ADRIAN—The four boy seniors of the Morenci high school will enlist together in the United States cavalry. They are Donald Ackland, Maurice Spear, Harry Haffer and Verl Reynolds. At a meeting the wishes of the young men were conveyed to the Morenci school board and a resolution was adopted granting them their diplomas immediately. They will take their entrance examinations next week. Some of the girls in the class intend to go into field as nurses.
Source: Lansing State Journal, April 19, 1917.
Loss to Edward Spear Home Estimated at $1,000
MORENCI, May 12—Damage estimated at $1,000 was done by fire about 1:30 o’clock this afternoon to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Spear on East Main Street. When discovered the fire was burning briskly in the attic. The fire department was called and when chemicals failed to stop the fire streams of water were turned on. The entire roof of the house was burned off and there was considerable damage from water used.
Mr. and Mrs. Spear have both been ill. They have been taken to the home of a daughter Mrs. Ray Lyons of Morenci.
The loss is covered by insurance.
Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, May 12, 1939.
Medina, Mich., March 29.—The home of Mr. and Mrs. E.E. Spear of Sunny Brook farm was the scene of a pretty appointed wedding when their daughter Dorothy R. was united in marriage to Richard H. Rogers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jay Rogers, prominent farmers of Medina township. To the strains of Lohengrin’s wedding march, played by Mrs. Lilje Gulbrandsen Moore, the bride and groom, attended only by the ring bearer, Margaret Spear, little sister of the bride, entered the parlor and took their places under a canopy of green and white.
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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.
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.