John Harlyn Bryant, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Bryant, was born March 24, 1903, at their country home in Dover township, and died July 4, 1931, at the age of 28 years.
He attended the Adrian high school, graduating with the class of 1923. He also spent one year at Adrian Business College. February 4, 1928, he was married to Margaret Spear of Morenci. Those left in the immediate family are his widow and two little years, Carolyn Ann and Betty Jane; his father and mother, grandmother, Mrs. Lillian Rice, and one brother, George, at home. He was a loving, kind and patient father and husband, loved by all who knew him.
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Deborah Ann Rorick was born in Seneca township, September 28, 1840, and died at the home of her son in Morenci May 27, 1931, aged 90 years, seven months and 27 years. Her parents were Estel and Hannah Rorick. She was the eldest of four children. She received her education in the public schools and attended the seminary at Medina. She was married to Philetus Spear December 30, 1859. One son was born to the them, Estel E. Spear of Morenci. In early life she united with the Medina Baptist church, where she retained her membership to the time of her death. Fifty years of her life were spent on the farm in Medina township. Fifteen years ago they moved to Morenci because of the failing health of her husband who preceded her in death September 11, 1917. Her life had been one of constant activity. She had always taken a lively interest in the affairs of the local church and community. She leaves to mourn her loss on son, Estel E., and wife Martha, five grandchildren, Paul and Maurice Spear of Morenci, Mrs. Richards Rogers of Ypsilanti, Mrs. John Bryant of Sand Creek, and K.R. Spear of Littlefield, Texas, and 12 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters, Dr. Rorick Bennett and Mrs. S.K. Porter of Pasadena, Cal.; five nieces and two nephews.
Deprived of a daughter, she took Josephine Grandy, now Mrs. Will Hyslop of West Branch into her home.
The funeral was held at the home of her son, Estel, Friday afternoon, May 29, at 2 o’clock. The Rev. H.A. Essex of the Baptist church officiated.
Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, June 4, 1931.
Mrs. Gladys Cooley and Kenneth Spear, son of E.E. Spear were married at 1:30 o’clock Wednesday afternoon in the Christian church parsonage at Bryan, Ohio. The Rev. J.E. Toer read the service. They were attended by Mr. and Mrs. U.L. Tewsley.
Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, August 16, 1940.
Philetus Spear, 83, died at his home on East Main street, Tuesday evening. He had lived in Morenci the last three years, prior to which he has spent nearly all his life in Medina township. Mr. Spear had been in poor health for three years, and confined to his bed for a year. He leaves, besides his wife, a son, E.E. Spear of Medina township, and a grandson, Maurice Spear of Texas. The funeral will be held Friday, but the hour is not set as the arrival of relatives is expected.
Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, September 12, 1917.
Mrs. Cosper H. Rorick entertained Saturday in honor of Miss Ruth Lloyd of Evanston, Ill., a bride of the near future. A four-course luncheon was served at 1 o’clock. Pink carnations made a beautiful center piece and were given as favors, while cupids and hearts were used in profusion. Many attractive and practical gifts were showered from a pink and white umbrella. Mrs. Rorick was assisted by Mrs. G.H. Rorick and Miss Beulah Campbell. The guests were: Mrs. W.D. Murphy, Columbus, O.; Miss Alma Rorick, Buffalo; Mrs. Perry [sic] Sullivan, Mrs. Earl Baldwin, Fayette; Mrs. C.M. Rorick, Mrs. Martha Spear, Mrs. Paul Spear, Mrs. Richard Rogers, Mrs. John Rorick, Misses Florence and Mary Bryant, Helen and Marjorie Rorick.
Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, January 22, 1917.
Mrs. G.H. Crane of Fayette will entertain at a 1 o’clock luncheon on Thursday the following ladies from Morenci: Mesdames Amy Rorick, Amelia Rorick, S.K. Porter, P.H. Spear, M.C. Rorick, L.H. Converse, Lavina Chappell, Cosper M. Rorick, Cosper H. Rorick, G.H. Rorick, J.P. Rorick, E.E. Spear, Paul Spear, and Mrs. Albert Foster and Mrs. H.C. Rorick of Toledo.
Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, February 16, 1916.
Kenneth Spear and Miss Irene Dendell were married at the home of the bride’s parents in Wayne Sept. 28. Mr. Spear is the son of Mr. and Mrs. E.E. Spear of Medina township, and is the proprietor of a 1,500 acre farm near Damon. Mr. and Mrs. E.E. Spear have been up to their son’s home for the past four weeks helping the young couple get settled in their new home.
Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, October 23, 1916.
ONTARIO, March 6—Mrs. E.E. Spear, aged 69 years, died at 1:30 o’clock yesterday afternoon in the University Hospital where she had been a patient the last five weeks. Mrs. Spear had been in failing health for two years. She was born in Medina township where she had spent all her life except 15 years. Mrs. Spear was a member of the Morenci Baptist church.
She is survived by her husband, E.E. Spear; three sons, Paul and Kenneth Spear of New Mexico and Maurice Spear at home; two daughters, Mrs. Ray Lyons of Adrian and Mrs. Richard Rogers of Ypsilanti and 12 grandchildren.
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MORENCI, June 2.—The funeral of Mrs. Deborah Ann Spear was held Friday afternoon at the home on East Main street. The Rev. H.A. Essex, pastor of the Baptist church, officiated and the burial was made in the family plot in Oak Grove cemetery. The bearers were Paul E. Spear, Maurice Spear, Richard Rogers, John Bryant, Ned Baldwin and Lawrence Spear, grandsons and nephews of the deceased.
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MORENCI, May 28—Mrs. Deborah Spear, aged 91 years, died at 3:15 o’clock Wednesday afternoon in her home on East Main street after an illness of one day. Mrs. Spear moved to Morenci 16 years ago from the homestead in Medina township where she and Mr. Spear had lived for many years.
She is survived by one son, E.E. Spear of Morenci; two sisters, Mrs. S.K. Porter and Dr. Lavina Bennett, both of Pasadena, Calif., and five grandchildren.
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