Delwin E. Strevell

EARLY SETTLER PASSES AWAY. Dr. Strevelle, a resident of Oxford Mills a few years ago, and one of the real early settlers of this section of Iowa, passed away at his home in Whitney Point, New York, on Sunday of this week, and was buried at Albany, New York, on Tuesday. Dr. Strevelle was sixty-four years of age, and for some time had been more or less of a sufferer, finally suffering a stroke of paralysis, which caused his death. He was a brother-in-law of S.E. Rorick of Oxford Mills. As stated above, he was one of the real early settlers in this locality, being a resident of Oxford Mills before the town of Oxford Junction was stated. He leaves a wife and son to mourn his demise. The bereaved widow will probably return to this locality to reside, where she can be closer to her brother, and where she will be welcomed by a host of old time friends, each and all of whom will join with us in extending their heartfelt sympathy to them in their loss.

Source: Oxford Mirror, October 23, 1913.

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Julia Rorick Strevelle

Julia Ann Rorick was born at Knightstown, Indiana, June 26, 1856. When a child of two years, she came with her parents and settled in Jones County, Iowa, on a farm near Oxford Mills, where she grew to womanhood. She was married in June 1870 to Dr. D.E. Strevelle. He practiced medicine in Oxford Mills and in 1904 they removed to Canada. Most of her life was spent here in Oxford Mills. Dr. Strevelle passed way in New York state October 16th, 1916, where he was buried. After Dr. Strevelle’s death, she and her son, George W. Strevelle, made their home in Oxford Mills. She was a member of the Methodist church and was beloved by her relatives and friends. For the past four years her health had declined and four weeks ago she was taken to Mercy Hospital, Anamosa, where she passed away Wednesday morning, November 7th, 1923, being 67 years, 5 months and 11 days of age. The remains were brought to the home at Oxford Mills Wednesday of last week, from where funeral services were held Friday afternoon, and interment made in the Mayflower cemetery. Besides her son, she is survived by three brothers, Samuel Rorick, Venice, Cal.; Dallas Rorick, of Monticello; Sidney Rorick, of Oxford Mills; also three nieces and six nephews. Her only sister, Mrs. Helen Tyrrell of Beaumont, Texas, passed away four years ago, and her oldest living brother, Dave, died last May in Oceanside, California.

Source: Oxford Mirror, November 15, 1923.

Strevell Family News

Dr. Strevell, our old townsman, has got his new house up and nearly enclosed, located on upon Green street. (Oxford Mirror, June 24, 1889)

Mrs. D.E. Strevelle and son, of Hawkeye, Iowa, are visiting Mrs. Strevelle’s mother, Mrs. C.H. Rorick, at this place. (Oxford Mirror, June 27, 1889)

D.E. Strevell, of Delhi, was on our streets last week. (Oxford Mirror, September 3, 1891)

Mrs. D.E. Strevelle, of Yorktown, Canada, and Mrs. W.E. Tyrrell, of Belmond, Iowa, sisters of S.E. Rorick, returned to their respective homes last Thursday morning, having spent a couple of weeks here. (Oxford Mirror, September 12, 1901)

Mrs. C.H. Rorick Dead

The Aged Lady Joins the Silent Majority After a Lingering Illness

Mrs. C.H. Rorick, of Oxford Mills, died at her home at that place on Tuesday morning at 10:30 A.M. after a prolonged illness of about three months duration. During that time the lady has been a severe sufferer, and death came as a great relief. Her life work is ended, and she joins the silent majority in that prolonged sleep from which no one wakes. Mrs. Rorick has been all that a good woman, a faithful and devoted wife and mother could be. Her family of eight children was her continued pride, and in their welfare and success were centered her highest ambitions. Those who have been nearest her through life and for whose well being she labored, will not be alone in mourning her loss. Neighbors who have known her for years, speak only in words of praise of her life work, and that it is now ended, all regret. She had out lived the allotted “four score years and ten,” however, and when her work here on earth was ended, she passed peacefully into the arms of her Savior.

Julia F. Kimball was born in Patterson [sic], New Jersey, October 14, 1821, and died at Oxford Mills, Iowa, August 27, 1901, aged nearly eighty years. In 1836, she was married to C.H. Rorick, to which union were born eight children – G.H. Rorick, of Lowden, Iowa; Dave Rorick, of St. Louis, Mo.; Sam Rorick, of Oklahoma; D.D. Rorick, of this city; Mrs. W.E. [sic] Tyrrell, of Belmond, Iowa; S.E. Rorick, of Oxford Mills; and Mrs. D.E. Strevelle, of Yorktown, Canada – all of whom, with the exception of G.H.Rorick are still living.

In 1859, the family moved to Iowa and located in this vicinity, where they have since resided, Oxford Mills being their residence.

Funeral services were held at the M.E. Church at Oxford Mills at 2 o’clock this afternoon, Rev. J.S. Westfall officiating; and internment made in the cemetery at this place.

The Mirror joins with the many friends in expressing sympathy with the bereaved ones who are left to mourn her death.

Source: The Oxford Mirror, August 29, 1901.

Delwin E. Strevell

D. E. STREVELL, dealer in drugs and medicines, Oxford Mills; born in New York in 1849, and came to Iowa in 1871. He was married, in 1867, to Miss Julia Rorick, of Jones Co., and has one child – George. Politics, Democrat; religion, Liberal.

Source:  History of Jones County, Iowa.  1897.  Chicago:  Western Historical Company.