Corinne K. (Gillespie) Lurton was born in San de Fuca, Washington on March 8, 1902. Lurton worked as a nurse in California.
In 1929, Lurton traveled to Hawaii, Japan, and China. After spending the summer in Hawaii, Lurton departed aboard TSS Shinyo Maru, bound for Japan on August 20, 1929. On board were the University of Michigan Baseball team, and Lurton apparently made particular friends with right fielder Harvey Straub during the trip. The team was bound for Yokohama. The University of Michigan played Meiji University at the Meiji University Grounds on August 30, and won 7 to 2. Recent Japanese graduates of the University of Michigan attended the game, as did Dr. H. Yokota, President of Meiji University, and Edwin Neville, charge d'affairs of the American Embassy.
Corinne married Malcolm Babbitt Lurton on April 21, 1922 in King County, Washington, but the couple divorced. Corinne appears to have been separated or divorced from Malcolm at the time of her 1929 voyage.
Malcolm Lurton attended the University of Michigan in 1914-1915, but never graduated. He was a sergeant 1st Class in the Medical Department, 1917-1919 in World War I. Malcolm Lurton died May 18, 1959 in San Mateo, California.