Cosper Rorick, Banker Of Morenci Village
Well Known for Over Half a Century to the People of Lenawee and Fulton Counties
MORENCI, Mich., April 25.—About 8 o’clock last evening the sad and, to the general public, surprising news, was received here announcing the death of Cosper Rorick, president of the First National Bank of this village, at the home of his sister Mrs. Dr. Rorick Bennett in Detroit. Mr. Rorick had been in a state of reduced strength for some time from diabetes, although he was about as usual and at the bank daily. He had also suffered greatly from hemorrhoids and had hitherto been relieved of that difficulty by operations. Believing he could again find relief it was for this purpose that with his wife he had gone to Detroit, and underwent an operation Thursday. He failed to rally and when it appeared that he could not live his children were summoned to his bedside; also his sister Mrs. S.K. Porter of this place, all of whom were with him when he passed away.
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MORENCI, Mich., March 14.—Leroy W. Rorick was born in Seneca township, Lenawee county, Michigan, September 14, 1847, and departed this life March 10, 1917, aged 69 years. His father, Cosper Rorick, a native of New Jersey, came to Michigan in 1840 and commenced with the pioneers of this county in the work of changing a wilderness to a domain of fine homes and productive farms. His father was married to Nancy A. Breese, January 15, 1845, and they settled on a farm one mile north of Seneca in a log house with primitive surroundings, where the subject of this sketch was born. He grew up on the farm, laboring with his father in the fields as boys in those days did, and walked 2 ½ miles to a district school house for his education, which was completed at Medina academy.
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The Rorick family—with many branches, famed in local annals, true and staunch clansman—held its annual reunion Wednesday with Dr. E.H. Rorick, ex-member of the Ohio legislature and for some years connected with state institutions for the insane and feeble-minded, now living in more or less retirement at his beautiful Fayette home. It is a delightful place for such a meeting, and noted for hospitality. The Roricks had one of their characteristic good times—no formalities, just visiting, with the inevitable jokes and stories—and a plentitude of picnic provisions. His rubicund face and snowy hair, giving him patriarchal dignity, were continually in evidence and his sunny smile kept up the lively cheer of his kindred and friends.
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The funeral party accompanying the remains of Mrs. 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 from out of town as the service were Melvin McCloe, Miss Maud McCloe, Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Nimmo, Virginia Rorick 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 Medina. The burial was made in Oak Grove cemetery.
Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, January 12, 1926.
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.
Mr. and Mrs. John C. Rorick attended the Rorick family reunion at the residence of C.M. Rorick in Morenci last Wednesday. There were present about one hundred. A program of singing, instrumental music and recitations was given. Horton C. Rorick of Toledo presided. Officers elected were M.C. Rorick, President; Mrs. Amelia Rorick, Secretary and Treasurer and Mrs. S.K. Porter, Chairman, Executive Committee. Mr. and Mrs. G.H. Crane and Mr. and Mrs. E.N. Baldwin will entertain the crowd at Fayette next year.
Source: Fulton County Tribune, July 9, 1915.
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.
Mrs. G.H. Crane of Fayette will entertain at a 1 o’clock luncheon on Thursday the following ladies from Morenci: Mesdames Amy Rorick, Amelia Rorick, S.K. Porter, P.H. Spear, M.C. Rorick, L.H. Converse, Lavina Chappell, Cosper M. Rorick, Cosper H. Rorick, G.H. Rorick, J.P. Rorick, E.E. Spear, Paul Spear, and Mrs. Albert Foster and Mrs. H.C. Rorick of Toledo.
Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, February 16, 1916.
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., 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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