Business & Professional Notices from the 1870s

The town of Pulteney elected James J. Reynolds Supervisor. He has held the office several times before. Charles K. Minor was re-elected Supervisor of the Town of Wayne. (Yates County Chronicle, February 27, 1873)

ADA CO., AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY: Notice is hereby given that the fair of the Ada County Agricultural Society will be held at the Boise City Race Course the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th days of October, prox. All members of the Society are requested to come forward with the $2 greenback assessment for the present year. We also invite others to become members. Membership Cards will be found in the hands of any members of the Executive Committee, consisting of I.F. Carter, I.N. Coston, J. Brumback, Milton Kelly, J.H. Whitson, J.B. Walling, D. Heron, and G.W. Williams. (Idaho Tri-Weekly Statesman, September 23, 1873)

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Short News Items from 1877

Harry Linderman, the youngest son of J.W. Linderman, had a very narrow escape from being killed last Tuesday. He was riding with Colonel Davis on a load of lumber when he fell off, falling in front of the hind wheels. The Colonel stopped the horses as soon as possible and before the wheel had passed over the little fellow, it having shoved him along the hard road a short distance. He was somewhat bruised on one hip, though not seriously injured. Had the wheel passed over him, in all probability it would have killed him. The accident happened on Court street, near Mr. Barber’s residence. (Cheboygan Northern Tribune, July 21, 1877)

Mr. David Rorick, agent of the American Central Fire Insurance Company was in town last week on business connected with his company. (Chetopa Advance, October 25, 1877)

Letter from Dave Rorick

A letter from Dave Rorick, an old Kansan, now residing near San Francisco, dated April 16th, says the coast is now afflicted with a drought to as severe an extent as Kansas ever was.  As an illustration of the pinching times he cites the fact that fine-wool sheep are in the market at a shilling a head, and other surplus stock at like rates.  The wheat crop will be very short in all parts of the state, and in some parts none at all.  San Francisco is the heart of the whole coast and particularly the only part of the whole that has any life in it at all.  The mines are not yielding the usual amount of ore.—Atchison Patriot.

Mr. Rorick was one of the former owners and publishers of the Times, well known to most of our readers.

Source:  St. Marys Democrat, May 11, 1877.

Short News Items from 1876

Mr. David Rorick who figured prominently in the Anderson trial came home with a crippled leg. We have not learned the extent of the injury. (Lawrence Daily Journal, February 13, 1876)

Jno. C. Rorick, patentee and proprietor of Rorick’s process for working butter, Wauseon, O., is in the city. (Quad City Times, March 3, 1876)

Welcome to 2019!

Livingston County Daily Press 27 Dec 1950As 2018 comes to a close and we look forward to 2019, I continue to gather information about the descendants of Gasper Rorick from newspaper databases across the country.  In the past, I’ve grouped things together for special occasions (e.g.,  wedding announcements on Valentine’s day or news about servicemen and women on Veterans Day).

This year, I’d like to do something a little different.  I’ll be posting in chronological order, starting with an advertisement for John C. Rorick’s Milwaukee commercial college from 1856 and moving through the years.  Short news items (social news, birth announcements, business items, wedding announcements, etc.) will be gathered by year or, in some cases, by decade if there is only one item for any given year.  I have a significant backlog of short items, so you’ll be seeing a lot of those, especially in the earlier years.  It’s my hope that posting items in chronological order will give a sense of how things changed for the family through the years.  There’s enough content to continue to post on a daily basis for the foreseeable future.

The source for this advertisement, for the Baldwin Hardware Company, is the Livingston County Daily Press, December 27, 1950. Happy New Year!

This Fish Worth $1 Million

The Governor of Florida had to cross into Georgia to set up the deal which opened the way for the current $200 million Central and South Florida Flood Control project, because the man who held the chips refused to enter Florida lest he be served with a subpoena.

From a back room conference in the old Tosco Hotel in Thomasville came a fishing trip out of St. Marks in which the financier in the deal caught the only fish worth mentioning, but Spessard L. Holland, then Governor – now Senator, likes to say it was worth $1,000,000 a pound to Florida.

The financier was H.C. Rorick of Toledo, Ohio, and the year was about 1941. The fish he caught in the gulf was a 20-pound grouper. But Holland and the State Cabinet made a bigger landing by getting Rorick to settle the old Everglades drainage debt for about 20 cents on the dollar.

You see, the original bonds issued by the Everglades Drainage District to finance draining the vast South Florida swamp were bought and distributed by the Toledo firm of Spitzer-Rorick and Co. brokers. Continue reading “This Fish Worth $1 Million”

Drainage Board Goes To Thomasville, Ga., on Mystery Errand

TALLAHASSEE, April 21.—(A.P.)—An unheralded trip of members of the state drainage board to Thomasville, Ga., remained unexplained at the capitol tonight after they had returned.

The board, including those members living in the Everglades drainage district, met this morning, for its monthly session. After discussing financial matters a short time an executive session was called. It lasted only a few moments, after which the board members left for Thomasville.

Advices from Thomasville said the board had met in a private room of a hotel there. Thomasville newspapermen said M.H. Rorick and his secretary, J.R. Easton, of Toledo, Ohio, had attended the meeting. Rorick is connected with Spitzer-Rorick & Co. of Toledo, holders of a large amount Everglades drainage district bonds.

Source: Tampa Morning Tribune, April 22, 1930.