Two Weddings & One Divorce

By Rev. W.F. Harper, at his residence, October 18th, Homer L. Rochelle, of this city, and Miss Ida B. Keith, of Germania.  (Wichita Beacon, October 20, 1886)

Mabelle Perkins, nee Rochelle, by her next friend, Charles Rochelle, yesterday filed application for a divorce from Harry Perkins, charging him with non-support and neglect.  (Wichita Daily Eagle, August 9, 1917)

Mrs. Martha Peet, a former resident of Edgewood, was united in marriage to Mr. Dallas Rorick, at Anamosa, recently.  They will make their home in Monticello, where the groom is an attorney.   (Manchester Democrat, March 12, 1919)


Two Farm-Home Thanksgivings

By Bertha E. Rorick

Very pretty and simple was the Thanksgiving at our home on the farm last year. Sometime before the day the children shelled a quantity of bright yellow field corn. About a half this we colored with prepared red dye. This was quickly done by scalding the corn in a part of the package of dye dissolved in hot water. Then we strung the corn with a darning needle and strong cord, making six inches of yellow, then the same of red. Four strands of equal length were made long enough to reach from a point in the ceiling above the center of the long dining table. Each strand was finished at the end with a tassel, made by fastening to a piece of cob three strings of yellow corn ten inches long, putting the needle thru, then back, and tying in a double knot at the top.

The corn strings easily by putting the needle through the soft heart of the kernel. We then put a nail firmly into the ceiling at the center point over the table, tying the strands thereon and bringing them down, one to each corner of the table.

Having some corn left we strung it in different lengths; one to hang from the nail in the center to suspend over the table a huge cornucopia filled with popcorn; one to drape over the curtain poles. This looked very pretty over the white curtains. The others we laid on the tablecloth with lengths of green vine. These vines formed outlines for the centerpiece and, at either end of the table, a place for plates of molded cranberry jelly.

Our centerpiece was a chop-plate of oranges, bananas and bunches of raisins. On the sideboard was a bunch of bittersweet. If one wished the added bit of color, a part of the corn might be colored green.

Our place cards were also made at home, from folded leaflets of drawing paper cut in the shape of a pompous turkey, which I tinted with water colors. Inside were written the date and menu, which was as follows:

Roast Turkey with Oyster Dressing
Mashed potatoes          Brown gravy          Turnips
Cranberry mold          Cabbage salad
Parker House rolls          Boston brown bread
Celery          Jelly          Pickles
Waldorf salad with whipped cream
Aunt Frankie’s cake          Pumpkin pie

Would you like to hear about a Thanksgiving dinner enjoyed in an old homestead by a family of New England descendants? An old-fashioned farm home, full of genuine hospitality, a home which does one good to visit, was the scene of this family party. The decorations were entirely confined to the low-ceilinged dining room, and were very dainty. The table was covered with a white cloth, which contrasted with the yellow decorations nicely. From the chandelier above the center of the table were festooned strings of white popcorn to the four corners of the table. There were also brought down to each plate from the same point dainty lengths of half-inch orange-colored satin ribbon, each fastened to an orange. By each plate, on the folded napkin, were a white place card and an after-dinner mint wrapped in a yellow motto paper with an appropriate conundrum. The centerpiece was composed of three glass dishes, heirlooms, of different sizes, set one in the other in pyramid shape. The topmost held white and red grapes, the larger one fruit—rosy apples and bananas. The walnut sideboard was brightened by decorations of orange crepe paper and ears of yellow corn hung by the dried husks.

A large roasted turkey was seated on the table when the guests were seated, which was deftly carved while the conundrums formed the merry diversion for the waiting guests. The following menu was served:

Roast Turkey and Cranberry Jelly
Mashed potato           Hubbard squash
Mashed turnip
Celery           Peach pickles
Fruit salad           Raised biscuit
Plum pudding
Mince pie           Pumpkin pie

Source: The Ohio Farmer, November 12, 1910.

Small Town News

Mr. and Mrs. Zelora Armstrong, Mr. and Mrs. Pepper of Des Moines, Mrs. Neal Nelson [sic] of Spencer spent Sunday at the James Armstrong home.  Mrs. Armstrong is ill with lumbago.  (The Algona Upper Des Moines, May 3, 1933)

Mr. and Mrs. Zelora Armstrong, Des Moines, and Mrs. Neil Nielsen, Spencer, spent Sunday night with Mrs. Dora Armstrong.  On Monday they all attended the funeral of Mrs. Charles Armstrong, who was killed in an automobile crash Saturday.  She was a daughter-in-law of Mrs. Dora Armstrong.  (The Algona Upper Des Moines, November 11, 1937)

Mrs. Wickham Bross, of Honesdale, is visiting her sister, Mrs. John Knaub, and her brother. A.P. Altemeier in Port Jervis.  (The Citizen (Honesdale, PA), April 28, 1909)

Oxford Junction—Mrs. Anna Rorick Clegg of St. Paul is visiting her mother, Mrs. M.J. Rorick.  (Davenport Daily Times, August 1, 1913)

Mrs. A.P. Drumm was called to Zanesville Saturday by the illness of her little granddaughter, Juanita Drumm.  (Zanesville Times Recorder, May 15, 1909)

Homer A. Drumm, of Hopewell R.F.D., No. 1, was pleasantly surprised Monday, September 23 by a post card shower.  They young man has been critically ill for some months and his friends thought it would cheer him up by surprising him in this manner.  He received cards to the number of one hundred and over.  He is very grateful to his many friends who thus kindly remembered him.  (Zanesville Times Recorder, September 25, 1907)

Mrs. W.V. Hutchinson and daughters, Cornelia and Myra-Dell, from White Salmon, are visiting Mrs. A.O. Adams.  Mr. Hutchinson spent a few days here during the week with his family.  (Hood River Glacier, July 29, 1915).

Mrs. Caroline Rhodimer of Elmira is visiting her daughter, Mrs. Fred Grover.  (Elmira Star-Gazette, August 24, 1909)

Mrs. Carrie Rhodimer of Corning is here caring for her daughter, Mrs. Frank Daniels, who is suffering from the grip.  (Elmira Star-Gazette, February 17, 1910)

The many friends of Clifford Rochelle, of Fifth and Heaton streets, will be sorry to learn that he is confined to Ft. Hamilton hospital for treatment.  Mr. Rochelle has recently returned from the Good Samaritan hospital, Cincinnati, where he also underwent treatment.  (Hamilton Evening Journal, August 21, 1931)

Mabelle Rochelle, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rochelle, of 206 North Millwood avenue, will represent the Carpenters’ union No. 201, in the civic parade this morning.  Mabelle is a pretty miss of ten summer and will make a representative of whom the carpenters may be justly proud.  Her father is first vice-president of the State Federation of Labor of Kansas.  (Wichita Daily Eagle, September 23, 1909)

Mrs. Dr. M.S. Rochelle and her granddaughter, Mabel Rochelle, left for Kanas City last evening over the Rock Island to make a week’s visit with her son and nephew, H.L. Rochelle and Ralph Ware.  (Wichita Eagle, November 25, 1904)

Mr. and Mrs. Martin Rochelle and daughter returned Saturday to their home in Wichita after completing the new elevator at Beaver.  (Hoisington Dispatch, April 17, 1919)

William Rochelle, the Fifth ward grocer, fell down cellar at noon and bruised himself very severely.  He was unconscious for some time.  No bones were broken.  (Hamilton Daily Democrat, June 17, 1890)

Oxford Junction—Miss J. Anna Rorick departed for Chicago Tuesday, where she will resume her musical studies, she expects to graduate in June.  (Davenport Daily Times, January 10, 1908)

Dalas [sic] Rorick was in Anamosa for a few days on official business.  (Davenport Daily times, March 6, 1909)

Dave Rorick, vice-president of the American Central Insurance Company, is at the Lankershim from St. Louis.  (Los Angeles Times, June 6, 1910).

Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Rorick of Toledo are at the Fairmont.  Mr. Rorick is a prominent banker of Ohio.  (San Francisco Chronicle, November 9, 1909)

The little child of Mr. J.T. Rorick at North Dalles is quite sick with typhoid fever.  (The Dalles Daily Chronicle, August 2, 1895)

Sylvester Search is on the sick list.  (Zanesville Times Recorder, February 9, 1898)

Some Short Business Items

Hobart O. Hamlin and Zelora E. Brown, (under the firm name of Hamlin & Brown), will open their Real Estate, Insurance & Loan office at room No. 2, Centre Block, over the National Exchange Bank, Monday, April 2d next. (Minneapolis Star Tribune, March 26, 1877)

The new auto shop of John Rorick is nearly completed and will soon be ready for use. The new structure is of brick and is an addition to the appearance of the street. (San Bernardino, September 13, 1907)

Jay T. Rorick

CUPERTINO, Calif.—Memorial services were held Wednesday in Mountain View, Calif., for former Salem resident Jay T. Rorick.

He died at his home here.

He had been a teacher at North Salem High School.

Survivors include his wife, Evelyn; sons, Dr. Jay, Oakland, Calif., and Mark, Juneau, Alaska; daughter, Medora, McMinnville; sister, Carol Hird, Novato, Calif.; and four grandchildren.

A Jay T. Rorick Memorial History Library Fund has been established at the Los Altos High School, Los Altos, Calif.

Source:  Salem Capitol Journal, April 29, 1980.

Issola Rorick Wins, Entitled to Life Insurance

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 28.—The United States Court of Appeals has reversed the decision of the District Court of Southern California in the case of Issola Rorick, against the Railway Officials’ and Employee’s Association, Judge Gilbert dissenting.  Issola Rorick is the beneficiary in the policy of insurance to D.G. Rorick, a conductor.  The company contested the payment of the insurance on the ground that it was not notified within fifteen days.  The company won in the District Court, but Judges Morrow and Ross decided that the company was liable.

Source:  Los Angeles Times, October 29, 1902.

An Autopsy Develops the Direct Cause of D.G. Rorick’s Death

An autopsy was held this morning in the case of D.G. Rorick, the Santa Fe conductor who died yesterday morning after an illness of only two weeks.  About two weeks ago Rorick started to climb into the mail car of his train and bumped his head on the iron bar which is placed across the door.  When he reached home that night he complained of the hard bump he received that day.  The autopsy developed that the blow had caused an abcess to form on the brain which caused death.  Rorick carried an accident policy of $5000, which will go to his family.

The funeral was held at the undertaking parlors of Barton & Catick this afternoon, the service being conducted by Dr. Davies.

Source:  San Bernardino Evening Transcript, March 27, 1900.

Wife Divorces Absent Husband

No one-woman man was her husband, he told her, according to Hazel Ray Rorick’s complaint yesterday when she obtained a divorce from Samuel B. Rorick. Superior Judge Archbald granted the wife a decress.

“My husband left me at a dance and went out for liquor. When I reproached him for this he objected. I reminded him that he had been too attentive to other women, so when we arrived home he left me,” the wife said.

Source: Los Angeles Times, October 1, 1930.

Oceanside Lawyer Taken by Death

David Rorick Sr., Known for His Philanthropies

Oceanside, June 20.—Stricken suddenly after suffering from failing health for some time, David Rorick Sr., 70, one of Oceanside’s leading philanthropists and a State Bar member for many years, died today in the family home.

Born in Lawrence, Kan., he received his early education in St. Louis. He was graduated from Washington University in that city.  He practiced in Iowa and later in Texas before coming to California.  He was active in local affairs, having served as Mayor and as City Attorney.

He subsequently was a high school trustee, nine years of that time as chairman.  He was active in organizing the Oceanside Building & Loan Association and played a prominent role in establishing the public library.

Source:  Los Angeles Times, June 21, 1940.

Mrs. McInerny Welcoming Her First Grandson

Mrs. and Mrs. David Rorick of Oceanside are the happy parents of a son, born Saturday evening, April 15, at St. Bernardine’s hospital. The advent of the splendid boy is of much interest to the family of Mrs. Rorick, the former Miss Maureen McInerny, in San Bernardino, as he is the first grandchild of Mrs. R. McInerny of 696 F street.

The baby weight eight pounds, four and a half ounces, and was promptly names David Rorick IV.

The paternal grandfather resides in Oceanside, where the proud parents reside.

Source: San Bernardino County Sun, April 19, 1939.