Leroy W. Rorick

MORENCI, Mich., March 14.—Leroy W. Rorick was born in Seneca township, Lenawee county, Michigan, September 14, 1847, and departed this life March 10, 1917, aged 69 years.  His father, Cosper Rorick, a native of New Jersey, came to Michigan in 1840 and commenced with the pioneers of this county in the work of changing a wilderness to a domain of fine homes and productive farms. His father was married to Nancy A. Breese, January 15, 1845, and they settled on a farm one mile north of Seneca in a log house with primitive surroundings, where the subject of this sketch was born.  He grew up on the farm, laboring with his father in the fields as boys in those days did, and walked 2 ½ miles to a district school house for his education, which was completed at Medina academy.

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Rorick Family Reunion

The Rorick family—with many branches, famed in local annals, true and staunch clansman—held its annual reunion Wednesday with Dr. E.H. Rorick, ex-member of the Ohio legislature and for some years connected with state institutions for the insane and feeble-minded, now living in more or less retirement at his beautiful Fayette home. It is a delightful place for such a meeting, and noted for hospitality. The Roricks had one of their characteristic good times—no formalities, just visiting, with the inevitable jokes and stories—and a plentitude of picnic provisions. His rubicund face and snowy hair, giving him patriarchal dignity, were continually in evidence and his sunny smile kept up the lively cheer of his kindred and friends.

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Funeral of Mrs. McCloe

The funeral party accompanying the remains of Mrs. McCloe who passed away at her home in Detroit, arrived at the home of her brother, W.R. Rorick Monday morning and the funeral service was held at the Rorick home Monday afternoon, the Rev. S.N. Oliver officiating. George Pratt sang and the bearers were G.H. Rorick, C.M. Rorick, J.P. Rorick, Allie Kennedy, Earl Baldwin and F.T. Sullivan. Friends and relatives from out of town as the service were Melvin McCloe, Miss Maud McCloe, Mr. and Mrs. A.H. Nimmo, Virginia Rorick Nimmo, Misses Mary and Florence Bryant of Detroit; Mrs. Frank J. Sweeney, Norma Sweeney of Buffalo; Mrs. Lottie Abbuskey, Harold Abbuskey of Waldron, Mich.; Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Stoner, Mrs. G.H. Crane, Mr. and Mrs. F.T. Sullivan, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Baldwin, Mr. and Mrs. R.D. Amsbaugh of Fayette, Ohio; Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Rorick of Adrian, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Guss and family, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Scott of Medina, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Moore, Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Bryant, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Salisbury and family and Jacob Hathaway of Medina. The burial was made in Oak Grove cemetery.

Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, January 12, 1926.

Melvin McCloe

MORENCI, March 10 – The funeral of Melvin McCloe, who died Wednesday morning in his home in Detroit was held Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the Ackland Funeral Home with the Rev. W.A. Rush officiating. The bearers were Dean Kennedy, G.S. Bryant, Carl Guss, Russell Johnston, Glenn Guss and Harold Aberduskey. The burial was in Oak Grove cemetery.

Relatives and friends from Detroit, Waldron, Adrian, Hudson, Fayette and Morenci attended the services.

Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, March 10, 1941

Melvin McCloe

MORENCI, March 5.—Melvin McCloe, 84 years old, died this morning in his home in Detroit. Mr. McCloe was born Jan. 9, 1857, in Fulton County, Ohio, south of Morenci and spent the greater part of his life in Detroit.

He is survived by one daughter Mrs. Mertie McCloe Nemo [sic] of Detroit, one brother Alfred McCloe of Churbusco, Ind., and one granddaughter Mrs. Virginia Kelly of Detroit. His wife Della McCloe died in 1926 and a daughter Mrs. Maude Sullivan died in 1934.

The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the Ackland Funeral Home in Morenci and the burial will be in Oak Grove cemetery. The Rev. W.A. Rush will officiate.

Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, March 5, 1941.

Maude B. McCloe

Maude Berilla McCloe was born in Fulton county, Ohio, March 14, 1883. She graduated from the Western high school in Detroit and attended Michigan State Normal College in Ypsilanti. For some time she was connected with the Burroughs Adding Machine Company as office manager in Paris, Texas, and Wichita Falls, Texas. For the last eight years she had been affiliated with the Board of Education in Detroit. She leaves her father, Melvin McCloe, one sister Mrs. A.H. Nimmo and a niece, Virginia Nimmo, to whom she was very devoted.

Her thoughtfulness to others endeared her to many.

She was laid to rest in Oak Grove cemetery in Morenci, beside her mother, who preceded her in death nine years ago.

Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, January 25, 1935.

Miss Maude B. McCloe

MORENCI, Jan. 16.—Miss Maude B. McCloe, who lived in Morenci when a child, died at 6:55 this morning in her home in Detroit.

She is survived by her father Melvin McCloe, a sister Mrs. A.H. Nimmo and a niece Virginia Nimmo, all of Detroit.

The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Guss in Morenci and burial will be made in Oak Grove cemetery.

Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, January 16, 1935.

Miss Maude B. McCloe

Services for Miss Maude B. McCloe will be held at 8:30 p.m. Thursday in the home, 4817 Avery Ave., followed by rites and burial in Morenci. Born 47 years ago in Ohio, Miss McCloe had lived in Detroit for 40 years. She died Wednesday in Harper Hospital. Her father, Melvin McCloe, and a sister, Mrs. A.H. Nimmo, survive.

Source: Detroit Free Press, January 17, 1935.

Short News Items from 1901

W.C. Tyrrell, who has become very much interested in oil, left this morning for his home at Belmont, Ia. He will return soon to look after his interests here. (Beaumont Daily Enterprise, February 7, 1901)

Mrs. Isola M. Rorick of Los Angeles spent yesterday here enjoying the celebration. (Santa Monica Evening Outlook, February 23, 1901)

Miss Maud McCloe gave a dinner Thursday evening for a few friends. (Detroit Free Press, March 17, 1901)

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Scotten’s Equerry Won

Given Possession of His Cottage Until Next April.

The ejectment proceedings brought before Circuit Court Commissioner Hurst yesterday by Dr. R. Adlington Newman against Melvin McCloe was a stiffly-fought case. McCloe was coachman and afterwards chief equerry of the late Daniel Scotten’s stables. When the millionaire died McCloe continued renting the cottage he had so long occupied when a servant of the family, but there was a dispute as to whether the lease was by the year or by the month.

While Newman was out of town recently McCloe paid his agent rent enough to keep him in possession of the house until next April. But when the administrator of the administrator of the estate returned home some time later he objected to the arrangement and returned the tenant his money with orders to vacate. This is the matter as it stood when it was carried into court.

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