Prominent Man Died On Sunday

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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Leroy W. Rorick

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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Rorick Family Reunion

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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Entertained at Fayette

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.

Business Change In The National Bank

MORENCI, March 29.—A business change was made yesterday when Dr. E.H. Rorick retired from the First National bank.  At a meeting of the board of directors yesterday Vice President G.H. Rorick was appointed president to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Dr. Rorick and S.K. Porter was made vice president.  Arthur Turner, A.V. Foster and W.M. Cornelius complete the board of directors.

Others now interested in the bank are Oliver Onweller, Henry L. Kennedy, Allie Kennedy, A.H. Rorick, Horton C. Rorick, L.E. Foster and E.R. Crane.

Arthur Kennedy becomes cashier and Fred T. Sullivan assistant cashier.

Source:  Adrian Daily Telegram, March 29, 1912.

Rorick Succeeds As Head Of Toledo Bank

Former Lenawee County Man President of Spitzer Co., Toledo

Gen. Spitzer Retires from Business Life and Will Spend Summer in Germany for Health.

After a successful business career of 42 years, General Ceilan M. Spitzer, for many years among the foremost in financial affairs of Toledo, owner of the Nicholas building and many other valuable local properties, and for years head of the banking firm of Spitzer & Co., has decided to retire from active business life.

He has resigned as president of the Spitzer-Rorick Trust & Savings Bank, and as director of the Ohio Savings Bank & Trust Co., and in two weeks will sail for Carlsbad, Germany, where he will spend the summer for the benefit of his health. Continue reading “Rorick Succeeds As Head Of Toledo Bank”

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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$10,000 Loss in Lake Fire

Members of four of Toledo’s socially prominent families narrowly escaped death injury early Monday in a fire which destroyed two cottages at Wampler’s lake, 16 miles northwest of here, and badly damaged a third with a total loss estimated at $10,000.

The fire started in the cottage of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Baither of Toledo and quickly spread to the cottage of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Rorick also of Toledo. Both cottages burned. Continue reading “$10,000 Loss in Lake Fire”