Woman Will Return To First Husband

Grand Jury Returns Not True Bill in Polygamy Charge; to Annul Second Marriage.

Helen Toews, 20 years old, will return to her first husband as the result of the action of the grand jury yesterday in returning a not true bill in her case on a charge of polygamy. She was married some years ago to Paul Wittcke and left him when they quarreled. He told her he would get a divorce and she, thinking he had done so, married George Deal.

Wittcke appeared in her behalf before the grand jury and said that he was willing to take her home again and receive her as though nothing had happened. She promised to have her marriage to Deal annulled, as it is illegal.

Source: Oregon Daily Journal, February 28, 1915.

Short News Items from 1902

The crack shots of the vicinity contested for honors and an oyster supper in a shooting match, blue rock pigeons being used as targets. Frank Boehringer and Lorin Walling were the captains. Loyd Hunt carried off the honors with a score of five birds out of six shots. The winning side and their partners were feasted to oysters in Lincoln warehouse. A pleasant evening was spent in games, but the oysters gave out and Mr. Boehringer and Mr. Duncan have not been heard from since. (Polk County Itemizer, January 17, 1902)

D.A. Baxter, principal of the public schools at Meridian, is in the city to attend the county teachers’ meeting. (Idaho Statesman, February 9, 1902)

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Deal Bros. and Mendenhall,

Last Friday, filed with the Co. Clerk, articles of incorporation.

The object is to conduct a general merchandise and railroad construction with headquarters in this city. The stock of merchandise and other property forms the basis of the capital stock, which is valued at $75,000, divided into shares of a par value of $50 each.

The incorporators are R.A. Deal, D.E. Deal, T.M. Deal, T.L. Mendendhall, L.D. Deal, John W. Deal, and M.E. Mendenhall. R.A. Deal is president, T.L. Mendenhall vice president, L.D. Deal secretary and treasurer.

Source: Springville Independent, March 20, 1902.

Springville Society

Springville, Dec. 9.—Last Tuesday evening Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Deal entertained about twenty friends at cards. The occasion was a farewell party in honor of Mr. W.P. Rorick, who has been here for several weeks on a visit to his daughters, Mrs. T.R. Kelly and Mrs. Roe Deal. Refreshments were served at 11 o’clock, and the evening proved very pleasant for all hands. Mr. Rorick returned to his home in Kansas Wednesday morning.

Source: Salt Lake Herald, December 10, 1899.

Former Residents Observe Golden Wedding Anniversary in Calif.

Mr. and Mrs. Roe A. Deal, old time residents of Springville, now making their home in Glendale, Calif., this week celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at their home there.  A dinner party attended by closes friends and relatives including Mr. Deal’s nephew, Algernon A. Redford and Miss Naomi Deal, marked the occasion.

Mr. Deal was born in Springville.  His grandfather, John Deal, was one of the early settlers of this town and his father, R.A. Deal, was the second white man born in this city.

Mrs. Deal, the former Louise Rorick, was born in Michigan and came to Springville in May 1895 to visit her sister, Mrs. T.R. Kelly, and met her future husband.

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Funeral Services Today for Former Resident

Funeral services for Mrs. Louise “Mattie” Rorick Deal, 78, wife of Roe A. Deal, formerly of Springville who died in Glendale, Calif., last Wednesday, following a short illness, will be held in the Third-Ninth ward chapel today at 2 p.m. Bishop V.C. Mendenhall will be in charge. Burial will be in the Evergreen cemetery directed by A.Y. Wheeler and Son Mortuary.

Friends may call and meet the family at the chapel at 1 p.m. until time of services.

Funeral services were held in the Little Church of the Flowers at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, Calif., last Friday. The service was conducted by J.S. Worsely, assisted by Richard Thorn, formerly of Springville. Mrs. Cora Thorn Bird, also a former Springville resident, was soloist.

Mrs. Deal was born in Morenic [sic], Mich., August 8, 1872. She came to Springville in 1895, to visit her sister, Mrs. T.R. Kelly and met Mr. Deal. They were married in Springville in 1898 and celebrated their Golden Wedding in Glendale, Calif., on December 31, 1948.

Mr. and Mrs. Deal purchased the Rosemary Fruit Farm in 1907 and operated it until 1920, when they sold the farm to A.W. Cherrington and moved to California, where they have resided since.

While living here, Mrs. Deal served as president of the Home Culture Club and both Mr. and Mrs. Deal have many friends in and near this city.

They had no children of their own but reared a niece, Mrs. Margaret Kelly Smith; also another nice [sic], Miss Louise Kelly lived with them.

Source: Springville Herald, March 22, 1951.

Small Town News—Salt Lake City

SPRINGVILLE — Work began this week on a handsome new brick residence for Roe Deal.  (Salt Lake Herald, March 14, 1900)

SPRINGVILLE — Roe A. Deal and wife left for their home in Alberta, Canada, yesterday afternoon.  They came down to the funeral of Mr. Deal’s father some few weeks ago.  (Salt Lake Herald, September 23, 1903)

SPRINGVILLE — Mrs. Roe Deal was a Salt Lake visitor for a few days this week.  (Salt Lake Herald-Republican, February 27, 1910)

Springville — The Women’s club members were guests of the Ladies’ Literary Club Friday at the home of Mrs. T.R. Kelly.  Refreshments were served by the hostess, assisted by Mrs. Roe Deal. (Salt Lake Herald-Republican, November 28, 1909)

Roe A. Deal

Roe A. Deal, a farmer and fruit grower living in Springville, was born November 25, 1876, in the district in which he yet resides, his parents being Romanzo A. and Helen (Maycock) Deal. Extended mention is made on another page of this work of Romanzo A. Deal, who for many years was the president of the firm of Deal Brothers & Mendenhall, leading ranchers, stock raisers, merchants and railroad builders, the firm being prominently known throughout the west.

Roe A. Deal early became connected with the contracting business, as in his boyhood he accompanied his father, who was engaged in the execution of mammoth projects. The boy attended the district school and afterward spent four years as a pupil in the Agricultural College at Logan. His business training was received under his father’s direction and for a time he engaged in contract work in connection with the firm of Deal Brothers & Mendenhall. Subsequently he entered into a partnership with Guy Mendenhall in the building of canals in Idaho and also in railroad contract work, extensive projects being carried forward, to successful completion under his direction. He likewise spent six years in Canada upon a large ranch, where he carried on business in connection with his father and brother, having five thousand acres devoted to cattle raising. Eventually he disposed of his interests there and is now concentrating his efforts and attention upon farming, horticultural pursuits and cattle raising on east bench at Springville, where he owns one hundred and seven acres of rich and productive land. He has twelve acres planted to cherries and sold nearly fifty tons of cherries in the present season. He also has six acres planted to peaches. He has a large silo with a capacity of one hundred and twenty-five tons of ensilage, this being one of the first three silos built in Utah county, the date of its erection being 1914. There is no improvement or equipment of the model farm property that is not found upon his place. There are good buildings and all modern machinery for the care of the crops and the fruit.

On the 21st of December, 1898, Mr. Deal was united in marriage to Miss Louise Rorick, of Morenci, Michigan, who became his wife while on a visit to Utah to see her sister. Mr. and Mrs. Deal have no children of their own but have adopted a little daughter, Margaret, who is now six years of age. Mr. Deal was the eldest of three children, his sister being Helen, now the wife of Abram Redford, of Provo, while his brother is J. Chester Deal, of Salt Lake.

In politics Mr. Deal is a democrat and keeps thoroughly informed concerning the vital problems and issues of the day but has never been a politician in the sense of office seeking. His business affairs, extensive and important, have claimed his entire attention and the wise direction of his interests has brought him to a prominent position in business circles. The name of Deal has long been a synonym for progressiveness and improvement at Springville and throughout Utah, having been written large into the history of the state since 1850.

Source: Warrum, Noble. 1919. Utah Since Statehood: Historical and Biographical. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Publishing Company.


Following are links to additional information about the Roricks and related families.

Albert V. Foster — From the Toledo’s Attic Website.

Beneath the Starry Flag: New Jersey’s Civil War Experience — A book that includes a description of Captain Lewis Van Blarcom’s experience as a prison of war at the Andersonville prison.

Colleen Gormley’s Page — Related families in Lenawee County, MI.

Columbia Gorge Photo Archives — Use the search feature to find pictures of Eck Rorick as a young man playing baseball and leading a dance band. There is also a photo of the Celilo train crash that killed Mrs. J.N. Walling and her grandson.

George Edward Anderson Collection at BYU — Use the search feature to find photos of Roe A. Deal and his wife, Louise Rorick Deal.

History of Dallesport — Information on J.T. Rorick’s role in the history of this town. Continue reading “Links”