Business and Professional News from the 1900s

Judge Mays went across the river this morning, and in company with Mr. Rorick, of North Dalles, examined the grade leading to the top of the Klickitat mountain with the view of seeing what is necessary to be done to put it in good condition for the teams hauling wheat to this market. Mr. Mays has collected several hundred dollars from Dalles business men, which will be expended on the grade under the supervision of Mr. Rorick. (The Dalles Chronicle, October 3, 1900)

A beaver enterprise is soon to be started at Wood River by J.L. [sic] Loosley and D. Harshbarger. They will build an enclosure of woven wire and capture and stock it with beavers. The animals will be domesticated and the fur will be marketed. (Portland Oregonian, October 28, 1900)

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Deaths and Funerals from the 1900s

A dispatch from Arrowhead Springs, San Bernardino county, this morning state that D. Rorick of this city, had died suddenly of pleuro-pneumonia. The news came totally unexpected and causes deep regret with every one. Mr. Rorick was conductor on the local railroad and was very highly esteemed by everybody. He had been a resident of this city for several years and all throughout that time had been a man of sterling character, respected and esteemed by all who knew him. No arrangements have yet been made for the funeral. (Riverside Independent Enterprise, March 28, 1900)

Mrs. Dr. Greene has received word that Mr. David B. [sic] Rorick is dead at San Bernardino, Cal. Mrs. Rorick was formerly Miss Isola Smith of this city. She has many friends here who will learn with deep regret of her sad bereavement. Mr. Rorick was a conductor on the Santa Fe. He had been suffering from abscess on the brain for some time, but persisted in attending to his duties until finally he was obliged to succumb. (Marshall Daily Chronicle, April 25, 1900, and Marshall Expounder, April 27, 1900)

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Beaumont, Texas, Enterprise, April 23: The fulfillment of the city’s dream of a public library building has been made possible through the philanthropy of Capt. W.C. Tyrrell, capitalist and public spirited citizen, who, it became known yesterday, has agreed to purchase the First Baptist church edifice at Pearl and Forsy streets and donate the building for library purposes to the people of Beaumont. Captain Tyrrell’s offer to purchase the church building at a price of $70,000 was accepted yesterday by the congregation of the First Baptist Church. According to the terms of the offer, the property is to be deeded to the city of Beaumont within 30 days after it has been conveyed to Captain Tyrrell and will be known as the “Tyrrell public library.” Captain Tyrrell’s generous offer was made several weeks ago following the decision on the part of the First Baptist church to raze its present building to make room for a new church. His proposal to buy the church as a gift to the city, Captain Tyrrell explains, was prompted as much by his desire to save the edifice as through his recognition of the need for a public library.

Source: Clarence Sun, May 3, 1923.

Tyrrell Citizenship

AMONG THE FAMILY names that will always be associated with Beaumont citizenship and progress is that of Tyrrell, and the loss of men who have striven for Beaumont’s betterment is emphasized again in the death of William Casper Tyrrell in Belmond, Iowa. But the good that men do lives after them, and again there is no more fitting measure of this than in the Tyrrell civic gifts and endowments to Beaumont.

Following the gift of the Tyrrell public library to Beaumont by his father, Capt. W.C. Tyrrell, the son, William Casper, took a continuing interest in the project and donated many valuable books to the library, which ranks among the fine libraries in the South. He cooperated fully with the city administration of the library.

Mr. Tyrrell also carried on the work of the Tyrrell Trust and the work of real estate, oil and civic development begun by his father.

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W.C. Tyrrell Dies In Iowa Summer Home At Age Of 71 Years

Local Capitalist And Civic Leader’s FuneralTo Be Held Monday And Body Placed In Tyrrell Mausoleum Here

William Casper Tyrrell, member of a prominent Beaumont family, and director of the Tyrrell Trust, died at his summer home in Belmond, Ia., at 11:45 p.m. Thursday after an illness of about 10 days.

Mr. Tyrrell, as was his custom each summer, went to Belmond about six weeks ago. Ten days ago he suffered a slight stroke, and was believed to be recovering satisfactorily from this when he was stricken with pneumonia from which he died.

A native of Iowa, Mr. Tyrrell always maintained a special affection for his native state. He returned each summer to spend several months. He had maintained his home here, however, for the most part since 1901 when he came to this city with his parents.

His father, the last Capt. W.C. Tyrrell, who died here in 1924 was one of the most prominent leaders in early development of this area. He was identified with the oil development here, and was active in much of the business development of this area.

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Mrs. David Rorick Called

Clarion relatives received a message last week announcing the death of Mrs. David Rorick at her home in Oceanside, Calif.  Death occurred on Friday following an illness of several months.  Mrs. Rorick was a daughter of the late “Cap” Tyrrell and as a resident of Clarion was known as Miss Vinnie Tyrrell.  The husband, two daughters and a son survive.  Mrs. J.W. Garth of Beaumont, Texas, has been with her sister since last fall.  Some weeks ago Mrs. Garth was painfully injured in an automobile accident when the machine skidded on a stretch of oily pavement.

Source:  Wright County Monitor, March 2, 1933. 

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The arrival of the “Nicaragua,” the ocean liner recently purchased by Cap Tyrrell, at the Beaumont, Texas, wharf last Wednesday, marked the most important epoch in the history of that city.  Thousands of people gathered at the wharf and greeted Mr. Tyrrell with rounds of applause and music.  Beaumont people feel that no honor is too great, no praise too lavish, no music too sweet to repay Mr. Tyrrell for the magnificence of his act in establishing to the world the fact that Beaumont is a port city. It will be remembered that Capt. Tyrrell purchased the Nicaragua—a detailed account of which was given in these columns several weeks ago—to be used as a freighter for the benefit of Beaumont and vicinity to make regular trips as long as trade warrants.  Beaumont is proud of the opportunity to claim Capt. Tyrrell as one of her citizens and we are proud of the fact that he is a product of Wright county. 

Source:  Wright County Monitor, May 8, 1908. 

Herndon Resident, Mrs. Walling, 86, Succumbs Thursday

Mrs. Malinda Walling, 86, of Herndon, died Thursday night at her home following a short illness. She was the widow of the late Albert E. Walling, a Fresno district rancher. Born in Illinois she had lived in California forty years and in the Fresno district for the past twenty-eight years.

Surviving Mrs. Walling are two sons, John C. Walling and Jesse N. Walling, both of Fowler, a brother, James Reynolds, of Illinois; a sister, Mrs. Wilbur Jarvis of Missouri; four granddaughters, Mrs. Ralph Millard, Mrs. J.P. Stanton and Miss Margaret Walling, all of Fresno, and Mrs. Paul Beck of Los Angeles; and three grandsons, Curtis Walling of San Diego, Nelson Walling of Fowler and Frank Tyrrell of Honolulu.

Funeral rites were conducted Saturday morning at 9 o’clock in the Stephens and Bean chapel in Fresno. Mrs. Harry Sarkisian was the soloist. Interment followed in Mount View Cemetery.

Source: Fowler Ensign, August 24, 1939.

Compliments J.C. Walling, J.P. Stanton

Mrs. J.C. Walling gave a dinner party last Wednesday night in honor of her husband, J.C. Walling, and her son-in-law, J.P. Stanton, both of whom celebrated their birthdays. The George Washington motif was used in all the appointments, and stock, hyacinth and fresias [sic] in colors of red, white and blue, made an attractive centerpiece. The long white candles in silver holders were adorned with flags and the large birthday cake held red, white and blue candles.

Among those present with Mr. and Mrs. Walling and Mr. and Mrs. Stanton were Messrs. and Mesdames George Walling and Richard Stanton, Mrs. Harriet Baker and daughter Evelyn of Livingston, Mrs. Lulu Tyrrell and Miss Marjory Tyrrell, Miss Jessie Walling and Preston Willitson.

Source: Fresno Morning Republican, February 26, 1928.