Rochelle Estate Is Divided

Real estate on Heaton street is left to John F. Rochelle, a son, and Flora May Smith, a daughter, under the will of their mother, Catherine Rochelle, Hamilton, which was filed in probate court.  A promissory note for $300 which Mrs. Rochelle held against the estate of her deceased husband, William Rochelle, is also left to the two children, who are named executors.

Of the remainder of the estate, the son and daughter each receive a third, and the other third goes to the heirs of a deceased son, Edward Rochelle.

The will was drawn May 24, 1916.

Source: Hamilton Evening Journal, July 3, 1925.


Two Weddings & One Divorce

By Rev. W.F. Harper, at his residence, October 18th, Homer L. Rochelle, of this city, and Miss Ida B. Keith, of Germania.  (Wichita Beacon, October 20, 1886)

Mabelle Perkins, nee Rochelle, by her next friend, Charles Rochelle, yesterday filed application for a divorce from Harry Perkins, charging him with non-support and neglect.  (Wichita Daily Eagle, August 9, 1917)

Mrs. Martha Peet, a former resident of Edgewood, was united in marriage to Mr. Dallas Rorick, at Anamosa, recently.  They will make their home in Monticello, where the groom is an attorney.   (Manchester Democrat, March 12, 1919)

Small Town News

Mr. and Mrs. Zelora Armstrong, Mr. and Mrs. Pepper of Des Moines, Mrs. Neal Nelson [sic] of Spencer spent Sunday at the James Armstrong home.  Mrs. Armstrong is ill with lumbago.  (The Algona Upper Des Moines, May 3, 1933)

Mr. and Mrs. Zelora Armstrong, Des Moines, and Mrs. Neil Nielsen, Spencer, spent Sunday night with Mrs. Dora Armstrong.  On Monday they all attended the funeral of Mrs. Charles Armstrong, who was killed in an automobile crash Saturday.  She was a daughter-in-law of Mrs. Dora Armstrong.  (The Algona Upper Des Moines, November 11, 1937)

Mrs. Wickham Bross, of Honesdale, is visiting her sister, Mrs. John Knaub, and her brother. A.P. Altemeier in Port Jervis.  (The Citizen (Honesdale, PA), April 28, 1909)

Oxford Junction—Mrs. Anna Rorick Clegg of St. Paul is visiting her mother, Mrs. M.J. Rorick.  (Davenport Daily Times, August 1, 1913)

Mrs. A.P. Drumm was called to Zanesville Saturday by the illness of her little granddaughter, Juanita Drumm.  (Zanesville Times Recorder, May 15, 1909)

Homer A. Drumm, of Hopewell R.F.D., No. 1, was pleasantly surprised Monday, September 23 by a post card shower.  They young man has been critically ill for some months and his friends thought it would cheer him up by surprising him in this manner.  He received cards to the number of one hundred and over.  He is very grateful to his many friends who thus kindly remembered him.  (Zanesville Times Recorder, September 25, 1907)

Mrs. W.V. Hutchinson and daughters, Cornelia and Myra-Dell, from White Salmon, are visiting Mrs. A.O. Adams.  Mr. Hutchinson spent a few days here during the week with his family.  (Hood River Glacier, July 29, 1915).

Mrs. Caroline Rhodimer of Elmira is visiting her daughter, Mrs. Fred Grover.  (Elmira Star-Gazette, August 24, 1909)

Mrs. Carrie Rhodimer of Corning is here caring for her daughter, Mrs. Frank Daniels, who is suffering from the grip.  (Elmira Star-Gazette, February 17, 1910)

The many friends of Clifford Rochelle, of Fifth and Heaton streets, will be sorry to learn that he is confined to Ft. Hamilton hospital for treatment.  Mr. Rochelle has recently returned from the Good Samaritan hospital, Cincinnati, where he also underwent treatment.  (Hamilton Evening Journal, August 21, 1931)

Mabelle Rochelle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rochelle, of 206 North Millwood avenue, will represent the Carpenters’ union No. 201, in the civic parade this morning.  Mabelle is a pretty miss of ten summer and will make a representative of whom the carpenters may be justly proud.  Her father is first vice-president of the State Federation of Labor of Kansas.  (Wichita Daily Eagle, September 23, 1909)

Mrs. Dr. M.S. Rochelle and her granddaughter, Mabel Rochelle, left for Kanas City last evening over the Rock Island to make a week’s visit with her son and nephew, H.L. Rochelle and Ralph Ware.  (Wichita Eagle, November 25, 1904)

Mr. and Mrs. Martin Rochelle and daughter returned Saturday to their home in Wichita after completing the new elevator at Beaver.  (Hoisington Dispatch, April 17, 1919)

William Rochelle, the Fifth ward grocer, fell down cellar at noon and bruised himself very severely.  He was unconscious for some time.  No bones were broken.  (Hamilton Daily Democrat, June 17, 1890)

Oxford Junction—Miss J. Anna Rorick departed for Chicago Tuesday, where she will resume her musical studies, she expects to graduate in June.  (Davenport Daily Times, January 10, 1908)

Dalas [sic] Rorick was in Anamosa for a few days on official business.  (Davenport Daily times, March 6, 1909)

Dave Rorick, vice-president of the American Central Insurance Company, is at the Lankershim from St. Louis.  (Los Angeles Times, June 6, 1910).

Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Rorick of Toledo are at the Fairmont.  Mr. Rorick is a prominent banker of Ohio.  (San Francisco Chronicle, November 9, 1909)

The little child of Mr. J.T. Rorick at North Dalles is quite sick with typhoid fever.  (The Dalles Daily Chronicle, August 2, 1895)

Sylvester Search is on the sick list.  (Zanesville Times Recorder, February 9, 1898)

Entertained Citizens and Physicians

More than forty of the prominent citizens of this city, together with several of the leading physicians of this city and the Missouri side were present at the informal opening of Dr. May Rochelle’s sanitarium which she started three months ago. The opening which was an invitational affair was a “get acquainted” meeting, and games and cards made the evening an enjoyable one. The feature of the evening, the guests declare was the elaborate luncheon served by the hostess.

W.J. Rigsby deputy chief license inspector, made the principal address of the evening, eulogizing Dr. Rochelle’s wrok [sic] in founding the sanitarium and welcoming her institution to the city in behalf of the guests present. He told of the benefits that would accrue to the city from the location here was [sic] an institution as Dr. Rochelle has opened here.

Source: Kansas City Gazette Globe, May 28, 1916.

Cancer Cure in Family Years To Be Made Public

Sanitarium May Be Erected Here in Which To Practice Rochelle Remedy

Many Claim Benefit

With the purpose in mind of “relieving a suffering humanity,” Mrs. Maybelle Rochelle Chambers and Dr. John Volmer formed a partnership last week to resume the practice of a cure for cancer which has remained a secret in the Rochelle family since the Civil War.

The Rochelle sanitarium, 302 South Oak street, West Side, which has been closed since the death on April 6 of Mrs. M.S. Rochelle has been reopened by Mrs. Chambers, her granddaughter, and Dr. Volmer.

Mrs. Rochelle, whose husband, Dr. Rochelle, began to practice the cure in Wichita in 1885, imparted the secret to her granddaughter a couple of months before she died. It is the intention of Mrs. Chambers to keep the remedy in the sanitarium laboratory until her death, when she will either reveal it to her niece or tell it to the world outright.

Formula Is Secret

Mrs. Chambers is now the only one of the descendants of Dr. M.S. Rochelle who knows the formula, the efficaciousness of which is attested to by hundreds of persons, among them many Wichitans, according to Charles Payne, 308 South Sycamore street.

In 1885 Dr. M.S. Rochelle, who learned of the secret in Ohio in Civil war days, founded the Wichita Medical Co., which later became the Rochelle Cancer Sanitarium. His son, Dr. Homer L. Rochelle, and his wife, Dr. Mae Rochelle, both of them licensed physicians, later opened a sanitarium in Kansas City, Kan., where Mrs. M.S. Rochelle practiced under the tutelage of her son after her husband’s death from paralysis in 1908. After her son’s death a decade ago Mrs. Rochelle returned to Wichita where she professed to cure light cases of cancer.

Now that the sanitarium has resumed treatment of cases, Mrs. Chambers and Dr. Volmer plan to do business on a wider scale by increasing the facilities on the institution. A new building, to replace the South Oak street sanitarium, may be built in a year, it was indicated.

Dr. Volmer came here recently from Oklahoma City, where a practice a year, before which he was at Mound Valley, Kan., for ten years. He is a licensed physician, a graduate of the medical college.

Source: Wichita Daily Eagle, June 11, 1922.

Woman Who Lived Here in 1872 Is Dead

Those who lived in this city back in 1872 will read the following story from the Wichita Eagle with much interest:

Mrs. Margaret Jane Rochelle, 80 years old, widow of Dr. M.S. Rochelle, pioneer physician of Wichita who discovered a remedy for cancer which his wife used to care for patients during his illness and following his death 14 years ago—and which has remained a family secret—died at 8:45 o’clock Wednesday morning at her residence, 302 S. Oak street.

The remedy is “simply a treatment for the removal of cancer,” it was explained by a granddaughter of Mrs. Rochelle, who announced that the survivors have not decided to reveal it to the medical world. The remedy, it was said, has proven remarkably efficacious.

During his lifetime Mrs. Rochelle was an associate in the profession of her husband who was a cancer specialist. She had a thorough understanding of the treatment which Dr. Rochelle had discovered and was able to carry on his life’s work after his death.

“She has helped many Wichita people. It would be a great loss to the community and world if the remedial secret is lost” Charles Payne 308 South Sycamore street commented.

Dr. Rochelle and Mrs. Rochelle homesteaded ten miles west of town in 1872. They came from Independence Kans. Where they located two years earlier moving from Ohio. Their residence had been in Wichita for a number of years.

Mrs. Rochelle was a member of Trinity Methodist church and the Women’s Relief Corps. Surviving are her two son Charles Rochelle of 203 North Millwood avenue and Ralph Rochelle Kansas City two grandchildren and a great grand child.

Funeral services will be conducted next week it was announced at the Wichita Undertaking Parlors.

Source: Independence Daily Reporter, April 7, 1922.

Martin S. Rochelle, Jr.

ROCHELLE—Martin S. Rochelle Jr., age two months, who died at the home of his parents at 215 North Millwood at 6 o’clock Saturday morning, was buried at 2 o’clock this afternoon at Maple Grove Cemetery.  The Wichita Undertaking Parlors had charge.  The Rev. Walter Scott Priest officiated.

Source:  Wichita Beacon, January 1, 1923.

Former Butler Football Hero Claims Bride After Romance

As the culmination of a romance which started more than two years ago, Harry B. Perkins, a former Butler gridiron start, and Miss Maybelle Rochelle of Wichita, Kas., were married at Wichita Oct. 20, according to word just received in Indianapolis.  The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Walter Scott Priest, formerly of Indianapolis.  Perkins, who is the son of Edgar A. Perkins of Indianapolis, chairman of the Indiana industrial board, and for many president of the State Federal of Labor, kept his friends here in ignorance of his marriage plans.

He went to Kansas two years ago to visit Martin Rochelle, a college friend, and to work in the Kansas wheat fields to condition himself for football.  Perkins made his home while in Wichita with the Rochelles and there fell in love with Miss Rochelle.  He returned to Butler in the fall of 1914 and made a name for himself in football, although he was proficient in other branches of athletics.  Unable to remain away longer, however, he returned to Kanas last summer and has been there since.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Perkins are attending the Friends University at Wichita where Perkins is fitting himself for a teacher’s certificate in history.  He also engaged in reportorial work on one of the Wichita papers.  Perkins is a member of the Butler College Chapter of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.

Source:  Indianapolis Star, November 9, 1915.