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Willa and James Collins George, Brownsville, Texas
Posted by: Bill Page Date: September 14, 2001 at 05:53:33
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I am not related to the George family, but I am looking for information on the Mrs. J.C. George of Brownsville, Texas, who was the first woman appointed to the Board of Directors (now Board of Regents) of Texas A&M University, in the 1920s.

Records at Texas A&M never give Mrs. George's name as anything but "Mrs. J.C." I suspect that those would be her husband's initials.

A newspaper clipping concerning her appointment indicates that she was active in the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs, and a history of that organization (in a confusing reference) suggests her first name and middle initial may have been "Willa A". Of course, the "A" might stand for her middle name or might be the initial of her maiden name.

The 1920 Texas census for Cameron Co., Texas lists a James Collins George with a wife "W.A." -- so it seems likely (but certainly not proven) that this is the correct woman ?

Cameron County, Texas:
vol.25, enumeration district 18, sheet 4, line 17 (or 19 ?)
George, J.C. white 55 years old born in Texas
, W.A. 49 his wife born in Virginia
, Mary Helen 4 grand daughter born in Florida
, J.C., Jr. 2 grand son born in Florida

Any information on Mrs. J.C. George would be appreciated -- we are working on a women's history display at Texas A&M, and we would REALLY like to have more information on this pioneering woman.


Bill Page
Bryan, Texas

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