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George William Corporon Family




George William Corporon and Suzanna Harding, later known as Anna Harding, were united in marriage on October 25, 1885, in Kansas. They both died in 1951, and were buried in the Palacios Cemetery. They were the parents of nine children: Gaines H., Ina P., Iona J., Lester M., George E., Ira M., Percy V., Richard L., and Reba L.


The family lived in Kansas until 1909. As one of the families who bought land from the Burton D. Hurd Land Company, they purchased 320 acres and moved to Citrus Grove. Later the Corporons owned only 100 acres. Times were hard, and it was difficult to operate as farmers and make a profit. Many of the families returned to their homes in the North, but the Corporon family chose to stay. The families that stayed gradually adjusted to the farming conditions of the Gulf Coast area.


One incident that stayed in the minds of Percy and Dick was the day they walked two or three miles from school, and left their one pair of shoes at the school house. It was Friday, and over the weekend a blue norther came in. On Monday morning the weather was freezing and ice was on the ground, and the boys had to walk to school barefooted. They learned a lesson, and never forgot their shoes again.


Four Corporon sons served during World War I--Gaines, Lester, Ira, and George. Gaines did not serve overseas because he became critically ill while in camp.


Gaines H. was a bachelor who lived to be ninety-six years of. Ina married Ted Howell, and, except, for visits, was never in Texas. They had no children, but took care of several foster children while living in California. Lester also lived other places. He had two sons and died at the age of forty-eight. George and his wife Lucile moved from Kansas to Texas in the 1930s. He farmed rice for a short time, and then moved to Lake Jackson to work for the Dow Chemical Company. They had two children, Dan and Shirley.


Ira M. married Carrie Jenkins and they had two boys and two girls: Bill, Chester, Ruby Lee, and Wanda. Wanda lived in California. Bill died in a tragic drowning accident in the Gulf of Mexico at Matagorda in 1970. Percy V. married Luellen Fox and they had two sons, Duane and Larry. Percy and R. L. "Dick" farmed rice together for many years and were known as the "Corporon Brothers." Richard L. "Dick" married Dorothy Crane and they had five children: Eugene; twins, Roy and Joy; Russell; and Weldon. Percy and Dick married girls who were natives of Wisconsin. Reba married Ralph Fox, who was Luellen's brother, making Reba's two daughters and Percy's two sons double cousins. She married second, Herbert Price. Reba's daughters were Pauline and Margaret Ellen.


There were fourth and fifth generation children scattered over the United States, but several members of the Corporon family still live in the Citrus Grove-Collegeport area in 1984.


Richard L. Corporon
Historic Matagorda County, Volume II, pp 107 - 108


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Mar. 02, 2008
Mar. 02, 2008