Grim Reaper Takes Toll

Three of Our Citizens Called to the Great Beyond


Mrs. Willard Rogers and Mrs. H. Houck Had Been Patient Sufferers

The death of Mrs. Willard Rogers occurred at the family home on Mechanic St., Friday afternoon, June 30. Deceased had been ill for more than a year from a complication of diseases, resulting from a severe attack of inflammatory rheumatism, during which time she suffered intensely, when death came as a happy release and she fell quietly asleep trusting in the great Heavenly Father who had been her comfort and stay during her sickness.

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Four Years Illness

Harvey Bailey, Passed Away After Long Suffering

After an illness of four years duration of tuberculosis, Harvey Bailey passed away at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.S. Bailey at an early hour Thursday morning. He was 44 years of age. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Nellie Bailey, one brother, Warren Bailey of Pontiac, and four sisters, Mrs. Anna Rogers and Mrs. Dorothy Alleman of Oxford, Mrs. Winifred Porritt of Seymour Lake and Mrs. Mildred Whims of Rose City.

The funeral was held Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock from the home of his parents under the auspices of the Masonic Lodge of Oxford, of which the deceased was a member. Rev. F.I. Walker of Orion officiated. Interment was made in Seymour Lake cemetery.

Source: Oxford Leader, September 10, 1920.

Short News Items from 1956

Mr. and Mrs. Halden Mauchmar have moved into the tenant house of the Earl Page farm. Mrs. Mauchmar is the niece of Mr. Page and the couple will manage the farm for their uncle. (Allegan News Gazette, March 15, 1956)

Relatives spent last Monday in the home of Mrs. Winifred Porritt: Mrs. Ray Whims and two daughters of Lansing; Mrs. Earl Alleman of Oxford; Mr. and Mrs. Edward Lee Porritt of Clarkston; Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Porritt and daughter, Dawn, and another daughter, Mrs. Don McCool and children. Mrs. McCool with her family will soon leave for Germany where they are to join Mr. McCool who is in the Service. (Clarkston News, October 18, 1956)

Short News Items from 1936

Christmas was brightened for Harvey Porritt who is unable to get around on account of the cast on his leg, and his wife, Marguerite, who is still in Goodrich Hospital when it was made possible for Harvey to be taken to the Hospital where could enjoy a Christmas dinner Christmas tree together. (Clarkston News, January 1, 1936)

Mr. and Mrs. Lee Porritt, Mr. and Mrs. S.R. Whims of Flint and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Alleman of Lake Orion were visitors at the home of Mrs. Sara Bailey at Oxford Thursday. The Allemans are moving from the Scripps farm to their home on Ensley street in Oxford where Mrs. Bailey has resided for several years. Mr. Alleman has accepted a mechanic’s position for the Oakland County Roads maintenance. (Clarkston News, April 10, 1936)

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Short News Items from 1934

Miss Mary Sullivan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F.T. Sullivan, is a member of the graduating class of the state college at Athens, Ohio, next week, and has the honor of winning the oratorical contest in that institution. (Adrian Daily Telegram, June 2, 1934)

Miss Marguerite Hoard of Leonard and Miss Dorothy Jean Rogers of Oxford were week end guests at the Porritt Dairy Farm. (Clarkston News, October 5, 1934)

Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Schoff spent several days last week with the latter’s sister, Mrs. Manley Brodt, at Marlette. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Thurstin were also recent guests of the Mrs. Brodt. (Orion Weekly Review, October 26, 1934)

Short News Items from 1930

Miss Belle Beardslee has returned from Ann Arbor after spending the winter with her sister, Mrs. Carrie Larned. (Clarkston News, May 16, 1930)

Miss Marian Beardslee, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Grant Beardslee, of Clarkston, a pupil in the Pontiac High School, was recently award a gold medal for having done the best work in the fourth year Latin class. Members of the class elected Miss Beardslee for the honor and the medal was presented by James H. Harris, superintendent of schools. (Clarkston News, June 6, 1930)

Friday evening the members of the eighth grade surprised their classmate, Miss Lillian Beardslee, with a pot-luck supper and later served ice cream and cake. (Clarkston News, June 20, 1930)

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Short News Items from 1928

Mr. and Mrs. Manley Brodt, of Marlette, are spending the week with their son, Grant Brodt.  (Oxford Leader, January 27, 1928)

Mr. and Mrs. Grant Brodt, Mr. and Mrs. Manley Brodt attended the auto show in Detroit, Monday.  (Oxford Leader, January 27, 1928)

Edward Lee Porritt had the misfortune to have a car door fall on his feet, Thursday, where he was working at the Fisher Body Factory, in Pontiac.  He is improving slowly.  (Oxford Leader, February 3, 1928)

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Short News Items from 1926

Jess Spiers, who lives on the R.W. Wood ranch, is lambing his sheep and on account of the good weather expects a hundred per cent crop. (Red Bluff Sentinel and Weekly News, March 5, 1926)

Lewis Converse has closed his home in Morenci, since the death of his wife the past week, and has gone to Fayette, where he will make his home with his daughter, Mrs. Wm. Mansfield. (Morenci, Observer, July 8, 1926)

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Guss and daughter Helen were in Morenci Tuesday to attend the funeral of their aunt, Mrs. Lew Converse. (Morenci Observer, July 8, 1926)

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Short News Items from 1925

Mrs. E.E. Spear entertained Tuesday afternoon in honor of Mrs. Maurice Spear. The time was spent socially and Miss Lorena Johnson favored the company with music. Decorations in keeping with the season were attractive and refreshments were service. The guests were Mrs. G.H. Rorick, Mrs. C.H. Rorick, Mrs. Curtis Rorick, Mrs. Mary Rorick, Mrs. Frank Tayloe, Mrs. Fred non [sic], Mrs. William Poucher, Mrs. George Pratt, Mrs. Paul Spear, Mrs. Kenneth Spear and Mrs. Richard Rogers. (Adrian Daily Telegram, January 2, 1925)

Curtis Rorick lost one of his best milk cows by a straw stack falling on her, Saturday night. (Morenci Observer, January 15, 1925)

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Short News Items from 1914

Dr. E.H. Rorick, of Fayette, has been a rather unpleasant experience in a railroad wreck recently; while on his way on a business trip into Texas on Tuesday, February 3rd, the Wabash train on which he was a passenger, ran into the rear end of a Chicago & Alton train near St. Louis, Mo. Dr. Rorick was badly shaken up but not serious accidents are reported. The doctor was able to continue his journey to Tyler, Texas, and returned to his home in Fayette last Sunday noon. (Fayette County Tribune, February 13, 1914)

Friday evening, March 27th, the eighth grade were the guests of Miss Helen Rorick at her home on the ocean front. In spite of the rain a merry crowd gathered and made the house ring with fun and laughter as they played the old fashioned games, “Spin the Pan” and “Fruit Basket.” The Virginia Reel though new to many of the company was voted quite a success. Dainty refreshments were served. The party dispersed hoping “for another one soon.” (Oceanside Blade, April 4, 1914)

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