Former Morenci Banker Dies

Albert V. Foster Succumbs In Toledo

Albert V. Foster, 72, president and director of A.V. Foster & Co., investment firm, Toledo, died January 4 at 9:30 a.m. in his home in Ottawa Hills.

Mr. Foster had been in ill health since July 1948.

He was born on a farm in Hillsdale County, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Foster, and attended high school in Hudson and Cleary’s Business College in Ypsilanti.

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Obituary

Harriett L. Porter, daughter of John C. and Louisa K. Porter, was born in Seneca township, Lenawee county, Michigan, November 6, 1853, and died in Columbus, Ohio, on April 8, 1936, aged 82 years 4 months and 22 days.

On February 10, 1870, she was united in marriage with LeRoy W. Rorick, and to this union two children were born, Nellie R. Murphy of Columbus, Ohio, and Cosper M. Rorick, of Morenci, both of whom are living, together with eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

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Dr. Lavinia Rorick-Bennett Dies at Home in Pasadena

Word has been received here by relatives of the death of Dr. Lavinia Rorick-Bennett, which occurred Monday morning in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Willard Waters, at South Pasadena, Calif. Dr. Bennett was 88 years of age and had been ill only a few days.

She was very well known here and spent the greater part of her life in Morenci.

She is survived by one sister, Mrs. S.K. Porter, two daughters, Mrs. Willard Waters and Mrs. George Clark, all of South Pasadena, two nephews, E.E. Spear and G.H. Rorick of this place, two nieces, Mrs. Albert Foster of Toledo and Mrs. Henry Crane of Fayette.

Funeral services have not yet been learned.

Source: Morenci Observer, May 12, 1932.

Obituary

Sylvester King Porter was born in Seneca Township, Lenawee county, Michigan, July 8th., 1847 and died February 3rd., 1929 in South Pasadena, California.

He was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. John C. Porter, pioneers of the section in which he was born and where he spent the greater part of his life as a successful farmer.

In 1868 he was married to Miss Melissa Rorick, and the families of Porter and Rorick entered into further matrimonial alliances when his sisters, Miss Mary and Miss Harriet, became the wives of Mr. Mark Rorick and Mr. Roy Rorick respectively. These brothers were cousins of Mrs. S.K. Porter.

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Obituary of Alma Rorick Wilson

Alma Rorick Wilson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William R. Rorick, and sister of Ivah Rorick Sweeney and the late Frank J. Rorick, was born July 31, 1896, in Hudson, Mich., and died November 24, 1925, in Detroit, at the age of 20 [sic] years.  June 11, 1918, she was united in marriage to Howell Ormsbee Wilson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe Wilson, of this village, and to them one son, William Rorick Wilson, was born.

Mrs. Wilson received her education in the LaFayette high school of Buffalo, and Glen Eden Seminary at Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and later completed a course in the Ypsilanti Normal.  For the past three years she held the position of teacher of Languages in the Morenci high school.

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Business and Professional News from the 1900s

Judge Mays went across the river this morning, and in company with Mr. Rorick, of North Dalles, examined the grade leading to the top of the Klickitat mountain with the view of seeing what is necessary to be done to put it in good condition for the teams hauling wheat to this market. Mr. Mays has collected several hundred dollars from Dalles business men, which will be expended on the grade under the supervision of Mr. Rorick. (The Dalles Chronicle, October 3, 1900)

A beaver enterprise is soon to be started at Wood River by J.L. [sic] Loosley and D. Harshbarger. They will build an enclosure of woven wire and capture and stock it with beavers. The animals will be domesticated and the fur will be marketed. (Portland Oregonian, October 28, 1900)

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Funeral of Mrs. Rorick

MORENCI, Mich., Aug. 6—The funeral service for Mrs. Amelia Rorick was held at the home on East Main street Wednesday afternoon, the Rev. S.N. Oliver officiating.

George Pratt sang “Crossing the Bar” and “Sometime We’ll Understand.” The bearers were H.V. Smith, Ray Kellogg, A.A. Thompson, Fred Keefer, Ernest Schofield and S.E. Rupp. Friends at the service from out of town were Mrs. Helen Partridge of Detroit; William Shepherd of Bowling Green, Ohio; Mr. and Mrs. E.M. Sanders, Mrs. Charles Mitchell, Mrs. Bert Mitchell, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Cole of Metamora; Miss Anna Cawley of Ann Arbor; Mrs. Fred Perry of Los Angeles, J. Brown, A.B. Cole of Hillsdale; Mrs. Albert Foster of Toledo; Mrs. J.P. Rorick of Adrian; Mrs. Carl Guss and daughter Helen of Medina; Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Gay, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Partridge, Hugh Miley, Mrs. Henry Crane, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Sullivan and Mrs. Earl Baldwin of Fayette. The burial was made in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, August 6, 1925.

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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