$800,000 Estate

Mrs. Lucien Mueller Leaves Bulk of Amount to Brother-in-Law

Mrs. Claribel Mueller, widow of Lucien Mueller, former chairman of the board of the Mueller Co., left an estimated estate of $800,000.

According to a petition to admit the will to probate, filed in County Court, person property amounts to $650,000 and real estate $150,000.

According to the terms of the will the bulk of the estate, Mueller Co. stock, is left to a brother-in-law, Frank H. Mueller for his lifetime.

The will also provides for gifts to be made to Decatur and Macon County Hospital and the First Presbyterian Church.

The amount of the gifts cannot be determined until after state and federal inheritance taxes are set and paid.

The will also provides for the gift of personal items of Mrs. Mueller to several friends.

Mrs. Mueller died March 19 after an illness of several years.

Source: Decatur Daily Review, April 3, 1962.


Some Short Social News Items

J.T. Rorick, of Grand Dallas [sic], Wash., is stopping at the Huron House.  Mr. Rorick was formerly publisher of the Bad Axe Democrat.  (Port Huron Times Herald, April 26, 1893)

E.M. Clark and wife and daughters, Misses Jennie and Harriet, went to Detroit today to attend the wedding of Willis Sherman Clark and Miss Georgia Rorick Bennet [sic], both of Detroit.  The wedding will take place at the home of the bride’s parents at 38 Winder street at 6:30 this evening.  The ceremony will be performed by Rev. S.B. Meeser, D.D., of Woodward avenue, Baptist church.  Mr. Clark is a son of Mr. and Mrs. E.M. Clark, of this city.  (Port Huron Daily Times, February 26, 1902) Continue reading “Some Short Social News Items”

Carrie Isabel Rorick Dies of Complications

Mrs. Carrie Isabel Rorick, 73, died in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Claribel Mueller, 1680 West Main st., at 1:15 a.m. of complications.

She was born in Grindstone, Mich., May 7, 1863, and was married to William Rorick at Badaxe [sic], Mich.  She came to Decatur four years ago from Detroit.

Besides the daughter with whom she has been living, she leaves a sister, Mrs. James Baldwin, Badaxe [sic], Mich.

Private funeral services will be held in the Dawson & Wikoff chapel at 2 p.m. Saturday.  Burial will be in Fairlawn cemetery.

Source:  Decatur Daily Review, April 10, 1936,

Mrs. Mueller Dies After Long Illness

Mrs. Claribel Mueller, 66, the widow of Lucien W. Mueller, chairman of the board, Mueller Co., from 1947 until his death in 1953, died at 9:50 a.m. today in her home.  She had been ill several years.

Mrs. Mueller, who lived at the family home, 50 DuClaire Drive, was born Oct. 24, 1895, in Saginaw, Mich., a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roarick [sic]. Continue reading “Mrs. Mueller Dies After Long Illness”

Billy Mueller Dies Monday

Infection Started While Swimming Proves Fatal To Youth

William (Billy) Mueller, 14 years old son of Mr. and Mrs. Lucien W. Mueller, died in the Decatur and Macon County hospital at 3 o’clock Monday afternoon.  Death was caused by a sinus infection contracted while swimming, the attending physician said.

Billy Mueller went canoeing on the lake last Wednesday and went in swimming with some boy friends.  He returned home and complained of feeling ill.  A physician was called.  It become [sic] necessary to take Billy to the hospital Friday.  His condition became steadily worse until his death. Continue reading “Billy Mueller Dies Monday”

Youthful Lovers Foil Parents and Cat-Like Sleuths

William H. McGraw and Clara Belle Rorick United as One.

First-Sight Romance is Too Intense to Prevent.

Now Old Saying is “Love and Detectives,” Instead of “Love and Locksmiths.”

William H. McGraw, youngest son of the late Homer McGraw, of 1209 Cass avenue, has a new version of that threadbare old saying about “love and locksmiths.”

He has substituted “private detectives” for locksmiths, and he and Dan Cupid and Mrs. William H. McGraw, who was Miss Clara Belle Rorick until Tuesday afternoon, are still laughing at the sleuths whose false whiskers and stealthy tread profited them not at all.  It was too big a job that the private detectives had cut out for them, that’s all there is to it. Continue reading “Youthful Lovers Foil Parents and Cat-Like Sleuths”

Mueller News Items

Mr. Lucien Mueller left Thursday for Ithaca, N.Y., where he will attend the graduation exercises of his brother, Clarence, and also the ten year reunion of his class at Cornell University. Mr. Mueller will return to Decatur June 27. (Decatur Review, June 7, 1927)

Mrs. Lucien Mueller entertained three tables at bridge on Tuesday afternoon, honoring her mother, Mrs. W.M. Rorick, who has been visiting her for several weeks. Mrs. Rorick will leave Monday for her home in Detroit, Mich. (Decatur Review, January 29, 1922)

Mrs. Lucien Mueller has returned from a visit in Detroit and Sarnia, Ontario, with relatives. (Decatur Review, July 15, 1929)

MUELLER-METZLER PARTY RETURNING. Mr. and Mrs. Lucien Mueller and Mrs. and Mrs. A.M. Metzler are leaving California today for their return trip to Decatur. The two couples will make several stops on the way home. On the way to the West Coast, they visited Decatur persons who are passing the winter in Arizona. (Decatur Review, January 25, 1931)

Short News Items

Mrs. Curtis Rorick, Seneca, Mich., daughter [sic] of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Rorick, formerly of this city, is visiting at the home of Mrs. John Rowlands. (The Daily Northwestern, December 7, 1927)

Mr. and Mrs. E.B. Rorick and Mr. and Mrs. John Rorick of Fayette returned home Tuesday after visiting their brother, Dr. E.H. Rorick, and family at the State Hospital. (Athens Messenger and Herald, December 10, 1896)

Miss Georgia Rorick, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. E.H. Rorick of the State Hospital is critically ill, and her friends fear that her condition will take an alarming turn. (Athens Messenger, April 27, 1899) Continue reading “Short News Items”


Following are links to additional information about the Roricks and related families.

Albert V. Foster — From the Toledo’s Attic Website.

Beneath the Starry Flag: New Jersey’s Civil War Experience — A book that includes a description of Captain Lewis Van Blarcom’s experience as a prison of war at the Andersonville prison.

Colleen Gormley’s Page — Related families in Lenawee County, MI.

Columbia Gorge Photo Archives — Use the search feature to find pictures of Eck Rorick as a young man playing baseball and leading a dance band. There is also a photo of the Celilo train crash that killed Mrs. J.N. Walling and her grandson.

George Edward Anderson Collection at BYU — Use the search feature to find photos of Roe A. Deal and his wife, Louise Rorick Deal.

History of Dallesport — Information on J.T. Rorick’s role in the history of this town. Continue reading “Links”

Claribel Rorick & Lucien Mueller

Announcement was made last week of the wedding of Miss Clarabell Roarick [sic] of Detroit and Lucien Mueller, of this city, which took place Feb. 5 in Detroit.  The couple have returned to Decatur and are staying with Mr. Mueller’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Philip Mueller, until their own home, 1537 North Church street, is ready for them.  Mr. Mueller has been in the ordnance department in the army service for a little more than a year.  He was stationed first at Washington and then at Detroit.  He received his release on Jan. 14.  His bride is a member of a prominent Detroit family.

Source:  Decatur Review, March 2, 1919.