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”

Local Resident Helped to Form Country’s Largest Industrial Banking Company

Wallace Donald McLean of Morris Lane, executive vice-president of The Morris Plan Company of New York, the largest industrial banking institution in America, was born in New Hampshire of Scotch parents. He is the great grandson of John McLean of New York, who was a prominent public citizen and one of the founders of The Bank of Manhattan.

Mr. McLean’s early life was spent in Washington, D. C. He attended the public schools and later prepared for college at the Friends’ School of that city. From there, he entered Princeton University, graduating with an A.B. degree, in the class of 1896. He then concentrated on the study of law at Columbian University, (now George Washington University), in Washington, and in 1898 received his degree of LL.B. Continue reading “Local Resident Helped to Form Country’s Largest Industrial Banking Company”

Mrs. Ada McLean Dies in New York

Funeral services were held Monday noon at the Calvary Episcopal Church, 21st St. and 4th Ave., New York City for Mrs. Ada McConnell McLean, wife of Wallace D. McLean, chairman of the executive committee of the Industrial Bank of Commerce.

Mrs. McLean died suddenly Friday night at their apartment in the Mayfair House. She was well-known in Scarsdale where she made her permanent home at 1 Birchall Drive. A native of Adrian, Mich., she was a graduate of Fairmont Seminary, Washington, D.C. and was a Daughter of the American Revolution.

She is survived by her husband, by her son, Wallace W. McLean, of Princeton, and a daughter, Catherine E. McLean of Scarsdale, and a grandson, Wallace W. McLean II.

Source: Scarsdale Inquirer, January 7, 1949.

Congratulated by Wilson

Wallace D. McLean Weds Miss Ada Rorick McConnell at Adrian.

ADRIAN, MICH.—One of the season’s most notable weddings was celebrated here 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.

At Princeton the groom 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.

Source: Clare Sentinel, October 8, 1915.