Funeral of Mrs. Deborah Ann Spear

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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Philetus Spear

MORENCI, Mich., Sept. 19.—Philetus Spear was one of five children born to Stephen and Lucinda Spear. He was born near Adrian, Dec. 21, 1833. His parents were among the earliest settlers of Lenawee county, his father coming to Michigan in 1831. His mother was the daughter of Rev. Powell, a Baptist minister prominent in the denominational life of that church in that day. At an early age young Spear with his parents moved to Washtenaw county and there resided until he was 10 or 11 years old. Later they moved to Adrian and there resided for a short time; removing from there to North Morenci, where they remained until the time of their death. In 1857 Philetus married Miss Deborah Rorick. After they married they lived on the farm now occupied by Cosper Rorick. In the early ‘60’s they moved to what is now known as the Spear farm in Medina township, where they continued to live until two years ago when, on account of the infirmities of age, they moved to Morenci. Mr. Spear was a member of the Medina Baptist church and maintained an active interest in all public affairs. His last slickness was a protracted one, extending over nearly a year, during which time he had been confined to the bed, tenderly cared for by his wife and by his son and son’s wife.

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Double Golden Wedding Anniversary Celebrated

MORENCI, Aug. 23.—The celebration Thursday of the double golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. S.K. Porter of this place and Dr. and Mrs. Estelle [sic] Rorick of Fayette was an event of more than passing interest. The celebration of the golden anniversary by one couple is quite a common occurrence, but that the four people who were wedded by the same ceremony 50 years ago, August 22, 1868, should live to celebrate the double anniversary is a rare incident.

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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. Continue reading “Notable Wedding”

Morenci Notes (Excerpt)

Lieutenant and Mrs. E.L. Johnsen of Lake Forest, Ill., and Mr. and Mrs. William Menke of Sharon, Pa., entertained at the Hotel Saulsbury Friday evening honoring Miss Amie Crane of Fayette, Ohio, and William Armstrong of Sharon, Pa., whose marriage occurred Saturday afternoon. A four course dinner was served, the table being centered with a large basket of garden flowers and places were arranged for Miss Crane and Mr. Armstrong, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Baither of Toledo, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Miller, Miss Louise Armstrong and William Thomas of Sharon, Mr. and Mrs. George Crane of New York City, Miss Adaline Simon of Kalamazoo, Dr. and Mrs. C.E. Raabe, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Turner, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Scofield, Miss Lavina Scofield and Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Buck of Morenci, Lieutenant and Mrs. Johnsen and Mr. and Mrs. Menke. Continue reading “Morenci Notes (Excerpt)”

Rorick

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”

Small Town News

Wallace Bailey left for overseas duty, after a three weeks’ training period. He spent the weekend recently with his sister, Mrs. Verne Whims.  (Orion Weekly Review, June 15, 1951)

The city fire department was called to the home of E.J. Rorick, 400 Cedar street, at 10:45 o’clock Sunday morning to extinguish a fire in the roof caused by chimney sparks.  The damage was slight.  (Quincy Daily Journal, April 4, 1921).

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Social

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.