Ohio Boy is Killed

MISSOULA (AP)—A three year-old Toledo, Ohio boy was killed Friday night when he was struck by a car on the Camp Passon bridge near Seeley Lake.

The Missoula County Sheriff’s office said Steven B. Rorick was playing on the bridge when he apparently darted out in front of a car driven by Dr. Cole McPherson of Missoula.

The sheriff’s office said Dr. McPherson was crossing the bridge at a normal rate of speed and had almost stopped his car when it struck the child.

Attempts to revive the Rorick boy failed and he was pronounced dead on arrival at a Missoula hospital.

He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Rorick of Toledo, Ohio. The family was visiting relatives in the Seeley Lake area when the accident occurred.

The death pushed Montana’s 1970 highway fatality toll to 167, compared with 182 on Aug. 1, 1969.

Source: Billings Gazette, August 2, 1970.

Elias B. Rorick

Prominent Lenawee Man Dead at Morenci.

Was President of First National Bank, and Identified With Other Interests.

Great Worker in the Congregational Church.

Special to The Telegram.

Morenci, Mich., Aug. 26.—Elias B. Rorick, president of the First National bank here, and one of the most prominent figures in Lenawee county, died at 12:30 this afternoon at his home in the village, the cause of death being catarrh of the bowels. He went east to New York state with his wife a week ago last Sunday to visit relatives, and while there was taken sick. Last Saturday he was brought home, very ill, and grew gradually worse until the end came this morning. Deceased leaves a wife and one son, William Rorick, manager of the hardware firm of E.B. Rorick & Co., in this village. He was a brother of Hon. John Rorick of Wauseon; Dr. Estel [sic] Rorick, manager of the Columbus, O., state hospital; Jacob Rorick of Seneca, and Mrs. Lewis Converse of Morenci. He has for many years been associated prominently with the business life of Morenci, and was a trustee of the Congregational church society. In his religious life he displayed the same energy that had characterized him elsewhere, and was a power for good to the moral atmosphere of the community. The hour for the funeral has not yet been determined, but it will probably take place next Tuesday.

Elias B. Rorick was born in Horse Heads, Chemung county, N.Y., December 9, 1831, and came to Michigan with his parents. Mr. and Mrs. William Rorick, in December 1836, traveling with a team of horses through Canada and crossing the Detroit River at Windsor to Detroit. Then they came to Adrian, and finally settled on section 18, Seneca. It was on this farm that Elias B. Rorick was reared to manhood, receiving a primitive country school education, augmented by a three months’ course at the Medina academy. At the age of 17 he came to Adrian, and for two years was a clerk in a dry goods store. In the winter of 1854-55 he took a commercial course at Fulsom’s school, in Cleveland, Ohio. Then in the spring he went to Green Bay, Wis., engaging in the fish business with a Cleveland, O., firm. The next two years were spent at Ontonagon, as manager of the Evergreen Bluff Copper mine. In the spring of 1856 he returned home, making the trip to Green Bay with Indians and dogs. Mr. Rorick was in Kansas during the border ruffian troubles of 1856, where he found employment in the corps of topographical engineers, who were selecting a route for a railroad to San Francisco, remaining about six months. Returning home he followed farming for about three years then went to Aurora, Ill., where he farmed it for seven years. In 1867 he purchased a small farm near Chillicothe, Mo., remaining until 1869. Then he returned home and again went on his father’s farm. In April, 1873, he moved to Morenci, employed by J.P. Cawley & Co., general merchants. Afterwards he went to work for Rothrock, Cawley & Green hardware merchants, and followed that business ever since, purchasing a half interest with Henry E. Green in 1876. He was 27 years express agent and six years post master at Morenci. In 1896 he was made cashier of the bank at Morenci, the bank being organized as a national bank in 1900, with Mr. Rorick as president. He has acted as town clerk six years, and served on the public school board for nearly 30 years. In politics Mr. Rorick was a Republican.

Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, August 26, 1905.

Clark L. Rorick Arrested

Clark L. Rorick, 34 years old, 1044 Winona avenue, was sentenced to 90 days in the Bridewell yesterday by Judge Joseph Graber on a charge of driving while intoxicated. He was allowed ten days to appeal, and was released on cash bond. He was arrested when his automobile crashed into a traffic signal post at Diversey parkway and Halsted street early yesterday.

His woman companion, who gave her names as Mary Cruise, 29 years old, 3431 Elaine place, was fined $25. When arrested the woman told the police that she was private secretary to Secretary of State William J. Stratton and threatened to “get their jobs.”

Rorick admitted to reporters that his companion had never worked for the secretary of state. Miss Rose M. Cruise, of 3423 Elaine place, who was employed in the office of the secretary of state while Louis L. Emmerson held the position, said she did not know the woman. Miss Rose Cruise said she would ask Lincoln park police to make an investigation to clear her name.

Source:  Chicago Daily Tribune, November 17, 1932.

Small Town News—Adrian Daily Telegram

Morenci—The Misses Marilyn Bryant and Pricilla Downer will leave Monday to being their school year at Siena Heights College in Adrian.  (Adrian Daily Telegram, September 11, 1943)

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Foster of Toledo called Sunday on Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Rorick.  (Adrian Daily Telegram, January 26, 1943)

Mrs. Harper Gallup and children are spending a few days with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gallup of Kingsley-st.  (Adrian Daily Telegram, July 29, 1922)

Medina — Miss Helen Guss accompanied by Miss Helen Austin was home from Ypsilanti for the week-end.  (Adrian Daily Telegram, January 28, 1925)

Mr. and Mrs. Harlow Ingall of Plymouth and their daughter Miss Harriet Ingall of New York City were guests Friday of his parents Mr. and Mrs. Fred Ingall.  (Adrian Daily Telegram, August 10, 1943)

Miss Pearl Jones returned last evening from a pleasant visit with her cousin Dr. E.H. Rorick and family of Fayette, O.  (Adrian Daily Telegram, September 17, 1910)

Mr. and Mrs. William Jones and daughter, Pearl, were in Rollin Monday, attending the funeral of a brother’s child.  (Adrian Daily Telegram, September 2, 1905)

Sgt. and Mrs. Jacob Martz arrived Saturday from Portland, Ore., to spend a week with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.H. Rorick and family.  (Adrian Daily Telegram, September 13, 1943)

Mrs. W.C. McConnell is in Morenci, to attend the funeral of her grandfather, Mr. Rorick, who died Saturday. (Adrian Daily Telegram, January 17, 1898)

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. Decoration in keeping with the season were [sic] attractive and refreshments were served. The guests were Mrs. G.H. Rorick, Mrs. C.H. Rorick, Mrs. Curtis Rorick, Mrs. Mary Rorick, Mrs. Frank Tayloe, Mrs. Fred oon [sic], Mrs. William Poucher, Mrs. George Pratt, Mrs. Paul Spear, Mrs. Kenneth Spear and Mrs. Richard Rogers. (Adrian Daily Telegram, January 2, 1925)

Dr. Maurice Spear is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.E. Spear. Dr. Spear and wife recently received their diplomas from the Palmer School of Chiropractors in Davenport, Ia., and will located in Adrian.  (Adrian Daily Telegram, October 7, 1921)

Paul Spear of Claunch, N.M., a former Morenci resident, arrived Thursday evening to visit his brother Kenneth Spear and sister Mrs. Richard Rogers and family and other relatives. He will spend the weekend with his sister Mrs. Ray Lyons and family in Adrian. (Adrian Daily Telegram, October 16, 1943)

Gaspar Rorick, Jr.

Gasper Rorick, Jr. lived probably about four years in Pennsylvania. Of his early life little is known to us at the present time. The most we know is obtained from a letter from the Veterans Administration, Bureau of Pensions, Washington, D.C. where it is stated: You are advised that it appears from the papers in the Revolutionary War pensions claim S. 833 that Gasper Rorick was born in Pennsylvania. His father died when he was about 4 or 5 years old (about 1752 or 1753) possibly later as there seems to be some discrepancy about Gaspar’s age, and his mother moved from Pennsylvania. The names of his parents are not given, nor is it stated to what place they moved. While residing in Sussex County, N.J. he enlisted and served with the N.J. Militia, as follows:

In the spring of 1776, one month in Capt. Frank Hedley’s company; in the same year, one month in Capt. Richard Edsall’s company, one month in Capt. Kirkendall’s company, one month in Capt. Hill’s company, one month in Capt. William Johnson’s company, two tours of one month each in Capt. Bockhover’s company, and two weeks in Capt. Jacob Stoll’s company under Major Harrison, and was at the Battle of Germantown. There are no specific dates of service given. He was allowed pension on his application executed August 31, 1832, at which time he was living in Wantage Township, Sussex Co., N.J., aged 81.

Gasper Rorick, Jr. was a little man and in his declining years wore a red cap with a long tassel like old people used to wear years ago. He also smoked a pipe according to information which was sent by Miss Margaret Cox, a descendant of Gasper Rorick, Jr. who resided in the vicinity of Gasper Rorick Jr.’s home.

May 14, 1936 Sussex County, N.J. the following news item appeared in the papers:

“The Chinkchewunska Chapter of D.A.R. will unveil three markers on Saturday, May 15, 1936 on graves of Revolutionary Soldiers in Papakating Cemetery on the Hamburg Road. Gosper Rorick, Jr. of the N.J. Troops will be one of the soldiers so honored, and at the Rorick grave Miss Margaret Cox of Newton, a descendant, will read the biography. Anson DeWitt of Sussex will unveil the marker. The other two so honored were Quartermaster Azariah Martin and Nathaniel Martin.

Source: Lundahl, Helen Rorick. (n.d.) The Rorick Family in America. (NB: This manuscript is held in the Toledo-Lucas County Library and contains a number of transcriptions of undated newspaper clippings.)

David Rorick

Rorick, David, insurance; born near Columbus, Franklin Co., O.; son of Cornelius Hoyt and Julia Fowler (Kimball) Rorick; educated in district and high schools, Franklin Co., O.; married, Wyandotte, Kan., Sept. 27, 1869, Lucy A. Meriwether; one son, David, Jr. Began business career as clerk in hotel, Newcastle, Ind., 1858; learned marble cutting trade and followed it until enlisting, in 1862, as private, co. G, Thirty-first Iowa Infantry; promoted to first lieutenant on battlefield at Vicksburg, Miss., and thereafter serve on staff of W.T. Sherman; took part in battle of Chickasaw Bluff, Arkansas Post, siege of Vicksburg, Lookout Mountain, Dallas, Kenesaw Mountain, around Atlanta, Jonesboro, March to the Sea, and Columbia, S.C., where he was taken prisoner, exchanged and returned to the command at Raleigh, N.C., joined in march through Virginia to Washington, D.C., where armies were reviewed by Grant and Sherman and mustered out in 1865. Resumed marble business and studied law; removed to Jefferson, Co., Kan., and began practice of law in firm of McArthur & Rorick, 1867; elected to lower house of Kansas legislature, 1869-70, and was one of three members who voted against ratification of the Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States; become connected with American Central Insurance Co., November 1869, and has served consecutively as special agent, general agent on Pacific coast, 1877-1878, general adjuster, second vice president, 1894, and as vice president since 1903. Democrat. Member Military Order of Loyal Legion. Mason (32º), Knight Templar. Odd Fellow. Member, Ransom Post, G.A.R. Club: Missouri Athletic. Office: 816 Olive St.

Source: The Book of St. Louisans: A Biographical Dictionary of the Leading Living Men of the City of St. Louis and Vicinity. 1912. St. Louis: The St. Louis Republic.

Small Town News—Zanesville Signal & Zanesville Times Recorder

Mrs. John Bell of Dayton will arrive soon to spend one month visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.E. Yocum of 1022 Sunset avenue. (Zanesville Signal, December 8, 1945)

Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Drumm of 124 Hamline avenue have received word that their son, Virgil Drumm, technician 5-g, has arrived safely in England. (Zanesville Signal, December 28, 1943)

OFF TO FLORIDA: Mrs. Fuller V. Welsh, Mrs. Wilbur Mendenall, Mrs. Mayme Starch [sic] Flesher and her mother, Mrs. Ashville [sic] Search, and Mrs. Byron Vandenbark will leave this morning for Miami, Fla., where they will spend several weeks. (Zanesville Times-Recorder, February 7, 1931)

Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Hanson of Junction City are spending a few days with friends here. (Zanesville Signal, October 4, 1926)

Robert Christy, 19, Richard Christy, 12, and Mary Frances Christy, 17, all children of Charles Christy, 230 Orchard street, are suffering from scarlet fever, as is Zane Hanson, 9, son of Virgil Hanson, Shawnee. (Zanesville Signal, November 5, 1934)

This Misses Mildred and Bonnie Hartley entertained members of the Standard Bearer Missionary society of the M.E. church at their home on Washington street Wednesday evening with 20 members present. Refreshments were served and a social hour enjoyed. (Zanesville Times-Recorder, April 7, 1939)

Roseville: Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lacy and family have moved into the H.H. Guy property, Terrace, formerly occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Lester Lewis and family. (Zanesville Times-Recorder, December 4, 1928)

Charles Lacy was honored with a party at his home in Roseville on the occasion of his 80th birthday anniversary Jan. 19. Nearly 30 persons were present. (Zanesville Times-Recorder, January 19, 1972)

W.D. Murphy, Jr., of Martin road, and brother, John Murphy of Columbus, are on a hunting trip in Michigan. They were joined there by their cousins, Harry Metcalfe and Kirk Rorick, and their uncle Cosper Rorick. (Zanesville Signal, October 9, 1938)

Mr. and Mrs. Chester Pickerall [sic] and their son Ronald of Chicago, Ill., are spending the holidays with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clem Reed of Lake Drive, and Mr. and Mrs. William Search of Moxahala avenue. (Zanesville Times-Recorder, December 25, 1925)

Mrs. Augustus Printz who has been seriously ill at her home here [Crooksville] is reported somewhat improved. (Zanesville Times-Recorder, April 2, 1930)

Business Change Is Made

Mrs. Rorick of Oxford Junction Purchases Stock of Mrs. Emerson

OXFORD JUNCTION, Ia., March 22.—Mrs Mattie Rorick of this place purchased the grocery stock of Mrs. M.J. Emerson, and the stock is being invoiced. It is thought a sister of Mrs Rorick, Miss Emma Hammond, will help with the business. The change came as a surprise to the public. Mrs Emerson will retire from active business.

Source: Davenport Daily Times, March 22, 1912.


Assorted Business News Items

Vincent Carr has served [sic] his connection with the Markovitt’s store. (Middletown Times Herald, January 6, 1932)

Vincent Carr, recently discharged from service, has resumed his work with Charles Kithcart. (Middletown Times Herald, December 20, 1945)

OCEANSIDE NEWS: David Rorick, an attorney from Des Moines, Iowa, is building a residence on Pacific avenue. He will open an office here for the practice of his profession. (Los Angeles Times, June 26, 1906)

Frank Rorick is clerking in G.M. Graves’ insurance agency. (Daily Huronite, April 12, 1886)

Report of Superintendents of Poor House Farm shows that Jacob Rorick succeeded N.K. Beardslee. Failure of crops increased expenses of institution, a long and hard winter ran the number of inmates up to 110. Of the 99 inmates on May 10, forty-five were children too young to be bound out. (Newspaper Clippings from the Sussex Register. 1897-1899. Newton, NJ: The Register. Item originally published June 19, 1837.)

Superintendents of poor house and farm publish annual report; express satisfaction with Mr. Rorick and re-engage him at increased salary; he had improved the meadows and proved himself to be a superior farmer. Owing to the bad year only three bushels of wheat and 47 1/2 of rye were gathered from the farm; many sheep had been lost through scab. (Newspaper Clippings from the Sussex Register. 1897-1899. Newton, NJ: The Register. Item originally published June 25, 1838.)

Mr. Harry F. Tyrrell, secretary of the university Y.M.C.A., will attend the annual convention of Y.M.C.A. secretaries to convene at Saugatuck, Mich., on June 27th for a two weeks session. He will be accompanied by Mrs. Tyrrell. (Iowa City Press Citizen, June 26, 1925)

Delwin E. Strevell

EARLY SETTLER PASSES AWAY. Dr. Strevelle, a resident of Oxford Mills a few years ago, and one of the real early settlers of this section of Iowa, passed away at his home in Whitney Point, New York, on Sunday of this week, and was buried at Albany, New York, on Tuesday. Dr. Strevelle was sixty-four years of age, and for some time had been more or less of a sufferer, finally suffering a stroke of paralysis, which caused his death. He was a brother-in-law of S.E. Rorick of Oxford Mills. As stated above, he was one of the real early settlers in this locality, being a resident of Oxford Mills before the town of Oxford Junction was stated. He leaves a wife and son to mourn his demise. The bereaved widow will probably return to this locality to reside, where she can be closer to her brother, and where she will be welcomed by a host of old time friends, each and all of whom will join with us in extending their heartfelt sympathy to them in their loss.

Source: Oxford Mirror, October 23, 1913.