relatives, friends and neighbors were received.  Mr. and Mrs. Crane began housekeeping in Adrian where they resided four years, going from there to Monessen, Pa., where they lived seven years, moving from there to Fayette.

Source:  Adrian Daily Telegram, September 23, 1922.

Frank E. Bryant

Frank E. Bryant, son of John and Sophronia Bryant, was born in Seneca township, Michigan, Sept. 10, 1866, at the Bryant homestead, now occupied by his brother Ralph.

He attended the district school and then went to high school one year in Adrian, where later his children were educated. At 21 years of age he took his father’s farm to work on shares. This he kept for seven years, and here he laid the foundation for a successful business career. Sept. 7, 1893, he was married to Katie B. Rorick. They immediately bought the farm near Seneca village, where he resided until his death. To them were born five children, two of whom, John and Jacob, died in infancy. Two daughters, Mary L. and Florence S., also one son, Gerald, are left. Seven years ago on Oct. 24, 1910, the loved wife and mother died after a short illness, leaving three children between the ages of 12 and 16 years.

So great was their father’s determination for them to finish their education that he insisted on them continuing their course at high school while he bravely died his best to keep up the household until their graduation.

With the exception of one year spent in Morenci and one year on his father’s farm, Mr. Bryant made his home on the property which he loved and which he improved and made into an ideal home in every respect. After an illness of one week he died Sunday, Sept. 30, making his age 51 years.

There remain two sisters, Mrs. Nellie Hawkins and Mrs. Ida Gorsuch, and a brother, Ralph J. Bryant.

Frank Bryant was a man of sterling qualities; a man of honesty and integrity; public spirited and always willing to help with any affairs of benefit to the community. He belonged to the Seneca Union church, and was an active member of the Knights of Pythias order. He was a staunch Republican and firm in temperance principles. For some twenty years he has carried on a successful stock business and thus was widely known.

The funeral service was held at the home Tuesday afternoon, and large company of friends and relatives being present. The floral offerings were many and beautiful. Rev. H.W. Moody of the Morenci Congregational church officiated and Clarke E. Baldwin delivered a brief eulogy. Miss Virginia Wilson sang, accompanied by Miss Eva Wilson. The bearers were Ralph Bryant, Archie Hawkins, W.R. Rorick, E.J. Bryant, Wm. Gorsuch and A. H. Nimmo. The members of the K. of P. lodge attended in a body.

Friends present from out of town were Mrs. and Mrs. Melvin McCloe and daughter Maud, and Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Nimmo and daughter Virginia of Detroit; Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Rorick and daughter Alma of Buffalo; Mr. and Mrs. John Rorick and Mr. and Mrs. William Gorsuch and family of Wauseon; Mr. and Mrs. A.V. Foster of Toledo; Clarke E. Baldwin, Henry A. Wing, Miss Anna Bemendorfer, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Abbott, Mr. and Mrs. Irving Smith, Mrs. Furman and daughter Freda, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Schneider of Adrian; Mrs. Margaret Ashley of Sand Lake; Mrs. John Doig of Pontiac; Mrs. Josie Howland, Birmingham, Mich.; Dr. and Mrs. E.H. Rorick, Mr. and Mrs. E.N. Baldwin, Mrs. G.H. Crane, Perley Cawley and daughter Helen, Mrs. Claud Elliott, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Stoner of Fayette; Albert Hawkins of Los Angeles; Miss Ethelyn Shugars and Elwood Knapp of Onsted.

Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, October 4, 1917.

Funeral of George H. Rorick

MORENCI, Feb. 7.—The funeral of George Herbert Rorick was held Monday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock in the home with Rev. Norman MacNaughton, pastor of the Congregational church, officiating.  The burial was made in the family lot in Oak Grove cemetery.  The bearers were Sam Horton, J.P. Rorick, M.C. Rorick, W.R. Rorick, W.C. Hart and James Miller.  The honorary bearers were Dr. C.A. Blair, C.F. Buck, W.R. Gates, Dr. J.B. Munro, M.C. Wisely and L. Glen Wisely.

Relatives and friends from away who attended the services included Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Rorick and sons Marvin and Ceilan of Toledo, Mrs. Lela [sic] Foster and son Oscar and daughter, Mrs. Charles Beither [sic], Mr. and Mrs. George Crane, Mr. and Mrs. Lyman Snyder and son Cale, and Mr. and Mrs. G.H. Crane of Fayette, Byron Foster of Hudson, Mr. and Mrs. Alec Nimmo, Mrs. Florence Gorton, Mrs. Kathryn Mumford, Mr. and Mrs. Milton Wisely and Mr. and Mrs. Glen Wisely, all of Detroit, Mr. and Mrs. George Abbott, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Burtless, James Miller and the Rev. and Mrs. Norman MacNaughton of Adrian, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Ives of Tecumseh and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Lentz and daughter Alice of Wampler Lake.

Source:  Adrian Daily Telegram, February 7, 1934.

Funeral of Amie S. Rorick

MORENCI, Aug. 18—The funeral of Mrs. Amie Spaulding Rorick was held in the Rorick home on East Main Street Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock. The Rev. S.N. Oliver of Muskegon, a former pastor of the Congregational Church in Morenci, officiated. The bearers were C.H. Rorick, C.K. Rorick of Morenci, Marvin Rorick, Ceilan Rorick, George Crane and Charles Baither of Toledo, all grandsons of the deceased. The burial was made in Oak Grove cemetery.

Relatives and friends from a distance who attended the service were Mr. and Mrs. A.V. Foster, Mr. and Mrs. Horton Rorick, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Baither, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Pruden [sic] of Toledo, Mr. and Mrs. Byron Foster and daughter Violet of Hudson, Mr. and Mrs. G.H. Crane of Fayette, Mrs. William Armstrong of Sharon, Pa., Mrs. Charles Wade, Mrs. George Harding and Mr. and Mrs. Williamson of Jonesville and John Beatty of Norwalk, Connecticut.

Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, August 18, 1931.

Notable Wedding

G. Henry Crane and Miss Eva May Rorick, at Morenci

The wedding of G. Henry Crane, of this city, bookkeeper at C.B. Pennock’s novelty store, and Miss Eva May Rorick, daughter of Casper Rorick, of Morenci, took place last evening, at 7 o’clock, at the Congregational church, at Morenci, and was the swellest social function that ever took place in that pleasant little village.

The church was magnificently trimmed in a green and white effect, a profusion of palms being scattered about the room. Everyone of the large windows had row upon row of burning candles and at the altar candles were burning.

Rev. John McLean, of the Baptist church, performed Episcopal ceremony, and during its reading the ever sweet Traummeri was softly played on the organ.

A departure from the usual custom was the signing of Lohengrin’s wedding march by a chorus of female voices, concealed behind a handsome bank of palms. The effect was charming.

The bride and her maids were dressed in white organdie, and the gentlemen were in full dress. Dr. G.B.M. Seager appeared for Mr. Crane, and with Miss Rorick were Miss Horton, of Morenci, Miss Jewett, of Dayton, Ohio, and Lela Rorick. The bride carried lilies of the valley, Miss Jewett and Miss Horton carnations, and Lela Rorick American beauty roses.

The ushers were Clark Baldwin, Chas. Whiteney, Seward Wilcox and Theodore Wagner.

Following the ceremony a reception was held at the residence, and at about 1 o’clock the couple drove to North Morenci to take the Wabash west.

There were 45 who took a special on the [unclear] & L.N., and returning they reached Adrian about 2 o’clock.

Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, September 17, 1897.

Well Known Morenci Resident Passes Away

Mark C. Rorick, older son of Cosper and Nancy A. Breese Rorick, was born on a farm in Seneca township, Michigan Dec. 7, 1845 and died Feb. 6, 1922. His brother Leroy W. was born Sept. 14, 1847. He lived with his parents in a log house until the brick house was built in ’68. Cosper Rorick, father of M.C. Rorick, had a small clearing 3-4 mile north of what is now Seneca village, woods being on all sides. Canandaigua was the nearest post office and trading point combined and traveling was accomplished entirely by ox team or by horse back. The nearest church was at Medina, seven miles distant, and this they attended every Sunday morning. It was necessary to make an early start as they drove an ox team and wagon with a board across the wagon box for the little boys.

When about five years of age “Mark” commenced school in the home district 2 1/2 miles way in the Rorick district today. He walked back and forth to school. When the Tufts school house was being built he attended school in a part of the James Lord home, temporarily. Continue reading “Well Known Morenci Resident Passes Away”

A Well Known Citizen Gone

Death of Leroy W. Rorick at his Home in Morenci Last Saturday Morning

Leroy W. Rorick, a well known citizen of Morenci, died at his home here last Saturday morning, March 10, 1917, after an illness of several months. The funeral service was held Monday under the direction of the K. of P. Lodge of which he was a member.

Judge B.L. Hart of Adrian and Hon. B.D. Chandler of Hudson, who represented the order, gave words of sympathy and helpfulness to the bereaved family.

Miss Virginia Wilson sang a solo. The out of town relatives who attended the funeral were: Mrs. William Rorick of Buffalo, N.Y., Mrs. Spencer Sloan, Mrs. Della McCloe, H.C. Rorick and wife, A.V. Foster and wife of Toledo, J.C. Rorick of Wauseon, Dr. and Mrs. E.H. Rorick, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Sullivan, P.F. Cawley and daughter, Helen, Earl Baldwin and wife, John Rorick and Mrs. G.H. Crane of Fayette, Hon. G.B. Horton and John Cole of Weston.

Leroy W. Rorick was born in Seneca township, Sept. 14, 1847. His father, Cosper Rorick, a native of New Jersey, came to Michigan in 1840 and commenced with the pioneers in the work of changing a wilderness to a domain of elegant homes and productive farms. His father was married to Nancy A. Breese, Jan. 15, 1845, and they settled on a farm one mile north of Seneca in a log house with primitive surroundings, where Leroy was born. He grew up on the farm laboring with his father in the fields as boys in those days did and walking two and a half miles to a district school house for his education which was completed at the Medina Academy.

He was married Feb. 10, 1870 to Harriet L. Porter to whom were born one daughter, Nellie R., wife of Dr. Murphy of Columbus, OH and Cosper M., cashier of the First National Bank of Morenci. He commenced the work of an active life on the farm where he resided until 1888, when he moved to Morenci where he lived a retired life for one year, then going to Fayette where he purchased a livery business which he successfully followed for nine years. Disposing of the same, he followed the business of harness making for about six years in Morenci, after he which he purchased a farm two miles west of Weston where he resided about three years. He then purchased a small country home near Seneca where he lived until the spring of 1916 when he built a home and moved to Morenci.

His life has been a full demonstration of industry, kindness and business integrity and his faithful friends are numerous wherever he is known. His departure is mourned by all who knew him. He is survived by one brother, Mark C. Rorick of Morenci.

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).

A Sad Death

Mrs. F.E. Bryant Taken From Loved Ones

One of the saddest deaths we have been called upon to record was that of Mrs. Frank E. Bryant of Seneca, who was called from her beloved family last Monday afternoon. Expressions of regret at the death of beautiful and useful life in the prime of womanhood were heard everywhere in the community. She had been ill only two weeks and her condition was not considered serious until a few days before her demise. Sad indeed was the taking away to the loving husband and children who still need the care and devotion of a mother’s heart. To her father, Jacob Rorick, and her grandmother, Mrs. Caroline Sayres, who is still young at the advanced age of 91, the loss of her companionship is a sad affliction. In fact, all her many friends and relatives mourn her early departure.

Kate B. Rorick, daughter of Jacob and Mary Rorick, was born in Canandaigua, Mich., January 9, 1872, and at the time of her death, October 24, 1910, was aged 38 years, 9 months, and 15 days. She was united in marriage to Frank E. Bryant September 7, 1893, and to this union were born five children, two sons, John and Jacob, dying in early childhood. The three surviving children are Mary L., Florence S., and Gerald, ranging in age from 12 to 16 years. During her life, she was a devoted daughter, wife and mother.

Besides the mourning husband, children, father and grandmother, the latter two in later years making their home with her, she leaves one brother, William R. Rorick of Buffalo, and two sisters: Mrs. Mel McCloe of Detroit and Mrs. Carl Guss of Medina, besides a host of friends and relatives.

The funeral, which was one of the largest in attendance the county has seen in recent years, was held on Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Henry Coates officiating. Appropriate songs were rendered by Miss Susan Furman and Mrs. Ed. Moore, with Miss Flossie Allen accompanist. The bearers were composed of relatives and near friends, who tenderly carried the remains to their last resting place. The floral tributes were beautiful and numerous and attested the loving esteem in which the departed was held.

Among those attending from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Rorick of Buffalo, N.Y.; Dr. and Mrs. E.H. Rorick and daughter, Mrs. Fred Sullivan, and Mrs. G.H. Crane of Fayette; Mr. and Mrs. Mel McCloe and daughter, Mertie, and Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Sloan of Detroit; Mrs. Hervey Spencer and Mrs. Howland of Birmingham, Mich.; Mr. and Mrs. W.C. McConnell, Mr. and Mrs. Clark E. Baldwin, Mr. and Mrs. Chas Ream and Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Vedder of Adrian; Mr. and Mrs. John Rorick and Mr. and Mrs. Will Gorsuch of Wauseon.

Source: Undated newspaper clipping in the possession of Mike Meister.