Frank E. Bryant

Frank E. Bryant, son of John and Sophronia Bryant, was born in Seneca township, Michigan, Sept. 10, 1866, at the Bryant homestead, now occupied by his brother Ralph.

He attended the district school and then went to high school one year in Adrian, where later his children were educated. At 21 years of age he took his father’s farm to work on shares. This he kept for seven years, and here he laid the foundation for a successful business career. Sept. 7, 1893, he was married to Katie B. Rorick. They immediately bought the farm near Seneca village, where he resided until his death. To them were born five children, two of whom, John and Jacob, died in infancy. Two daughters, Mary L. and Florence S., also one son, Gerald, are left. Seven years ago on Oct. 24, 1910, the loved wife and mother died after a short illness, leaving three children between the ages of 12 and 16 years.

So great was their father’s determination for them to finish their education that he insisted on them continuing their course at high school while he bravely died his best to keep up the household until their graduation.

With the exception of one year spent in Morenci and one year on his father’s farm, Mr. Bryant made his home on the property which he loved and which he improved and made into an ideal home in every respect. After an illness of one week he died Sunday, Sept. 30, making his age 51 years.

There remain two sisters, Mrs. Nellie Hawkins and Mrs. Ida Gorsuch, and a brother, Ralph J. Bryant.

Frank Bryant was a man of sterling qualities; a man of honesty and integrity; public spirited and always willing to help with any affairs of benefit to the community. He belonged to the Seneca Union church, and was an active member of the Knights of Pythias order. He was a staunch Republican and firm in temperance principles. For some twenty years he has carried on a successful stock business and thus was widely known.

The funeral service was held at the home Tuesday afternoon, and large company of friends and relatives being present. The floral offerings were many and beautiful. Rev. H.W. Moody of the Morenci Congregational church officiated and Clarke E. Baldwin delivered a brief eulogy. Miss Virginia Wilson sang, accompanied by Miss Eva Wilson. The bearers were Ralph Bryant, Archie Hawkins, W.R. Rorick, E.J. Bryant, Wm. Gorsuch and A. H. Nimmo. The members of the K. of P. lodge attended in a body.

Friends present from out of town were Mrs. and Mrs. Melvin McCloe and daughter Maud, and Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Nimmo and daughter Virginia of Detroit; Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Rorick and daughter Alma of Buffalo; Mr. and Mrs. John Rorick and Mr. and Mrs. William Gorsuch and family of Wauseon; Mr. and Mrs. A.V. Foster of Toledo; Clarke E. Baldwin, Henry A. Wing, Miss Anna Bemendorfer, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Abbott, Mr. and Mrs. Irving Smith, Mrs. Furman and daughter Freda, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Schneider of Adrian; Mrs. Margaret Ashley of Sand Lake; Mrs. John Doig of Pontiac; Mrs. Josie Howland, Birmingham, Mich.; Dr. and Mrs. E.H. Rorick, Mr. and Mrs. E.N. Baldwin, Mrs. G.H. Crane, Perley Cawley and daughter Helen, Mrs. Claud Elliott, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Stoner of Fayette; Albert Hawkins of Los Angeles; Miss Ethelyn Shugars and Elwood Knapp of Onsted.

Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, October 4, 1917.


Well Known Morenci Resident Passes Away

Mark C. Rorick, older son of Cosper and Nancy A. Breese Rorick, was born on a farm in Seneca township, Michigan Dec. 7, 1845 and died Feb. 6, 1922. His brother Leroy W. was born Sept. 14, 1847. He lived with his parents in a log house until the brick house was built in ’68. Cosper Rorick, father of M.C. Rorick, had a small clearing 3-4 mile north of what is now Seneca village, woods being on all sides. Canandaigua was the nearest post office and trading point combined and traveling was accomplished entirely by ox team or by horse back. The nearest church was at Medina, seven miles distant, and this they attended every Sunday morning. It was necessary to make an early start as they drove an ox team and wagon with a board across the wagon box for the little boys.

When about five years of age “Mark” commenced school in the home district 2 1/2 miles way in the Rorick district today. He walked back and forth to school. When the Tufts school house was being built he attended school in a part of the James Lord home, temporarily. Continue reading “Well Known Morenci Resident Passes Away”

A Well Known Citizen Gone

Death of Leroy W. Rorick at his Home in Morenci Last Saturday Morning

Leroy W. Rorick, a well known citizen of Morenci, died at his home here last Saturday morning, March 10, 1917, after an illness of several months. The funeral service was held Monday under the direction of the K. of P. Lodge of which he was a member.

Judge B.L. Hart of Adrian and Hon. B.D. Chandler of Hudson, who represented the order, gave words of sympathy and helpfulness to the bereaved family.

Miss Virginia Wilson sang a solo. The out of town relatives who attended the funeral were: Mrs. William Rorick of Buffalo, N.Y., Mrs. Spencer Sloan, Mrs. Della McCloe, H.C. Rorick and wife, A.V. Foster and wife of Toledo, J.C. Rorick of Wauseon, Dr. and Mrs. E.H. Rorick, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Sullivan, P.F. Cawley and daughter, Helen, Earl Baldwin and wife, John Rorick and Mrs. G.H. Crane of Fayette, Hon. G.B. Horton and John Cole of Weston.

Leroy W. Rorick was born in Seneca township, Sept. 14, 1847. His father, Cosper Rorick, a native of New Jersey, came to Michigan in 1840 and commenced with the pioneers in the work of changing a wilderness to a domain of elegant homes and productive farms. His father was married to Nancy A. Breese, Jan. 15, 1845, and they settled on a farm one mile north of Seneca in a log house with primitive surroundings, where Leroy was born. He grew up on the farm laboring with his father in the fields as boys in those days did and walking two and a half miles to a district school house for his education which was completed at the Medina Academy.

He was married Feb. 10, 1870 to Harriet L. Porter to whom were born one daughter, Nellie R., wife of Dr. Murphy of Columbus, OH and Cosper M., cashier of the First National Bank of Morenci. He commenced the work of an active life on the farm where he resided until 1888, when he moved to Morenci where he lived a retired life for one year, then going to Fayette where he purchased a livery business which he successfully followed for nine years. Disposing of the same, he followed the business of harness making for about six years in Morenci, after he which he purchased a farm two miles west of Weston where he resided about three years. He then purchased a small country home near Seneca where he lived until the spring of 1916 when he built a home and moved to Morenci.

His life has been a full demonstration of industry, kindness and business integrity and his faithful friends are numerous wherever he is known. His departure is mourned by all who knew him. He is survived by one brother, Mark C. Rorick of Morenci.

Source:  Lundahl, Helen Rorick.  (n.d.) The Rorick Family in America.  (NB: This manuscript is held in the Toledo-Lucas County Library and contains a number of transcriptions of undated newspaper clippings.)


A Sad Death

Mrs. F.E. Bryant Taken From Loved Ones

One of the saddest deaths we have been called upon to record was that of Mrs. Frank E. Bryant of Seneca, who was called from her beloved family last Monday afternoon. Expressions of regret at the death of beautiful and useful life in the prime of womanhood were heard everywhere in the community. She had been ill only two weeks and her condition was not considered serious until a few days before her demise. Sad indeed was the taking away to the loving husband and children who still need the care and devotion of a mother’s heart. To her father, Jacob Rorick, and her grandmother, Mrs. Caroline Sayres, who is still young at the advanced age of 91, the loss of her companionship is a sad affliction. In fact, all her many friends and relatives mourn her early departure.

Kate B. Rorick, daughter of Jacob and Mary Rorick, was born in Canandaigua, Mich., January 9, 1872, and at the time of her death, October 24, 1910, was aged 38 years, 9 months, and 15 days. She was united in marriage to Frank E. Bryant September 7, 1893, and to this union were born five children, two sons, John and Jacob, dying in early childhood. The three surviving children are Mary L., Florence S., and Gerald, ranging in age from 12 to 16 years. During her life, she was a devoted daughter, wife and mother.

Besides the mourning husband, children, father and grandmother, the latter two in later years making their home with her, she leaves one brother, William R. Rorick of Buffalo, and two sisters: Mrs. Mel McCloe of Detroit and Mrs. Carl Guss of Medina, besides a host of friends and relatives.

The funeral, which was one of the largest in attendance the county has seen in recent years, was held on Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Henry Coates officiating. Appropriate songs were rendered by Miss Susan Furman and Mrs. Ed. Moore, with Miss Flossie Allen accompanist. The bearers were composed of relatives and near friends, who tenderly carried the remains to their last resting place. The floral tributes were beautiful and numerous and attested the loving esteem in which the departed was held.

Among those attending from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Rorick of Buffalo, N.Y.; Dr. and Mrs. E.H. Rorick and daughter, Mrs. Fred Sullivan, and Mrs. G.H. Crane of Fayette; Mr. and Mrs. Mel McCloe and daughter, Mertie, and Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Sloan of Detroit; Mrs. Hervey Spencer and Mrs. Howland of Birmingham, Mich.; Mr. and Mrs. W.C. McConnell, Mr. and Mrs. Clark E. Baldwin, Mr. and Mrs. Chas Ream and Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Vedder of Adrian; Mr. and Mrs. John Rorick and Mr. and Mrs. Will Gorsuch of Wauseon.

Source: Undated newspaper clipping in the possession of Mike Meister.


Brief News Items about the Roricks in Michigan

Lieut. and Mrs. Alan G. Rorick arrived last evening from Hot Springs, Ark., to spend the next ten days with his father John P. Rorick and other relatives in the city. Lieut. and Mrs. Rorick were met in Toledo last evening by his sisters Mrs. H.W. Lundahl, Mrs. J. Clayton Scott and Mrs. Russell Raymond of Bryan, Ohio. (Adrian Daily Telegram, December 15, 1942)

Lt. Alan G. Rorick has been released from the government hospital at Hot Springs, Ark., where he has been a patient for nearly two years after an illness of infantile paralysis. He is being sent to the United States Military Academy at West Point as an instructor in mathematics. He and Mrs. Rorick are spending a few days with his father John P. Rorick and after a visit with her parents in Cleveland they will go to West Point where he reports for duty June 20. (Adrian Daily Telegram, June 2, 1943)

FORTY YEARS AGO (1909): The play, Queens and a Kingdom, given at the M.E. church last Friday evening by the Epworth League under the direction of Mrs. Leonard Schnorr, was a great success. The characters in the play were represented by twenty-eight girls, each in costume. Miss Claribel Rorick, of Detroit, a little girl of about ten years, gave several numbers and was encored again and again, bringing down the house with her selections. (Lake Orion Review, October 7, 1949)

The family of Mrs. C.H. Rorick celebrated her birthday anniversary Sunday with a dinner at the cottage of Mrs. G.H. Rorick at Wamplers Lake. Other members present included Mrs. A.N. Brewer of Ann Arbor, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Ranger, C.H. Rorick, Jr. and Mrs. Margaret Hixson. (Adrian Daily Telegram, August 16, 1943)

C.M. Rorick left Saturday for California where he will spend several weeks visiting his sons George Rorick and Mr. and Mrs. Max Rorick and family in Pasadena. (Adrian Daily Telegram, April 3, 1943)

Seneca — Relatives here received word that Curtis Rorick suffered a severe heart attack at Curtis, MIch. Mr. and Mrs. Rorick had been spending a vacation at their cottage near Curtis. (Adrian Daily Telegram, October 19, 1943)

Adrian, May 15. – Josie Boyant [sic] attempted suicide at the home of G.H. Rorick, in Seneca. She accompanied Mrs. Rorick to a social Saturday evening and seemed in good spirits. They returned home about 10 o’clock and soon after Mrs. Rorick heard her in the kitchen, groaning as if in pain. Hastening to her she found her vomiting, and seemingly in agony. She hurriedly summoned a physician, and it was soon discovered that the girl had taken paris green. Antidotes were administered. The girl was in spasms and great pain all day Sunday. She was very low at last accounts and may not recover. The deed was prompted by disappointment in not having a deep affection for a young man living in the neighborhood returned. (Marshall Statesman, May 18, 1894)

Mrs. Leeila G. Rorick and Mrs. Leone Scott of Lansing will come Friday evening to spend the weekend with Mrs. C.M. Rorick and Mrs. L.A. Kennedy. (Adrian Daily Telegram, January 9, 1942)

Mrs. Leslie G. Rorick has received word from her son Wyman in the U.S. Navy that he is safe in Honolulu. Mrs. Rorick last heard from her son December 6. (Adrian Daily Telegram, January 9, 1942)

Miss Lulu Rorick returned from Buffalo Friday accompanied by her sister, Mrs. Mel McCloe, of Detroit. (Adrian Daily Telegram, December 17, 1903)

M.C. Rorick and H.P. Rorick were in Union City, Ind., the first of the week on business. (Adrian Daily Telegram, December 10, 1901)

Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Rorick, formerly of Plainwell, are staying in Morenci with his mother, Mrs. Curtis Rorick, until their new home in Lansing is completed. (Adrian Daily Telegram, March 4, 1960)

Ensign William R. Wilson who has finished the aeronautical course at Jacksonville, Fla., has been transferred to San Francisco.  He is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Rorick of this city.  (Adrian Daily Telegram, October 21, 1942)