Mrs. William R. Rorick, 92, a former resident of Morenci, died at her home in Buffalo, New York, Friday, June 16.
Minnie Botsford Rorick, daughter of Simeon and Marvina Doying Botsford, was born June 12, 1869, in Ellington Township, Tuscola County, Michigan. She came to Morenci as a young girl and lived with her uncle, Frank Doying, who was then the superintendent of schools. On completing her education, she taught in the district schools at Seneca and Canandaigua until her married June 11, 1891.
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Born In Morenci In 1865; Had Been Prominent Livestock Dealer
William R. Rorick, aged 77 years, a prominent livestock dealer and one of the best loved men among the older pioneer families of Morenci, died at his home on North street Monday afternoon at 1:45 o’clock. While his health had not been well for a number of years he was only seriously ill for about three weeks.
He was the only son of Jacob C. [sic] and Mary Sloan Rorick and was born November 13, 1865 in the Old Exchange Hotel, which his parents were then operating. It stood on the same site which the Saulsbury Hotel now occupies.
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Son-in-Law Of Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Rorick And Vice President Of Sadler & Rorick
Funeral services were held for Frank Sweeney Saturday morning at 9 o’clock in the Delaware Avenue Cathedral in Buffalo, N.Y. Mr. Sweeney, aged 44 years, died last Wednesday night at his home on Lafayette avenue after a short illness. He was the son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. William Rorick of this city. Mr. Sweeney and his family spent several summer vacations here with Mr. and Mrs. Rorick and were well known in this community.
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MORENCI, Feb. 1—William R. Rorick, 77 years old, a prominent livestock dealer in southern Michigan and Buffalo, N.Y., died in his home on North street here this afternoon at 1:45 o’clock after a period of failing health.
Born in the old hotel that stood on the site now occupied by the Saulsbury Hotel, he attended the Morenci schools and the Medina Academy. He was the only son of Jacob C. and Mary Sloan Rorick.
After engaging in the livestock business around Morenci for several years he went to Buffalo in 1902 to engage in the livestock commission business. Later he was a partner in the Sadler & Rorick Company for many years.
He returned to Morenci several years ago because of failing health and with his wife, Mrs. Minnie Rorick, has made his home here since.
Mr. Rorick is survived by his widow, one daughter Mrs. Frank J. Sweeney, three grandchildren, Mrs. William F. Munschauer, Mrs. Edward N. Marlette and Ensign William Rorick Wilson who is now with the U.S. Navy Air Corps in the Pacific. Two great grandchildren also survive.
One daughter, Mrs. Alma Rorick Wilson and a son Frank J. preceded him in death as well as four sisters.
The body is at the Ackland Funeral Home.
Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, February 1, 1943