Short News Items from 1916

A letter from Johnnie Wallace states that he won the championship wrestle at the deaf school on Christmas day. In speaking of the affair he writes: “In the afternoon at 1:30 Ben and I began to wrestle and at 1:55 Ben threw me down. We rested 5 minutes and at 2:00 we started to wrestle again, and at 2:15 I threw Ben down. We rested another 5 minutes and at 2:20 we started on the final. I threw him down quickly and he got hurt and gave up. Another boy has challenged me and I must defend the titles, so I will wrestle him next May. (Nezperce Herald, January 6, 1916)

Mrs. Ben Wiseman departed Tuesday for Sioux Falls for a visit with her brother, Don McGugin, who is studying dentistry there under Dr. Gorman, formerly of Pierre. (Pierre Weekly Free Press, March 2, 1916)

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Mrs. Vera B. Rorick

MORENCI – Funeral services for Mrs. Vera B. Rorick who died Wednesday at her home in Morenci were at 2 p.m. Friday at the Ackland-Fink Funeral Home. The Rev. Thomas Toy officiated.  Bearers were Henry Geisler, Frank Sims, Maurice Spear, Clyde Porter, Duane Repert and Harvey Fortney.  Burial was in Oak Grove cemetery.

Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, February 27, 1960.

Business and Professional News from the 1940s

Kenneth Spear has taken a position in the Morenci post office. (Adrian Daily Telegram, July 15, 1941)

Dave Rorick, of the well known farm implement firm of Oceanside and Escondido, was here Saturday to bring over some equipment for work in the local garage of his concern and for a conference with George Otis, manager of the local plant. (Escondido Times-Advocate, August 7, 1942)

Leeila G. Rorick has accepted a position with the U.S. Navy Department in Detroit. Her work began Monday. (Adrian Daily Telegram, February 3, 1942)

The home nursing course to have started this week under the direction of Mrs. Herbert Rorick has been postponed until further notice because it has been impossible to obtain books. (Adrian Daily Telegram, July 17, 1942)

Death and Funeral of Mrs. Louis [sic] Converse

Mrs. Louis [sic] Converse, aged eighty years, died at her home on East street north, Sunday morning at 10:30 o’clock. Mrs. Converse had been in failing health for a long time but was confined to her bed about three weeks previous to her death. The funeral services were held Tuesday at two o’clock at the Congregational church, Rev. S.N. Oliver officiating. Mrs. Albert Clark of Fayette sang two selections. The pall bearers were Messrs. Ed Spear, Bert Bothwell, C.M. Rorick, Perry [sic] Sullivan, Carl Guss and Gerald Bryant.

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Obituary

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 [sic] and Hannah Rorick and she was the eldest of four children. She received her education in the public school and attended the Seminary at Medina. She was united in marriage with Philetus Spear December 30, 1859. One son was born to them, Estel [sic] E. Spear of Morenci, Mich.

In early life she united with the Medina Baptist church, where she retained her membership to the time of her death.

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Mrs. Martha Spear, 69, Passed Away Monday

Mrs. Martha Spear, age 69 years, died Monday in the University hospital in Ann Arbor, following an operation she underwent three weeks ago. Mrs. Spear had been in failing health the last two years.

She was born in Medina township and for the past 15 years, with her family, resided in Morenci.

She leaves her husband, E.E. Spear, three sons, Paul and Kenneth Spear of New Mexico; Maurice Spear of near Morenci; two daughters, Mrs. Richard Rogers of Ypsilanti and Mrs. Ray Lyons of Adrian.

The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the Ackland funeral home and conducted by the Rev. H.A. Essex, pastor of the Morenci Baptist church.

Interment was made in Oak Grove cemetery.

Source: Morenci Observer, March 8, 1934.

Dr. Lavinia Rorick-Bennett Dies at Home in Pasadena

Word has been received here by relatives of the death of Dr. Lavinia Rorick-Bennett, which occurred Monday morning in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Willard Waters, at South Pasadena, Calif. Dr. Bennett was 88 years of age and had been ill only a few days.

She was very well known here and spent the greater part of her life in Morenci.

She is survived by one sister, Mrs. S.K. Porter, two daughters, Mrs. Willard Waters and Mrs. George Clark, all of South Pasadena, two nephews, E.E. Spear and G.H. Rorick of this place, two nieces, Mrs. Albert Foster of Toledo and Mrs. Henry Crane of Fayette.

Funeral services have not yet been learned.

Source: Morenci Observer, May 12, 1932.