About William Cummings Blythe Orrock
W. C. B. ORROCK DIES FROM EFFECTS OF PARALYTIC STROKE
One of Richfield's Great Old Men Buried on New Year's Eve
It was a long and a useful life that closed when W. C. B. Orrock, one of Richfield's great old men, passed away Friday from the effects of a paralytic stroke, after a comparatively short suffering. He had been a landmark of our city, and all Richfield sympathizes with the bereaved survivors. He had been prominent in our business, social and political life. He had been an active and faithful church worker. He took interest in everything that pertained to the welfare of the community, and all his acts were characterized by method and system. How systematic he went about things is evidenced by the fact that among his papers he left, his children found a short autobiography written by himself, which he called “My Life History." This biography mentions every fact of his life, and reads:
"I was born in Glasgow, Scotland, February 9. 1849. My parents, John and Mary Cummings Orrock, moved from Scotland to England about the year 1855 and located in Liverpool, 'where my father was drowned while boating on the river Mersey. Shortly after his death, my mother moved to Bolton, Lancashire, with her two children, myself and sister Elizabeth. Here we were all baptized into the L. D. S. church at Hall i' th' Wood, near Tong, by William Ogden. On February 26, 1863, I was ordained a priest in the Aaronic priesthood by Alexander Foster. Our family emigrated to Utah in June, 1868, crossing the Atlantic in the sailing ship Emerald Isle, this sea voyage lasting two months, and traveling for three weeks by wagon across the plains. I left the company of Saints and worked on the railroad at the head of Echo canyon until Christmas. Later I located in Santaquin, Utah County. I married Mary Ann Ogden on November 5, 1869 In the endowment house. Apostle Daniel H. Wells performed the ceremony. In the fall of 1871 we moved to Richfield. There were born through this marriage eight children, three boys and five girls. My wife, Mary Ann, took suddenly sick while attending the dedication of the Manti Temple and died a few days after opening of the temple.
"I was ordained a high priest on being set apart as second councilor to Bishop Poulson in the bishopric of the Richfield ward, to fill the vacancy created when Brother GotIieb Ence was called on a mission. In the spring of 1874, on the organizing of the United Order, I joined the same and was called to have charge of a company of farmers, which position I held until the order was disorganized in the fall of 1877. This same fall the county court appointed L. P. Christensen, James Sellers and myself to settle up the business of the order with John A. HeIstrom as secretary. In April 1884, I was set apart for a mission to Great Britain and labored in the Leeds and Manchester conference. For some twenty-six months. I have lived in Richfield continuously since the fall of 1871.
"On the 28th day of February, I married Martha M. Outzen Ogden, and from this marriage I have four children, one boy and three girls. All my children are members of the church, in good standing, for which I thank my Heavenly Father, and trust they will ever continue in the same."
The surviving children from Mr. Orrock's first wife are J. W. Orrock of Midway, William T. Orrock, Mrs. Chariton Seegmiller, Joseph H. Orrock, and Mrs. Chas. Wilson of Richfield and Mrs. Maud Christensen of Beaver. Those surviving from his second wife are Eugene Orrock of Ely, Nevada, Mrs. J. I. Curtis of Richfield, Mrs. Hillard Vorhees of Manti and Mrs. A. D. Anderson of Richfield. Thirty-eight grandchildren and twenty-one great grandchildren are also among the survivors.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon in the First ward chapel, C. P. Christensen of the ward bishopric conducting. Soren Christiansen offered the invocation. Musical numbers included selections by a quartet composed of Mrs. Jas. M. Peterson, Mrs. F. H. Gunn, J. W. Olsen and Elmer Strobel, and solos by Mrs. Jas. M Peterson and Robert Poole. Miss Melba Ence and Miss Lenna Thurber acted as accompanists.
Joseph Ogden read a biographical sketch of the deceased, and Jos. H. Eckersley of Salt Lake City, A convert of Mr. Orrock, spoke of him in terms of highest respect. The benediction was pronounced by A. G. Young.
Under the supervision of the Relief Society, grandchildren of the deceased carried the many beautiful floral tributes. Other grandchildren; Rollo Seegmiller, Clare Orrock, Cyril Orrock, Ted Orrock and Deloy Hansen acted as pallbearers. A long cortege of cars followed the remains to the· city cemetery where Charles Wilson dedicated the grave.