Interview with Rosemary Porter Rorick Kilduff

I recently ran across this oral history interview with my godmother, Rosemary Porter Rorick Kilduff. She came to Washington, DC, to work in the federal government and met and married my uncle, Mark D. Rorick, here. After she married her second husband, Malcolm Kilduff, they moved to her hometown of Beattyville, KY, where they ran the local newspaper.


Short News Items from 1929

Several charming luncheon parties were held at the Samovar Friday, March 8. Mrs. G.H. Milne of New York City has as her guests Dr. Rorick Bennett, Mrs. George Rorick Clarke and Mrs. S.K. Porter of South Pasadena, and Mrs. Willard O. Waters of San Marino. (South Pasadena Foothill Review, March 15, 1929)

Eugene Groover, of Lapeer and Glenn Groover were down Sunday to eat dinner with Mr. and Mrs. M.W. Kessell and to help little Marshall Eugene Groover celebrate his birthday. He carried his cak[e] to the table with three lighted candles on it. Mrs. Groover returned home with them feeling much improved. (Oxford Leader, March 29, 1929)

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Short News Items from 1924

Mrs. F.T. Sullivan entertained a few friends Tuesday at a turkey dinner honoring her mother, Mrs. E.H. Rorick, on her seventieth birthday anniversary. Covers were laid for Mrs. Lewis Converse, Mrs. M.C. Rorick and Mrs. Will Rorick of Morenci, Mrs. W.O. Ford, Mrs. G.H. Crane and Mrs. W.L. Knoff. (Adrian Daily Telegram, February 22, 1924)

Mr. and Mrs. H.G. Bunch, accompanied by the latter’s sister Mrs. Marion Bunch left for Medford Friday for a few days’ visit.  While there Mrs. Bunch will consult an eye specialist. They made the trip in their touring car and will return Sunday. (Klamath News, April 15, 1924)

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Groover spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. Cassius Sutton of Hunters Creek. (Oxford Leader, May 2, 1924)

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Short News Items from 1907

Mrs. Eva Walling Larmer, who has been visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bird Walling, has returned to her home in Salem. (Polk County Observer, January 18, 1907)

Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Tyrrell of Beaumont, Texas, are in the city to visit their daughter, Mrs. David Rorick. Mrs. Tyrrell expects to stay some weeks while Mr. Tyrrell will go north to Sacramento county where has extensive mining interests. (Oceanside Blade, May 11, 1907)

Mrs. Louis [sic] Sutton and daughter spent Monday evening at Wm. Rogers’. (Oxford Leader, May 19, 1907)

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Short News Items from 1902

Lute Sutton and wife of Orion were visitors at Andrew McNeil’s the latter part of last week. (Oxford Leader, January 31, 1902)

E.T. and Grace McNeil entertained their cousins from Kingston part of this week. (Oxford Leader, January 31, 1902)

Dr. Martin Rochelle and wife, of Wichita, Kan., is the guest of his brother, Mr. and Mrs. Scott Rochelle. (Columbus Sunday Dispatch, August 24, 1902)

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Birthday Inspiration For Family Party

The birthday party of Dr. Rorick Bennett, 1931 Marengo avenue, furnished the inspiration for a large family party held Saturday evening at the Samovar.  A profusion of spring flowers decorated the tables where the covers were laid for the honor guest, and Mrs. A.D. Brown, Mrs. F.K. [sic] Porter, Miss Esther Auten Pine, and Mrs. E.R. [sic] Clarke of South Pasadena, J.T. Rorick of Fort Dallas [sic], Oregon, Mr. and Mrs. W.O. Waters of San Marino, Mrs. C.F. McDuffer, Miss McDuffer, and Mrs. Theodore Peters of Pasadena.

Source: South Pasadena Foothill Review, April 12, 1929. 

Sylvester King Porter

Sylvester King Porter, 1931 Marengo avenue, died Sunday, February 3, at the age of 81 years.  Mr. He was a native of Michigan and is survived by his wife, Mrs. Melissa R. Porter, a daughter, Mrs. G.H. Milne of New York City, and a sister, Mrs. Howard [sic] Rorick, Columbus, Ohio.  Funeral services will be held at 2:30 o’clock tomorrow afternoon at the chapel of Turner, Stevens Y Berry, 1000 Fremont avenue.

Source: South Pasadena Foothill Review, February 8, 1929.

S.K. Porter Services to Be Held Saturday

South Pasadena, Feb. 6.—Funeral services are to be held at 2:30 o’clock Saturday at the chapel of Turner, Stevens and Berry for Sylvester King Porter, who died Thursday at his home, 1931 Marengo avenue, South Pasadena.

Mr. Porter was 81 years old and was a native of Michigan.  He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Melissa R. Porter, a daughter, Mrs. G.H. Milne, New York city, and a sister, Mrs. Howard [sic] Rorick, Columbus, O.

Source:  The Pasadena Post, February 6, 1929.

Former Morenci Couple Married 60 Years Ago

MORENCI, Aug. 24.—Friends here of Mr. and Mrs. S.K. Porter have received word that they celebrated the 60th anniversary of their wedding August 20 at their home in South Pasadena, Cal.

Mr. and Mrs. Porter formerly lived in Morenci and they own the Porter farm in Seneca township which his grandfather purchased in 1832.

Mr. and Mrs. Porter celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in Morenci, together with Dr. and Mrs. E.H. Rorick, who were married at the same time. Dr. and Mrs. Rorick are both dead.

The anniversary this year was observed at their home with a 5 o’clock supper for a group of friends. Many other friends called to offer congratulation and to wish them many more years of happiness together.

Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, August 24, 1928. 

Mrs. S.K. Porter

MORENCI, Sept. 7.—The ashes of Mrs. S.K. Porter, a former resident of Morenci who died last January in South Pasadena, Calif., will be buried tomorrow afternoon at 4 o’clock in Oak Grove cemetery in Morenci. The service will be conducted by Dr. C.A. Wakefield of Toledo. Mrs. Charles L. Stover of Bronxville, N.Y., a granddaughter of Mrs. Porter, will attend the services.

Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, September 7, 1935.