Short News Items from 1942

Miss Frances Rorick was a guest over the week end of friends in Galesburg. (Adrian Daily Telegram, January 5, 1942)

C.M. Rorick returned home Saturday from Royal Oak where was a guest for two weeks of his daughter and husband Mr. and Mrs. Harry Metcalf. (Adrian Daily Telegram, January 5, 1942)

Mrs. G.H. Rorick was the honored guest at a birthday dinner given by her son and wife Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Rorick at their farm home near Seneca Thursday evening. The table was decorated with flowers and favors in patriotic colors. The guests were H.L. Kennedy, W.W. Kennedy and Mr. and Mrs. Cosper Rorick and family. Mrs. Rorick received several gifts. (Adrian Daily Telegraph, February 14, 1942)

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Mrs. William R. Rorick

Mrs. William R. Rorick, 92, a former resident of Morenci, died at her home in Buffalo, New York, Friday, June 16.

Minnie Botsford Rorick, daughter of Simeon and Marvina Doying Botsford, was born June 12, 1869, in Ellington Township, Tuscola County, Michigan. She came to Morenci as a young girl and lived with her uncle, Frank Doying, who was then the superintendent of schools. On completing her education, she taught in the district schools at Seneca and Canandaigua until her married June 11, 1891.

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Services Held Wednesday Afternoon For W.R. Rorick

Born In Morenci In 1865; Had Been Prominent Livestock Dealer

William R. Rorick, aged 77 years, a prominent livestock dealer and one of the best loved men among the older pioneer families of Morenci, died at his home on North street Monday afternoon at 1:45 o’clock.  While his health had not been well for a number of years he was only seriously ill for about three weeks.

He was the only son of Jacob C. [sic] and Mary Sloan Rorick and was born November 13, 1865 in the Old Exchange Hotel, which his parents were then operating.  It stood on the same site which the Saulsbury Hotel now occupies.

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Obituary of Alma Rorick Wilson

Alma Rorick Wilson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William R. Rorick, and sister of Ivah Rorick Sweeney and the late Frank J. Rorick, was born July 31, 1896, in Hudson, Mich., and died November 24, 1925, in Detroit, at the age of 20 [sic] years.  June 11, 1918, she was united in marriage to Howell Ormsbee Wilson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roscoe Wilson, of this village, and to them one son, William Rorick Wilson, was born.

Mrs. Wilson received her education in the LaFayette high school of Buffalo, and Glen Eden Seminary at Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and later completed a course in the Ypsilanti Normal.  For the past three years she held the position of teacher of Languages in the Morenci high school.

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Wedding News from the 1910s

In compliment to Miss Merle Wood cashier of the Wesley Co., who is to marry Charles Alverson, an attaché of the Wesley Co., the lady associate workers of Miss Wood Monday evening gave her a shower in the rooms of Olive Mueller and Kathryn Miller at the home of Mrs. Traverse. There was a pleasant time socially with refreshments. Miss Wood was presented with a half dozen solid silver teaspoons by her co-workers. (Adrian Daily Telegram, January 18, 1910)

Wayland: Mr. and Mrs. Amos Mauchmar returned Sunday night from their wedding trip. (Otsego Union, January 20, 1910)

The Fraternal Brotherhood Tuesday night gave Ersel Walling and his bride a reception, supper and dance. All had an enjoyable time. (Lompoc Record, September 30, 1910)

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Town Celebrates Wedding

Wade Wilson, the well known Kamiah druggist, and Miss Beulah McCarty, one of that city’s most popular and attractive daughters, were married in Dayton, Wash., on July 25th, following which happy event they made a tour of coast and inland points by auto, covering a period of two weeks.

When Mr. Wilson returned to Kamiah his bride remained in Spokane for a few days’ visit with her sisters, Mesdames Rawson and Wallace. The folks at home were not appraised of the wedding but the absence of both parties at the same time had aroused their suspicions, and on Saturday a delegation of friends “casually” dropped in on the groom at his place of business and begun to make pointed remarks. Seeing the drift, he attempted to escape, but this had been anticipated and he was taken bodily into the hands of his friends. A delegation was sent to the home of his parents, Mrs. and Mrs. E.V. Wilson, who reside a couple of miles out of town, and there the bride was found and assisted into a waiting car and brought back to town, which proceeded to take a holiday and celebrate the union of two of its most beloved citizens. Church and school bells were rung, factory whistles were blown and a furious round of noise preluded a general parade up and down Main street. The happy day was concluded by a community ball given by the groom at the Odd Fellows hall.

This esteemed couple has a host of friends on the prairie who gladly join with their valley neighbors in extending congratulations and very best wishes for a long and blissful journey down the old, old train.

Source: Nezperce Herald, August 25, 1921.


KAMIAH, Idaho, Feb. 5.—Mrs. Cynthia McCarty, 88, one of the first white persons to settle in the Kamiah valley, died here today. Born in Cook county, Ill., in 1850, she came to Oregon when a girl of 4 with her parents, crossing the plains in a covered wagon. She married J.G. McCarty in Oregon in 1868. The family came to Kamiah in 1896. Seven children survive her, Archie V. McCarty, Spokane; C.C., Portland, Ore.; L.K., Kamiah; Mrs. Christina Wallace, Spokane; E.G., Mill City, Ore.; Mrs. Roxie Rawson, Spokane, and Mrs. Beulah Wilson, Kamiah. Funeral services will be held here Tuesday.

Source: Spokane Spokesman-Review, February 6, 1939.


The marriage of Miss Alma Botsford Rorick, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Robert Rorick, to Howell Ormsbee Wilson, was solemnized yesterday afternoon at 4:30 o’clock at the home of the bride’s parents in Crescent avenue. The Rev. Robert J. MacAlpine of Central Presbyterian church performed the ceremony, which took place in front of the fireplace, which was banked with palms, with standards on either side topped with white peonies and roses of smilax forming an aisle for the bridal party.

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