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)

Bad Axe.  Mr. Rorick and daughter Claribel of Detroit are spending Xmas with her sister, Mrs. James Baldwin, West Sand Beach avenue.  (Detroit Free Press, December 25, 1913)

Billy Mueller, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. Lucien W. Mueller, who underwent an operation for appendicitis in the Decatur and Macon county hospital, Tuesday, is getting along nicely.  (Decatur Daily Review, March 26, 1927)

Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Spear and daughter, Ruth, of Albuquerque, N.M., formerly of Morenci, are visiting his brother and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Spear.  Their son, Howell, a medical student at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, also is spending his vacation here.  His brother, Pheletus [sic] Spear, who after a year of active duty overseers in the U.S. Navy, is attending a preparatory school in Maryland for entering the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis.  (Adrian Daily Telegram, December 31, 1943)

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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].

She married Mr. Mueller Feb. 5, 1919, in Detroit, Mich.  He died Oct. 6, 1953, at the age of 58.  He had been associated with the Mueller Co., founded by his grandfather, Hieronymous Mueller, all of his business career.  He was elected to the board in 1922.

Mrs. Mueller was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, the Decatur Club and the Country Club of Decatur.

She had been a member of the board of the Decatur and Macon County Hospital and a member of the boards of the Day Nursery and the Boys Opportunity Home of Decatur.

Mrs. Mueller loved to share her beautiful home with her friends, and was acclaimed a charming hostess.  She and Mr. Mueller were both socially minded and entertained in their home or at Mueller lodge.

She is survived by two cousins in California.

The Mueller’s only son, William, died in 1931.

The body is in the Dawson & Wikoff Funeral Home, were arrangements are incomplete.

Burial is to be in Fairlawn Cemetery.

The family requests that contributions be made to the Decatur and Macon County Hospital in lieu of flowers.

Source:  Decatur Daily Review, March 19, 1962.

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.

Billy Mueller was born in Detroit on Nov. 15, 1916.  He had lived in Decatur since he was two years old.  He was a pupil in the Roosevelt Junior High school.  He was to finish Junior High next year, and plans were to send him to St. John’s Military academy in Delafield, Wis., which Mr. Mueller attended.

Was Popular Youth

The boy was a member of the First Presbyterian church and of the Boy Scouts.  He had been working in the office of the Mueller Co [sic], as a messenger boy, during the summer vacation.  He was popular among his friends and classmates.  He was pledge to the Kappa Phi High school fraternity.

Billy Mueller leaves his parents.  His father is vice-president of the Mueller Co., in charge of factories.

The body was taken to the Dawson & Wikoff funeral home.  Funeral arrangements remain to be made.  Tentative plans are to conduct the services Wednesday.

Source:  Decatur Herald, July 14, 1931.

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.

Love at First Sight.

Away last winter, during the Obelisk dance at the Knights of Columbus hall, young Mr. McGraw—he is not yet 21—met Miss Clara Belle Rorick, just 19, and to quote the bridegroom, it was a case of love at first sight.

Right there, with the dreamy music in their ears and the polished flor sliding away under the lightly tripping feet of youth, the futures of Mr. McGraw and Miss Rorick were settled.

But he was only 20 and she was only 19, and his relatives would not listen to any talk about a wedding.  They sent him to the south, to mature and forget; if not to forget, at least to grow a little older.

Wedding Bells Only Music.

But he came back, a week ago, and met Miss Rorick again: again did he decide that the only reason music in the world was wedding bells. His relatives saw the symptoms, too, and when he left home, Monday, they hired private detectives and ordered them to find William H. McGraw, suggesting that the marriage license bureau would be an awfully good place to look.

But young McGray [sic] pierced the lines of the detective Tuesday morning.  He obtained his license to wed, and telephoned to his folks to say that the wedding would be performed before they or their private detectives would see anything of him.

And he made good on the promise.  Out in Redford, Rev. Frank C. Walters tied the knot and the young couple returned to the handsome home of the bridegroom’s mother for the parental blessing.

Reporters Shut Out.

Nobody would see or talk to reports at the McGraw home Tuesday afternoon.  But in the evening a most alarmingly gruff voice answered the telephone: a very business-like voice indeed.

“About William H. McGraw’s elopement?” said the voice, not at all conciliatory.  “Well, what do you want to know about it?”

Just then a merry little voice, which must have emanated from very close beside the gruff, business-like voice, sent a decidedly happy little laugh over the wire.  And then—

“Well,” said the voice that had been gruff and business-like, “I’m the culprit, and you might as well have a good story while you’re about it.  Yes, we’re married, and everything is lovely.  Blessings? Oh, yes, sure, blessings.  Yes, we are mother’s home, temporarily, until we make our plans for the future.  And the bride’s mother, Mrs. W.M. Rorick, lives on Stimson place.”

That was all, except that even the telephone operator caught the odd thrill on the wire, and “cut in.”

For all the world—

And it’s private detectives, now, instead of locksmiths.

Source:  Detroit Free Press, November 10, 1915.

Note:  Claribel Rorick’s is misspelled throughout this article.  She and William Harold McGraw had a son, William Homer McGraw, in 1916, but their marriage soon ended.  She remarried to Lucien W. Mueller in 1919, and he seems to have adopted her young son, Billy, who sadly died in 1931.

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)

At Canton Wednesday a big McKinley display was made at the circus of Barnum & Bailey that exhibited there. A box was reserved for Mrs. McKinley and her party, and everything there wore the McKinleys. The employees of the circus presented the candidate with a fine silk flag. The presentation was made by Senator [John C.] Rorick of Ohio. (Rome Semi-Weekly Citizen, October 16, 1896)

Miss Mabel Rorick left on Tuesday for Saint Marys Ohio where she will spend the next year in a ladies seminary. (Athens Messenger, September 7, 1899)

The Ed Hammond family were agreeably surprised Tuesday when Mr. Samuel Rorick and wife and grandson, from Jones county, Iowa, came to visit them.  Mr. Rorick is an uncle of Mr. Hammond.  They will visit Southern California during the winter. (Chino Champion, January 26, 1917)

Covers were laid for twenty at the bridge-luncheon given Wednesday by Mrs. F.W. Kaiser in honor of Mrs. William Rorick, who is visiting her daughter Mrs. Lucien Mueller, and also in honor of Mrs. Al Antwine, who is with her sister, Mrs. Will Turnpin, this winter. (Decatur Daily Review, February 27, 1931)

Links

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.

Horton C. Rorick — From the Toledo’s Attic website.

Internet Broadway Database — Information on the career of Gabriel LeRoy “Roy” Walling, actor, playwright, producer, as well as that of his wife, Ruth Guiterman.

Kari Northrup’s Page — Information on the Brees family, including descendants of the three Breese sisters who married the three Rorick brothers.

History of Klickitat County, WA — Information on J.T. Rorick’s role in the early history of this county.

Letter of Mollie Zemmer — Transcription of letter written on the Oregon Trail by Mollie Zemmer, wife of Enos C. Walling.

Loseyite — A mineral found in Sussex County, NJ and named after Samuel R. Losey.

Mary Van Blarcom — Information on her career as an artist and samples of her work.

Mueller Museum — Dedicated to the Mueller family of Decatur, IL.

Nancy Pascal’s Page — A valuable resource for anyone researching Sussex County families.

Old West End Toledo — Use the search feature to look for photos of the Rorick house on Collingwood Avenue.

Historic Images of Oregon — Use the search feature to find some Walling family photographs.

Rhonda Yocom’s Page — Information on the Search and Yocom families of Muskingum County, OH.

Spear Brothers Group — Company run by descendants of Philetus Spear and Deborah Rorick.

Sutton Family Genealogy — Dennis Sutton’s page includes information on the descendants of Hannah Rorick and Jacob Sutton.

Tyrrell Historical Library — Donated to Beaumont, TX by Capt. W.C. Tyrrell in memory of his wife Helen Frances Rorick.

 

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.