It Was A Canard

Reported Kidnapping of a Citizen Not Founded On Fact.


An Independent Reporter, After An Exciting Chase, Finally Runs to Earth the Rumor That Mr. T.R. Kelly Had Been the Victim of Foul Play—Graphic Story of the Affair.

Late last Tuesday evening this city was thrown into a mild state of excitement by the report that Mr. T.R. Kelly, a rising and much respected young pedagogue, the leader of the Silver Cornet Band and an all round good fellow, had mysteriously disappeared at about the hour of 9:30. An investigation was at once ordered, but owing to the lateness of the hour little could be done. A friend of Mr. Kelly, however, stated that in his opinion the gentleman was safe in the arms of Morpheus. Just who Morpheus was, or that individual’s relationship to Mr. Kelly, was not known, but the authorities determined to wait for daylight, and in the meantime hope for the best.

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T.R. Kelly Of Canton Writes Of Experiences

“We always think of the old home town and the old friends and have concluded that the best way to keep in touch with them was to get the paper regularly,” writes T.R. Kelly, district manager of the Maccabees Great Camp for Ohio, who is now situated at Canton, Ohio.

Mr. Kelly lived in Springville for a number of years and conducted a drug store here. He also taught school in this city, and has a great many friends who will be glad to hear of him.

Continuing Mr. Kelly writes:

“It might be of interest to know that we are enjoying our stay in Ohio very much. The country is beautiful and full of interest to all of us. We are extremely busy and consequently happy. My work includes the eastern part of the state and gives an opportunity for trips to points of interest that are most enjoyable. We have made weekend trips to Detroit, Cleveland, Buffalo and Niagara Falls as well as to many other places of more local interest. One visit that interested me very much was to Kirkland, Ohio, where the first temple built by the Latter-day Saints still stands in excellent preservation. It is a veritable mecca, for scarcely a day passes that someone from Utah, or workers in the mission field do not stop to get inspiration from this truly beautiful and wonderful of building. The day before my visit at Kirtland Dr. George Brimhall and party camped over night on the temple grounds. A short time ago we had the pleasure of a visit from one of our Springville boys, Nephi Dowdell, who is located in Marion, Ohio. Like most of our energetic and intelligent boys, Nephi is making good.

“Louise graduated from Mount Union College in June and plans to enter the Prince School in Boston, Mass., in September. Maurice will enter Mount Union College as a freshman this year.

“The wonderful industrial development of this section has been a revelation to me. Here in eastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania is the world center the steel and iron industry, and here also are the largest potteries in the world. Here too is such a mixture and mingling of races and nationalities as would make the Tower of Babel look like a Sunday School class. We will look forward to the coming of your paper.”

Source: Springville Herald, August 20, 1926.

Springville Drug Will Buy It Back

You assume no risk when you buy Chamberlain’s Colic, Cholera and Diarrhoea Remedy. T.R. Kelly will refund your money if you are not satisfied after using it. It is everywhere admitted to be the most successful remedy in use for bowel complaints and the only one that never fails. It is pleasant, safe and reliable.

Source: Springville Independent, July 23, 1903.

Some Short Death Notices

A news dispatch last week reported the death of John Bradbury at his home in Wallace. Mr. Bradbury was at one time cashier of the Kendrick State Bank. (Kendrick Gazette, October 3, 1919)

Newton Frakes, who died near Mitchell, Crook county, Oregon, on the 26th of last month, was born and raised in Polk county, where he has many friends. He was about 40 years of age, and leaves a wife and three children to mourn his loss. (Independence Enterprise, January 24, 1895)

Graveside services and a Masonic ritual will be conducted Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Zena Cemetery for Jesse S. Gilkey, Dayton, and his son, James, Eugene, whose bodies were found recently in a crashed plane in the Cascades.  Services will be Saturday at 10:30 a.m. in Simons & Lounsbury Funeral Home at Eugene.  (Salem Statesman Journal, June 10, 1965)

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Miss Molly Ann Kelly, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. Roy Kelly of Rossford, Ohio, and George Herbert Rorick, son of Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Rorick of Seneca, were married at 4:30 o’clock Thursday afternoon in the Rossford Methodist church. The service was read before an improvised altar of roses, delphinium, June lilies and baby-breath. The Rev. C.H. Hutchinson read the single room service. Miss Eunice McDonald cousin of the bride sang “Because” and “I Love You” accompanied by Mrs. Louis Schroeder who played Mendelssohn’s wedding march. Continue reading “Rorick-Kelly”

Springville Society

Springville, Dec. 9.—Last Tuesday evening Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Deal entertained about twenty friends at cards. The occasion was a farewell party in honor of Mr. W.P. Rorick, who has been here for several weeks on a visit to his daughters, Mrs. T.R. Kelly and Mrs. Roe Deal. Refreshments were served at 11 o’clock, and the evening proved very pleasant for all hands. Mr. Rorick returned to his home in Kansas Wednesday morning.

Source: Salt Lake Herald, December 10, 1899.

Former Residents Observe Golden Wedding Anniversary in Calif.

Mr. and Mrs. Roe A. Deal, old time residents of Springville, now making their home in Glendale, Calif., this week celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at their home there.  A dinner party attended by closes friends and relatives including Mr. Deal’s nephew, Algernon A. Redford and Miss Naomi Deal, marked the occasion.

Mr. Deal was born in Springville.  His grandfather, John Deal, was one of the early settlers of this town and his father, R.A. Deal, was the second white man born in this city.

Mrs. Deal, the former Louise Rorick, was born in Michigan and came to Springville in May 1895 to visit her sister, Mrs. T.R. Kelly, and met her future husband.

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Elizabeth M. Kelly

The eldest child of Mr. and Mrs. T.R. Kelly died, Sunday, after a very severe illness.  This was the second death in the family in a week, disease having robbed the parents of both their children.  Both were exceptionally bright little folks.

Source:  Springville Independent, October 18, 1900.

Funeral Services Today for Former Resident

Funeral services for Mrs. Louise “Mattie” Rorick Deal, 78, wife of Roe A. Deal, formerly of Springville who died in Glendale, Calif., last Wednesday, following a short illness, will be held in the Third-Ninth ward chapel today at 2 p.m. Bishop V.C. Mendenhall will be in charge. Burial will be in the Evergreen cemetery directed by A.Y. Wheeler and Son Mortuary.

Friends may call and meet the family at the chapel at 1 p.m. until time of services.

Funeral services were held in the Little Church of the Flowers at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, Calif., last Friday. The service was conducted by J.S. Worsely, assisted by Richard Thorn, formerly of Springville. Mrs. Cora Thorn Bird, also a former Springville resident, was soloist.

Mrs. Deal was born in Morenic [sic], Mich., August 8, 1872. She came to Springville in 1895, to visit her sister, Mrs. T.R. Kelly and met Mr. Deal. They were married in Springville in 1898 and celebrated their Golden Wedding in Glendale, Calif., on December 31, 1948.

Mr. and Mrs. Deal purchased the Rosemary Fruit Farm in 1907 and operated it until 1920, when they sold the farm to A.W. Cherrington and moved to California, where they have resided since.

While living here, Mrs. Deal served as president of the Home Culture Club and both Mr. and Mrs. Deal have many friends in and near this city.

They had no children of their own but reared a niece, Mrs. Margaret Kelly Smith; also another nice [sic], Miss Louise Kelly lived with them.

Source: Springville Herald, March 22, 1951.