Stub’s Grill Sold To Mrs. Orla Butler

Mrs. Orla Butler has purchased Stub’s Grill from Leila Rorick and took possession Monday.

It will continue to be called Stub’s Grill and will be under the management of Mrs. Lulu Belle Ferris, Mrs. Butler’s daughter.

Mrs. Ferris stated she will specialize in home made baked goods and continue to operate the grill as it has been operated in the past with the same help.

Source: Morenci Observer, July 19, 1951.

Untitled (Erastus H. Rorick)

FATAL ACCIDENT.—We learn from the Davenport Gazette that a young man named E.H. Rorick, brakeman on the M.&M. R.R., was killed last Saturday near Downey Station—ten miles this side of Iowa City. The young man was at his post, on top of a freight car, and, it is supposed, did not notice that the train was approaching a highway bridge running over the track. His head struck the bridge and he was knocked off. When picked up he was senseless and dying. Mr. Rorick was unmarried. His relatives reside in New Jersey. All who knew him speak highly of his many excellent qualities and numerous friends mourn his sudden and untimely death.

Source: Muscatine Weekly Journal, October 12, 1866.

Gerald S. Bryant

Gerald S. Bryant, 52, died suddenly at 4 a.m. Sunday, September 24, in his home on North street, Morenci, Michigan.

He was born May 15, 1898, in Seneca township, the son of Frank and Katie Rorick Bryant. At the age of twenty, he was married to Ethelyn Shugars of Onsted. He continued with the work of his father who was in the livestock business, and for the past two years his son Frank has been associated with him.

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Former Morenci Banker Dies

Albert V. Foster Succumbs In Toledo

Albert V. Foster, 72, president and director of A.V. Foster & Co., investment firm, Toledo, died January 4 at 9:30 a.m. in his home in Ottawa Hills.

Mr. Foster had been in ill health since July 1948.

He was born on a farm in Hillsdale County, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Foster, and attended high school in Hudson and Cleary’s Business College in Ypsilanti.

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Frances Rorick Weds J.M. Martz

Wedding Took Place at Las Vegas at “Wee Kirk o’ the Heather”

Miss Frances Rorick, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Rorick, was married on June 15 to J.M. Martz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Martz of Roseville.

The wedding took place at Las Vegas, Nevada, at the “Wee Kirk o’ the Heather.” The bride wore a green tailored suit with matching accessories.

Mrs. Martz was a graduate of Morenci High School and of the University of Michigan. Mr. Martz was a graduate of Roseville High School and is now in the army at Camp Hahns, California. They will make their home in Riverside, Calif.

Source: Morenci Observer, June 25, 1942.

Another Landmark Gone

Remains of Wild Scheme Goes Up in Smoke

The historic landmark across the river from The Dalles known as the Grand Dalles Show Factory, now owned by T.J. [sic] Rorick and valued at $5,000, went up in smoke at 8 oc’lock [sic], Oct. 5, and had there been a light wind the entire settlement would have been swept off.  No effort was made to save the building, as no effective means were at hand to fight the fire.

Grand Dalles was founded in 1891 by a preacher, named O.D. Taylor, who built one of the worst wildcat schemes ever perpetrated in this section.  He went East with pamphlets and maps setting forth the resources of Grand Dalles and showing a large bridge crossing the Columbia at this point.  Many Eastern families came, a town was platted and factories erected, but the whole scheme flat.  The conflagration was the most spectacular fire seen here for years.

Source: Condon Globe, October 11, 1907.