Services Today For E.E. Spear

Mr. Spear, 77, Died Tuesday Night After Long Illness.

Estell E. Spear, aged 77 years, died at 11:00 o’clock Tuesday evening at his home on Main street after a long illness.

Funeral services will be held this (Thursday) afternoon at 2:00 o’clock at the Stockwell Funeral Home. The Rev. Nihl D. Johnson of the Baptist church will officiate.

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Critics Blow Darts At Daytime Dramas; “Too Many Of ‘Em!”

Isabel Scott Rorick, an author, who also claims to be a housewife, though she has two servants, had an assignment from the editors of ’47 magazine a few weeks ago to write a story describing daytime radio. Her comments, along with those of two other writers who listened in on the other broadcasting hours, are reprinted in the new issue.

Mrs. Rorick, after listening for eight hours, decided that hereafter she would listen to Information Please, Jack Benny or an opera instead of the daytime “soap operas.”

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Mimi Is Charming

“Mimi” is tall, slender and blonde Elizabeth Rorick, daughter of the Ceilan H. Roricks of Toledo, O. More important here, she is the bride-elect of Bill Stack, lately of New York, but long one of Lansing’s favorite people. He wears the unmistakable stamp of the Yale man with becoming nonchalance for one who acquitted himself os [sic] well both in the classroom and on the football field. Bill is the son of Professor and Mrs. J.W. Stack of East Lansing.

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Mrs. Estell Spear

MORENCI, Nov. 5.—Mrs. Bella Scott Spear, 53 years old, wife of Estell Spear, died at 10:45 o’clock last night in her home on East Main Street. Mrs. Spear was born March 14, 1887, in Montpelier and lived there until three years ago. She was a member of the Methodist church in Montpelier.

Besides her husband she is survived by three step-sons Paul and Maurice Spear of Milan and Kenneth Spear of Morenci, two stepdaughters Mrs. Dorothy Rogers of Ypsilanti and Mrs. Margaret Lyons of Adrian and ten grandchildren.

The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the Friends Funeral Home in Montpelier and the burial will be in the Montpelier cemetery.

Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, November 5, 1940.

Short News Items from 1950

Kenneth Gunton is slowly improving at his home following four weeks in Nesbitt Memorial Hospital where he submitted to an operation. (Wilkes-Barre Record, January 21, 1950)

Miss Mary Eveland, student nurse at Memorial Hospital, Easton, was a recent weekend guest of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Eveland. (Easton Star-Democrat, January 25, 1950)

Maj. Thomas Eveland, Washington, D.C., spent the weekend with his family here. (Easton Star-Gazette, January 27, 1950)

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Silver Wedding Celebrated

FAYETTE, Ohio, Sept. 25.—Mr. and Mrs. G.H. Crane celebrated their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary Saturday, Sept. 16, with a small family gathering at their home on West Main street.  Those present were Mrs. Amanda Horton of Fruit Ridge; Mrs. S.K. Porter, Mrs. Amie Rorick, Mr. and Mrs. G.H. Rorick of Morenci; Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Rorick of Seneca; Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Rorick, Mr. and Mrs. A.V. Foster and family, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Prudden, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Rorick, Miss Isabel Scott and Ceilan Rorick of Toledo; also Miss Amie Crane and George Crane, Jr.  Appropriate gifts in silver from relatives, friends and neighbors were received.  Mr. and Mrs. Crane began housekeeping in Adrian where they resided four years, going from there to Monessen, Pa., where they lived seven years, moving from there to Fayette.

Source:  Adrian Daily Telegram, September 23, 1922.

John Briner

John Lyle Briner, 72, died Saturday at his home, 784 A st., Ashland.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 31, at 10:30 a.m. at Litwiller’s Mountain View chapel, with the Rev. Wendell Herbison officiating.

The body will lie in state until the time of the funeral and interment will be in Stearns cemetery in Talent.

Mr. Briner was born July 7, 1890, in Perrydale, Ore. He lived in the Rogue valley for 70 years.

He was married to Alta Scott in Yreka, Calif., in August 1918. Survivors include Mrs. Briner, a daughter, Mrs. Richard Ditsworth, Talent; a sister, Mrs. Elfa Long, Talent; and three grandchildren, Norman and Wayne Ditsworth, both with the U.S. Navy; and Glenda Ditsworth, Talent.

Source: Medford Mail Tribune, July 30, 1962.

Isabel Scott Rorick

Owing to a number of things, the anticipated interview with Isabel Scott (Mrs. Ceilan Herbert) Rorick didn’t take place until many weeks and she and her husband bought Dooley Leaman’s former house and she settled down in it . . . for one thing, as she explained it, she thought she was going to have so much leisure, but everyone assumed she’d be lonesome when her husband had to go to Toledo and she was out virtually every night . . . A day or so before they (he came back for the weekend) closed the house, she took time for a chat in the patio . . . it doesn’t take long (when they’re seen together) to figure how she got her inspiration for her famous creations “Mr. and Mrs. Cugat” . . . a fictional couple that landed her a law suit with the conductor by that name (long since satisfactorily settled) . . . two highly successful books about them . . . a movie and a radio serial . . . The second book was “Outside Eden” . . . The movie “Are Husbands Necessary?” . . . the serial, which she does not write, “My Favorite Husband” . . . Explaining, “I don’t want to squeeze the turnip dry,” Mrs. Rorick says there are no Cugats in the one short story she managed to find time for this winter nor in the new novel that is hazily in the making . . . The Cugats came into being just because she was named Junior League correspondent from Toledo and couldn’t find anyone else to contribute to the League’s magazine . . .

Source: Palm Beach Post, May 8, 1949.

Well Known Morenci Resident Passes Away

Mark C. Rorick, older son of Cosper and Nancy A. Breese Rorick, was born on a farm in Seneca township, Michigan Dec. 7, 1845 and died Feb. 6, 1922. His brother Leroy W. was born Sept. 14, 1847. He lived with his parents in a log house until the brick house was built in ’68. Cosper Rorick, father of M.C. Rorick, had a small clearing 3-4 mile north of what is now Seneca village, woods being on all sides. Canandaigua was the nearest post office and trading point combined and traveling was accomplished entirely by ox team or by horse back. The nearest church was at Medina, seven miles distant, and this they attended every Sunday morning. It was necessary to make an early start as they drove an ox team and wagon with a board across the wagon box for the little boys.

When about five years of age “Mark” commenced school in the home district 2 1/2 miles way in the Rorick district today. He walked back and forth to school. When the Tufts school house was being built he attended school in a part of the James Lord home, temporarily. Continue reading “Well Known Morenci Resident Passes Away”

John Rorick, Former Legislator, Farmer and Banker, Dies

Named as Original Member of Road Commission in Lenawee in 1919

Services are Sunday

John P. Rorick, prominent in business, farming and civic affairs during his life-long residence in Lenawee County, the last 31 years of which were spent in Adrian, died Thursday afternoon. He had been in poor health since May when a serious operation was performed upon him in Cleveland. Since then he has been confined to his home at 403 Toledo Street from where he was taken to the Emma L. Bixby hospital Monday afternoon when his condition took a suddenly critical turn. He would have observed his 79th birthday anniversary December 31.

Mr. Rorick was born on a farm in Seneca township, the son of the late Mark C. and Mary Rorick. He attended school (rural) there and later the Fayette Normal School at Fayette, Ohio. When he was 18 years old he began working in a private bank in Morenci. He was engaged in the banking business for the next ten years, being one of the organizers and cashier of the First National Bank of Morenci, the first national bank to be chartered in Lenawee County. He married Miss Bertha Green of Morenci Nov. 25, 1897.

He served in the bank until 1909 and then became interested in the organization of telephone companies and the building of exchanges, establishing several of them in towns in Ohio and Indiana. But farming remained an interest also. He moved from Morenci back to his home farm, gradually expanding his land holdings and farming operations in his home township and into Fulton County, Ohio.

During his residence in Morenci, he had served on the village council and also on the school board. In 1919 when the Lenawee County Board of Road Commissioners was established he was elected one of the three original commissioners. His road commission work took him to Adrian and he moved his family there in 1922. After six years on the road commission he ran for election to the state legislature from the district that included the Southern half of Lenawee County. During his two terms in the legislature, he served on the roads and bridges committee, the committee on public utilities and the committee on state penal institutions. When the legislature was redistricted Mr. Rorick retired from politics.

Since then his major interest has been supervision of his farm operations. He has been a member of the Adrian lodge of the Elks the last 30 years and a trustee for much of that time.

Mrs. Rorick died in 1941. Surviving Mr. Rorick are four daughters and two sons: Mrs. Harry Lundahl and Mrs. Russell Raymond of Adrian, Mrs. Prosser Watts of Huntington, Ind., Mrs. J. Clayton Scott of Defiance, Ohio, John Rorick, Jr. of Seneca and Alan G. Rorick of Brecksville, Ohio. He also leaves 16 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. A sister, Mrs. Earl N. Baldwin, resides in Howell and St. Petersburg, Florida.

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.)