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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Linen Shower.

Mrs. Howell Wilson entertained Friday afternoon with a linen shower in honor of Miss Ethelyn Shugars of Onsted.  A buffet luncheon was served, the decorations being in pink and white.  The guests were Miss Vivian DeVry, Miss Gertrude Stegg, Miss Vanyce Furman of Adrian, Miss Mary Bryant, Miss Florence Bryant, Miss Virginia Wilson, Miss Madelyn Wilson, Miss Helen Rorick, Miss Marjorie Rorick, Mrs. Curtis Rorick.

Source:  Adrian Daily Telegram, April 14, 1919.


ADDISON — A pretty wedding was solemnized Wednesday evening, November 28, at 7 o’clock, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Wilson, when their eldest daughter. Miss Marcia Wilson became the bride of Seaman John B. Bostwick, son of Mr. and Mrs. DeWitt Bostwick of Andover, former residents of Corning. The Rev. Clarence F. Bower, pastor of Addison Baptist Church, performed the double ring ceremony. Attendants were Miss Lois M. Wilson of Addison, sister of the bride and William Stanton of Corning.

The bride chose a powder blue wool afternoon dress with which she wore black accessories and a corsage of white rosebuds.

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Short News Items from 1919

O.D. Tilley and J.H. Voss have been very ill with the influenza. (Twin Falls News, January 8, 1919)

Mrs. E.H. Rorick of Fayette was stricken with paralysis last Sunday afternoon. She has lost the use of her right side. (Fulton County Tribune, March 14, 1919)

Mr. and Mrs. Martin Rochelle and daughter returned home Saturday to their home in Wichita after completing the new elevator at Beaver. (Hoisington Dispatch, April 17, 1919)

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Matrimonial News from 1918

Mr. and Mrs. Willard C. McConnell announce the engagement of their daughter, Cleantha Parke, to Wylllis Osborn Dodge of Lansing. (Adrian Daily Telegram, January 7, 1918)

Mrs. William Moore Rorick announces the marriage of her daughter, Mrs. Claribel Rorick McGraw, to Lieut. L.W Mueller, of the ordinance department, in the Central Methodist church, in the presence of the immediate families, Lieut. R.W. Baldwin, of the signal corps, being the only attendant. Lieut. and Mrs. Mueller will reside in Decatur, Ill., where Lieut. Mueller is engaged with the Mueller Manufacturing company. (Detroit Free Press, March 22, 1918)

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At the marriage of Miss Alma Botsford Rorick and Howell Ormsbie Wilson, of Morenci, Mich., will be duly solemnized this afternoon at 4:30 o’clock, at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Rorick, in Crescent Avenue, in the presence of the immediate families and a few friends, the attendant will be Mrs. Jay Franklin Sweeney and John Callahan. The Rev. R.J. McAlpine will perform the ceremony. Mrs. Oliver Garber will play the wedding march. The wedding supper will be served at 6 o’clock at the Hotel Lenox.

Source: The Buffalo Times, June 11, 1918.