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.

Horton C. Rorick — From the Toledo’s Attic website.

Internet Broadway Database — Information on the career of Gabriel LeRoy “Roy” Walling, actor, playwright, producer, as well as that of his wife, Ruth Guiterman.

Kari Northrup’s Page — Information on the Brees family, including descendants of the three Breese sisters who married the three Rorick brothers.

History of Klickitat County, WA — Information on J.T. Rorick’s role in the early history of this county.

Letter of Mollie Zemmer — Transcription of letter written on the Oregon Trail by Mollie Zemmer, wife of Enos C. Walling.

Loseyite — A mineral found in Sussex County, NJ and named after Samuel R. Losey.

Mary Van Blarcom — Information on her career as an artist and samples of her work.

Mueller Museum — Dedicated to the Mueller family of Decatur, IL.

Nancy Pascal’s Page — A valuable resource for anyone researching Sussex County families.

Old West End Toledo — Use the search feature to look for photos of the Rorick house on Collingwood Avenue.

Historic Images of Oregon — Use the search feature to find some Walling family photographs.

Rhonda Yocom’s Page — Information on the Search and Yocom families of Muskingum County, OH.

Spear Brothers Group — Company run by descendants of Philetus Spear and Deborah Rorick.

Sutton Family Genealogy — Dennis Sutton’s page includes information on the descendants of Hannah Rorick and Jacob Sutton.

Tyrrell Historical Library — Donated to Beaumont, TX by Capt. W.C. Tyrrell in memory of his wife Helen Frances Rorick.


Various Rorick Wedding Announcements

In Elmira, December 15th, by Rev. Jas. E. Latimer, at the residence of the bride’s father, John C. Rorick of Canandiaguw [sic], Mich., to Emma J. Whiting of Elmira. (Elmira Weekly Advertiser, December 20, 1862)

Casper Rorick is going to be married to a Miss Spaulding, of Detroit, on Wednesday of this week.  The will occupy the fine residence which Mr. Rorick erected on Main street last summer.  (Adrian Daily Telegram, November 19, 1894).

Springfield, Dec. 22. – Mrs. [sic] Louise Rorick and Mr. Roe Deal were married here yesterday afternoon.  The ceremony took place at the home of the groom’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Deal, where a reception was given to relatives and friends last evening.  (Salt Lake Semi-Weekly Tribune, December 27, 1898)

The marriage of Mrs. Isola Rorick, formerly of San Jacinto, to Frederick E. Maxon, took place Aug. 17 at Marshall, Mich.  Mrs. and Mrs. Maxon will be at home after October 1, at Jackson, Mich.  (Riverside Independent Enterprise, August 30, 1902)

MARRIAGE OF EVANSTON GIRL:  Miss Margaret Ruth Lloyd, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Lloyd of 1106 Elmwood avenue, was married to Curtis Kennedy Rorick, son of Mr. and Mrs. George H. Rorick of Seneca, Mich., yesterday at the home of the bride’s parents.  (Chicago Daily Tribune, March 4, 1917)

Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Lloyd, formerly of Racine, now of Evanston, Ill., announce the marriage of their daughter, Margaret Ruth, to Curtis Kennedy Rorick, son of Mr. and Mrs. G.H. Rorick, of Seneca, Mich., the ceremony taking place Saturday, March 3, at the home of the bride’s parents.  Mr. and Mrs. Rorick will be at home at Seneca.  (Racine Journal-News, March 9, 1917)

There was a wedding at the office of the clerk of the district court, yesterday.  The contracting parties were D.D. Rorick and Martha A. Peet, both of Monticello.  The ceremony was performed by Judge F.O. Ellison.  Mr. Rorick is a member of the bar, and a practicing attorney at Monticello.  He formerly resided at Oxford Junction.  (Monticello Express, February 27, 1919)

Mr. and Mrs. Emmett A. Blew, 2235 Northeast Thirty-seventh avenue, announce the marriage of their daughter, Ruth Nadine, to Elridge [sic] Rorick January 2 in Vancouver, Wash.  Mr. and Mrs. Rorick are now at home at 2425 Northeast Thirteenth avenue.  (The Oregonian, January 12, 1936)

Announcement is made of the marriage of Miss Margaret Jeanne Rorick, daughter of C.M. Rorick of Morenci and Mrs. Elsie Rorick of Toledo, to Sgt. E.C. Mireau, stationed at Parris Island, S.C., which took place Saturday in Philadelphia.  (Adrian Daily Telegram, November 16, 1943)

Mrs. J. King Byron and Jay Rorick were married September 2 by Rev. James Aiken Smith at the Byron home.  Richard Beach Byron gave his mother in marriage.  Mrs. Warren Kaley was matron of honor and Estell H. Rorick of the The Dalles was best man.  Mr. and Mrs. Rorick are now at home at 2032 N.E. Mason street after a wedding trip to Vancouver, B.C.  (The Oregonian, September 17, 1949)