Harriett L. Porter, daughter of John C. and Louisa K. Porter, was born in Seneca township, Lenawee county, Michigan, November 6, 1853, and died in Columbus, Ohio, on April 8, 1936, aged 82 years 4 months and 22 days.

On February 10, 1870, she was united in marriage with LeRoy W. Rorick, and to this union two children were born, Nellie R. Murphy of Columbus, Ohio, and Cosper M. Rorick, of Morenci, both of whom are living, together with eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

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Roricks Are Honored

Mr. and Mrs. John P. Rorick were honored Sunday afternoon when many of their friends and relatives called to extend congratulations on their 25th wedding anniversary in their attractive country home, where they have spent their entire married life. Refreshments were served from a table covered with a white linen cloth, with a centerpiece of orchid and white carnations, and white candles in silver holders.

Miss Carol Veders of Belleville and Miss Janice Heard of Wayne had charge of the many gifts. Miss Margaret Rorich [sic] registered the 100 guests. Mrs. Lee Spielman, sister of Mrs. Rorich [sic], cut and served the tiered cake baked by Mrs. Harold Wolf. Mrs. Mazel Farquhar, Mrs. Rorick’s mother, poured.

Hosts for the occasion were their children, Mr. and Mrs. Bob (Jeanne) Laser of Waldron and Margaret Ann and John at home. They have three grandsons, Bartly, Bradly and Bently Laser.

Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, March 23, 1960.

Frank Sweeney Buried Saturday

Son-in-Law Of Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Rorick And Vice President Of Sadler & Rorick

Funeral services were held for Frank Sweeney Saturday morning at 9 o’clock in the Delaware Avenue Cathedral in Buffalo, N.Y. Mr. Sweeney, aged 44 years, died last Wednesday night at his home on Lafayette avenue after a short illness. He was the son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. William Rorick of this city. Mr. Sweeney and his family spent several summer vacations here with Mr. and Mrs. Rorick and were well known in this community.

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Dr. Lavinia Rorick-Bennett Dies at Home in Pasadena

Word has been received here by relatives of the death of Dr. Lavinia Rorick-Bennett, which occurred Monday morning in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Willard Waters, at South Pasadena, Calif. Dr. Bennett was 88 years of age and had been ill only a few days.

She was very well known here and spent the greater part of her life in Morenci.

She is survived by one sister, Mrs. S.K. Porter, two daughters, Mrs. Willard Waters and Mrs. George Clark, all of South Pasadena, two nephews, E.E. Spear and G.H. Rorick of this place, two nieces, Mrs. Albert Foster of Toledo and Mrs. Henry Crane of Fayette.

Funeral services have not yet been learned.

Source: Morenci Observer, May 12, 1932.

North Shore Area Chairman Appointed

David Rorick of Oceanside will be chairman of the commerce and industry group in the North Shore Area campaign of the 1956 United Success Drive, Ben Weseloh, area chairman, said yesterday.

Rorick’s organization will be expected to provide the biggest single share of the area’s goal, Weseloh said.

Oceanside and Carlsbad this year have joined in the consolidated fund effort in the North Shore area, which includes Cardiff, Del Mar, Encinitas, Leucadia, Ranch Santa Fe and Solana Beach.

Source: San Diego Union, July 7, 1956.

Boy Scouts Get Rorick’s Goat

As Morenci Troop’s new home nears completion and the boys are about to move into their new quarters, their enrollment is increased by Mr. Kirk Rorick’s gift of a two months old, Billy. Mr. Rorick announces that the gift is made unqualifiedly, without any “ifs,” or “butts.”

Besides the generous contribution of money and labor which made the new Boy Scout building possible, nearly everything necessary to equip it has been contributed.  The boys still need carpenter and wood carving tools.

Source:  Morenci Observer, June 13, 1929 


Sylvester King Porter was born in Seneca Township, Lenawee county, Michigan, July 8th., 1847 and died February 3rd., 1929 in South Pasadena, California.

He was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. John C. Porter, pioneers of the section in which he was born and where he spent the greater part of his life as a successful farmer.

In 1868 he was married to Miss Melissa Rorick, and the families of Porter and Rorick entered into further matrimonial alliances when his sisters, Miss Mary and Miss Harriet, became the wives of Mr. Mark Rorick and Mr. Roy Rorick respectively. These brothers were cousins of Mrs. S.K. Porter.

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Rorick, Howell Get Water Posts

SACRAMENTO, April 21—David Rorick Jr., of Oceanside, and Supervisor Dean Howell, of Escondido, were reappointed to the San Luis Rey Water Authority today by Gov. Warren.

Rorick, an attorney, is an executive of the Federal Savings and Loan Association of Oceanside and represents that city on the authority, Howell represents the County Board of Supervisors on the authority.

Terms of the new appointment extend until Sept. 19, 1954. Both men first were appointed in 1946.

Source: San Diego Union, April 22, 1951.