Short News Items from 1916

A letter from Johnnie Wallace states that he won the championship wrestle at the deaf school on Christmas day. In speaking of the affair he writes: “In the afternoon at 1:30 Ben and I began to wrestle and at 1:55 Ben threw me down. We rested 5 minutes and at 2:00 we started to wrestle again, and at 2:15 I threw Ben down. We rested another 5 minutes and at 2:20 we started on the final. I threw him down quickly and he got hurt and gave up. Another boy has challenged me and I must defend the titles, so I will wrestle him next May. (Nezperce Herald, January 6, 1916)

Mrs. Ben Wiseman departed Tuesday for Sioux Falls for a visit with her brother, Don McGugin, who is studying dentistry there under Dr. Gorman, formerly of Pierre. (Pierre Weekly Free Press, March 2, 1916)

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Observing 50th Anniversary

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Guss will be honored Sunday, at open house from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. in their home on Washington St. in Hudson. Their children and families have invited all their friends and relatives to help them celebrate their gold anniversary.

Carl Guss and Lulu Rorick were married September 7, 1905 at the home of the bride’s father, Jacob M. Rorick in Seneca, by Rev. William H. Shannon, pastor of the First Congregational church of Morenci.

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Funeral Service for Mrs. Melvin McCloe

Mrs. Melvin McCloe died at her home in Detroit, Friday, Jan. 8, 1926.

The funeral service was held from the home of her brother, Wm. Rorick, in Morenci, Monday, Ja. 11, Rev. S.N. Oliver officiating. George Pratt sang two selections. The bearers were Messrs. G.H. Rorick, C.M. Rorick, J.P. Rorick, Allie Kennedy, F.T. Sullivan and Earl Baldwin. Interment was made in the Oak Grove cemetery.

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Death and Funeral of Mrs. Louis [sic] Converse

Mrs. Louis [sic] Converse, aged eighty years, died at her home on East street north, Sunday morning at 10:30 o’clock. Mrs. Converse had been in failing health for a long time but was confined to her bed about three weeks previous to her death. The funeral services were held Tuesday at two o’clock at the Congregational church, Rev. S.N. Oliver officiating. Mrs. Albert Clark of Fayette sang two selections. The pall bearers were Messrs. Ed Spear, Bert Bothwell, C.M. Rorick, Perry [sic] Sullivan, Carl Guss and Gerald Bryant.

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Mrs. William R. Rorick

Mrs. William R. Rorick, 92, a former resident of Morenci, died at her home in Buffalo, New York, Friday, June 16.

Minnie Botsford Rorick, daughter of Simeon and Marvina Doying Botsford, was born June 12, 1869, in Ellington Township, Tuscola County, Michigan. She came to Morenci as a young girl and lived with her uncle, Frank Doying, who was then the superintendent of schools. On completing her education, she taught in the district schools at Seneca and Canandaigua until her married June 11, 1891.

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Services Held Wednesday Afternoon For W.R. Rorick

Born In Morenci In 1865; Had Been Prominent Livestock Dealer

William R. Rorick, aged 77 years, a prominent livestock dealer and one of the best loved men among the older pioneer families of Morenci, died at his home on North street Monday afternoon at 1:45 o’clock.  While his health had not been well for a number of years he was only seriously ill for about three weeks.

He was the only son of Jacob C. [sic] and Mary Sloan Rorick and was born November 13, 1865 in the Old Exchange Hotel, which his parents were then operating.  It stood on the same site which the Saulsbury Hotel now occupies.

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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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William R. Rorick

MORENCI, Feb. 4—The funeral of William R. Rorick who passed away Monday in his home here was held yesterday afternoon at 3 o’clock in the Ackland Funeral Home with the Rev. W.A. Rush and the Rev. H.J. Salmon officiating. The bearers were Gerald S. Bryant, Glen R. Guss, Donald C. Guss, Robert J. Guss, William J. Scott and Eugene T. Scott, nephews of the deceased. The burial was in Oak Grove cemetery.

Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, February 4, 1943.

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.

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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