Double Golden Wedding Anniversary Celebrated

MORENCI, Aug. 23.—The celebration Thursday of the double golden wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. S.K. Porter of this place and Dr. and Mrs. Estelle [sic] Rorick of Fayette was an event of more than passing interest. The celebration of the golden anniversary by one couple is quite a common occurrence, but that the four people who were wedded by the same ceremony 50 years ago, August 22, 1868, should live to celebrate the double anniversary is a rare incident.

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Rorick

The reunion of the Rorick family was held Wednesday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. M.C. Rorick in Morenci.  These gatherings have now been held annually for about forty-three years.  One hundred and three relatives and friends enjoyed the visiting gand [sic] dinner incident to this event.  At a short business meeting, Dr. E.H. Rorick was elected president for the coming year.  Mrs. Amelia Rorick, who has served as secretary for the past 15 years, declined re-election and Mrs. G.H. Crane was chosen as her successor.  Mrs. G.H. Rorick was appointed chairman of the committee on arrangements.  Continue reading “Rorick”

Rorick Reunion

MORENCI, Mich., June 25.—The Rorick reunion was held Wednesday at the home of E.E. Spear, Medina. There were about one hundred people present, and dinner was served under a tent on the lawn. At the business meeting, presided over by M.C. Rorick, the following officers were elected for the ensuing year.

     President, Dr. E.H. Rorick, Fayette.

     Secretary and treasurer, Mrs. Amelia Rorick, Morenci.

     Chairman of executive committee—Mrs. Earl Baldwin, Fayette.

Cosper M. Rorick and wife invited the members to meet at their home next year. The invitation was accepted. Continue reading “Rorick Reunion”

Obituary

Mrs. Martha B. Spear

Martha Baldwin Spear, daughter of Nelson and Sarah Baldwin, was born in Medina township October 26, 1864. After two years of failing health she departed this life March 5, 1934, at the University Hospital at Ann Arbor, where she had been a patient for the last five weeks. She was aged 69 years. She received her early educational training in the public schools of Medina township and Morenci village. For a number of years she was a very successful teacher in the schools of Medina and Seneca townships. She was married to Estell E. Spear December 31, 1885. To this union six children were born. Rorick, who died in early childhood; Paul and Kenneth of New Mexico; Maurice of Medina township; Dorothy (Mrs. Richard Rogers of Ypsilanti) and Margaret (Mrs. Roy [sic] Lyons of Adrian. Mr. and Mrs. Spear made their home on the farm in Medina township until 1918, when they moved to Morenci.

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Bessie Rorick Bennett & Willard Otis Waters

The marriage of Miss Bessie Rorick Bennett, daughter of Dr. Rorick Bennett, and Mr. Willard Otis Waters, of Washington, D.C., which took place at the bride’s home Tuesday evening, was celebrated in the presence of a large gathering of relatives and friends. An improvised altar was arranged in the north end of the parlor under a canopy of southern smilax and northern pine and throughout the house there was an artistic blending of Christmas colors—rich green and bright red.

As the Lohengrin bridal chorus was played, the bride with her mother and attendants entered the parlors. Miss Dorothy Spears [sic] and Mr. Kenneth Spears [sic] carried the satin guest ribbons, the little Misses Sarah Lambert, Alice Louise Porter, Eva Hamilton and Evelyn Keys acted as flower girls. Miss Margaret Louise Milen [sic] of Chicago assisted as ring bearer. Mr. William Hamilton attended the groom as best man and the ushers were Mr. John Willis and Mr. E. Birtsch.

The bride looked very attractive in an exquisite gown of embroidered Lusl-cloth over white satin trimmed with pearls and rare family lace. She carried a bouquet of lilies of the valley. The mother of the bride wore a gown of pearl grey satin veiled with chiffon and trimmed with violet velvet and [unclear] steel heads. The young girls of the bridal party wore white mull gowns with sashes of pink and carried bouquets of pink rosebuds. Mr. and Mrs. Waters left for a short trip and will then proceed to Washington, their future home.

Source: Detroit Free Press, December 31, 1911.

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.

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) Continue reading “Some Short Social News Items”

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).