Obituary

Harriett L. Porter, daughter of John C. and Louisa K. Porter, was born in Seneca township, Lenawee county, Michigan, November 6, 1853, and died in Columbus, Ohio, on April 8, 1936, aged 82 years 4 months and 22 days.

On February 10, 1870, she was united in marriage with LeRoy W. Rorick, and to this union two children were born, Nellie R. Murphy of Columbus, Ohio, and Cosper M. Rorick, of Morenci, both of whom are living, together with eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

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Wedding News Through the Years

Mr. and Mrs. G.H. Crane and Mr. and Mrs. F.T. Sullivan were in attendance Tuesday, at the wedding of Miss Pauline Baldwin and Mr. Robert Field, at the residence of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.N. Baldwin in Howell, Mich. The Baldwins were for many years residents of Fayette and the bride is a graduate of the Fayette schools. (Adrian Daily Telegram, October 9, 1930)

20 Years Ago Today: The wedding of Miss Mary Helen Rorick and Dr. Harry W. Lundahl took place this noon at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. John P. Rorick.  (Adrian Daily Telegram, December 1, 1943)

20 Years Ago Today:  The Wedding of Miss Marjorie Rorick, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John P. Rorick and Prosser Watts, son of R.H. Watts, took place this afternoon at 4 o’clock in the Rorick home on Toledo street.  (Adrian Daily Telegram, August 11, 1947)

The engagement of Marlene Dlouhy to Alston W. Penfold, Jr. was announced recently.  She is the daughter of Mrs. Malinda Dlouhy of Independence, Iowa and the late Mr. Dlouhy.  He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Alston Penfold of Jessup [sic], Iowa and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Grant Beardslee of Clarkston.  (Clarkston News, December 24, 1970)

Short News Items from 1960

Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Rorick, formerly of Plainwell, are staying in Morenci with his mother, Mrs. Curtis Rorick until their new home in Lansing is completed. (Adrian Daily Telegram, March 4, 1960)

Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Pfeifer and family of Blissfield and Mr. and Mrs. William Van Arsdalen and family of Hillsdale were Sunday guests of Mrs. Pfeifer’s and Mrs. Van Arsdalen’s grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Guss. (Adrian Daily Telegram, March 15, 1960)

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Loosley of Cave Junction, Ore spent Friday until Monday here visiting his brother and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Loosley, and Tim Howell. Also visiting the Loosley’s one day last week were her sister and husband, Mr. and Mrs. Max Geer of Sacramento. (Indian Valley Record, May 5, 1960)

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Short News Items from 1944

[Ulster:] Leon Sutton and family have moved from Sayre to the Stack house on Smithfield street. (Sayre Evening Times, January 10, 1944)

John P. Rorick and daughter Mrs. Prosser Watts returned yesterday from West Point where they were guests for a week of Capt. and Mrs. Alan G. Rorick. (Adrian Daily Telegram, February 11, 1944)

Celesta Walling, who has been attending school at Monmouth this winter was here for the week end to visit her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chester Walling. (Corvallis Gazette-Times, February 24, 1944)

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Short News Items from 1943

Mr. and Mrs. Harlow Ingall of Plymouth and their daughter Miss Harriet Ingall of New York City were guests this weekend of his parents Mr. and Mrs. Fred Ingall. Other guests were Mr. and Mrs. Harold Clark and Mr. and Mrs. Donald Clark. (Adrian Daily Telegram, August 10, 1943)

Thomas Watts, son of Mr. and Mrs. Prosser Watts who was operated on November 12, returned this morning to his home at 1056 College Avenue.  (Adrian Daily Telegram, November 23, 1943)

Lincoln—Leaving Monday en-route to San Francisco, Calif., for a short visit with her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Walling, was Mrs. Dot Walling who traveled by train. Lester Walling is a former Lincoln boy. He is now in the postal department of the U.S. navy stationed at San Francisco. Their home is in Woodburn where Mr. Walling was employed in the post office prior to leaving to go to California. (Salem Capital Journal, December 30, 1943)

Short News Items from 1942

James Gilkey, junior at Oregon State College, is spending two weeks vacation with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.S. Gilkey. (Salem Statesman Journal, January 2, 1942)

Dr. and Mrs. H.W. Lundahl will leave tonight for Chicago where Dr. Lundahl will attend the meetings of the Chicago Dental Society at the Palmer House next week, and Mrs. Lundahl will visit her brother-in-law and sister Mr. and Mrs. Prosser Watts and family at Glenellyn, Ill.  (Adrian Daily Telegram, February 21, 1942)

Mrs. Jay MacArthur, Jr., spent last week visiting her husband and his parents.  (Queen City Mail, April 9, 1942)

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John Rorick, Former Legislator, Farmer and Banker, Dies

Named as Original Member of Road Commission in Lenawee in 1919

Services are Sunday

John P. Rorick, prominent in business, farming and civic affairs during his life-long residence in Lenawee County, the last 31 years of which were spent in Adrian, died Thursday afternoon. He had been in poor health since May when a serious operation was performed upon him in Cleveland. Since then he has been confined to his home at 403 Toledo Street from where he was taken to the Emma L. Bixby hospital Monday afternoon when his condition took a suddenly critical turn. He would have observed his 79th birthday anniversary December 31.

Mr. Rorick was born on a farm in Seneca township, the son of the late Mark C. and Mary Rorick. He attended school (rural) there and later the Fayette Normal School at Fayette, Ohio. When he was 18 years old he began working in a private bank in Morenci. He was engaged in the banking business for the next ten years, being one of the organizers and cashier of the First National Bank of Morenci, the first national bank to be chartered in Lenawee County. He married Miss Bertha Green of Morenci Nov. 25, 1897.

He served in the bank until 1909 and then became interested in the organization of telephone companies and the building of exchanges, establishing several of them in towns in Ohio and Indiana. But farming remained an interest also. He moved from Morenci back to his home farm, gradually expanding his land holdings and farming operations in his home township and into Fulton County, Ohio.

During his residence in Morenci, he had served on the village council and also on the school board. In 1919 when the Lenawee County Board of Road Commissioners was established he was elected one of the three original commissioners. His road commission work took him to Adrian and he moved his family there in 1922. After six years on the road commission he ran for election to the state legislature from the district that included the Southern half of Lenawee County. During his two terms in the legislature, he served on the roads and bridges committee, the committee on public utilities and the committee on state penal institutions. When the legislature was redistricted Mr. Rorick retired from politics.

Since then his major interest has been supervision of his farm operations. He has been a member of the Adrian lodge of the Elks the last 30 years and a trustee for much of that time.

Mrs. Rorick died in 1941. Surviving Mr. Rorick are four daughters and two sons: Mrs. Harry Lundahl and Mrs. Russell Raymond of Adrian, Mrs. Prosser Watts of Huntington, Ind., Mrs. J. Clayton Scott of Defiance, Ohio, John Rorick, Jr. of Seneca and Alan G. Rorick of Brecksville, Ohio. He also leaves 16 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. A sister, Mrs. Earl N. Baldwin, resides in Howell and St. Petersburg, Florida.

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.)

Mrs. H.W. Lundahl, Civic Worker, Dead

Mrs. Helen Rorick Lundahl, wife of Dr. Harry W. Lundahl of 403 Toledo Street, died Monday at 10:00 a.m. in Bixby Hospital, where she had been a patient ten days. Death was the result of a year’s illness caused by a heart condition.

Born in Morenci Sept. 29, 1899, Mrs. Lundahl was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John P. Rorick. She lived with her parents in Morenci nine years, then on the Rorick farm in Seneca township for 13 years and the remainder of her busy life in Adrian. She was a graduate of Morenci High School, attended the University of Michigan and was a graduate of Easter Michigan University. She taught mathematics one year in Morenci High School, the Rorick school for one year and Adrian Junior High School one year.

Mrs. Lundahl was a member of First Presbyterian Church, a past president of the William C. Stark Auxiliary of the American Legion, a past regent of the Lucy Wolcott Barnum Chapter of the [Daughters of] the American Revolution, and state historian of the D.A.R. She was a former chairman of the Adrian Republican Women’s Club and was active in the work of the Red Cross and Associated Charities. Her club affiliations were the Zeta Tau Alpha, national college sorority, and Kappa Kappa Epsilon Sorority of Adrian and the Book Club. Her hobbies were gardening and genealogy.

Her marriage to Dr. Lundahl was an event of Dec. 1, 1923. He survives with two daughters, Mrs. Donald (Mary) Phillips of Martinsville, Va., and Mrs. Robert (Marjorie) Klinger of Tulsa, Okla.; one son, Jack Lundahl of Sand Lake; three sisters, Mrs. Prosser (Marjorie) Watts of Blissfield, Mrs. Russell (Marie) Raymond of Adrian and Mrs. Clayton (Alice) Scott of Defiance; two brothers, John Rorick of Seneca and Alan Rorick of Brecksville, Ohio. Eleven grandchildren also survive.

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.  Helen Lundahl died May 31, 1965.)

Obituary and Funeral Notice for Bertha Green Rorick

Bertha Green Rorick
Heart Attack Fatal to Mrs. John Rorick
Was Active in Red Cross, Club and Church Activities

Mrs. Bertha Green Rorick, wife of John P. Rorick, a prominent resident of Adrian and Lenawee County, died suddenly Sunday morning in her home at 403 Toledo Street, the result of a heart attack. She had been in her usual good health, working Saturday all day at her Sand Lake cottage, and Sunday morning had made preparations to attend church services as was her custom. She was dressing for church when stricken.

Mrs. Rorick suffered a heart attack a few years ago after an operation, but apparently had recovered and had resumed her many activities in church and club work. When the appeal for workers in Red Cross work was made Mrs. Rorick with her usual generosity began to spend many hours at headquarters and this winter with Mrs. W.B. McKenzie was made co-chairman of the production committee. She was faithful in her duties and worked unceasingly and apparently untiringly at the headquarters.

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