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Nov 22

We are Webster- Jay Corbin

Posted on November 22, 2016 at 9:13 AM by Katie Stamy


Around 1935, when the City of Webster had a population of fewer than 200 people, Jay Corbin moved to Webster with his family from League City. 

Eighty years later, the population has grown substantially, but Jay Corbin still calls this town his home. 

One of his earliest memories goes back to the Webster School House days where Mrs. Margaret McWhirter was his first-grade teacher. When he was only ten years old, he started his first job picking tomatoes at the Kagawa Farm making 25 cents a day. 

He remained in Webster until after his high school graduation, when he became an X-Ray Technician and started working at the Mainland Medical Center. It was there that he met his wife Carolyn through a co-worker.

After only two months of marriage, Jay was drafted into the Army and was sent to Georgia. He served in WWII as well as the Vietnam War for a total of four years. Once he was discharged, he moved back to Webster with his wife and their two children.  Upon returning to his hometown, he continued to work in hospitals. 

Jay’s father was one of the very first members of the Webster Volunteer Fire Department. Inspired, Jay followed in his footsteps and joined.

At the time, the fire department shared a building with the police department on the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Highway 3. 

The station had two trucks, one of which was built by Jay’s father with an engine from a jeep and a tank truck donated by the Kobayashi family. 

“The fire department was not just a guy thing, though,” said Jay. “It was a family thing.” 

Wives of the firefighters had a group of their own known as the Ladies Auxillary Fire Department. Whether they made a meal for the crew or rolled up the hose, the women would be there to assist the men however they could.

Eventually, Jay became the Fire Chief, but juggling a full-time job at the hospital, his family, and the Fire Chief position, it became too weighing, and he stepped down after a year.

Now Jay stays involved in the City as a part of the Webster Celebration Committee. He spends his spare time tending to his garden, practicing his golf game, and spending time with his grandchildren. 

“I like it here in this little town,” Jay said. “I never wanted to go anywhere else but Webster. I always came back home.”