Wilson Congratulates Adrian Bridegroom

Letters from President Received by Principals in McLean-McConnell Wedding Ceremony

Adrian, Mich., Oct. 2.—One of the season’s most notable weddings was celebrated here tonight when Miss Ada Rorick McConnell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.C. McConnell, was married to Wallace D. McLean, of Washington and New York city.

Miss McConnell is the daughter of the owner of one of the largest dry goods houses in the state outside of Detroit. Mr. McLean is general manager of the Morris Plan company of New York, is a graduate of Princeton, ’86, and has a degree from the Columbia law school. At Princeton he studied under President Wilson and is a personal friend of the Wilson family. Congratulatory letters have been received from President Wilson and his daughter, Miss Margaret Wilson.

Dr. McCarroll, of St. Paul’s cathedral, performed the ceremony.

Source: Detroit Free Press, October 3, 1915.


Short News Items from 1918

Mrs. Dewey Studebaker has received a letter from her husband in which he announces his safe arrival in France with the American Expeditionary Force.  (Logansport Pharos-Tribune, May 18, 1918)

Mrs. W.C. McConnell of Adrian spent Monday with Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Rorick.  (Fulton County Tribune, May 24, 1918)

Mr. W.R. Rorick and wife of Buffalo, N.Y., were guests of Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Rorick Tuesday and Wednesday.  (Fulton County Tribune, May 24, 1918)

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Short News Items from 1916

A letter from Johnnie Wallace states that he won the championship wrestle at the deaf school on Christmas day. In speaking of the affair he writes: “In the afternoon at 1:30 Ben and I began to wrestle and at 1:55 Ben threw me down. We rested 5 minutes and at 2:00 we started to wrestle again, and at 2:15 I threw Ben down. We rested another 5 minutes and at 2:20 we started on the final. I threw him down quickly and he got hurt and gave up. Another boy has challenged me and I must defend the titles, so I will wrestle him next May. (Nezperce Herald, January 6, 1916)

Mrs. Ben Wiseman departed Tuesday for Sioux Falls for a visit with her brother, Don McGugin, who is studying dentistry there under Dr. Gorman, formerly of Pierre. (Pierre Weekly Free Press, March 2, 1916)

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Short News Items from 1893

Mrs. D.D. Rorick and little girl departed Tuesday for Oxford Junction, Iowa, where they expect to remain for some time visiting at the home of Mrs. Rorick’s relatives. (Hand County Press, March 16, 1893)

Some time ago J.T. Rorick, publisher of the Bad Axe Democrat, sold out his profitable newspaper property and located in the state of Washington. It is now reported that Mr. Rorick has discovered that all that glitters is not gold, and that he is about to return to Michigan.—Caro Advertiser. (Port Huron Daily Times, August 7, 1893)

Mrs. Ed. Freedman of West Pittston, Pa., is visiting her brother, Emmett Van Sickle, the jeweler. (Port Jervis Tri-States Union, August 8, 1893)

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The McConnell-Rorick Wedding

Adrian Times:—We are indebted to our contemporary, the Toledo Blade, for the following interesting account of the wedding of our well known townsman, Mr. W.C. McConnell, to Miss Hama Rorick, of Wauseon, Ohio.  The happy couple are now absent on a wedding tour to New York, Washington, and other points of interest in the east, and on their return in a few days will settle down to the enjoyment of domesticity, at their home, No. 5 Broad street:

Wauseon, O., Nov. 24.—“Mr. and Mrs. John C. Rorick will welcome you to the marriage of their daughter Hama to Willard C. McConnell, Thursday afternoon, November 22, 1888, at their home, Wauseon, Ohio.” So read the cards received by a few intimate friends of the family of Hon. J.C. Rorick. This wedding has been looked forward to with a great deal of interest by our townspeople, owing to the prominence of the interested family.  The parlors were decorated with growing plants and smilax. At the hour named in the invitations, Rev. W.O. Moore took his position before a pyramid of plants and flowers, where the guests ranged themselves about the parlors.  Miss Gertie Bray seated herself at the piano, and as she played the first few bars of the wedding march, the bride and groom came in, unattended, and stood before the minister, who, after a brief ceremony, pronounced them man and wife.  Mr. and Mrs. McConnell then turned and received the congratulations of their friends.

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Deaths and Funerals from the 1890s

The funeral of the late Eliakim Bross will be held from the house, at 225 Jersey avenue, Saturday at 2 p.m. Interment in Laurel Grove Cemetery. (Port Jervis Evening Gazette, October 3, 1890)

Every member of High Point Lodge No. 200, I.O.G.T., is requested to attend lodge Friday evening. Arrangements will be made to attend the funeral of our late brother, Eliakim Bross. (Port Jervis Evening Gazette, October 3, 1890)

Mrs. Sutton, relict of the late Johnathan [sic] Sutton, of Orion, and mother of E.B. Sutton, Esq., of Sault St. Marie, died at the residence of her bother, M.J. Predmore, of Romeo, last Monday, the 3d inst. (Pontiac Gazette, April 7, 1893)

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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)