Mrs. Deborah Ann Spear

Deborah Ann Rorick was born in Seneca township, September 28, 1840, and died at the home of her son in Morenci May 27, 1931, aged 90 years, seven months and 27 years. Her parents were Estel and Hannah Rorick. She was the eldest of four children. She received her education in the public schools and attended the seminary at Medina. She was married to Philetus Spear December 30, 1859. One son was born to the them, Estel E. Spear of Morenci. In early life she united with the Medina Baptist church, where she retained her membership to the time of her death. Fifty years of her life were spent on the farm in Medina township. Fifteen years ago they moved to Morenci because of the failing health of her husband who preceded her in death September 11, 1917. Her life had been one of constant activity. She had always taken a lively interest in the affairs of the local church and community. She leaves to mourn her loss on son, Estel E., and wife Martha, five grandchildren, Paul and Maurice Spear of Morenci, Mrs. Richards Rogers of Ypsilanti, Mrs. John Bryant of Sand Creek, and K.R. Spear of Littlefield, Texas, and 12 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters, Dr. Rorick Bennett and Mrs. S.K. Porter of Pasadena, Cal.; five nieces and two nephews.

Deprived of a daughter, she took Josephine Grandy, now Mrs. Will Hyslop of West Branch into her home.

The funeral was held at the home of her son, Estel, Friday afternoon, May 29, at 2 o’clock. The Rev. H.A. Essex of the Baptist church officiated.

Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, June 4, 1931.

Woman, Noted As Pioneer In Surgery, Dies

Woman, Noted As Pioneer In Surgery, Dies

Dr. Rorick Bennett First of Sex to Graduate At Michigan Medical School

Dr. Rorick Bennett, one of America’s first woman surgeons, who started practicing with her husband nearly half a century ago, died early yesterday in San Marino. She was 88 years of age.

Medical Pioneer

Death came to the aged medical pioneer at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Willard O. Waters, wife of a member of the Huntington Library staff.

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Mrs. Mary Rorick

MORENCI, Mich., Jan. 8.—Mrs. Mary Rorick, aged 76 years, one of the most prominent women in Seneca township, died about 5 o’clock this morning in her home on Main Street here. She has been in failing health for a year but had been confined to her bed only since Monday.

Mrs. Rorick was the widow of Mark C. Rorick, a well-known Seneca township farmer before his death five years ago, and the mother of John P. Rorick of Adrian. She was born in Seneca township and had lived all her life there, spending the last 32 years in Morenci.

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Rorick Family Reunion

Mr. and Mrs. John C. Rorick attended the Rorick family reunion at the residence of C.M. Rorick in Morenci last Wednesday. There were present about one hundred. A program of singing, instrumental music and recitations was given. Horton C. Rorick of Toledo presided. Officers elected were M.C. Rorick, President; Mrs. Amelia Rorick, Secretary and Treasurer and Mrs. S.K. Porter, Chairman, Executive Committee. Mr. and Mrs. G.H. Crane and Mr. and Mrs. E.N. Baldwin will entertain the crowd at Fayette next year.

Source: Fulton County Tribune, July 9, 1915.

Short News Items from 1882

Mrs. J.W. Linderman has returned home from Ludington where she had been visiting her son Frank. (Cheboygan Northern Tribune, February 4, 1882)

Doc. Walling has been out in the mountains, between Hailey, Muldoon and Bellevue, prospecting, and saw many evidences of mineral, though no veins of sufficient size to warrant his locating any. Doc. Walling has not given up the hope of finding a bonanza not far from Hailey before snow flies. (Wood River Times, September 15, 1882)

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Rorick, and Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Porter, of Seneca, Mich., are in the county visiting their relatives, the families of Dr. Armstrong and J.C. [sic] Andruss, of Irvington. The visitors report themselves highly pleased with Kossuth county. (Algona Republican, October 11, 1882)

E. Sutton, brother of J.P. Sutton, arrived Thursday morning for a visit. He resided here some years since, and is somewhat surprised at the improvement Cheboygan has made since he left. (Cheboygan Northern Tribune, November 18, 1882)

Entertained at Fayette

Mrs. G.H. Crane of Fayette will entertain at a 1 o’clock luncheon on Thursday the following ladies from Morenci: Mesdames Amy Rorick, Amelia Rorick, S.K. Porter, P.H. Spear, M.C. Rorick, L.H. Converse, Lavina Chappell, Cosper M. Rorick, Cosper H. Rorick, G.H. Rorick, J.P. Rorick, E.E. Spear, Paul Spear, and Mrs. Albert Foster and Mrs. H.C. Rorick of Toledo.

Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, February 16, 1916.

Mrs. Deborah Spear

MORENCI, May 28—Mrs. Deborah Spear, aged 91 years, died at 3:15 o’clock Wednesday afternoon in her home on East Main street after an illness of one day. Mrs. Spear moved to Morenci 16 years ago from the homestead in Medina township where she and Mr. Spear had lived for many years.

She is survived by one son, E.E. Spear of Morenci; two sisters, Mrs. S.K. Porter and Dr. Lavina Bennett, both of Pasadena, Calif., and five grandchildren.

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Double Golden Wedding Anniversary Celebrated

MORENCI, Aug. 23.—The celebration Thursday of the double golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. S.K. Porter of this place and Dr. and Mrs. Estelle [sic] Rorick of Fayette was an event of more than passing interest. The celebration of the golden anniversary by one couple is quite a common occurrence, but that the four people who were wedded by the same ceremony 50 years ago, August 22, 1868, should live to celebrate the double anniversary is a rare incident.

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Mary S. Rorick

Mary S. Porter, wife of the late Mark C. Rorick, was born in Seneca township, Michigan, April 17, 1850. She was the daughter of John C. Porter and Louisa King Porter, pioneers of Lenawee county. She was one of four children: Frank, who died when aged four years; Sylvester K. Porter of South Pasadena, Cal., and Harriet Rorick, of Morenci, Mich.

She received her education at the Medina Academy was married in Medina to Mark C. Rorick August 9, 1868. They began housekeeping in a log house on the Rorick farm in Seneca township where they remained until their removal to Morenci April 1, 1925.

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Small Town News

Wallace Bailey left for overseas duty, after a three weeks’ training period. He spent the weekend recently with his sister, Mrs. Verne Whims.  (Orion Weekly Review, June 15, 1951)

The city fire department was called to the home of E.J. Rorick, 400 Cedar street, at 10:45 o’clock Sunday morning to extinguish a fire in the roof caused by chimney sparks.  The damage was slight.  (Quincy Daily Journal, April 4, 1921).

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