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John Roland Wallingford and Doris Corinne Ogg were married on 5 February 1938, in Hempstead, Texas.
Corinne was not quite 17 years old, and Roland was nearly 24 1/2. They had only known each other a year or two at the most, having met through Henry Golden.
Roland used to run around with Henry Golden, who lived across the street from where Corinne was growing up in the Heights on 26th St. Lee (Roland's cousin) and Earlene Wallingford's daughter Margie had something that needed treatment, possibly a bowel problem. They had to take her from Hempstead to Galveston for regular treatment, quite a long trip. Corinne can't remember how they would have made the trip from Hempstead.
They (Lee and Earlene) would bring Margie as far as Earlene's mother and father's house. Her parents lived next door to Corinne's Aunt Lillie and Uncle John's house. Roland would sometimes take them the rest of the way to Galveston from there and back.
Addice was Corinne's Aunt Lillie and Uncle John's daughter. She and Corinne had grown up together. Roland was one of Addice' first "crushes". Addice asked if Corinne and sister Margie wanted to go in the car with Roland (to the hospital in Galveston). Addice and Corinne were to sit in the front, so Addice rushed into the seat so she'd be in the middle. Roland took Corinne's arm and walked her around to the driver's side and opened it for her, so she'd be next to him!
Corinne was still at school, at Reagan High School. Notes she made described Roland as "the one" - she seemed generally more interested in her social life than her studies through this time period!
So the relationship ultimately ended with this marriage. Thelma (Campbell) Reynolds, another cousin, remembers her father Dorris and Corinne's father Henry talking about Roland, and not very happy with the relationship as he was 7 or 8 years older than her.
Corinne and Roland went to Hempstead to get married. They thought Roland's Uncle Alvin could perform the ceremony since he was a Justice of the Peace, but he couldn't. They went to a judge. He was wearing overalls. His wife said that she wasn't presentable to be a witness, so she stood behind folding doors. They went to San Antonio for the weekend in Roland's car, a Pontiac 8. Roland carried 6 qts of oil and stopped periodically to add oil.
They stayed at a motor hotel that would have been on the northwest side of San Antonio. Corrine saved both a postcard and a piece of soap from the motel in with her photos and letters.
When they returned to Houston, Corinne and John Roland moved into a garage apartment on 11th St. This was about two blocks down from Uncle Ned and Aunt Alice. They paid $25/month for rent.
When Corinne and Roland were married, he was working for NewTex Shipping Line.