Deaths and Funerals from the 1900s

A dispatch from Arrowhead Springs, San Bernardino county, this morning state that D. Rorick of this city, had died suddenly of pleuro-pneumonia. The news came totally unexpected and causes deep regret with every one. Mr. Rorick was conductor on the local railroad and was very highly esteemed by everybody. He had been a resident of this city for several years and all throughout that time had been a man of sterling character, respected and esteemed by all who knew him. No arrangements have yet been made for the funeral. (Riverside Independent Enterprise, March 28, 1900)

Mrs. Dr. Greene has received word that Mr. David B. [sic] Rorick is dead at San Bernardino, Cal. Mrs. Rorick was formerly Miss Isola Smith of this city. She has many friends here who will learn with deep regret of her sad bereavement. Mr. Rorick was a conductor on the Santa Fe. He had been suffering from abscess on the brain for some time, but persisted in attending to his duties until finally he was obliged to succumb. (Marshall Daily Chronicle, April 25, 1900, and Marshall Expounder, April 27, 1900)

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Wedding News from the 1800s

The following marriage licenses have been issued. John J.L. Realer and Mary Sammis, Alonzo Myers and Lizzie Hickman. (Columbus Dispatch, February 26, 1879)

Elmer S.B. Sutton and wife were in town on their bridal trip on Friday last. (Pontiac Gazette, October 14, 1881)

Mr. W.C. McConnell, one of Adrian’s most prominent businessmen and a former well known resident of Pontiac, and Miss Hama Rorick, of Wauseon, Ohio, were married at the home of the bride Nov. 22. At home, No. 5 Broad street, Adrian, after December 5th. Congratulations. (Pontiac Bill Poster, November 28, 1888)

Invitations are out announcing the coming marriage of G. Henry Crane, bookkeeper at Pennock’s novelty store, and Miss Eva Rorick, daughter of Casper Rorick, of Morenci. The wedding will take place on the evening of September 16, at the Congregational church in Morenci. (Adrian Daily Telegram, September 7, 1897)

Untitled (Rochelle-Hanson Reunion)

Last Thursday a large number of relatives and friends gathered early in the morning to spend the day at the Rochelle homestead, about one mile east of Blacklick Station, the occasion being the reunion of the Rochelle-Hanson families, and for the fourth time, two long tables, with the seating capacity of one hundred each, were arranged under canvas on the lawn. At the noon hour dinner was announced by the host and hostess, Mr. and Mrs. Scott Rochelle, and was partaken of by all with a relish, after which Mrs. Eva Burch and Miss Vera Babcock responded with instrumental and violin music. A few remarks were made by Elder McGlade, of Wagrum, Rev. Mr. Lamp, of Jacksontown, Col. David Taylor, of Columbus; song by Daniel Myers, Rev. Dr. Lomp [sic], Mrs. Matt Dubois and Mrs. Eva Burch. The afternoon was well spent and enjoyed by all present. Grandma Rochelle is 94 years old and quite feeble. Among her children present were: William Rochelle of Hamilton; Mrs. Dency Barber, of Albion, Mich.; Dr. Matt Rochelle, of Wichita, Kan; Scott Rochelle, of Blacklick; Mrs. Mary A. Hickman and Mrs. Phebe Hempstead, of Reynoldsburg.

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“Grandma” Rochelle Reaches Her Ninety-Third Birthday

Reynoldsburg, O., July 12.—One of the most delightful events in this vicinity for a long time was a day passed with lovely, old “Grandma” Rochelle, last Wednesday, it being her 93rd birthday. Friends and relatives by the dozens with well filled baskets trooped to the comfortable farm house, one of the landmarks of the community, and the day was given up to quiet enjoyment, the venerable hostess being one of the liveliest of the gay party.

Mrs. Lucinda Search Rochelle was born at Sparta, Sussex county, New Jersey, July 9, 1809, and married John Rochelle, at Morristown, N.J., April 9, 1825. They moved to Black Lick, Franklin county, Ohio, in 1836, and purchased the land, and cleared it, and hewed the logs and erected their own cabin on this farm, where she now lives.

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Daniel Hickman Dead

Reynoldsburg, O., Aug. 23.—Daniel Hickman, aged 78, a well known citizen of this county, died suddenly yesterday from heart failure. He leaves a wife and three children, Mrs. Jacob Wolf, Mrs. Alonzo Myers and Mrs. Michael Miller. The funeral will occur Saturday afternoon from his late residence.

Mr. Hickman was widely known as an accomplished and enthusiastic horseman, and in his younger days was the owner of many fine animals.  He was an elder in the M.E. church at the time of his death.

Source: Columbus Dispatch, August 23, 1901. 

Daniel Hickman

Summit Station, O., Aug. 23.– Daniel Hickman, a well known farmer residing near Reynoldsburg, died yesterday morning. He got up as usual and said to his wife that his eyes hurt. She went to get an atomizer that he had been using for catarrh. Before she got the medicine he got up and went into another room and died instantly. The funeral arrangements have not been made yet.

Source: Newark Advocate, August 23, 1901.

Winfield Scott Rochelle

Throughout his entire life Winfield Scott Rochelle has been connected with agricultural interests in Franklin county. He was born September 25, 1847, on the farm where he now resides. His father, John Rochelle, was a native of Sussex County, New Jersey, born in 1805. There he was reared to manhood and learned the trade of an iron-worker, being employed in the days before the advent of the furnace, when the iron ore was taken from the mines and worked into its various stages from the forge. While still in New Jersey Mr. Rochelle was married, and four of his children were born there. In December, 1836, he came with his family to Ohio and settled on the farm now occupied by our subject, purchasing eighty-one acres of land from a Mr. Mills, who was the original owner of the entry from the government. Later Mr. Rochelle added a tract of one hundred and sixty acres in Mercer county and some time subsequently purchased one hundred and twenty-five acres of land adjoining the home farm. There he resided up to the time of his death, which occurred October 26, 1877. He was a stanch supporter of Republican principles and believed firmly in the party, but never sought office. Although a member of no church, he regularly attended the services of the old school Baptist church, of which his wife had been a member for a half-century.

Mrs. Rochelle bore the maiden name of Lucinda Search, and was born in Sussex county, New Jersey, her parents being Martin and Elizabeth (Rorick) Search. Her father was a native of New Jersey and was an iron-worker by trade, following that pursuit in connection with his son-in-law, John Rochelle. His wife was born in Holland [sic], and both died in Muskingum county, Ohio. Mrs. Search came to this state with John Rochelle in 1836 and took up her abode in the home of her son near Zanesville, while her husband remained in New Jersey and settled up some business affairs and to attend a lawsuit over some property. As the litigation continued over a period of several years he did not become a resident of Ohio until 1869. He lived to the advanced age of ninety-two years, and his wife passed away at the ripe old age of ninety-three. It will thus be seen that longevity is a characteristic of the family, and their daughter, Mrs. Rochelle, is still living, at the advanced age of ninety-two years. She is one of the remarkable women of the county, retaining her mental and physical faculties to a wonderful degree. Through fifty years she has held membership in the Baptist Church, and has been one of its active workers, contributing largely to its support and doing all in her power for its upbuilding and growth. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Rochelle were born twelve children, six of whom are yet still living: Dency, the widow of C.H. Barber of Grand Rapids, MI; Mary A., the wife of Daniel Hickman of Truro township, Franklin county; Martin S., a practicing physician of Wichita, Kansas; Winfield; and Phebe C., the wife of W.I. Hempstead of Reynoldsburg, Ohio.

Winfield Scott Rochelle was reared in his parents’ home until his sixteenth year, when he ran away in order to enlist in the service of his country. He made his way to Columbus, and on the 28th of March, 1864, joined Company C, of the Forty-sixth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, which was assigned to the Fifteenth Army Corps, commanded by General John A. Logan. With the exception of a few weeks in the hospital in Resaca and Marietta, Georgia, he was continuously with his command until the close of the war, and his loyalty and bravery were equal to that of many a veteran of twice his years. He was mustered out at Louisville, Kentucky, on the 27th of July, 1865, after having participated in the following engagements: Resaca, Dallas, Allatoona, New Hope Church, Congaree Creek, Atlanta, Griswoldville, Savannah, Charleston and Columbia.

When the war was over and the country no longer needed his services, Mr. Rochelle returned to his home and resumed the work of the farm. He was the only son at home and his labors proved an important factor in the operation of the fields. On the 4th of February, 1875, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Samarida E. Hanson, a native of Jefferson township, Franklin county, and a daughter of James E. Todd, who was born in Virginia and belonged to one of the early families of this county.

After his father’s death Mr. Rochelle continued the operation of the home farm, and from time to time has purchased the interest of other heirs until he now owns all but a small portion of the place. His fields are under a high state of cultivation, many improvements having been added, and everything about the farm is in a thrifty condition, showing that the owner is a practical and progressive agriculturist. He votes with the Republican party, to which he has given his support since attaining to man’s estate. He is recognized as a leader in local ranks, his opinions carrying weight in party councils. For many years past he has been a delegate to the county and state conventions, and in 1899 he was appointed a member of the country board of election, but resigned that office to become a candidate for the nomination for country infirmary director. He belongs to Reynoldsburg Lodge, No. 350, F. & A. M., and also to Daniel Noe Post, G. A. R. The patriotic spirit which prompted his enlistment in the army in his youth has been manifest throughout his life in the discharge of his duties of citizenship, and in all life’s relations he has enjoyed the confidence and regard of his fellow men.

Source: A Centennial Biographical History of the City of Columbus and Franklin County, Ohio. 1901. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company.

100th Birthday of Mary Anne Rochelle Hickman

Reynoldsburg, Nov. 20.–(AP)–“Hard work keeps you young,” says Mrs. Mary Anne Hickman, who recently observed her 100th birthday anniversary in the home where she lives alone and does most of her own housework. “I don’t feel like I’m 100 years old,” she added, “I don’t want to be that old.” “Grandma,” as she is known in the village, has refused stead-fastly to permit age to curtail her activities. She prepares her own meals, helps with the cleaning and is fond of entertaining. She was married at the age of 15 to Daniel Hickman, a widower 15 years her senior. “Hickman,” as she still refers to him, “was the best man that ever lived.” He died more than 30 years ago. Only once in her life has “Grandma” drunk intoxicating liquor — a glass of beer one hot afternoon nearly 40 years ago. “I told them I’d get drunk and I did,” she said. “I told them all the way home in the buggy that I was sleepy and when we arrived I feel into bed — hoopskirt, new bonnet and all. You should have seen the bonnet in the morning. I never wore it again.” Her ideas about the modern girls are very definite. “I don’t see how a man can find a good wife among ’em,” she said. “They paint their faces and fingernails and toenails and some of ’em even smoke cigarets. No sir, I don’t see how a young man can find a good wife these days.

Source:  Newark Advocate, November 20, 1937.