Columbus, Jan. 28. — News os the death of Dr. E.H. Rorick, 70, former member of the erstwhile state board of administration when United States Senator Willis was governor, was received here todya. Death, due to apoplexy, occured at Dr. Rorick’s home at Fayette, Fulton county. After serving two terms in the state legislature, beginning in 1989, Dr. Rorick for ten years was superintendent of the state hospital at Athens. Later he was superintendent of the state institution for the feeble-minded here. He retired from poilitce some years ago.
Source: Mansfield News, January 28, 1922.
Former Member of State Board of Government
Columbus, Jan 23 — News of the death of Dr. E.H. Rorick, seventy, former member of the erstwhile state board of administration when United States Senator Willis was governor, was received here today.
Death, due to apoplexy, occurred at Dr. Rorick’s home at Fayette, Fulton county.
Mrs. Rorick has been an invalid for two years, her illness being due to an an apoplectic stroke.
After serving two terms in the state legislature, beginning in 1898, Dr. Rorick for ten years was superintendent of the state hospital at Athens. Later, he was superintendent of the state institution for the feeble-minded here.
He retired from politics some years ago. He was interested in banking and owned much real estate in Fulton county.
Source: Marion Daily Star, January 28, 1922.
James Glandon and Miss Janette Jacks were married December 30, at 201 Eleventh street at the residence of the pastor of the White Temple. Dr. J. Whitcomb Brougher performed the ceremony. (Portland Oregonian, December 23, 1906)
Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Thompson Rorick celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary Saturday with a reception at their home. Their daughter and son, Harriette and J.T. Rorick, Jr., received with them. Mrs. Nelda Taylor assisted with arrangements. (Portland Oregonian, December 24, 1937)
Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Walling of Polk county celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary October 20 at a family gathering. Their children are Mrs. James Mott, Washington, D.C.; Mrs. Eva M. Purvine, Amity; Miss Gertrude Walling, Harold Walling and Jesse Walling, all of Salem. (Portland Oregonian, November 14, 1935)
Announcement was made last week of the wedding of Miss Clarabell Roarick [sic] of Detroit and Lucien Mueller, of this city, which took place Feb. 5 in Detroit. The couple have returned to Decatur and are staying with Mr. Mueller’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Philip Mueller, until their own home, 1537 North Church street, is ready for them. Mr. Mueller has been in the ordnance department in the army service for a little more than a year. He was stationed first at Washington and then at Detroit. He received his release on Jan. 14. His bride is a member of a prominent Detroit family.
Source: Decatur Review, March 2, 1919.
WEDDING LICENSE APPLIED FOR: Ricky S. Bishop, 20, technician, Rt. 1, to Jo Ann Lawrence, 21, nurse, 53 E. Stevens St. (Newark Advocate, June 3, 1971)
MARRIAGE LICENSE: Harry DePugh, 21, shipper, Columbus, and Alberta Motley, 21, Summit Station. (Newark Advocate, February 14, 1934)
Marriage license was issued yesterday to John S. Deweese of Boise and Miss Alice M. Richardson of Moore Creek. (Idaho Statesman, January 7, 1899)
The county clerk’s office yesterday issued a marriage license to Edward Morris and Mary M. Sanders, both of Boise. License was also issued to Otto Downard and Sarah Berkley, giving Boise as their address. (Idaho Statesman, November 4, 1906)
MARRIAGE LICENSE: Asa J. Durant and Miss Wilma M. Ballinger were yesterday granted a license to wed. Both are residents of Boise. (Idaho Statesman, November 8, 1902)
MARRIAGE LICENSES: Edward M. Loosley, 22, and Blanche L. Bounty, 23, both of Beckwith. (Nevada State Journal, September 24, 1922)
Marriage licenses were issued yesterday to the following: Daniel H. Freeman, 21, Reno, and Agnes Marshall, 21, Reno; Harold A. Loosley, 21, Beckwith, Cal., and Glenna M. Scalf, 18, Portala, Cal. (Nevada State Journal, May 21, 1915)
MARRIAGE LICENSE: Delbert E. Mason, 23, lineman, Newark, and Helen B. McIntosh, 19, Newark. Rev. F.E. Halloway to officiate. (Newark Advocate, August 3, 1914)
The following marriage licenses have been issued; Jacob Louis Sweeney to Lucy Rorick, August Goss to Mary J. McMaken, Oscar Briggs to Mary J. Sains, Henry Prang to Miena Muhlenbruck. (Fort Wayne Sentinel, April 6, 1872)
Word has been received from San Francisco, Cal., of the wedding there in the chapel of Grace Cathedral of Miss Harriett Carol Rorick, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jay Rorick of Portland and Ralph Craven Hird, son of Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Hird of Englewood, N.J. Canon Prendergast officiated. The bride was given in marriage by F.G. Blickfelt, the bridegroom’s father. She wore traditional white satin with tulle veil and carried a shower bouquet of white orchids. Miss Jane Kieffer of Olympia, Wash., was the bride’s only attendant. She wore a seagreen satin dress with Juliet cap of gold sequins and carried yellow chrysanthemums. A reception was held afterwards at the home of the newlyweds, 1603 Jones street. Assisting were Miss Patricia Sambuck and Miss Evelyn Holbrook.
Source: Portland Oregonian, October 24, 1943.
Morenci, Mich., Sept. 17 – A most beautiful wedding occurred on Wednesday at noon at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Cosper Rorick, when their daughter, Leila, was united in marriage to Mr. Albert Foster. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Trevor C. Jones in the presence of a large number of guests, all of whom, however, were immediate relatives or near friends of the contracting parties.
The color scheme of the decorations was green and white, and was carried out in white asters, white carnations, lilies, and smilax; while just back of the improvised altar was a massive bank of palms. The bride was dressed in cream crepe de chine and carried a shower bouquet of white rosebuds. She was attended by her cousins, Miss Irene Jewett, of Dayton, O., and Miss Bessie Bennett, of Detroit. These bridesmaids were becomingly gowned in white, and carried shower bouquets of pink roses. Mr. Shirley Foster, brother of the groom, acted as best man, while Dr. Ewart and Mr. Norman Horton did duty as ushers.
Following the ceremony an elegant four course dinner was served, Mrs. Miller, of Adrian, being the caterer, while Jackson’s orchestra, of the same city, discoursed sweet music.
The gifts were numerous and costly, consisting mainly of cut-glass, silver, china and linen. Among these were a set of solid silver all in the same pattern, of knives, forks, tea, dessert and table spoons, oyster forks, from the immediate family of the bride, and one hundred dollars in gold from Mr. Oscar Foster, the groom’s father.
Mr. and Mrs. Foster left on the afternoon car for Toledo, Detroit, and other points of interest. After their return they will reside in their new home on East street, which is already prepared for their occupancy. Mrs. Foster is a graduate of Adrian college, and was for the last two years a teacher in our public schools, where her work was of a very high order. Socially she is much admired and greatly esteemed for her many excellent qualities. Mr. Foster is cashier of the First National bank, which position he has held for four years. He is a young man of excellent business qualities and a great favorite in society.
The guests from out of town were Mr. Horton Rorick, wife and daughter; Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Spitzer, Toledo; Mrs. Rorick Bennett and daughters, Mrs. Willis Clark, Miss Bessie Bennett, Detroit; Mrs. Dr. Jewett and daughter, Irene, of Dayton, O.; Mr. George Horton and family, Fruit Ridge; Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Porter, Packard; Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Foster, Mr. and Mrs. Byron Foster, Mr. and Mrs. Will Foster, Shirley Foster, Orlin Rumsey, Mrs. and Miss Carmichael, Hudson.
Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, September 17, 1903.
MORENCI, June 7. – Invitations are being received by Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Rorick of Buffalo, N.Y., to the marriage of their daughter, Miss Alma B., to Howell Wilson of this place, Tuesday, June 11. The groom’s sisters, Eva and Virginia, left yesterday morning for Buffalo, to be present at the wedding which will take place at the bride’s home. Mr. and Mrs. Rorick were former residents of this place, and Miss Alma has visited here many times.
Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, June 7, 1918.
It was September 1, 1842, that Dr. Estell H. Rorick of Fayette began his earthly career in Seneca, Michigan. He is a son of William and Phoebe (Brees) Rorick, the father from New Jersey and the mother from New York State. The young man was reared on a farm in Lenawee County, and in 1867 he entered the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor as a student in the medical department there.
The Rorick family history began in Michigan with the coming of William Rorick in 1836, and he owned a great deal of land in Lenawee County. He was in position to give superior educational advantages to his children, and when the Doctor was 16 years old he attended the Medina, Michigan academy. He later attended college at Kalamazoo but lacking funds to continue at the time he engaged in teaching for two years. At Medina young Rorick formed the acquaintance of Doctor Weed, and it was through his influence that the young man decided to study medicine and surgery.
In 1864 the young man joined the staff of Doctor Weed, who was then an army surgeon, and he assisted the surgeon until the end of the Civil War. It was after the close of the war that he entered the medical department of the University of Michigan, and in 1869 he graduated with honors from that institution. Doctor Rorick began the practice of medicine at Spring Hill (Tedrow) but three years later he sold the practice at Spring Hill and located at Fayette. He made a financial success of the practice of medicine, and he contributed much to the success of Fayette College. A student of the College afterward wrote: “Those school days in Fayette Normal back in the ’80’s are never to be forgotten,” and Dr. Rorick is mentioned with others who helped to establish the school that would be worth while to those who attended it.
Dr. Rorick is identified with many of the business interests of Fayette. Since 1896 he has discontinued the practice of medicine, giving his entire time to business enterprises. He is a stockholder and director in the Farmers State Bank, and he owns considerable real estate in the community.
On August 20, 1868, Doctor Rorick married Mary P. Acker. She was a daughter of George and Minerva (Cottrell) Acker. Like her mother she is a native of Gorham, while her father came from Lehigh County, Pa. The Ackers and the Cottrells were among the pioneers of Fulton County. The grandparents were George and Lydia (Holbern) Acker and Rea and Harriet (Stevens) Cottrell.
The children born to Dr. and Mrs. Rorick are: Clark Chappell, who died at the age of eight years; Georgia Agnes, who died at the age of 20; and Mabel Acker, who is the wife of F.T. Sullivan, of Fayette.
While Doctor Rorick was not an active politician, when Gov. Willis was elected in Ohio he named him a member of the board (state) of administration with authority to manage the state institutions. For nine years he had been superintendent of the Athens State Hospital, and it was here that he displayed executive ability. It was at Athens that the Doctor has his first personal knowledge of the institutional life in Ohio.
While serving as a member of the state board of administration Dr. Rorick had opportunity of observation, and at his behest wards of the state were sometimes changed from one institution to another. Sometimes a prisoner was transferred to a hospital, and a hospital patient place in prison — the confinement best adapted to the needs of the case. A newspaper clipping says: “Dr. E.H. Rorick has been a friend to the young man, and many a boy owes his success in life to some word of encouragement or a start given him by Doctor Rorick.”
While in his young manhood Doctor Rorick stood ready to do anything necessary to help himself along, and when he needed money he worked in a brickyard for it. There were frequent jumping contests and his strong physique enabled him to win, having one time covered 41 feet and 8 inches in two hops and a jump and he won thirty dollars in cash that way. Many honors have been awarded Doctor Rorick in connection with the institutional life of Ohio, but a friend sums it all up by saying, “The Doctor Rorick that will be longest remembered is that smiling, cheerful, kind physician who gave lectures on physiology and anatomy to the classes of the old Normal School, who cured the boys and girls of their aches and pains, and broke up some of the worst cases of homesickness. Who inspired them to be something and do something in the world. Who with friendly help and kind words piloted the boys and girls who came under his influence through the dark clouds of discouragement.”
Doctor Rorick and his wife came in much contact with the students of Fayette College and since “the thoughts of youth are long, long thoughts,” they will be remembered for many years to come by those in whom they manifested a friendly interest.
In contrasting present day conditions with the time when he began the practice of medicine, Doctor Rorick says, “You have only to remember that within this time the fever thermometer came into use. The temperature used to be estimated by the rapidity of the pulse and the touch of the skin. The appearance of the tongue in those days was a great indicator of what was going on internally. A hypodermic syringe was not in use for many years, and the antitoxin and serum treatments had not been thought of in those days.
Bleeding for pneumonia and typhoid fever was still in vogue, but this method of treatment was becoming obsolete, and the fever patient was allowed water and milk to drink. Pneumonia was supposed to originate from taking cold. Malaria was a poison floating about causing fever and ague. The mosquito had not yet been discovered as an agency for the distribution of malaria and fever.” The review of such a life is indeed a revelation.
Someone writing of the man says: “The great secret of Doctor Rorick’s success lies in the fact that he makes no distinction between individuals. He has the same hearty hand-shake, the same warm smile, the same cheerful word for all alike,” and when one has spent more than half a century in one community the people know all about him. Quoting again: “There are none who know Doctor Rorick as well as Fayette people. He has never sought other residence and has not often left the town since he first came among us.”
Source: Reighard, Frank H. 1920. History of Fulton County, Ohio. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company.