Prominent Man Died On Sunday

Cosper Rorick, Banker Of Morenci Village

Well Known for Over Half a Century to the People of Lenawee and Fulton Counties

MORENCI, Mich., April 25.—About 8 o’clock last evening the sad and, to the general public, surprising news, was received here announcing the death of Cosper Rorick, president of the First National Bank of this village, at the home of his sister Mrs. Dr. Rorick Bennett in Detroit. Mr. Rorick had been in a state of reduced strength for some time from diabetes, although he was about as usual and at the bank daily. He had also suffered greatly from hemorrhoids and had hitherto been relieved of that difficulty by operations. Believing he could again find relief it was for this purpose that with his wife he had gone to Detroit, and underwent an operation Thursday. He failed to rally and when it appeared that he could not live his children were summoned to his bedside; also his sister Mrs. S.K. Porter of this place, all of whom were with him when he passed away.

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Rorick Family Reunion

The Rorick family—with many branches, famed in local annals, true and staunch clansman—held its annual reunion Wednesday with Dr. E.H. Rorick, ex-member of the Ohio legislature and for some years connected with state institutions for the insane and feeble-minded, now living in more or less retirement at his beautiful Fayette home. It is a delightful place for such a meeting, and noted for hospitality. The Roricks had one of their characteristic good times—no formalities, just visiting, with the inevitable jokes and stories—and a plentitude of picnic provisions. His rubicund face and snowy hair, giving him patriarchal dignity, were continually in evidence and his sunny smile kept up the lively cheer of his kindred and friends.

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Another Golden Anniversary

The fiftieth wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Philetus Spear was celebrated at their home, northwest of town, Tuesday. A large company of relatives and friends from Morenci and vicinity helped to make the occasion a joyous one. Mr. and Mrs. Spear were married in Medina and have continually lived in this locality. Dinner was served to about 30 guests at noon and a very enjoyable day spent. Mr. and Mrs. Spear are the parents of one son, Edward, who lives near them. The presents were handsome and numerous and everyone in departing wished the happy couple many more years of life and happiness. Among those present from abroad were Dr. Rorick Bennett and daughter, Miss Bessie, of Detroit.

Source: Adrian Daily Telegram, January 2, 1908.

Untitled [Morenci High School Seniors]

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.

House In Morenci Damaged By A Fire

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.

Rogers-Spear

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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Mrs. Estell Spear

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 Bryant

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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Mrs. Deborah Ann Spear

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.

Spear-Cooley

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.