George William Corporon Family


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

George William Corporon

Susanna Elizabeth "Anna" Harding Corporon
Photos courtesy of Pat Clemens

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. Reba 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.

Unknown newspaper, November 1951


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 Hunt.

Palacios Beacon, August 31, 1983

Photo courtesy of Mary Sexton


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.]



Ira Corporons Observe Golden Wedding Golden Wedding Anniversary May 9


On Saturday, May 9, the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edelvis Duncan in Freeport was the setting for a family gathering and dinner honoring Mr. and Mrs.. Ira Corporon of Collegeport on their Golden Wedding anniversary.


The Corporons are the parents of Mrs. Ruby Lee Williams of Oroville, Calif., Mrs. Wanda Duncan of Freeport, Chester Corporon of Collegeport and William Corporon of Palacios. In remembrance of the occasion, they presented Mrs. Corporon a mother's ring and Mr. Corporon a tie bar with the children's birthstones.


Attending the dinner were their four children, two daughters-in-law, son-in-law, Mr. Duncan, and eight of their grandchildren.


During the afternoon relatives and friends dropped in to extend best wishes and congratulations to the Corporons


Palacios Beacon, May 21, 1970



Haisley Mills, G. W. Corporon, Ira Corporon, Gerald? Miller, Mr. Bowers - 1923
Citrus Grove Farmers

Ira Corporon

Family photos courtesy of Pat Clemens

Photo courtesy of Find A Grave volunteer Chuck Taylor # 46593732

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                          Family photos courtesy of the personal collection of Chester & Margaret Corporon

The Incredible

The incredible happened to one of our Collegeport citizens recently. Chester Corporon recently received a letter from G. L. Harrison, Commissioner of Precinct 3, stating: "This old dog tag was found by Jeffie Harvey in one of the old Jeeps that we bought about 25 years ago for $32.50 at a surplus sale at Clarkwood, Texas west of Corpus Christi. It must be a chance in a million that this old dog tag would show up after so many years, so I am sending it to you."

Chester Corporon entered the Air Force in 1942 and was discharged in 1946. He was in the 15th Air Force, 484 Bomb Group, 826 Squadron.

He says that he traveled by Jeep in the states and in Italy. He has no idea where he lost his dog tag.

Nevertheless, he was surprised and happy to add his lost dog tag, 18226499-T43, to other mementoes he has of World War II.

Palacios Beacon, February 24, 1982


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

Bay City Tribune, July 28, 2013

Photo courtesy of Find A Grave volunteer Chuck Taylor # 46593732

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

Marker photos courtesy of Mary Sexton

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

Photo courtesy of the Chester & Margaret Corporon personal collection

Back: Ira, Ina, Gaines, Onie, George - Front: Percy, Will, Reba, Susanna, Dick

George, Percy, Dick, Ira, Gaines

Photos courtesy of Pat Clemens


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


Photo courtesy of Find A Grave volunteer Chuck Taylor # 46593732

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 Keszler, Roy Corporon, Carl Corporon, Charles Corporon, Russell Corporon and Victor Corporon.


Arrangements were with Taylor Brothers Funeral Home, Palacios.


The Daily Tribune, February, 1992

Photos courtesy of the personal collection of Chester & Margaret Corporon

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

Photo courtesy of Find A Grave volunteer Chuck Taylor # 46593732

Dorothy Ann Corporon
(December 19, 1927 - January 29, 2015)

Dorothy Ann Corporon, 87, of Collegeport passed away January 29, 2015. She was born December 19, 1927 in Gulf Port, Mississippi to the late Alfred Kux and Evelyn Daniel Kux. She was a member of the Palacios Church of Christ and the VFW Post 2467 Ladies Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her husband Duane Percy Corporon in 2006. Survivors include daughter Bonnie Carolyn Corporon of Snyder, TX; sons Allen Neal Corporon & wife Linda of Liberty Hill, TX and Kenneth Duane Corporon of Collegeport; grandchildren Brett Allen Corporon, Nicole Corporon, Jannet Scarlet & husband Shannon, Jennifer Pruitt & husband Kyle, Carl Anderson & wife Monica, Robert Nitsch and Jaclyn Dillard and great grandchildren Matthew Pruitt, Lisa Huston and Marc Talbano.

Friends may call at the funeral home beginning at 9:00 AM Monday, February 2, 2015. Funeral service will be 2:00 PM Monday at the Palacios Funeral Home with Bro. Peter Marsh officiating. Interment will follow at Hawley Cemetery.

Bay City Tribune, February 4, 2015


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 Stewart and Steve Gibson.

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

Palacios Beacon, August 5, 1992

Photo courtesy of Mary Sexton

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



Gaines William Corporon Family


Susan & Gaines Corporon

Gaines William Corporon
May 8, 1849 Linn County, Missouri - February 20, 1927
Buried Osborne Cemetery, Osborne, Osborne County, Kansas
Son of
George Gaines Corporon (1809 - 1893) and Lourena Freeman Corporon (1815 -     )

Married January 4, 1866, Unionville, Putnam County, Missouri

Susan Catherine Guffey Corporon
October 17, 1847 Missouri - August 30, 1928 Kansas
Buried Osborne Cemetery
Daughter of
William H. Guffey (1811 - 1878) and Sarah Mason (1815 - 1887)


George William Corporon (1866 - 1951)
John Riley Corporon (1869 - 1911)
Milton Elmer Corporon (1871 - 1962)
Thomas A. Corporon (1875 -     )
Emily Elvia Corporon (1878 - 1951)
Ida Almira Corporon (1882 - 1920)
Cyrus Gilbert Corporon (1884 -     )
Bertie E. Corporon (1886 -     )
Bertha Evaline Corporon (1889 - 1935)

Photos courtesy of Pat Clemens


Gaines William Corporon

Gaines Corporon, the son of George Gaines Corporon moved west from Missouri in or about 1878, when his son G. W. was 12 years old. They moved from Black Bird Hill, Missouri, which is close to Kansas City, Missouri. Gaines Corporon married Susan Guffey in 1866. Their oldest son George William was 12 years old when they made the move to Grant Township, District No. 81, Osborne County, Kansas.

Gaines ran away from home to fight in the Civil War when he was 14 or 15 years old. He joined the 8th Ohio [Iowa] Cavalry and fought with General Sherman in Georgia. They made several charges on bridges and held them until the infantry could catch up. He made his last charge when his horse got shot out from under him. His captain saw that they were about to be captured and sent out an Irishman to see how strong the Rebs were. His report was “Faith and Behold they are ten lines deep.” He made his last charge and the company was cut in the groups and so the captain ordered them to march by a well and drop their guns and ammunition down it. It was one of the hardest things Gaines had to do, he said, as he told the story to his grandson, Ira, when he was just a small boy. They were captured and taken to Andersonville Prison which was worse than war. They almost starved to death. He told of having to dig a well and trying to dig out of prison by digging a tunnel at the same time. They were digging and testing how far they had gotten by sticking a stick up through the ground. They made a mistake and stuck the stick up right in front of a colored slave one day. It almost scared him to death and of course he told the guard. Another time he told of wanting a drink so he went to the pond they were using for all the camp which was very dirty. He was told to not cross over a rope they had there to mark the spot so he was reaching just as far as he could and he slipped and fell into the pond. The guard saw him and raised the gun like he was going to shoot. Gaines was afraid that was it but the guard told him, “Go ahead and get a drink son I won’t shoot you.”

Gaines escaped Andersonville Prison when he was out on a rail-repair duty. They were working on the tracks when they heard the Union Army getting close to them so the Rebs began to tell them to get on the hand cars. Gaines was on the ground in poor condition and he started to get up but the old man he was with told him to just stay down. He kept saying to Gaines “you know you aren’t able to go.” Finally he did understand what the old man was trying to tell him so he did just stay. They were found in such bad shape the doctor began to give orders for each one to have just so much food or medicine. They were so starved. They were sick and louse infested and sick of seeing their friends die. Gaines made his way home and married Susan Guffey who’s sister married a man by the name of Tom Newberry. This family also went to Kansas when Gaines and Susan did. Ira Corporon remembers the Newberry family even when he was a boy.

Gaines told of moving to Kansas with a team of mares with a colt each. His boys G. W. and John would get on their backs as they nursed and sit on them again to begin breaking them to ride. One mare died on the way west and Gaines held the tongue of the wagon and pulled while the boys pushed the wagon to the next town to get another horse. The two colts were traded to a man for another homestead when they arrived in Kansas. In Kansas they lived on a homestead in a long sod house and as the children came along he just added on to the house to make it longer. He finally built a real good house with a cellar, frame and floors. He was the father of 10 children. His oldest son, George William married Susanna E. Harding in 1885. They were the parents of nine children, one of which is Ira that was mentioned in this story. Their children attended the Liberty Bell School House near Alton, Kansas. Ira remembers listening to tales of his Grandpa Gaines as he told them to the children.

Courtesy of Pat Clemens


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