Kenneth Spear

Reading—Kenneth (Pappy) Spear, proprietor of the Reading Hotel and a retired postal worker, died Tuesday at the Hillsdale Community Health Center after a two-week illness.

He had lived at 345 S. Allen Road, Allen, where moved seven years ago after having lived in Reading for many years and in Morenci prior to that time.

He was born in Morenci Feb. 27, 1892, the son of Estel and Martha Baldwin Spear.

He was preceded in death by three wives.  His first wife, Henrietta Roberts, died in 1937; Gladys Tewsley in 1967 and Beatrice Ryan in January 1973.  He was also preceded by one daughter and one brother.

Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. LeJean (Jane) Marshall of Allen; one son, Kenneth Spear Jr. of Plymouth; two sisters, Mrs. R.H. (Dorothy) Rogers of Albuquerque, N.M. and Mrs. Carroll (Margaret) McLeary of Clearwater, Fla.; one brother, Maurice Spear of Clearwater; and seven grandchildren.

The funeral service will be Friday afternoon at 1 in the St. John Funeral Home, Reading.  Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday evening from 7 to 9.

Source:  Hillsdale Daily News, October 10, 1973.

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Some Short Social News Items

J.T. Rorick, of Grand Dallas [sic], Wash., is stopping at the Huron House.  Mr. Rorick was formerly publisher of the Bad Axe Democrat.  (Port Huron Times Herald, April 26, 1893)

E.M. Clark and wife and daughters, Misses Jennie and Harriet, went to Detroit today to attend the wedding of Willis Sherman Clark and Miss Georgia Rorick Bennet [sic], both of Detroit.  The wedding will take place at the home of the bride’s parents at 38 Winder street at 6:30 this evening.  The ceremony will be performed by Rev. S.B. Meeser, D.D., of Woodward avenue, Baptist church.  Mr. Clark is a son of Mr. and Mrs. E.M. Clark, of this city.  (Port Huron Daily Times, February 26, 1902)

Bad Axe.  Mr. Rorick and daughter Claribel of Detroit are spending Xmas with her sister, Mrs. James Baldwin, West Sand Beach avenue.  (Detroit Free Press, December 25, 1913)

Billy Mueller, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. Lucien W. Mueller, who underwent an operation for appendicitis in the Decatur and Macon county hospital, Tuesday, is getting along nicely.  (Decatur Daily Review, March 26, 1927)

Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Spear and daughter, Ruth, of Albuquerque, N.M., formerly of Morenci, are visiting his brother and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Spear.  Their son, Howell, a medical student at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, also is spending his vacation here.  His brother, Pheletus [sic] Spear, who after a year of active duty overseers in the U.S. Navy, is attending a preparatory school in Maryland for entering the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis.  (Adrian Daily Telegram, December 31, 1943)

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)

Golden Wedding Anniversary

Dr. and Mrs. E.H. Rorick of Fayette, OH and Mr. and Mrs. S.K. Porter of Morenci, Mich., celebrated their golden wedding anniversaries at the Blair Hotel in Morenci, Thursday, Aug. 22. It is an unusual and remarkable occurrence for two couples to come down through life together, as has been the case with Dr. and Mrs. Rorick and Mr. and Mrs. Porter.

In the center of a flower-decked table on which a sumptuous dinner was served, was a large basket of golden-hearted Ophelia roses, a remembrance from the guests. The brides each wore a quaint corsage bouquet, the gift of Dr. Rorick Bennett, of Detroit. In the afternoon ice cream, cake and punch were served on the spacious lawn on S.K. Porter, East Main Street.

The double wedding ceremony was performed in the parsonage by Rev. James Noynton, the pastor of the Baptist church at Medina. Both couples have a large circle of friends and acquaintances who extend to them congratulations upon this rare occasion.

The guests were Mr. and Mrs. A.V. Foster, Hon. and Mrs. Horton C. Rorick of Toledo, Mrs. (Dr.) Rorick Bennett and daughter Mrs. George Clark of Detroit, Mrs. and Mrs. Fred Sullivan, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Baldwin, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Crane of Fayette, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Rorick of Wauseon, Mr. and Mrs. M.C. Rorick, Mr. and Mrs. C.M. Rorick, Mr. and Mrs. G.H. Rorick, Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Rorick, Mrs. Amelia Rorick, Mrs. Amy Rorick, Mr. and Mrs. H.E. Spear, Mrs. P.H. Spear and Mr. and Mrs. L.H. Converse.

S.K. Porter and Mary Rorick were residents of Seneca Township at the time of their marriage, both living near Seneca Village. After their marriage, they continued to live on the Porter homestead until recent years, when they retired to Morenci. Mr. Porter was Vice President of the First National Bank until recently when he resigned that he might be free from the duties imposed by the position.

Estell Rorick and Mary Acker were residents of Morenci at the time of their marriage. Later, Mr. Rorick took his medical courses at the U. of M. He practiced at Tedrow and then located at Fayette, which pace has been his home except for a short period of years when he resided in Columbus, OH.

The warmth of their genial presence in the community where they reside has left ever a wholesome atmosphere of cheer.

Dr. Rorick in his profession during the past years had been able to enter the hearts of many homes and to have part in the deepest things of many lives. He has time and again given material aid in a silent and inauspicious way to those who will never forget. Generosity pure and simple is an attribute not amiss for Dr. and Mrs. Rorick

When Fayette was struggling in the its steps of progress support was always coming from the Rorick home. Perhaps there is no better way to describe the attitude of these people toward the community than in the words of the poet, “Write me as one who loves his fellow men,” and as a seeming reward for such helpful living, youthful mind and heart have remained with both, and this through half a century. It is not for us to estimate the value of such a home.

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).

Hannah Breese Rorick

One by one the pioneers who prepared the way for the religious and material prosperity of our state are passing from our midst. We do well to pause in our rapid life and look back upon the times and conditions out of which they brought law, order, and prosperity from the primitive forest and savage conditions.

Mrs. Hannah Rorick, born in 1819 in Chemung County, N.Y., was married to Deacon Estell Rorick in 1836. They came to Lenawee County in 1837 and settled in the wild unbroken country and worked out for themselves and their children character and material prosperity worthy of all founders of our state. Early in her married life, joining the visible Church of God, she was for nearly 60 years a member of the Baptist Church. First in all good work for Church and State, earnest, careful for essential things of both religion and government, but liberal to all the differing views.

Their home was open for other denominations as well as their own. Their open hand was ready for the cause of Christ by whomsoever represented. In the fullness of years, God has called her to himself and to the husband who preceded her 16 years ago.

At her funeral, which was conducted by her pastor, Rev. J. McLean, from the home of her daughter, Mrs. S.K. Porter of Seneca, were gathered her children, Cosper Rorick, Mrs. P.H. Spear, Mrs. Rorick Bennett and Mrs. Porter with their children and grandchildren, a goodly number of strong earnest men and women of two generations who will honor her memory and in her life find an example worthy of their emulation and inspiration to higher living and a check to the temptations which assail them in the battle of life.

Mrs. G.H. Crane and Mrs. A.V. Foster of Toledo are granddaughters of Mrs. Rorick. The Estell Rorick farm is where Herbert Rorick, a great-grandson lives.

Source: The Christian Herald, November 19, 1897.

Small Town News—Baldwin

Mrs. Earl Baldwin of Howell, who was operated on May 4, was moved yesterday to the home of her brother, John Rorick, of 403 Toledo street. (Adrian Daily Telegram, May 21, 1943)

Mark Baldwin of Albion, Paul Spear of New Mexico and Kenneth Spear of Morenci were guests today of Mr. and Mrs. Ned Baldwin. (Adrian Daily Telegram, October 19, 1943)
Mr. and Mrs. Ned Baldwin entertained at a family dinner yesterday at their home on West Chicago Boulevard. Their guests included Mr. and Mrs. Earl Baldwin and Mr. and Mrs. Duane Baldwin and two children of Howell, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Baldwin of Albion, Lieut. and Mrs. Carey Baldwin of Jacksonville, Fla., and Mrs. Nina Heath. Miss Yolande Baldwin, a student at Siena Heights College in Adrian, was home over the week end. (Adrian Daily Telegram, November 15, 1943)

Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe Baldwin of Marquette left for their home yesterday morning after a few days visit with her parents Mr. and Mrs. E.C. Heilman. Mr. Baldwin has been sworn into the navy. (Adrian Daily Telegram, March 14, 1944)