The Inmon Family Plants Roots
in Wilbarger County

written by
Clint Inmon
Slaton, Texas

In 1909 the family of Porter Marion Whitfield Inmon settled in Wilbarger County (TX). Porter Marion was born in Christian County, Missouri, April 23, 1863 and his wife, Della Chisholm was born in Scott County, Mississippi, July 26, 1872. They were married May 20, 1894, in Austin, Texas.

They made their home, after marriage, in Dripping Springs, Texas owning and operating a 249 acre farm.

Six children were born to P. M. and Della Inmon. James C., born June 4, 1895, Luther G., born October 30, 1896, Alta born August 20, 1898, Lillie born October 25, 1900, Marvin A., born September 2, 1904, Melissa, born June 30, 1906.

Their first home in Wilbarger County was located South of Vernon, later, moving to the Tolbert Community, then, settling in the White City Community.

P. M. died September 16, 1932. Della Died April 1, 1957.

The Marvin Inmon Family

Marvin Alvin Inmon was born in Austin, Texas, September 2, 1904. He was the youngest of three boys. His brothers were James C. and Luther G. He had three sisters, Lillie, Alta and Melissa. The older boys were veterans of World War I. All the brothers and sisters came to Wilbarger County in 1909 and continued to grow up on a farm and eventually become operators of a farm or marry into farming. He was the son of P. M. and Della V. Inmon.

Marvin married Lela May Henderson, March 10, 1927 in Vernon, Texas. Lela was the daughter of Benjamen Columbus Henderson and Martha Lee Rushing Henderson. Lela was born January 14, 1906 and was one of ten children. Her brothers were Harvey Jay (Buck) and Leon Henderson, her sisters were: twins, Mattie and Hattie, Victoria. Cleo, Annie Mae, Oleta, Wanda Fay, Estelline and Lorene.

Marvin and Lela farmed in the Northside Community for 35 years prior to his death, on February 13, 1962. Lela now lives in Vernon.

Marvin and Lela Inmon have three sons: Vernon Carl, born May 2, 1929, now residing in Hereford, Texas, Alvin Lee born May 23, 1933, now residing in McAlester, Oklahoma, Clinton born October 13, 1944, now living in Lubbock, Texas.

All three graduated from Northside High School. Vernon married Sue Crow Inmon, January 9, 1982. Vernon has three children: Verna Lynn Fuller, Robyn Kaye Mays, and Mark Giles Inmon. Vernon's grandchildren are, Courtney Fuller, Dustin Clay Fuller, Preston Mays, Amanda Inmon and Brittney Fuller (deceased).

Alvin married Loretta Cummins, September 5, 1958. They have two children: Noel Lee and Carl Lee.

Clinton married Shalan White, August 5, 1975. They have two children: Jessie Ethan and Gencie Marie.

The Clint Inmon Family

Clinton Dale Inmon was born on October 13, 1944 to Marvin and Lela Inmon. Clinton is the youngest of three sons. Vernon and Alvin are the two other sons. His family lived three-quarters of a mile southwest of Northside High School.

While attending NHS, Clinton became active in the Future Farmers of America and in competitive athletics. In FFA, many honors were awarded to him. He also received many other school awards while at Northside including Class President his senior year. He was All-District each of his four years in basketball, two years in football. The baseball team and basketball teams, that he played on, won district during his high school days. He went to the regional and state meets in track during his senior year.

Clint graduated from Northside in 1963 and attended Odessa Junior College on a basketball scholarship. He attended Odessa Junior College from 1963-1965 and while playing sports was also elected Vice-President of the Student Body.

He later attended West Texas State University receiving a B. S. degree in 1968. In February 1968 he entered the U. S. Army and served as a Military Policeman for 14 months in Vicenza, Italy. During this time he was awarded honors and Letters of Commendation for service. He was honorably discharged in 1970.

Clinton returned to Vernon, Texas and worked in agri-business and in 1971 accepted a job at Northside School. After two years at Northside he taught school in the Vernon ISD. In Vernon, Clint was active in Jaycees serving as an officer and active in teacher organizations. He received a Masters Degree from East Texas State in 1974.

In 1975, he married Shalan White. Shalan is the daughter of Dan and Sheila White of White City. She also attended Northside High School. While at NHS, Shalan played basketball, volleyball, tennis and ran track. She also participated in UIL literary events and served as editor of the yearbook. In 1975, Shalan graduated as valedictorian. Education continued at Vernon Regional Junior College for her.

In 1977, Clint and Shalan moved to Lubbock for Shalan to continue her education at Texas Tech University. Clint took a job with Lubbock ISD as a teacher and coach. Clint also continued further education at Texas Tech. He teaches part-time for South Plains College, Vernon Regional Junior College, and Wayland Baptist College in the areas of economics and political science.

After graduating from Texas Tech, Shalan accepted a position with Slaton ISD, where she has taught math and consumer and homemaking education. Shalan has sponsored an area FHA officer and attended the National FHA meeting in Atlanta, Georgia in 1982.

Clint and Shalan have two red-headed children, Jessie Ethan born May 22, 1981 and Gencie Marie (named for Shalan's maternal grandmother, Gencie Ruth Barnhill) born March 9, 1983. Both children enjoy visiting relatives at Vernon and White City.

During the summer of 1984, Clint served as a Congressional Aide for Congressman Jack Hightower. Shalan, Ethan, Gencie, and Shalan's sister, Rochelle White, accompanied Clint to Washington, D. C. to enjoy the sites of the nation's capitol.

The family makes frequent trips to Wilbarger County. Fond memories of "home" are held by the Inmons with thoughts of returning to the county someday.