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Nov. 29, 1888 San Antonio Bexar County Texas, USA
Aug. 18, 1967 Austin Travis County Texas, USA
Cora Olive McGlaun was born on 29 November 1888 in San Antonio, Texas, to James Edmund "Jimmy" McGlaun and his wife Laura Emma Thweatt. She was the third of five children. Her father was a farmer in Lavaca County, Texas, but the Storm of 1900 forced him to seek employment in the boomtown Guffey, Texas (later known as Spindletop).
In November of 1903, after harvesting their crops, the family left Lavaca County in four wagons during a terrible rainy season. The flood-choked streams and muddy roads presented quite a problem in their travel. A calamity occurred crossing the Trinity River at Liberty when the bridge was swept away by the flood, carrying 15-year-old Olive, the wagon she was driving, and the team downstream. Olive was saved and the horses swam ashore, but it took the family two months to cover the 195 miles from Lavaca County to Liberty. The last 45 miles were made by train.
Olive attended Beaumont High School with her sisters. The girls met their husbands at Guffey where the family ran a boarding house; the teenage daughters assisted their mom in the preparation and serving of meals when they were not attending school.