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 1919

Jas. Burns and Miss Ida Burns returned to their home at Athol Thursday after spending a week at the Chas. Schnell home in this city [Kensington]. (The Athol Record, January 30, 1919)

Of interest to many Athens people will be the following clipping from a Fayette paper with regard to Mrs. E.H. Rorick, wife of Dr. Rorick former superintendent of the Athens State hospital: The many friends of Dr. and Mrs. E.H. Rorick of Fayette, are sending messages of sympathy and encouragement for the recovery of Mrs. Rorick from an attack of paralysis which she suffered Monday. Her friendly greetings, pleasant smile and acts of kindness have won a strong hold on the hearts of the people. She is one the county’s noblest women. The latest reports are very encouraging for her recovery. (Athens Daily Messenger, March 17, 1919)

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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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Catherine McLean and Herbert Brook Engaged to Marry

Wallace D. McLean of Birchall Drive has announced the engagement of his daughter, Miss Catherine E. McLean, to Herbert Brook, son of Arthur H. Brook of Montclair, N.J., and the late Mrs. Brook.

Miss McLean is a graduate of Smith College; and Bennett Junior College, Millbrook where until recently she has been on the faculty. Her father is chairman of the executive committee of the Industrial Bank of Commerce of New York, and her mother was the late Ada McConnell McLean of Scarsdale.

Mr. Brook, who is a graduate of Yale University, is associated with the Yale University Press in New York.

Source: Scarsdale Inquirer, September 28, 1951.

Short News Items from 1942

James Gilkey, junior at Oregon State College, is spending two weeks vacation with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.S. Gilkey. (Salem Statesman Journal, January 2, 1942)

Dr. and Mrs. H.W. Lundahl will leave tonight for Chicago where Dr. Lundahl will attend the meetings of the Chicago Dental Society at the Palmer House next week, and Mrs. Lundahl will visit her brother-in-law and sister Mr. and Mrs. Prosser Watts and family at Glenellyn, Ill.  (Adrian Daily Telegram, February 21, 1942)

Mrs. Jay MacArthur, Jr., spent last week visiting her husband and his parents.  (Queen City Mail, April 9, 1942)

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W.C. McConnell Is Claimed By Death

Expired at 6 O’Clock Last Night at South Main Street Home.

Resident Here 38 Years

Was One of City’s Leading Merchants Until Retirement a Year Ago; Aged 73 Years.

Willard C. McConnell, aged 73 years, one of Adrian’s best known citizens and until a year ago one of the city’s leading merchants, died at 6 o’clock last evening at his home, 322 South Main street, after a sickness of about two weeks. He had been in poor health for more than a year but had been able to be about until his last sickness which was due to a complication of ailments. Although his condition has been unfavorable for ten days previously it took a decidedly serious turn Sunday after which he failed to rally. Mrs. McConnell and his daughter, Mrs. W.D. McLean, of New York City were at the bedside when death came.

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Matrimonial News from 1915

Invitations are out today for the wedding of Wallace Donald McLean of Washington and New York and Miss Ada Rorick McConnell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willard McConnell of this city. The ceremony is to take place on Saturday, Oct. 2, at Christ Episcopal church, at 7 o’clock in the evening. Cards are also sent for a reception, which is to be held at the home of the bride’s parents, 56 S. Main street, immediately after the wedding. (Adrian Daily Telegram, September 17, 1915)

Complimenting Miss Ada McConnell, a bride of Saturday, a pretty fall luncheon was given by Misses Elizabeth and Frances Waldby at their home on State street Wednesday. Covers were laid for six, the other guests being the ladies of Miss McConnell’s bridal party. (Adrian Daily Telegram, September 30, 1915)


Christ church was the scene of a beautiful wedding Saturday evening when Miss Ada Rorick McConnell, elder daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willard C. McConnell of this city, and Wallace Donald McLean of Washington and New York were united in marriage.  The church was artistically decorated in pink and white Japanese lilies and gladioli, huge bouquets of them being used effectively, while the altar was banked with dahlias.

Prof. Fred L. Bach, of Heidelberg university, Tiffin, O., formerly of Adrian college, presided at the organ and played a delightful program during the seating of the guests and as the time for the ceremony drew near the music modulated into the strains of the Lohengrin wedding march and the wedding party entered the church.

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Mrs. W.C. M’Connell Died Here Tuesday

Was Sick Short Time After Returning From New York

Mrs. Hama [sic] Rorick McConnell, widow of the late Willard C. McConnell, an Adrian business man for many years, died yesterday afternoon in her home on South Main Street, after a short illness of a complication of diseases. Mrs. McConnell, who had made her home with her only daughter, Mrs. Wallace D. McLean and family, in Rye, New York, since the death of Mr. McConnell, had come to spend a short time in her home here, and was taken ill soon after her arrival. Continue reading “Mrs. W.C. M’Connell Died Here Tuesday”