Short News Items from 1929

Mr. and Mrs. Horton C. Rorick of Toledo, who are spending the season at the Everglades Club, entertain there frequently, and on Thursday evening at the regular dinner dance, asked a number of their friends to join them. (Palm Beach Post, February 10, 1929)

Ceilan Rorick had enjoyed a dip in the pool and was joined by Thomas Kenny and Horton C. Rorick. Mr. and Mrs. Horton C. Rorick had for dinner guests at the Everglades Sunday evening: Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Rorick, Mr. and Mrs. Ceilan Rorick, Mr. and Mrs. G. Bryan Pitts, Richard McAllister and John Raskob. (Palm Beach Post, March 19, 1929)

Mr. and Mrs. Horton C. Rorick were on the beach with Miss Mary Kenny, who left them early to join the happy swimming group which included William Kenny, Thomas Kenny and John J. Raskob. (Palm Beach Post, March 26, 1929)

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Short News Items from 1927

Lucien Mueller left Tuesday 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 Herald, June 8, 1927)

Mr. and Mrs. John Toews had as their guests on Sunday, Mr. and Mrs. Preston of Grande Ronde, Mr. and Mrs. John Harris of Garibaldi, and J.S. Hiatt who is working at Blodgett. On Monday a granddaughter, Mrs. W.C. Harris and small son of Fresno, California, arrived for a visit with Mr. and Mrs. Toews. (Salem Statesman Journal, June 23, 1927)

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Short News Items from 1925

Mrs. William Rorick of Detroit is the guest of her daughter, Mrs. Lucien Mueller. She came down for the holidays. (Decatur Herald, January 5, 1925)

Miss Dena [sic] Loosley and niece, Jeanie, from Portola, visited relatives here Sunday. (Feather River Bulletin, February 5, 1925)

Little Ila Mae Loosley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold A. Loosley, is recovering from a light attack of measles. (Feather River Bulletin, February 5, 1925)

Mrs. Harold Loosley is ill with measles at her home here. (Reno Gazette-Journal, February 11, 1925)

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Matrimonial News from 1918

Mr. and Mrs. Willard C. McConnell announce the engagement of their daughter, Cleantha Parke, to Wylllis Osborn Dodge of Lansing. (Adrian Daily Telegram, January 7, 1918)

Mrs. William Moore Rorick announces the marriage of her daughter, Mrs. Claribel Rorick McGraw, to Lieut. L.W Mueller, of the ordinance department, in the Central Methodist church, in the presence of the immediate families, Lieut. R.W. Baldwin, of the signal corps, being the only attendant. Lieut. and Mrs. Mueller will reside in Decatur, Ill., where Lieut. Mueller is engaged with the Mueller Manufacturing company. (Detroit Free Press, March 22, 1918)

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$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”