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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
 


Funeral Services Held Sunday For George W. Corporon

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 from the Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Palacios for Mr. George William Corporon, 84, of Citrus Grove, who died at the Matagorda General Hospital here in Bay City, Saturday morning at 4:55.

Mr. Corporon was survived by three daughters: Mrs. Ina Howell of Albany, Oregon, Mrs. Ione Hunt, Rosharon, Mrs. Reva Fox of Freeport; five sons, George of Lake Jackson, Gaines, Percy, Richard of Citrus Grove and Ira of Collegeport. One sister, Mrs. Elvira Harding of Siloam, Arkansas, and two brothers C. C. of Bakersfield, California and M. E. of Land Beach, California, also survive.

Interment was in Palacios Cemetery with Rev. Fitzgerald and Rev. Foster officiating.

Pallbearers were Roy Nelson, Jack Holsworth, John Carrick, Gilva Holloway, Dean Merck and Sanford Crabill.

Daily Tribune, February 26, 1951

Funeral Services For George W. Corporon Held In Palacios

Funeral services were held in Palacios Sunday for George William Corporon, 84, who passed away in Bay City Saturday.

A resident of the Citrus Grove community since 1909, Mr. Corporon engaged in farming and cattle raising.

He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Elvira Harding, Siloam Springs, Ark.; three brothers, Elmer of Los Angeles, California, Gilbert of Bakersfield, California, and Bert, address unknown; five sons, Gaines H., Ira M., Percy V., Richard L., all of Collegeport, and George of Lake Jackson; three daughters, Mrs. Ina C. Howell of Albany, Oregon, Mrs. Iona Hunt of Rosharon, and Mrs. Reba Fox of Freeport.

Other survivors include 20 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild. Burial was in the Palacios Cemetery.

Palacios Beacon, March 1, 1951
 


Funeral Rites Held At Palacios For Mrs. Susanna Corporon

(From Angleton Times)

Mrs. Susanna Elizabeth Corporon of Citrus Grove was born May 22, 1867, in Illinois and died November 14, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Iona Hunt, at Rosharon. She was 84 years, five months, and 22 days of age.

Services were held at 2:30 p. m. at Palacios with the Rev. A. G. Fitzgerald, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church at Collegeport officiating, assisted by the Rev. Grayson Glass, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Collegeport.

Interment was in the Palacios Cemetery with the Angleton Funeral Home in charge.

Survivors are three daughters, Mrs. Ina C. Howell of Albany, Ore., Mrs. Iowana Hunt of Rosharon, and Mrs. Reba Fox of Freeport; three of her five sons live in Citrus Grove, George H., Percy V., and Richard L.; Ira M. lives in Collegeport and George E. and Lake Jackson.

Mrs. Corporon had three brothers, the Rev. Ralph Harding of Osborne, Kan., W. Arthur Harding of Omaha, Nebr., and Warren A. Harding of Scottsbluff, Nebr.

There were 20 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and one great-grandchildren.

Palacios Beacon?, date unknown
 

 


Gaines H. Corporon

Funeral services for Gaines H. Corporon, 97, were held Aug. 22, at 2 p. m. at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Elroy Weikel officiating. Interment followed at Palacios Cemetery.

Corporon, a retired farmer of the Collegeport area was born Aug. 21, 1886 in Kansas and died Aug. 20, 1983 at De Tar Hospital in Victoria. He was a veteran of World War I and a resident of the area since 1909.

Survivors include one sister, Reba Price of Freeport; three brothers, Ira Corporon of California, P. V. Corporon and R. L. Corporon, both of Collegeport.

Pallbearers were Chester Corporon, Duane Corporon, Roy Corporon, Russell Corporon, Carl Corporon and Raymon Hun.

Palacios Beacon, August 31, 1983
 

 


Ira Corporon

 

Funeral services for Ira M. Corporon, 93, of Oroville, Calif., will be held 2 p. m. Tuesday at Palacios Funeral Home with the Rev. Ted Holland officiating; Burial will be in Hawley Cemetery, Blessing.

 

Mr. Corporon was born March 18, 1896, in Kansas to George William and Anna Hardin Corporon and died Oct. 7, 1989, at Wagner General Hospital, Palacios.

 

A former resident of Palacios, he lived in Oroville for the past 15 years. He was a member of Bay City VFW Post 2438, American Legion and First Baptist Church of Collegeport.

 

Survivors include two daughters, Ruby Williams and Wanda Corporon of Oroville; a son, Chester Corporon of Collegeport; a sister, Reba Price of Freeport; two brothers, Percy Corporon and R. L. "Dick" Corporon of Cypress Grove; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

 

Pallbearers include Victor, Charles, Russell, Tommy and Carl Corporon and Vernon O'Rouke.

 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Carrie Jenkins Corporon in July 1979 and a son, Willie "Bill" Corporon in 1970.

 

Arrangements are with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Bay City.

 

The Daily Tribune, October, 1989
 

Carrie Corporon

 

Carrie Corporon, 78, died Monday, July 23 in Oroville, Calif. in the hospital. A native of Matagorda [County], she left Collegeport with her husband, Ira, five years ago to be near her two daughters living in Oroville, Calif. As Carrie Jenkins, she married Ira Corporon of Collegeport. Survivors include: husband, Ira; two daughters, Mrs. Carl (Ruby Lee) Ackerman and Mrs. Lloyd (Wanda) Crawford both of Oroville, Calif.; one son, Chester Corporon of Collegeport; 11 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Services are pending for Wednesday afternoon, July 25, at the Scheer Memorial Funeral Home in Oroville, Calif.

 

The Daily Tribune, June 24, 1979

 

[Reinterred at Hawley Cemetery April 16, 2000.]
 


Chester Miles Corporon

(January 4, 1923 - November 28, 2016)

Chester Miles Corporon, 93, of Collegeport, TX passed away November 28, 2016. He was born January 4, 1923 in Citrus Grove, TX to the late Ira Miles Corporon and Carrie Jenkins Corporon.

Chester is preceded in death by his wife Margaret Hermis Corporon. He is survived by daughter Linda O’Rourke of El Campo; sons Charles Corporon and wife Beki of Bay City, Tommy Corporon of Collegeport, Carl Corporon and wife Kathy of El Campo, and Victor Corporon and wife Barbara of Collegeport; ten grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends and relatives Friday, December 2 from 5:00-7:00pm at the funeral home. Funeral services will be 10:00am Saturday, December 3, 2016 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City with Rev. Kathy Vineyard officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing. Pallbearers are Travis Corporon, Loren Corporon, Carl Corporon, Jr., Thomas O’Rourke, Joey Cornett and Joshua Mayes. Honorary pallbearers are Russell Corporon, Brian McClure, Cruz Figueroa and Michael Furrh.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Chester’s honor to Houston Hospice/El Campo, P.O. Box 1417, El Campo, TX 77437, or the charity of your choice.

Taylor Bros. Funeral Home

Margaret Justine Hermis Corporon
June 15, 1923 – July 22, 2013

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m., Thursday, July 25, 2013 at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City for Margaret Justine Hermis Corporon, 90, of Collegeport, TX, with Andy and Janell Blair officiating.

Interment followed at Hawley Cemetery.

Margaret was born June 15, 1923 to Joe and Rosalie Hermis and passed away July 22, 2013. She married Chester Miles Corporon, August 6, 1947.

All her life she was totally devoted to God and to her family, her friends, neighbors and community. Some of her hobbies were fishing, hunting, gardening, and reading her Bible every evening before she lay down to sleep.

Margaret is survived by her husband, Chester Corporon of Collegeport; sons, Charles Corporon of Bay City, Tommy Corporon of Collegeport, Carl Corporon and wife Kathy of El Campo, Victor Corporon and wife Barbara of Collegeport; daughter, Linda O’Rourke of Austin; numerous grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; family and friends.

A special thanks to Hospice Austin and Parmer Woods Retirement Community for their compassion, care and commitment to Margaret’s health and well-being.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Austin, or The Presbyterian Childrens Home c/o First Presbyterian Church of Collegeport or the charity of your choice.

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home, Bay City, Texas, 979-245-4613.

Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.taylorbros.net

Bay City Tribune, July 28, 2013
 


Willie Corporon

A tragic ending to a family outing occurred Wednesday evening when Willie Lawrence Corporon was caught in an undertow and drowned three miles down Matagorda Beach.

Corporon was taken to Matagorda General Hospital in Bay City after being rescued by his 15-year-old son, Gary, but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Funeral services were held Friday afternoon, July 3, at 3 p. m. at the Palacios Funeral Home with the Rev. T. Irving King, Jr., and Lee Nelson conducting the services. Interment was in the Palacios Cemetery.

Son of Ira Miles and Carrie Lee Jenkins Corporon, he was born September 1, 1927, in Palacios. He was a veteran, a farmer and rancher.

Survivors include his wife, Charlene McConnell Corporon; son, Gary Wayne of Palacios; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ira M. Corporon of Collegeport; two sisters, Mrs. Wanda Duncan of Clute and Mrs. Ruby Lee Williams of Orville, Calif., and one brother, Chester Corporon of Collegeport.

Palacios Beacon, July 9, 1970

Willie L. Corporon

At 8:21 p. m. last night, Willie L. Corporon of Palacios, 42, drowned three miles down Matagorda Beach when the undertow reportedly caught him. Deputy Sheriff Gene Wilson is at the beach today conducting a further investigation.

Bill Colbert, who witnessed the event, said Corporon and five other men were seining on the bank.

"We didn't even know anything was wrong until the undertow had already gotten him," Colbert said. He said Corporon's 15-year-old son brought his father in.

Corporon was taken to the hospital after being brought in, but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Daily Tribune, July 2, 1970

Nancy Charlene Corporon

Funeral services for Nancy Charlene Corporon, 48, were held June 9 at 2 p. m. at Taylor Brothers Funeral Home with Rev. Gwin and Rev. Bauerschlag officiating.

Interment followed at Palacios Cemetery.

Mrs. Corporon was born July 10, 1933 in Palacios and died June 6 at her residence.

Survivors include one son, Gary Corporon of Palacios; two sisters, Juanita Dockery of Palacios and Edith Nelson of Athens; and one granddaughter, Kathy Corporon of Palacios.

Pallbearers were John Graff, Clarence Holubec, Leon Smith, Edwin Bowers, John Rockenbaugh, Earl Adams, Carroll Nelson and Alfred Nelson.

Palacios Beacon?, June, 1982
 

 


Percy Virgil Corporon

 

Percy Virgil Corporon, 96, of Palacios passed away May 22, 1997 at the Palacios Bay Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

 

He was born Dec. 30, 1990 in Cedarville, Kansas to George William Corporon and Susanna Elizabeth Harding Corporon. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Collegeport and had been a resident of the Palacios area since 1909.

 

He is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law Duane and Dorothy Ann Corporon of Palacios and Larry Corporon of Houston; by three grandchildren, Kenneth Duane Corporon of Richmond, Allen Neal Corporon of Lampasas, and Bonnie Carolyn Corporon of Snider; by six great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Luellen Fox Corporon on Feb. 1, 1992.

 

Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Saturday, May 24, 1997 at the Palacios Funeral Chapel with Brother Shan Jackson officiating. Burial will follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

 

His nephews will serve as pallbearers.

 

Arrangements are with Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Palacios.

 

The Daily Tribune, May 25, 1997
 

LuEllen Fox Corporon

 

Funeral services for LuEllen Fox Corporon, 87, of Palacios were scheduled for 11 a. m. today at the Palacios Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. John McClelland and Brother Shan Jackson officiating. Burial was to follow at Hawley Cemetery in Blessing.

 

Mrs. Corporon was born Oct. 26, 1904, to Archie Eugene and Edna V. Mapes Fox in Red Wing, Minn., and died Feb. 1, 1992, at Leisure Lodge Nursing Home, Palacios.

 

She was affiliated with the Presbyterian Church.

 

Survivors include a husband of 70 years, Percy V. Corporon of Palacios; two sons, Duane P. Corporon of Collegeport and Larry W. Corporon of Houston; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

 

Pallbearers were to be Robert Kessler, Roy Corporon, Carl Corporon, Charles Corporon, Russell Corporon and Victor Corporon.

 

Arrangements were with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Palacios.

 

The Daily Tribune, February, 1992
 


Duane P. Corporon

Funeral services for Duane P. Corporon, 82 of Palacios, were held Feb. 16, 2006 at Palacios Funeral Home with Bro. Tom Craiker officiating. Interment was at Hawley Cemetery near Blessing with military honors under the auspices of VFW Post 2467 of Palacios.

Mr. Corporon was born April 13, 1923 in Citrus Grove Community, Tx. to Percy Virgil Corporon and Lu Ellen Fox Corporon. He died Feb. 12, 2006 in Houston.

He was a life-long resident of Matagorda County, a member of the Church of Christ of Palacios, a US Army Air Corp veteran of World War II, and a Life Member of VFW Post 2467 of Palacios.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Corporon of Palacios; daughter, Bonnie Carolyn Corporon of Palacios; sons, Kenneth Duane Corporon of Stafford, Tx. and Allen Neal Corporon of Liberty Hill, Tx.; brother, Larry Wayne Corporon of Houston; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Pallbearers were Allen N. Corporon, Kenneth D. Corporon, Larry W. Corporon, Robert Nitsch, Brett Corporon, Carl Corporon and Victor Corporon.

Palacios Beacon, February 22, 2006

Dorothy Maxine Corporon

Dorothy Maxine Corporon, 91, of Collegeport, TX died January 10, 2004 at Wesleyan Nursing Home in Georgetown, TX. She was born August 11, 1912 in Baraboo, WI to the late Alonzo and Anna Schubring Crane. Mrs. Corporon was a resident of Collegeport most of her life, before moving to Georgetown in Oct. of 2001, and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Collegeport where she was the church pianist for some 75 years.

Survivors include: daughter and son-in-law: Joy and Robert Keszler of Georgetown; 4 sons and daughters-in-law: Eugene and Vadis Corporon of Kingsland, Roy and Pam Corporon of Cuero, Weldon and Carolyn Corporon of Seguin, TX, and Russell and Janice Corporon of Palacios; niece: Judy Lewis and her husband Dick of Baraboo, WI; 15 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband R. L. Corporon and two brothers, Alvin and Herb Crane.

Funeral Service will be 11:00 AM Tuesday, January 13, 2004, at the Palacios Funeral Home with Revs. Janell and Andy Blair officiating. Interment will follow at the Palacios Cemetery. Pallbearers will be her grandsons. The family will receive friends at the Palacios Funeral Home Monday evening from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Collegeport. Arrangements with Palacios Funeral Home [Matagorda County, Texas]. (361) 972-2012.

The Victoria Advocate, January 12, 2004
 

 


R. L. “Dick” Corporon

Funeral services for R. L. “Dick” Corporon, 89, were held July 30, 1992 at the Palacios Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. John D. McClelland officiating. Burial followed at the Palacios Cemetery.

Mr. Corporon was born July 29, 1903 in Alton, Kan. and died July 29, 1992, on his 89th birthday.

He moved to Texas in 1909 and resided in the Citrus Grove-Collegeport area where he met and married Dorothy Crane. He served as an elder in the Collegeport Presbyterian Church, on the boards of the Matagorda County Hospital District, Drainage District and Palacios Cemetery and participated in many civic projects.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Dorothy Crane Corporon; four sons and daughters-in-law, Eugene and Vadis Corporon of Kingsland, Roy and Pam Corporon of Victoria, Weldon and Carolyn Corporon of Point Comfort and Russell and Janice Corporon of Collegeport; a daughter and son-in-law, Joy and Robert Keszler; a brother, P. V. Corporon of Collegeport; a sister Reba Price of Freeport; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were his grandsons, Robert Wayne Corporon, Keith Corporon, Dale Corporon, Todd Corporon, Curtis Corporon and Steve Gibson.

In lieu of the usual remembrances, donations may be made to the Collegeport Presbyterian Church.

Palacios Beacon, August 5, 1992

Dorothy Maxine Corporon

Dorothy Maxine Corporon, 91, of Collegeport, TX died January 10, 2004 at Wesleyan Nursing Home in Georgetown, TX. She was born August 11, 1912 in Baraboo, WI to the late Alonzo and Anna Schubring Crane. Mrs. Corporon was a resident of Collegeport most of her life, before moving to Georgetown in Oct. of 2001, and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Collegeport where she was the church pianist for some 75 years.

Survivors include: daughter and son-in-law: Joy and Robert Keszler of Georgetown; 4 sons and daughters-in-law: Eugene and Vadis Corporon of Kingsland, Roy and Pam Corporon of Cuero, Weldon and Carolyn Corporon of Seguin, TX, and Russell and Janice Corporon of Palacios; niece: Judy Lewis and her husband Dick of Baraboo, WI; 15 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband R.L. Corporon and two brothers, Alvin and Herb Crane.

Funeral Service will be 11:00 AM Tuesday, January 13, 2004, at the Palacios Funeral Home with Revs. Janell and Andy Blair officiating. Interment will follow at the Palacios Cemetery. Pallbearers will be her grandsons. The family will receive friends at the Palacios Funeral Home Monday evening from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Collegeport. Arrangements with Palacios Funeral Home [Matagorda County, Texas]. (361) 972-2012.

Victoria Advocate, January 12, 2004
 


 

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