Hon. Dallas D. Rorick, the subject of this sketch, is one of the prominent attorneys of this county, and is widely known as one of the able and influential citizens of the state.
He was born in Franklin county, Ohio, and is the son of Cornelius H. Rorick, a native of New Jersey. He came west with his father in 1858, settlement being made in this county, and soon after began reading law in the office of his father. In 1878 he passed the examination and was admitted to the bar at Clinton, Iowa, by Judge Walter I. Hayes, now deceased, but who was most recently Congressman from the Second District of Iowa.
Mr. Rorick began practicing his profession at Wheatland, where he remained for four years. In the year 18881 he was elected on the Democratic ticket to represent his county in the state Legislature, where he rendered valuable services as a member of several very important committees until 1852, when he resigned his office and removed to Miller, S.D., where he conducted a large practice for about twelve years. During his legislative career he introduced one very important bill, providing that the supplies for all state institutions be supplied by the lowest responsible bidder. It is needless to say that the measure was killed. He and Representative Simpson introduced a minority report on the prohibition bill, which report was instrumental in killing that bill.
In the summer of 1894 Mr. Rorick again returned to this state, locating in this city, where he has remained every since. He is well liked by Republicans and Democrats alike, and socially is a Royal Arch Mason, also belonging to Calantha Lodge, No. 22, K. of P., located in South Dakota.
In February, 1865, Mr. Rorick was united in marriage to Miss Mattie J. Hammond, daughter of an old settler of Delaware county, Ohio, and later a resident of this county. They have one daughter, Miss J. Anna, whose portrait is presented herewith, together with her father. She is a young lady of 14 years, and is a most excellent pianist for one so young.
Ever genial, courteous, affable, benevolent and sympathetic by nature, his ready wit and conversational power render him a host whose cordiality is not soon forgotten. Upright and honorable in his daily transactions of life, Mr. Rorick commands the esteem and confidence of his fellow citizens, the requirements of which are necessary in his legal practice to be successful.
Source: Photocopy of a newspaper clipping provided by the Oxford Junction Heritage Museum.