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 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 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 1923

Johnnie Wallace, who is attending Gallaudet College at Washington, D.C., writes that he is out of the basket ball playing this season on account of a badly sprained ankle and a broken bone under the arch of his right foot, caused by playing foot ball. (Nezperce Herald, January 18, 1923)

Mrs. William Moore Rorick of Detroit is visiting in the Lucien Mueller home while her daughter, Mrs. Mueller, is in the Decatur and Macon County hospital. (Decatur Herald and Review, March 11, 1923)

Mr. and Mrs. L.J. Sutton, Marion Sutton and Mrs. Ellen Rogers spent Thursday afternoon with their daughter and niece, Mrs. Mattie Brodt. (Oxford Leader, March 23, 1923)

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Hoard-Porritt Rites Read Last Thursday

As Marguerite Hoard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Monte Hoard, received her diploma from Harold J. Madley, president of the school board, Thursday night, he announced her marriage at 5:30 p.m. to Harvey Wilson Porritt, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Porritt, of Seymour Lake.

The wedding took place at the Thendara Country club at Walters Lake, with Rev. C.E. Edwards, pastor of the Clarkston Methodist Episcopal Church, officiating. Miss Fern Hoard, the bride’s cousin, and Don Bohlman, attended the couple. The wedding party enjoyed dinner at the club before returning to Oxford for the commencement.

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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 [sic] and Hannah Rorick and she was the eldest of four children. She received her education in the public school and attended the Seminary at Medina. She was united in marriage with Philetus Spear December 30, 1859. One son was born to them, Estel [sic] E. Spear of Morenci, Mich.

In early life she united with the Medina Baptist church, where she retained her membership to the time of her death.

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Mrs. Martha Spear, 69, Passed Away Monday

Mrs. Martha Spear, age 69 years, died Monday in the University hospital in Ann Arbor, following an operation she underwent three weeks ago. Mrs. Spear had been in failing health the last two years.

She was born in Medina township and for the past 15 years, with her family, resided in Morenci.

She leaves her husband, E.E. Spear, three sons, Paul and Kenneth Spear of New Mexico; Maurice Spear of near Morenci; two daughters, Mrs. Richard Rogers of Ypsilanti and Mrs. Ray Lyons of Adrian.

The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the Ackland funeral home and conducted by the Rev. H.A. Essex, pastor of the Morenci Baptist church.

Interment was made in Oak Grove cemetery.

Source: Morenci Observer, March 8, 1934.