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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Couple Married Here

Mr. and Mrs. Cary V. Loosley of Fort Klamath announce the marriage of their daughter, Frances Dorothy, to Alan Gilbert Horton, United States army, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Horton of Medford. The ceremony was read at an early morning mass June 16 at St. Stephen’s Catholic church here, Rev. A.J. Carmody officiating. Miss Patricia Neubecker of Seattle, Wash., was soloist and Eris Strober of Lewiston, Idaho, was organist.

The bride, given in marriage by her father, wore a frock of white satin and illusion and finger-tip illusion veil falling from a coronet of seed pearls. Her bouquet was a shower of roses, larkspur and bouvardia.

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Death of Mrs. Cosper Rorick

At 9:15 A.M. Tuesday, May 19, took place the death of Mrs. Cosper Rorick at her home in Seneca township. The lady had been in gradually declining health for the past two years. The funeral was held at the home yesterday, at 10 o’clock, and her body was entombed in the Morenci cemetery. Rev. V.L. Garrett conducted the obsequies, with singing by a quartette composed of Messrs. St. James, W.W. Crabbs, E.B. Butler and H.H. Spencer.

Alice M., daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Horton, was born March 26, 1842, in the township of Lafayette, Medina Co., O., and with them came to Michigan in 1851, from New York State, whither they had returned after their residence in Ohio. They settled in Fairfield township, where Mr. Horton became the pioneer cheese maker and grew into large wealth — his business, after he died, coming under the charge of his son, the Hon. George B. Horton, who still resides at the place at the old homestead. Mrs. Rorick was the eldest of the three children born to her parents, there being another daughter, Mrs. Dr. Jewett, of Dayton, O. Her aged and sorrowing mother, Mrs. Phelps, resides in Morenci. She attended Hillsdale college for a year, and June 30, 1861, was married to Cosper Rorick, now one of the wealthy and prominent farmers of Seneca, where they have lived during the subsequent thirty years of a companionship which death has sadly severed. Together with the bereaved husband there are left four children — G.H. Rorick, a farmer of this township; Horton C., a law student at Ann Arbor; Eva May, a student at Adrian College; and Lela, at home.

Devoted wife, loving mother, kind friend — making home the central object of her thought and duty! Such was the one who hath gone, and thus it was that she was beloved, causing family, relatives and friends to grieve that her earthly life is o’er.

“Peaceful be thy silent slumber, —
Peaceful in the grave so low;
Thou wilt no more join our number;
Thou no more our songs shalt know.

Yet again we hope to meet thee,
When the day of life is fled;
The in heaven with joy to greet thee,
Where no farewell tear is shed.

Source: Undated newspaper clipping in a scrapbook, owned by Jean Laser, at the Stair Library in Adrian, MI. Alice Horton Rorick died May 19, 1891.

George H. Rorick

There are many native sons of Lenawee county who are prominently identified with the agricultural industry within its borders, and none can but feel that their “lines are cast in pleasant places” and that properly directed energies will bring goodly returns in said connection.  One of the appreciative farmers of Seneca township, where he owns a fine landed estate, is Mr. Rorick, who maintains a dairy business, devoted especially to the manufacturing of cheese.  He was born on the present farm of Frank Bryant, north of Seneca village, and the date of his nativity was June 28, 1864.  He is a son of Casper and Alice Horton Rorick, the former of whom was born in Seneca township, this county, Oct. 8, 1838, a member of one of the honored pioneer families of the county, and the latter was born in Medina county, Ohio.  Casper Rorick was reared and educated in Lenawee County, and his early farming operations in an independent way were conducted upon a place of 160 acres, in his native township.  Later he sold this property and became the owner of the fine farm of 220 acres, which is now owned and occupied by his eldest son, the subject of this sketch.  He continued to give his active supervision to the farm until 1894, when he removed to the village of Morenci, where he has since lived; Horton C. , who resides in the city of Toledo, Ohio; Eva May, who is the wife of George H. Crane, of Fayette, Ohio; and Leila Estell, who is the wife of Albert Foster, of Morenci.  After duly availing himself of the advantages of the district schools of Seneca township, George H. Rorick continued his studies in Medina Academy, this county, and later completed a course in Evans Business College, in the city of Adrian, the metropolis and judicial center of the county.  Upon initiating his independent career, he purchased a farm of 120 acres, in Seneca township.  After living nine years on this farm he purchased the old homestead of 220 acres, where he has since continued most successful operations as a general farmer, stock-grower and dairyman.  He has made numerous improvements on the farm, which is one of the model places of Seneca township.  His cheese factory is located in the village of Seneca, is thoroughly modern in its equipment, and its annual output averages about 300,000 pounds.  For several years he conducted a large business in the buying and shipping of cattle, sheep and hog.  Mr. Rorick is well known as one of the progressive business men and loyal and public-spirited citizens of his native county, where he is held in high esteem by all who know him.  On Sept. 17, 1885, Mr. Rorick was united in marriage to Miss Edith Kennedy, who was born and reared in Seneca township, and who is a daughter of Lyman and Frances Elizabeth (Schneider) Kennedy, the former of whom was born in Boston, Mass., Sept. 18, 1834, and the latter in Wood county, Ohio, Dec. 16, 1841.  Lyman Kennedy came with his parents to the West in 1838, and was reared to maturity in Fulton county, Ohio, where he became a representative farmer and influential citizen.  About 1887, he retired from active labors and since that time he and his wife have maintained their home in the village of Morenci.  Mr. and Mrs. Rorick have two sons, Casper H. and Curtis K., both of whom are associated with their father in his business operations, and both of whom are popular young men of the county in which they are representatives of the third generation of a sterling pioneer family.

Source:  Bonner, Richard Illenden.  1909.  Memoirs of Lenawee County, Michigan.  Madison, WI:  Western Historical Association.