Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont Public Library System

Finding Aid for the O'Brien Family Papers, 1835-1987



Descriptive Summary

Creator: O'Brien family
Title: The O'Brien Family Papers
Dates: 1835-1987
Creator Abstract: The O'Brien Family Papers document the remarkably parallel lives of three generations of the O'Brien men. George, Chenault, and Chilton O'Brien were leaders who improved Southeast Texas by their service in the military, political, business, religious, and organizational life of Beaumont, Texas.
Content Abstract: The collection includes diaries, maps, agendas, photographs, newspapers, legal documents, including abstracts, deeds, title opinions, jury lists, jury instructions, court transcripts, leases, company board of directors minutes, company bylaws, correspondence, artifacts, and scrapbooks.
Identification: AC-108
Extent: 77 boxes and 38 maps in map case.
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont Public Libraries, 695 Pearl St, Beaumont, TX 77701

Biographical Note

George W. O'Brien, 1833-1909

While George W. O'Brien is best known for his role as a founder of the Gladys City Oil, Gas, and Manufacturing Company, the company which began Spindletop oil exploration, he had a full life which greatly impacted the history of Southeast Texas. Attaining the rank of captain in the Confederate Army, he was a leader in Democratic politics, the legal profession, and as a financier and organizer of businesses and organizations in Beaumont.

O'Brien recognized the potential for petroleum production in Southeast Texas long before 1901. While camped at Spindletop Springs as a Confederate soldier, in the 1860s, he noticed globules of petroleum on the water and heard the hiss of escaping gas. In 1865 he received a letter from A. B. Trowell, an attorney at Liberty, Texas, who had served in the Confederate Army with members of the O'Brien family. Trowell advised him to purchase land which had petroleum deposits. O'Brien put Trowell's advice in practice when he and his son-in-law and legal partner, Alfred S. John, represented the family of John Allen Veatch in a suit to recover a large tract of land from the State of Texas. Veatch, a scientific Renaissance man, had realized there was economic potential from the strange substances emitted at Sour Lake and Spindletop and carefully chose parcels from the Mexican and Texan governments which had mineral deposits. O'Brien and John were deeded a portion of the John Allen Veatch Survey which included land at Spindletop for their legal assistance.

When Pattillo Higgins, a visionary who dreamed of building an industrial city fueled by the mineral deposits at Spindletop, planned to drill for oil, and Higgins' former employer, George W. Carroll, a local businessman who owned the Beaumont Lumber Company, approached O'Brien about selling his land at Spindletop, O'Brien declined. Instead he proposed joining them as a partner in the venture. Higgins and Carroll accepted O'Brien's offer, and in 1892, the Gladys City Oil, Gas and Manufacturing Company was incorporated with the following charter subscribers and directors: George W. O'Brien, George W. Carroll, Pattillo Higgins, J. F. Lanier, and E. E. John. Each of the incorporators put in certain lands in the John A. Veatch Survey at a value of twenty dollars per acre. George W. O'Brien and his daughter Emma E. John conveyed 1350 acres for 270 shares of stock, the other 270 shares of stock were issued to George W. Carroll and Pattillo Higgins who conveyed 1077 acres and J. F. Lanier conveyed 273 acres of land. The Company made several futile attempts to obtain oil at Spindletop, financing its oil drilling attempts by selling off a part of their acreage.

At the turn of the century, the Gladys City Company took action which ushered in a new era. Pattillo Higgins contacted Anthony F. Lucas, an engineer and former captain in the Austrian navy, in 1899 for assistance. Lucas had experience in salt mining along the Gulf Coast. He recognized that many salt domes, such as Spindletop, contained not only salt but also sulphur and petroleum. He leased land from the Gladys City Company and drilled a well. While the well did strike oil, the pipe collapsed from the pressure of the gas before a large amount of oil could be collected. Lucas contacted oil prospectors James Guffey and John Galey for financial assistance, who turned to the Andrew Mellon family for backing. Guffey and Galey hired a team, the Hamill brothers, from Corsicana to conduct the drilling for petroleum. Historians disagree on the reasons for the Hamills' success, some believing that they possessed a heavier and more efficient rotary bit, while other scholars believe it was expertise, not equipment, that was essential.

The efforts to produce petroleum reached fruition on January 10, 1901, when the Lucas gusher erupted, spewing a column of oil 200 feet high for nine days. Although the Lucas gusher was located on land owned by McFaddin-Wiess-Kyle, another group of prominent Beaumont businessmen, and not on Gladys City land, it initiated an unprecedented boom of prospecting for and processing petroleum.

The Gladys City Oil, Gas, and Manufacturing Company never again tried operating wells, choosing instead to lease the land to others and collect mineral royalties from them. The land at Spindletop produced not only petroleum, but also vast quantities of sulphur and salt. George W. O'Brien and his descendants retained stock in the company, and continued to provide leadership in the company for many decades.

O'Brien was born in Vermillion Parish, Louisiana, in 1833, to George Bryan and Elizabeth Ann Bryan. O'Brien and his family migrated to Galveston, Texas, in 1849. He moved to Beaumont, Texas, in 1852. As a teenager he carried mail on horseback between Morgan City, Louisiana, and Galveston, Texas, along the Bolivar Peninsula.

O'Brien was active as a Jefferson County official and attorney. He was elected District and County Clerk in 1854, and Justice of the Peace for Precinct One in 1858. O'Brien was admitted to practice law in 1861.

Although O'Brien had opposed slavery, had never owned a slave, and had opposed secession as a member of the Jefferson County Secession Convention, he defended his native South by serving in the Confederacy during the Civil War. He initially fought under the leadership of his kinsman, Captain King Bryan in Company F of the Fifth Texas Infantry Regiment in battles east of the Mississippi, but following an outbreak of measles, was discharged for disability, and returned on foot to Beaumont. While returning home, he regained his health, and in Beaumont in 1862, he recruited an additional company and was elected Captain of Company E, Likens Battalion, Texas Volunteers, later known as Speights Texas Regiment.

His company, during its preparation and march toward the Mississippi River, participated in several important military events. They established a fort at Port Neches to control the Neches River against Federal gun boats which had been dispatched to take beef cattle and other supplies to the Union Army. The company later took part in the Battle of Fordoche in Louisiana, and a battle at Mansfield, Louisiana. During 1863, he maintained a meticulous diary of his wartime experiences. His diary was edited by Houston attorney Cooper K. Ragan, who published them in the Southwestern Historical Quarterly in 1963 and 1964.

After the war, O'Brien became one of the most influential men in Southeast Texas. An ardent Democrat, he expressed his opposition to Radical Republicanism by purchasing the press of the Liberty Gazette in 1869 and serving as editor and publisher of the Neches Valley News and its successor, the Beaumont News Beacon, from 1869 to 1874. The newspaper served as a voice for the Democratic party. O'Brien acted as a delegate from Texas at the 1872 Democratic National Convention.

O'Brien was active in business ventures. He was a subscriber of the Beaumont, Sour Lake, and Western Railroad, later the Gulf Coast and Missouri Pacific System. O'Brien helped finance the Central Asphalt and Refining Company at Port Neches, and the Beaumont Ice, Light, and Refrigerating Company.

O'Brien was prominently identified with the community welfare of Beaumont. He founded and financed many organizations, including the Beaumont Temperance Hall Company in 1880, the Beaumont Academy, and the Methodist Church. He belonged to Albert Sydney John Camp of the United Confederate Veterans. A thirty-second degree Mason, he also served as master of the local lodge from 1877-1878, and 1880-1882.

He died in 1909, and was buried in Magnolia Cemetery, which he had founded in 1887. A Beaumont newspaper wrote in his obituary that he had "One of the most notable, most beautiful and calmly peaceful careers of any man who [had] ever lived in southeast Texas."

O'Brien was married twice, and was the father of nine children. Sarah E. Rowley married O'Brien in 1854. They were the parents of Emma E. John Smith, Minnie G. Starke, Lillie E. Townsend, George Cave O'Brien, who served as District Judge and District Attorney in Jefferson County, Kaleta B. James, Sarah Alice O'Brien, and Olive O'Brien, who died as an infant. After Sarah Rowley O'Brien's death in 1873, O'Brien married Ellen Peebles Chenault in 1874. This marriage produced two children, Chenault O'Brien and Robert Peebles O'Brien.

O'Brien changed the spelling of his last name from O'Bryan to O'Brien between 1868 and 1871.

Chenault O'Brien, 1874-1940

Chenault O'Brien was born on October 16, 1874, at Beaumont. A brilliant attorney, his legal research during his tenure as secretary/treasurer of the Gladys City Oil, Gas and Manufacturing Company established many principles for oil and gas law in Texas.

As a young man, O'Brien served as Chief Deputy County and District Clerk for four years. In 1898, with the outbreak of the Spanish-American War, he was a member of a loal military company known as the Beaumont Light Guards. When he volunteered to serve his country in the war against Spain, he was made First Lieutenant of Company D, Third Texas United States Volunteers. After undergoing intensive military training at Fort Clark, Texas, he and his command were ordered to Cuba for active service, but to his disappointment, these plans were changed, and through the summer of 1898, his company saw service at Key West, Florida, and Montauk Point, New York, after which they were mustered out of the service, the war having ended. A Spanish-American War veterans camp was named in his honor.

After the war, he was educated for the law, graduating from the University of Texas in 1900. O'Brien entered into law practice with I. R. Bordages and his father, George W. O'Brien, in a firm entitled O'Brien, Bordages, and O'Brien. After the death of Captain O'Brien, George Cave O'Brien and Robert A. John entered the firm. He later formed a practice with his brother-in-law George Chilton.

He was noted by the Jefferson County Bar Association as a "forceful, brilliant and successful lawyer." Not only did he develop petroleum law but also irrigation law, involving riparian and other water-rights, due to the rice growing industry which began in Jefferson County about the same time that O'Brien was admitted to the bar.

O'Brien was active in legal organizations, including the Jefferson County Bar Association, and Texas State Bar Association. He practiced law for over forty years. He also was a leader in the civic, religious, and business life of Beaumont. He was a member of Beaumont Masonic Lodge No. 286, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Ex-Students Association of the University of Texas, and a president of the Neches Club.

O'Brien was a family man. He married Christine Chilton, the daughter of Horace Chilton, United States Senator from Texas, in 1904. They were the parents of two children, Eleanor Patricia "Pat" O'Brien Moor, and Chilton O'Brien.

Chenault O'Brien died in Beaumont in August 1940.

Chilton O'Brien, 1911-1983

Chilton O'Brien followed in his father and grandfather's footsteps. He provided leadership to the Gladys City Company, a Texas corporation owning lands at Spindletop, as a director, secretary-treasurer, and vice-president and chief executive officer.

O'Brien was born in 1911, and reared in Beaumont at the ancestral home on the bank of the Neches River. He graduated from Beaumont High School in 1929, where he lettered in football three years, and edited the school yearbook.

O'Brien was educated at the University of Texas, where he was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity, and played football as a college freshman. He edited the 1934 Cactus, the university's yearbook. He earned a law degree from the University of Texas in 1936, and was a member of the University of Texas Ex-Students.

During World War II, he served in the Navy, first as an intelligence oficer, and second as officer in command of a torpedo boat in the South Pacific. He was commended for outstanding performance of duty in action, and was discharged with the rank of lieutenant commander.

One of the outstanding land title authorities in his profession, O'Brien used his expertise on cases with subjects as varied as personal injury, oil and gas, trusts, probate, real estate, and corporate law. From 1936-1941 he was associated with the firm of Smith, Smith, and Boyd. He was made a partner in the firm in 1939. In 1941, he opened his own law office, and in October of that year, he was joined with Rupert R. Harkrider. Their partnership, which was interrupted by the Second World War, ended in 1949 when Harkrider left Beaumont. From 1969-1980, he was associated with Howard N. Richards.

O'Brien's service to the legal profession included tenure on the Examining Committee of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. He was active in local and state legal organizations. He was a member of the Jefferson County Bar Association, serving as its president from 1952-1953. O'Brien was a long time member of the State Bar of Texas, and was selected as a charter fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation in 1966. O'Brien was a member of the American Bar Association.

O'Brien inherited land in the Shelby Corzine Survey southwest of Beaumont. His interests here included a joint venture, with F. L. Yeates, of raising a herd of registered Santa Gertrudis cattle, a breed of cattle developed by the King Ranch. The name Santa Gertrudis is from Rincon de Santa Gertrudis, the name of the original land grant purchased by Captain Richard King from the heirs of Juan Mendiola. Santa Gertrudis cattle, which are a deep cherry red color, are approximately five-eighths shorthorn and three-eighths Brahman. The cattle's strengths include a high degree of heat and tick resistance, ease of calving, and good mothering ability. O'Brien was a member of the Santa Gertrudis Breeders International. The land in this survey was also used for raising rice, hay, and grass seed crops.

O'Brien was a director of the First Security National Bank of Beaumont from 1962-1975. The bank merged with the First Security National Corporation, a Texas bank holding company headquartered in Beaumont in the early 1970s. In 1973, while he was a director of the First Security National Corporation, its wholly owned subsidiaries included the First Security National Bank of Beaumont, Security First Mortgage Company which had offices in Beaumont and Houston, and First National Bank of Colleyville in Tarrant County. Other subsidiaries were the Village State Bank and Gateway National Bank of Beaumont, People's State Bank of Kountze, and the Sour Lake State Bank. The bank was praised by the bank publication, Sheshunoff, in 1972 as a well-managed bank with fast growing deposits.

O'Brien was also involved in civic affairs. As chairman of the Beaumont City Charter Commission from 1947-1948, O'Brien wished to make the governing body more directly responsible to the will of the people. O'Brien believed that a slate of five men should be elected for a two year term. This slate, including a mayor and four councilmen from the four wards of Beaumont, would pledge to carry out a specific program. Administrative work was to be in the hands of a city manager who would have executive control over city services.

O'Brien was active in other civic activities, including serving on the Beaumont Planning and Zoning Commission from 1962-1965. He was a leader in organizations, serving as president of the Beaumont Community Council and Family Service, and as a director on the boards of the Salvation Army and Central YMCA. O'Brien served on the Regents Development Council of Lamar University. He received the Distinguished Service Award of the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce. He was also active in St. Mark's Episcopal Church, where he served on the vestry, and as senior warden. He served on the first board of trustees of All Saints Episcopal School in Beaumont, and on the board of trustees of St. Stephen's School of Austin.

O'Brien worked for the Democratic party. He was a member of the Jefferson County Young Democratic Club, and served as the chairman of the State Executive Committee of the Young Democratic Club. He was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1940. Lyndon Johnson and O'Brien were allies from the 1940s. During Johnson's first campaign for the United States Senate, O'Brien assisted him in Beaumont's Congressional district. He worked to help get Johnson the Democratic nomination in 1952, when O'Brien served as an alternate delegate from Texas at the Democratic National Convention. After 1960, because of being a trustee for the Texas Portland Cement Company, and the semi-public nature of the trusteeship, he believed he could not take an active role in politics. He continued to serve as a political liaison for Johnson in the Beaumont area.

O'Brien was an acknowledged authority on Texas history, who provided leadership to prominent historical organizations. He served on the board of the Texas Library and Historical Commission, later known as the Texas Library and Archives Commission, from 1978-1983. He was appointed chairman of the commission in 1982. O'Brien was a regional director of the Atascosito Historical Society, which is the friends group of the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center. The Sam Houston Regional Library, located in Liberty, Texas, is a division of the Texas State Library. He was a founding member of the Texas Gulf Historical Society, serving as its president in 1968-1969. He was a director of the Texas Historical Foundation, and he was a member of the Sons of the Republic of Texas, Sons of the American Revolution, and the Philosophical Society of Texas.

O'Brien researched and wrote articles on Texas history topics including the O'Brien family; John Allen Veatch, who acquired parcels of land from the Mexican government which included Spindletop and Sour Lake; the Ashworth family, a pioneer family in Jefferson County; and the Jefferson County Bar Association.

O'Brien married Barbara Ann Miller of Springfield, Illinois, in 1937. They were the parents of two children, Ann and Ellen, and the grandparents of five.

Horace Chilton, 1853-1932

Horace Chilton was an attorney and a U.S. senator from 1891-1892, and 1895-1901. He was born in Smith County, Texas, on December 29, 1853. At the age of eighteen, he published a newspaper in Tyler. Chilton married Mary W. Grinnan on February 20, 1877, and their union produced five children. He studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1872, beginning his practice in Tyler. He was appointed assistant attorney general during Governor Oran Roberts' administration. When his close friend, James Stephen Hogg, became governor of Texas, and John H. Reagan resigned from the Senate, Hogg appointed Horace Chilton to fill the position on a temporary basis. Governor Hogg's political opponents accused him of showing favoritism to his friend Horace Chilton, who was relieved of his duties as U.S. Senator. Chilton was elected to the Senate in his own right in 1894. As a senator, he opposed the free coinage of silver and supported territorial expansion of the United States. He returned to Texas, where he practiced law in Tyler and Beaumont, and retired to Dallas, where he died on January 12, 1932. He was buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Tyler.

Judge Daniel B. Walker, 1876-1944

Daniel B. Walker was born in Cherokee County, Texas, near Rusk, in 1876. He taught school to finance his college education, and succeeded in earning a bachelor's degree from what was later known as Lon Morris College, in 1896. He also took another year of schooling at Southwestern University. He served as associate justice of the Ninth Court of Appeals from 1918 to 1932, when he was promoted to Chief Justice of this court. Walker was well respected in Beaumont, not only as a judge, but also a civic and community leader. The Exchange Club presented him the 1941 Golden Deeds Award as the citizen who had rendered the greatest civic service to Beaumont. He was noted for an interest in youth, demonstrated by his work with the Boy Scouts, inclduing serving as president of the Beaumont area council. Walker was president of the Beaumont Youth Council and on the board of trustees of Lamar University.

Judge Walker was a member of many fraternal organizations, including the Woodmen of the World, Masons, and Knights of Pythias.

Walker married Mary Barnett in 1904. They were the parents of five children, including Charles Barnett Walker and Lindsey Walker.


Scope and Content Note

The O'Brien papers document the remarkably parallel lives of three generations of the O'Brien men. George, Chenault, and Chilton O'Brien were leaders who improved Southeast Texas by their service in the military, political, business, religious, and organizational life of Beaumont, Texas. The collection includes diaries, maps, agendas, photographs, newspapers, legal documents, abstracts, deeds, title opinions, jury lists, jury instructions, court transcripts, leases, company board of directors minutes, company bylaws, correspondence, artifacts, and scrapbooks.

The collection contains papers documenting the O'Brien men's service in three wars. George Washington O'Brien's Civil War diary contains a balanced account of wartime experiences, including the grinding boredom of marching, the excitement of battle, the scarcity of food, deprivations of civilians, and anguish over the death of his comrade and brother-in-law Henry Rowley. Cooper K. Ragan, a Houston attorney who edited the diaries for publication in the Southwestern Historical Quarterly in 1963 and 1964, praised O'Brien for his legible handwriting and excellent spelling, punctuation, and grammar. The diaries are small in size, approximately 3 x 5 inches, and include information such as the serial number of his revolver, record of money loaned, and a recipe to alleviate diarrhea. Chilton O'Brien's papers include his application for a commission to the Intelligence branch of the United States Navy, information on navigational theory, and a naval glossary.

The collection documents agricultural life of Jefferson County in the 1860s, and from 1910 through the 1980s. George W. O'Brien's ledger book lists his financial transactions. He also listed the commodities that he provided such as tobacco, and the credits that farmers earned by producing agricultural commodities. His descendants, Chenault and Chilton O'Brien, kept records of the agricultural transactions in the land they owned in the Shelby Corzine Survey, southwest of Beaumont. These records include farm leases spelling out the rights and responsibilities of both tenant and landlord. Chilton O'Brien's papers from the Shelby Corzine Survey in Jefferson County include pedigree charts of the Santa Gertrudis cattle raised there.

The collection also includes the papers of Irma John Gordon Orr, and Alfred John, Jr., the grandchildren of George W. O'Brien. These papers document their extensive landholding, including land in Jefferson county, which was leased for rice, and Hardin County land, which was leased for its lumber. The papers document the type and diameter of timber harvested.

Chenault O'Brien's papers include documentation of the history of the Gladys City Oil, Gas and Manufacturing Company from 1901-1939, including barrels of petroleum produced, average price per barrel, and dividends paid from the financial bonanza which resulted from the deep sands oil discoveries of the 1920s. His correspondence to friends and family report on the development of the Second Spindletop, John Henry Kirby's control of the company in the 1930s, and O'Brien's attitude toward Kirby. His papers document the 1935 sale of John Henry Kirby stock in Chicago, the price the O'Brien family was prepared to pay, and the price actually paid for the stock.

Chilton O'Brien's papers document his personal and legal involvement in the petroleum industry. His papers include mineral leases, company bylaws, and correspondence from companies such as the Texas Oil Royalty Company. As a bank director for the First Security National Bank between the years 1962-1975, Chilton O'Brien collected papers which document the bank's stock splits, dividends, investment income, portfolio of investments, organizational structure, mergers, statements of condition, and lists of directors and officers.

Chilton's civic papers document not only his dynamic personality but also provide detailed information on many Beaumont groups, such as the Magnolia Cemetery Company's annual audits.

The personal papers of Chilton O'Brien provide many insights into his life and personality, including a keen sense of humor. His 1925 schoolboy diary details school expenses, football plays, cattle raising, and hunting trips. O'Brien's personal papers document the construction of his house and its furnishings, including rugs, draperies, and furniture.

The O'Brien family papers chronicle the rich heritage of the family, including the acquisition and changes in the O'Brien home. George W. O'Brien purchased five acres of land along the Neches River in 1883. The land had been previously owned by his father, George Bryan. Three of the five acres were used to create the Bryan Addition, the first residential addition n Beaumont, leaving two acres for the O'Brien home. Chilton O'Brien's papers document the relocation of part of the O'Brien home to land in the Shelby Corzine Survey where it was used by the family as a weekend home. This acreage gave the family room for not only a beautiful house, but all the necessary outbuildings such as servants' quarters, poultry house, and barn. On the grounds of the O'Brien family land was a large oak tree known as the "O'Brien Oak" which George W. O'Brien said was planted by Cave Johnson in 1849, the year of the California gold rush and O'Brien's move to Beaumont. The papers include newspaper clippings and correspondence discussing the age of the tree, activities which took place in the shade of the oak, and its eventual decline and destruction.


 

Organization of Collection

This collection is organized into 9 record groups and 32 series.
George Washington O'Brien Papers
Chenault O'Brien Papers
Chilton O'Brien Papers
Intergenerational O'Brien Papers
Chilton Papers
Judge Daniel Walker Papers
Photographs
Oversize Papers
Artifacts

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Restricted files, which measure approximately 2.5 cubic feet in size, include Gladys City company reports, Chilton O'Brien's legal case files, and O'Brien's files from service on the examining committee of the State Bar of Texas.

Copyright

The Tyrrell Historical Library holds copyright for all materials except published items. Copyright for published items is retained by the publisher. The researcher must secure permission to publish. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to the Tyrrell Historical Library. The researcher assumes full responsibility for complying with copyright, literary property rights, and libel laws.


Index Terms

Personal Names
Brooks, Jack, 1922-2012
Chilton, Horace, 1853-1932
Hogg, James Stephen, 1851-1906
O'Brien, George Washington, 1833-1909
O'Brien, Chenault, 1874-1940
O'Brien, Chilton, 1911-1983
Johnson, Lady Bird, 1912-2007
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973
Walker, Daniel, 1876-1944
Organizations
Gladys City Oil, Gas & Manufacturing Company
Jefferson County Bar Association
State Bar of Texas
Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Subjects
Lawyers
Petroleum industry
Spanish-American War
United States--History--1861-1865, Civil War--Personal narratives
Locations
Austin (Tex.)
Jefferson County (Tex.)
Genres/Formats
Correspondence
Deeds
Diaries
Estate records
Financial records
Inventories
Legal files
Photographs
Wills

Related Material

The Chenault O'Brien Family Papers, 1865-1931, AC-091.


Separated Material


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Item, Folder, Box, O'Brien Family Papers, 1835-1987, AC-108, Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont, Texas.

Acquisition Information

The O'Brien Papers belonged to Chilton O'Brien, who had papers created and received by his father, Chenault O'Brien, and by his grandfather, George W. O'Brien. Mr. O'Brien inherited and compiled papers on his maternal family, the Chiltons, and collected Judge Daniel B. Walker's papers after his death. O'Brien's daughters, Ellen and Ann, donated his papers to the Tyrrell Historical Library in 1991.

Processing Information

Processed by Tyrrell Historical Library staff, 1991.

Finding aid revised and encoded by Tyrrell Historical Library staff, 2012 October.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

George Washington O'Brien Papers

Military Papers
Box Folder
1 1 "List of Guns Furnished by Captain G. W. O'Bryan with the names of owners and valuation of guns," circa 1862
2 "List of Guns Furnished C.[onfederate] S.[tates] through Capt. G. W. O'Bryan in pursuance of Gen. Order No. 40," circa 1862
3 "List of appraisement of small arms procured by Capt. George W. O'Bryan of Company E. Speights (formerly Liken's) Battalions, Tex. Vols, and retained and turned over, for the use of the Confederate States of America, pursuant to Genl Orders No. 40, from Head Qrs. Of the Department of Texas, bearing date May 17, 1862; with the names (so far as known) of the owners and valuations of each gun"
4 "Received of Captain Geo. W. O'Bryan of Co. E. Speights Battaln. the following private arms guns appraised as shown by appraisement and exhibits heretofore appraised, for the use of said Battaln, and to be paid accordingly by the Confederate States," 1862 November 1
5 Photocopy of inventory of guns procured for Co E. Likens Battalion [includes names of owners, description of weapons, and valuation], circa 1862
6 Book containing General Regimental Orders, 1861 November 1 - 1862 February, 1862 November - 1865 May 11, 1869 Farm Accounts listing payments for agricultural work and charges for products provided to agricultural workers such as blankets and tobacco, and 1869 docket of cases O'Bryan tried in the District Court of Jefferson County including case number, plaintiff, and defendant
7 Transcript of the Diary of Captain George W. O'Brien, covering his experiences as a member of Speight's Battalion in the Louisiana Campaign, between May 9, 1863, and December 29, 1863
8 Copy of the transcript of the O'Brien diary, 1863
9 Second copy of the transcript of the O'Brien diary, 1863
10 Information about the O'Brien diary, circa 1960s
11 Laser copy of George Washington O'Brien Civil War diary, 1863. First volume, 1863 May-August [original removed for preservation]
12 Laser copy of second volume of George W. O'Brien Civil War diary, 1863 October-December
13 Soldier's Discharge, K. Bryan's Company F, Fifth Regiment of Texas Volunteers, 1861
14 Soldier's Discharge for Jacob Beaumont, a private in George W. O'Bryan's Company, 1865 [Beaumont was discharged to serve as Jefferson County sheriff]
15 United States Amnesty oath, 1865 July 14
16 Recollections of Jake Gallier, giving a brief history of Company E, Speights Battalion [recorded by Chenault O'Brien, circa 1930?]
Legal Career
Box Folder
1 17 Law license, Jefferson County, Texas, 1861
18 Certificate authorizing O'Bryan to practice law in the district and inferior courts of Texas, 1866 May
19 Certificate of enrollment as an attorney and counselor of the Texas Supreme Court, 1874 March 7
Box Folder
2 1 Legal correspondence, 1876
2 Power of attorney from Samuel H. Williams to George W. O'Brien, 1882
3 Membership in the Texas Bar Association, 1883
4 Cave Johnson and others agree to give interest in lands to O'Brien, Bordages, and O'Brien in exchange for legal services, 1894
5 [Jefferson County] Civil Docket, 1895
6 Legal correspondence, 1897-1898
7 E. D. Brown versus S. W. Black, 1901
8 Financial records of O'Brien, Bordages, O'Brien, 1907-1909
9 Resolution of the [Jefferson County?] Bar in Memoriam of George W. O'Brien, 1909
Business Activities
Gladys City Oil, Gas and Manufacturing Company
Box Folder
2 10-11 Transcriptions and copies of correspondence from A. B. Trowell to O'Brien, discussing financial potential of local land with petroleum deposits, 1865
12 Abstract of title, John A. Veatch property, 1878
13 Correspondence relating to O'Brien and John acting as attorneys for the Veatch family, 1888
14 Abstract of title, John A. Veatch property, 1893
15 Correspondence regarding Gladys City Oil, Gas and Manufacturing Company v. J. H. Burton, 1895
16 Documents relating to Gladys City Oil, Gas, and Manufacturing Company leases and other conveyances, 1892-1898
17 Price list of land in W. I. Black's Second Addition, 1899; correspondence from W. F. Gilbert to G. W. O'Brien, 1899
18 Letter from George W. O'Brien, Vice-President and General Manager of the Gladys City Oil, Gas and Manufacturing Company, to Hurd-Scott Realty Company, declining to sell Gladys City lands, 1901 January 19
19 Document from court case Annie Trench et al v. Gladys City, Oil, Gas, and Manufacturing Company, et al "containing showing of lands sold by said company up to and including sale to Keith Ward and Yellow Pine Oil Co. of Sept. 16, 1901"
20 Copy of petition in the Circuit Court of the United States in and for the Eastern District of Texas, Annie E. Snow et al v. Higgins Oil and Fuel Co. et al, 1901
21 Documents relating to John A. Veatch Survey, 1901
22 "List of sales made by the Gladys City Oil, Gas & M.G. Co. for record subsequent to November 8, 1901 being the date of the filing of the Howell suit in U.S. court"
23 Correspondence from P.A. Work to George W. O'Brien regarding John A. Veatch, 1901 December 7
24 Correspondence from P.A. Work to George W. O'Brien regarding John A. Veatch, 1902 March 13
25 History of Gladys City Oil, Gas, and Manufacturing Company; includes lists of stock holders and stock transfers, 1902 June 14
26 George W. Howell vs. The Gladys City Oil, Gas, and Manufacturing Company, et al, circa 1902
Land Holdings
Box Folder
2 27 Copy of a deed selling lots 85, 86, 87, and 95 in Block 15 of Beaumont to Texas and New Orleans Railroad, 1876
28 Isaac W. Burton Labor Abstract of Title, 1839-1874
29 Abstract of title to Subdivision No. 4 containing 210-1/2 Acres out of the Bennett Blackman Survey North of Taylor's Bayou as partitioned to George W. O'Brien and the minors Irma R. John and Alfred M. John, 1907
30 Deed to land in Sabine Pass, Jefferson County, 1891
Box Folder
3 1 Palo Pinto County Deed, 1876
2 William Burton League, undated
3 Lease of Galveston property, 1892
4 [List of] lands owned by Capt. Geo. W. O'Brien in Jefferson, Orange, Jasper, Comanche, Jack, Mills, Polk, Tyler and Hardin counties [compiled by Chenault O'Brien?], undated
5 List of property bought by George W. O'Brien prior to July 1876 and disposition of the same, prepared for George C. O'Brien, 1905
6 Neches-Sabine Transportation Company, 1908
Money Lending - Promissory Notes
Box Folder
3 7 R. H. Smith, 1881
8-10 John H. Broocks, 1891
11-16 John H. Broocks, 1892
17-19 John H. Broocks, 1893
20-22 John H. Broocks, 1895
23 L. J. Kopke, 1908
Civic Activities and Religious Organizations
Box Folder
3 24 Officers and Members of the [Beaumont] City Council, 1899
25 Topics for Epworth League Prayer Meetings, 1897
Political Activities
Box Folder
3 26 George W. O'Brien's exemption from poll tax, 1909
Personal Papers
Box Folder
3 27 Receipt from "W. Wiess and Bro. Dealers in Staple and Fancy Dry Goods", records household purchases including tobacco, soap, and sugar, 1873
28 Correspondence, 1881
29 Newspaper clipping, "Hand and Machine Labor", circa 1895
30 Typescript of a biography of Capt. George W. O'Brien published in Record of Texas, 1895
31 Correspondence, 1898-1901
32 Photocopy of correspondence from Chenault O'Brien, 1903
33 Original correspondence from Chenault O'Brien, 1903
34 Newspaper clipping from the Beaumont Enterprise, giving biographical information on George W. O'Brien, 1905 February 16
Obituaries and Estate Papers
Box Folder
3 35 Newspaper obituary, 1909
36 Magnolia Cemetery Lot, 1891
37-40 George W. O'Brien Estate, 1909
O'Brien's Wives' Papers
Sarah E. Rowley
Box Folder
3 41 Typescript of an obituary of Sarah Elizabeth O'Brien, 1873
Ellen Peebles Chenault
Box Folder
3 42 Personal correspondence, 1875-1898
43 Ledger book listing payments for expenses including nursing care, funeral, and tombstone, 1921-1931
44 Obituaries, Ellen P. O'Brien, 1931
45 Burial plot, burial vault insurance, 1931
46-48 Ellen O'Brien Estate, 1921
49 Ellen O'Brien Estate, 1921-1922
50-52 Ellen O'Brien Estate, 1922
Box
4 Ledger of the Beaumont Academy; includes list of subscribers to stock, register of drafts, tuition payments, 1879-1881
O'Brien's Children's Papers
Emma E. O'Brien John Smith Papers
Box Folder
5 1 Deed to Alfred John from Samuel Williams for land in Sabine Pass, 1882
2 Conveyance from A. S. John et al to George W. O'Brien, 1888
3 Correspondence from William James expressing sympathy on the death of Alfred John, 1889
4 Inventory and appraisement of the Alfred S. John Estate, 1889
5 Alfred John Estate, 1893
6 Alfred John and Emma John Estate, 1895-1897
7 Alfred and Irma John Estate, 1899
8 Alfred and Irma John Estate, 1899-1902
9 Alfred and Irma John Estate, 1903
10 Alfred and Irma John Estate, 1904-1906
11 Alfred and Irma John Estate, 1906
12 Irma John Gordon Property, 1907
13 Irma John Gordon Property, 1907
14 Irma John Gordon Property, 1908
15 Irma John Gordon Property, 1909-1913
16 Irma John Gordon Property, 1913
17 Irma John Gordon Property, 1914-1917
18 Irma John Gordon Property, 1918-1919
19 Irma John Gordon Property, 1919-1922
20 Irma John Gordon Property, 1922-1923
21 Irma John Gordon Property, 1923-1925
22 Irma John Gordon Property, 1925-1928
23 Irma John Gordon Property, 1928-1929
24-26 Irma John Gordon Property, 1929
27 Irma John Gordon Property, 1929-1930
28 Irma John Gordon Property, 1931
Box Folder
6 1-2 Irma John Gordon Property, 1932
3-4 Irma John Gordon Property, 1933
5 Irma John Gordon Property, 1933-1934
6 Irma John Gordon Property, 1934-1935
7 Irma John Gordon Property, 1941
8 Irma John Gordon Orr Property, 1963-1964
9 Irma John Gordon Orr Property, 1964-1965
George Cave O'Brien Papers
Box Folder
6 10 Biographical material on George Cave O'Brien, circa 1923
11 Campaign poster, District Judge, 58th District, circa 1923
12 Texas Senate Resolution in Memory of O'Brien, 1947
Lillie E. Townsend Estate
Box Folder
6 13 Lillie E. Townsend Estate, 1938-1939
14 Lillie E. Townsend Estate, 1939
15-24 Lillie E. Townsend Estate, 1940



 

Chenault O'Brien Papers

Military Service in the Spanish-American War
Box Folder
6 25 Troops in Campaign: Regulations for the Army of the United States, 1892
26 Typescript of letters printed in Beaumont newspapers from men serving during the Spanish-American War, 1898
27 "List of Beaumont boys in Co. D 3rd Regiment", circa 1898
28 Jim Goodhue furlough, 1898
29 Information on Spanish-American War artifacts, 1898
30 Invoice for military clothing, 1898
31-34 Spanish-American War correspondence, 1898
35 Spanish-American War correspondence, 1898-1899
36 Correspondence of U. S. Vincent, 1900-1901
37 "History of Some Facts with Reference to the Beaumont Light Guard of the Spanish-American War", circa 1930
38 Correspondence regarding veterans of Company D, Third Texas, 1930-1940
Legal Papers
Legal Career
Box Folder
6 39 Legal correspondence, 1900-1913
40 Legal correspondence, 1914-1915
41 Legal correspondence, 1916-1920
Box Folder
7 1 Legal correspondence, 1926-1927
2 Legal correspondence, 1928-1939
3 Statement of earnings and expenses of George C. O'Brien, Robert A. Johns, Chenault O'Brien, 1903-1906
Extensive Legal Files
Box Folder
7 4 Beaumont Temperance Hall Company, 1891
5 Beaumont Temperance Hall Company, 1901-1905
6 Beaumont Temperance Hall Company, 1917
7 Beaumont Temperance Hall Company, 1918
8 Beaumont Temperance Hall Company, 1921-1922, 1927
9 J. W. Jones Estate, 1916
10 Paul H. Millard, 1913
11 Paul H. Millard, 1914-1918
12-14 Paul H. Millard, 1918
15-19 Paul H. Millard, 1919
20 Paul H. Millard, 1919-1921
21 Paul H. Millard, 1922
22 Paul H. Millard, 1936
23 J. M. Guffey Petroleum Company v. Stephen Jackson regarding oil leases in Hardin County, 1902
Gladys City Oil, Gas and Manufacturing Company
Box Folder
7 24 Correspondence from George W. O'Brien regarding the Annie Trench case, 1902 December 14
25 Expense Account for European research trip, 1902-1903
26 Annie Trench case research in Europe, 1903
27 Agreement among O'Brien family to only sell Gladys City company stock to family, 1914, 1921, 1926
28 [Notes regarding Gladys City Oil, Gas and Manufacturing Company ?], 1927
29 Brief history of the company, circa 1935
30 Small black looseleaf notebook with information on the sale of Gladys City Oil, Gas, and Manufacturing Company stock in 1935, stockholders, history of the company including dividends paid, barrels of petroleum produced, etc., 1901-1939
Other Business Enterprises
Box Folder
7 31 Contract to lease building in Beaumont, 1906
32 Deep Test Oil Company, 1925-1928
Personal Papers
Box Folder
7 33 Magnolia Cemetery, 1906
34 "Against Improvement of Swamp-Site As An Inland Park", 1915
35 Papers including newspaper clippings, 1905-1933
36 Comments on the New Deal, circa 1934
37 Confirmation certificate, 1936
38 Information on Chenault family, 1897
39 History of Beaumont Lodge No. 286 [gives information on George W. O'Brien], 1917
40 Recollection of George W. O'Brien by Joseph A. Lynch, president, Hubbell Publishing Company, 1918
41 List of deaths in the O'Brien and Chilton families, 1930
42 Correspondence, 1890-1900
43 Marriage license and wedding announcement of Christine Chilton and Chenault O'Brien, 1904
44-48 Correspondence and diary documenting European vacation, 1934
Box Folder
8 1 Personal correspondence, 1938
2 Correspondence with Robert P. O'Brien [brother of Chenault O'Brien], 1921-1922
3 Correspondence with Robert P. O'Brien, 1923
4 Correspondence with Robert P. O'Brien, 1923-1924
5 Correspondence with Robert P. O'Brien, 1924
6 Correspondence with Robert P. O'Brien, 1925
7 Correspondence with Chilton O'Brien [son of Chenault], 1932
8 Correspondence with Chilton O'Brien, 1933
9 Receipts, 1904-1909
10 Inventory of property, 1914
11 Inventory of property, 1929
12 Magnolia Cemetery plot, 1938
Estate Papers
Box Folder
8 13 Chenault O'Brien obituary, 1940
14 Resolution of respect for Chenault O'Brien, Jefferson County Bar Association, 1941
15 Chenault O'Brien estate, 1940
16 Chenault O'Brien Estate, 1940-1941
17 Chenault O'Brien Estate, 1941
18-20 Chenault O'Brien Estate, 1942
21 Chenault O'Brien Estate, 1944-1948
22 Chenault O'Brien Estate, 1948-1952
23 Chenault O'Brien Estate, 1952-1962
Christine Chilton O'Brien Papers
Box Folder
8 24 Copy of birth certificate, 1943
25 Program documenting Mrs. O'Brien's musical performances, circa 1900
26 Small leather book with gilded edges, documenting Mrs. O'Brien's spiritual life, including poems, donations to Christian organizations, and prayers, 1933-1949
27 Personal correspondence, 1925, 1935
28 Daughters of the Republic of Texas, 1945
29 National Society of the Daughters of the Barons of Runnymede, 1948
30 Financial records, 1940-1943
31 Financial records, 1945
Box Folder
9 1 Financial records, 1948-1949
2-3 Lists of expressions of sympathy on the death of Mrs. O'Brien, 1949
4-6 Christine O'Brien Estate, 1949
7 Christine O'Brien Estate, 1949-1951
8 Christine O'Brien Estate, 1951
9 Christine O'Brien Estate, 1981
10 Christine O'Brien Estate, undated
Eleanor Patricia "Pat" O'Brien Moor
Box Folder
9 11 Letters of sympathy on the death of Mrs. Moor, 1975
12 Eleanor Moor obituary, 1975
13 Tyler County Dogwood Festival with artwork by, and memorial to, Mrs. Moor, 1975
14 Eleanor Moor biography, 1976
15 L. Millard Moor biography, 1972



 

Chilton O'Brien Papers

Education
Box Folder
9 16 Essay on the history of Beaumont, circa 1922
17 School clippings and programs, 1925-1926
18-19 School clippings and programs, 1927
20 School clippings, 1927-1928
21 School programs, 1928
22 University of Texas clippings and grade reports, 1929-1931
23 Texas Ranger, University of Texas publication, 1933 October
24-29 University of Texas correspondence and clippings regarding O'Brien serving as editor of the Cactus, 1933
Box Folder
10 1-2 Cactus editor, 1934
3 University of Texas transcript, 1929-1936
4 Kappa Alpha Fraternity, 1941
5 Kappa Alpha Fraternity, 1955-1956
6 Kappa Alpha Fraternity, 1956-1957
7 Townes Hall and Tarleton Library Dedication, University of Texas School of Law, 1953 December 3-5
8 University of Texas Law School Association, 1979-1980
9 Ex-Students Association of the University of Texas, 1938
Military Service
Box Folder
10 10 U.S. Naval Reserve, 1940-1942
11-14 U.S. Naval Reserve, 1942
15-16 U.S. Navy, 1943
17 U.S. Navy, 1943-1945
18 U.S. Navy, 1945-1946
19 U.S. Naval Reserve, 1946
20 U.S. Naval Reserve, 1947-1960
21 Ex PT Boat Commanders, 1948-1963, 1974, 1982
22 Veterans United for Action, 1946
Legal Career
Case Files
Cases are arranged by file numbers used by Chilton O'Brien, unless no case numbers were available.
Box Folder
10 23 E. L. Gouch v. William Starnes et al, 1937 August
24 Gulf States Utilities Company, 1940
25 Gertrude York, 1940
26 J. L. Moak v. Empire State Insurance, 1940
27 J. L. Moak v. Empire State Insurance, 1941
28 J. B. Poole v. G. T. Bell, 1941
29 Virgil McPhail, 1941
30 Thomas B. Sharretts, 1941
31 Ruby Frank, 1941
32 Mrs. W. M. Carroll, 1941
33 Thomas E. Patrick, 1941
34 E. D. Williams, 1941
35 E. E. Wilson, 1941
Box Folder
11 1 E. E. Wilson, 1941-1952
2 Homer Whitehead, 1942
3 Edward Hill Carter Taff, 1944
4 Alton J. Smith, 1946
5 Arch Scurlock, 1.1, 1949-1964
6 Arch Scurlock, 1.1, 1964
7 Arch Scurlock, 1.1, 1972-1974
8 James A. Talley, 56, 1945-1947
9 James A. Talley, 56, 1954
10 James A. Talley, 56, 1955-1957
11 James A. Talley 56, 1957-1959
12 James A. Talley, 56, 1962
13 James A. Talley, 56, 1964-1965
14-15 James A. Talley, Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, 56A, 1960
16 James A. Talley, Lincoln Parish, 56A, 1960-1961
17-18 James A. TAlley, Lincoln Parish, 56A, 1961
19 James A. Talley, Lincoln Parish, 56A, 1961-1962
20 James A. Talley, Lincoln Parish, 56A, 1963-1964
21 Zoe Bevil Talley, 56-B, 1965
22 Southern Air Specialties, Inc., 58, 1946-1947
23-26 Southern Air Specialties, 58, 1947
Box Folder
12 1-7 Southern Air Specialties, 58, 1948
8-10 Southern Air Specialties, 58, 1949
11 Charles D. Allen, 59, 1946-1947
12 South Coast Insurance Company, 60, 1937-1941
13 South Coast Life Insurance Company, 60, 1942
14 South Coast Life Insurance Company, 60, 1946-1951
15 Julius M. Gordon, 68, 1946
16 Willie Blanch Gardella Estate, 69, 1947-1949
17 John R. Blanch Estate, 70, 1939
18 John R. Blanch Estate, 70, 1939-1940
Box Folder
13 1-2 John R. and Felix Robinson Estates, 71, 1947
3 J. E. Bauer v. W. F. Cotton, 72, 1950
4 Virgil Beavers Estate, 73, 1949-1951
5 Edith Banks Wilhelm, 74, 1946-1947
6 Edith Banks Wilhelm, 74, 1947
7 Highland Place Addition, 75, 1948
8 Highland Place Addition, 75, 1948-1949
9 Highland Place Addition, 75, 1949-1951
10 Aluminum Sales Company of Texas, 76, 1947-1950
11 B. F. Mansfield v. United States, 77, 1946
12 B. F. Mansfield v. United States, 77, 1948-1954
Box Folder
14 1 Willa P. Cowley Estate, 78, 1951
2 Junker Spencer, 79, 1949
3-4 Neches Contracting Company, 80, 1947
5 Spencer Land Company, 81, 1946-1948
6 Ada Belle Oil Company, 86, 1946-1948
7 H. E. Karnes, 87, 1941
8 H. E. Karnes, 87, 1941-1942
9 H. E. Karnes, 88, 1941-1950
10 United States v. 5.894 acres of land in Orange County, Texas, 89, 1950
11-13 Mary C. Scurlock, 92, 1940
14 Mary C. Scurlock, 92, 1943
15 Mary C. Scurlock, 92, 1944
16 Mary C. Scurlock, 92, 1946
17 Mary C. Scurlock, 92, 1947
18 Mary C. Scurlock, 92, 1948
19 Mary C. Scurlock, 92, 1948-1953
20 Mary C. Scurlock, 92, 1953
21 Mary C. Scurlock, 92, 1953-1954
22 Mary C. Scurlock, 92, 1954-1958
Box Folder
15 1 Mary C. Scurlock, 92, 1959-1961
2 Mary C. Scurlock, 92, 1962-1964
3 Mary C. Scurlock, 92, 1964-1965
4 Mary C. Scurlock, 92, 1965-1966
5 Funchess and Fuller, 93, 1946-1948
6 H. Bascom Funchess, Jr., 94, 1940-1948
7 H. Bascom Funchess, 94, 1954-1958
8 Funchess Machinery Company, 95, 1948-1956
9 Flash Transfer and Storage Company, 95, 1947
10 Rodney H. Cooper v. Texas Bus Lines, 97, 1949
11 Lamar State Bank of Beaumont, Texas, 98, 1944
12 Violette Joestring, 99, 1948
13 A. N. Trembley, 100, 1948
14 Colorado Syndicate, 101, 1948
15 Colorado-Batson Syndicate, 102, 1941-1942
16 Colorado-Batson Syndicate, 102, 1942
17-19 Batson Syndicate, 103, 1941
20 Batson Syndicate, 103, 1942
21 Charles W. Coleman, 104, 1898-1939
22 Charles W. Coleman, 104, 1939-1940
23 Charles W. Coleman, 104, 1940-1946
24 Charles W. Coleman, 104, 1946-1948
25 Pine Island Mill and Lumber Company, 105, 1948-1949
Box Folder
16 1 Pine Island Mill and Lumber Company, 105, 1949-1953
2 G. A. Hereford, 106, 1947-1954
3 Edgar L. Shotts, 107, 1947-1948
4 Edgar L. Shotts, 107, 1950-1956
5 Edgar Dunlap v. Tug "Stemwinder", 109, 1941
6-7 N. S. Wittman, 110, 1941
8 N. S. Wittman, 110, 1942-1946
9-10 N. S. Wittman, 110, 1946
11 Pickrell v. Radford, 111, 1942
12-13 Rupert R. Harkrider, 112, 1942
14 Rupert R. Harkrider, 112, 1942, 1950
15-16 Laundrette, 134, 1947
17 Guaranty Finance Company, 140, 1941
18 Guaranty Finance Company, 140, 1941
19 Guaranty Finance Company, 140, 1941-1942
20-23 Guaranty Finance Company, 140, 1942
24-25 Guaranty Finance Company, 140, 1946
Box Folder
17 1 Guaranty Finance Company, 140, 1946-1947
2-8 Guaranty Loan and Investment Company, 140, 1947
9 Guaranty Loan and Investment Company 140, 1948
10 Guaranty Loan and Investment Company, 140, 1948-1949
11-13 Guaranty Loan and Investment Company, 140, 1955
14 Guaranty Loan and Investment Company, 140, 1955
15 E. T. Fuller Estate, 148, 1948
16 B. A. Steinhagen, 149, 1940-1942
17 Fred G. Hamilton, 150, 1949
18 Alfred J. Allridge, 151, 1947-1948
19 Daisy M. Roche, 152, 1942-1946
20-21 Grace Aquilina, 154, 1939
22 Grace Aquilina, 154, 1941
23 Fannie Kate Randall, 155, 1948
Box Folder
18 1 Charles McDaniel v. Gertrude Horne, 156, 1949
2 Charles McDaniel v. Gertrude Horne, 156, 1955
3 Henri de Mandrot, 157, 1898-1907
4 Henri de Mandrot, 157, 1913-1917
5-6 Helene de Mandrot, 157, 1920
7 Helene de Mandrot 157, 1921
8 Helene de Mandrot, 157, 1926-1927
9-11 Helene de Mandrot, 157, 1927
12-16 Helene de Mandrot, 157, 1928
17-18 Helene de Mandrot, 157, 1929
19 Helene de Mandrot, 157, 1929-1930
20-21 Helene de Mandrot, 157, 1930
22 Helene de Mandrot, 157, 1936
23 Helene de Mandrot, 157, 1938-1943
24 Francis H. Whitney, 159, 1920-1933
25 Francis H. Whitney, 159, 1933
26 Francis H. Whitney, 159, 1940
27 Francis H. Whitney, 159, 1941-1942
28 Francis H. Whitney, 159, 1950
29 Francis H. Whitney (Seabreeze developments) 160, 1941-1946
30 Francis H. Whitney (Seabreeze developments), 160, 1946-1950
Box Folder
19 1 Jasper James Carter, 161, 1940-1941
2 Gordon Elvin Rawson, 163, 1946
3 Francis E. Whitney, 1950
4 Paul H. Millard, 164, 1921-1952
5 Paul H. Millard, 164, 1962-1967
6 James V. Giarantono 165, 1939
7 James V. Giarantono, 165, 1940
8 Stuart R. Smith Estate, 166, 1937
9 Lillian Earle Wilson v. Kirby Electric Company, 167, 1940
10 E. J. Halfacre, 168, 1946-1948
11 E. J. Halfacre, 168, 1947-1948
12 E. J. Halfacre, 168, 1948-1953
13 E. J. Halfacre, 168, 1954-1959
14 E. J. Halfacre, 168, 1961-1983
15 Ed Delmas, 169, 1941
16 Mrs. L. W. Redus, 170, 1942-1954
17 D. K. Vestle, 171, 1942
18 Elizabeth Kolander Estate, 172, 1951
19 Lowell Vetrees Skyes, 172, 1955
20 Robert Ford, 172, 1955
21 Alvin V. Young v. Hazel Young, 172, 1949
22 Norman Troy, 172, circa 1950
23 Clyde M. Chenault v. John M. Chenault 172, 1948
24 Agnes Ruth Cole v. Clarence F. Cole, 172, 1948
25 Clarence Fleming Cole v. Melmay R. Cole, 172, 1946
26 W. J. Broussard v. Joyce Broussard, 172, 1947
27 Kenneth C. Ninemire, 172, 1947
28 Louwilda Anderson v. J. E. Anderson, 174, 1946
29 William Cameron Company, 175, 1948
30 Kathleen Durham, 176, 1951-1952
31 Eugene Bourgeois, 182, 1945
32-33 Felix Robinson Blanch, 184, 1939
Box Folder
20 1 H. B. Pipes, 185, 1952
2 Lon W. Redus, 186, 1952
3 Everett W. Sykes Estate, 189, 1951
4 Everett W. Sykes Estate, 189, 1951-1952
5 Everett W. Sykes Estate, 189, 1954-1956
6 Edwin Crawford Durham, Sr. Estate, 190, 1949
7 Edwin Crawford Durham, Sr., Estate, 190, 1951
8 Clarence F. Cole, 191, 146
9 Joseph E. Anderson, 191, 1946
10 J. Zorn, 191, 1939
11 C. C. Pinkerton, 191, 1941
12 Temple Lumber Company v. Lawrence McCormick, 191, 1949
13 J. W. McCullogh, 191, 1946
14 Georgia Creagh, 191, 1946
15 Mary Louise Kelly, 191, 1948
16 Ben M. Baker, 191, 1941
17 Mid-County Development Company, 191, 1947
18 Julius C. Rudolph Estate, 191, 1949
19 Henry S. Hale, 191, 1948
20 Ollie Dixon Guien, 191, 1947
21 Preston Shirley, 191, 1947
22 H. H. Walker, 191, 1947
23 L. T. Butler v. Union City Transfer Company, 191, 1949
24 Jack P. McDonald, 191, 1947
25 Jesse L. Poffenbarger, 191, 1949
26 Calvin Sharp, 191, 1948
27 Lucille G. Burke, 191, 1948
28 Mary Ryan Lazarus, 191, 1948
29 Lester Sam Weaver, 191, 1948
30 I. A. Philliber v. Pacific Employers Insurance Company, 191, 1947
31 Investigations of the deaths of seamen, 191, 1947-1949
32 Frank Tullos, 191, 1941
33 Bonwit Lennon, 191, 1951
34 O. E. Davis, 193, 1953
35 Mr. and Mrs. E. O. Marboules, 194, 1952-1954
36 Motor Sales Company of Beaumont, 195, 1951
37 Lois Hopper, 196, 1953
38 Tom Herring, Inc., 197, 1953-1954
39 W. C. Wells v. Oscar Garcia, 203, 1953
40 W. C. Wells v. Oscar Garcia, 203, 1955
Box Folder
21 1 Andrew J. Rafferty, 210, 1952
2 Alamo Jewelry Company, 215, 1953
3-4 Valerie Miller v. Randolph Owen, 216, 1953
5 Hudson Gas and Oil, 217, 1954
6 Kwik Cafe, 218, 1954
7 Ruth Nesom Chesser v. William F. Chesser, Jr., 219, 1954
8 Robert A. Daniel, Jr., 220, 1955-1973
9 Robert A. Daniel, 220 A, 1948-1954
10 H. C. Reeves, 221, 1954
11 J. W. Martin v. J. A. Gregory, 222, 1954-1955
12 J. W. Martin v. J. A. Gregory, 222A, 1954
13 Mrs. Curtis Carter, 223, 1953-1973
14 Mrs. Curtis Carter, 223A, 1951-1953
15 Tubular Steel Company v. East Texas Engineering Company, 224, 1954
16 F. L. Yeates, 228, 1955
17 Sue Buck Garnham, 230, 1955-1972
18 Bain Price, Sr., 231, 1955-1961
Box Folder
22 1 B-P Properties, 232, 1956-1969
2 Mrs. Norvell McKee, 233, 1964-1974
3 Mrs. Norvell McKee, 233A, 1963-1964
4 Mrs. Norvell McKee, 233B, 1955-1963
5 Mrs. L. O. Crockett, 234, 1955-1956
6 Mrs. L. O. Crockett, 234, 1956
7 Herbert J. Sudbury, 236, 1961
8 Hollywood Court, Inc., 237, 1963-1973
9 Hollywood Court, Inc., 237A, 1956-1972
10 Hollywood Court, Inc., 237B, 1971-1974
11 Hollywood Court, Inc., 237C, 1964-1970
12 Hollywood Court, Inc., 237D, 1957-1962
13 Hollywood Court, Inc., 237E, 1956-1960
14 Hollywood Court, Inc., 237F, 1956
15 Hollywood Court, Inc., 237G, 1976-1983
16 Hollywood Court, Inc., 237H, 1973-1975
17 Hollywood Court, Inc., 237I, 1973
18 Robert M. Measeles Estate, 238, 1955
19 Robert M. Measeles Estate, 238, 1955-1956
20 Robert M. Measeles Estate, 238, 1957-1964
Box Folder
23 1 Double MJ Ranch, 239 A, 1953-1955
2 Double MJ Ranch, 239 A, 1955
3 Minnie E. Daniel Estate, 241, 1956-1964
4 Ella Taylor, 244, 1957
5 George J. Schaumburg, 245, 1948-1951
6 George J. Schaumberg, 245, 1952-1953
7 George J. Schaumberg, 245, 1953-1957
8 A. Bando, 246, 1955
9 Leon B. Nesom, 250, 1948-1960
10-11 Leon B. Nesom, 250, 1964
12-13 Leon B. Nesom, 250, 1965
14-15 Leon B. Nesom, 250, 1965
16 Leon B. Nesom, 250, 1967
17 Leon B. Nesom, 250, 1974-1975
18 J. O. Scott 251, 1955-1957
19 J. O. Scott, 251, 1957-1962
20 T. F. Jenkins, 252, 1961
21 Frank Walter Peterman, 253, 1942-1947
22 Frank Walter Peterman Estate, 253 B, 1946-1948
Box Folder
24 1 Frank Walter Peterman Estate, 253, 1948
2 Frank Walter Peterman Estate, 253, 1956
3 Frank Walter Peterman Estate, 253, 1957
4 Frank Walter Peterman Estate, 253, 1957
5 Frank Walter Peterman Estate, 253, 1958
6 Jefferson Land Company, 254, 1955-1956
7-14 Norma Durham, 255, 1957
15 Beaumont State Bank, 256, 1958
16-17 Jefferson Amusement Company, 259, 1955
18-20 Jefferson Amusement Company, 259, 1956
Box Folder
25 1-4 Jefferson Amusement Company, 259, 1956
5 Jefferson Amusement Company, 259, 1957-1958
6 Dr. John R. Bevil, 265, 1945-1955
7 Dr. H. Grady Bevil, 266, 1954-1958
8 Dr. L. C. Bevil, 267, 1946-1951
9 Dr. L. C. Bevil, 267, 1951-1957
10 Albert R. Bevil, 268, 1947-1948
11 Harold Bevil, 269, 1959-1961
12 E. T. Fuller, Jr., 270, 1948-1950
13 E. T. Fuller, Jr., 270, 1951-1963
14 Sarah Belle Fuller, 271, 1951
15 Sarah Belle Fuller, 271, 1952-1958
16 John C. Blanch and wife, 272, 1948-1962
Box Folder
26 1 Estate of Edward H. Green, Jr., 274, 1959
2 Estate of Edward H. Green, Jr., 274, 1959-1960
3 R. M. Spencer, 275, 1962
4 Mrs. Mattie Anderson, 276, 1963
5 R. E. Hibbert, 278, 1953
6 R. E. Hibbert, 278, 1955
7 R. E. Hibbert, 278, 1962
8 Moll Manufacturing Company, 279, 1960-1962
9 Joe D. Bell, 280, 1962
10 Bascom Funchess, Jr. and E. L. Shannon vs. Charles Morent, Sr., 283, 1963
11 Gateway Animal Clinic, 284, 1962
12 Gateway Animal Clinic, 284, 1965
13 Theodore W. Berenson vs. Raymond T. Hebert, 284, 1966
14 Theodore W. Berenson vs. Raymond T. Hebert, 284, 1966
15 Raymond T. Hebert and James Weldon Doughty, 284, 1967
16 Joe F. Caldwell vs. Dr. Rasmussen, 285, 1963
17 Henry Mathias Schiesler, 287, 1963
18 Newell F. Pryor Estate, 322, 1964
19 John B. Goodhue, 325, 1964
20 Clara T. Brazel Estate, 1964
21 Rebecca Willis Zipp, 327, 1965
Box Folder
27 1-6 Texas Newsprint Company, 328, 1964
7 O. C. Honig Estate, 329, 1964
8 Chendye, Inc. vs. Polymer Trading Company, Inc., 329, 1965
9 Lulu Blake Pipkin, 1965
10 International Creosote Company, 333, 1966
11 Alex Holloway vs. Western Weighing & Inspection Bureau, 338, 1965
12 Alex Holloway vs. Western Weighing & Inspection Bureau, 338, 1965
13 Susan Hodges Fino vs. Henry Fino, Jr., 365, 1967
14 Jefferson City Shopping Center, 366, 1957-1962
15 Jefferson City Shopping Center, 366, 1965-1967
16 Jefferson City Shopping Center, 366, 1967
Box Folder
28 1-4 Jefferson City Shopping Center, 366, 1967
5-6 Charles A. Webster vs. Daniel Gene Johnson, 367, 1966
7 Charles A. Webster vs. Daniel Gene Johnson, 367, 1968
8-9 E. F. Bell vs. YMCA of Galveston, 367, 1964
10-13 E. F. Bell vs. YMCA of Galveston, 367, 1964-1965
14-17 E. F. Bell vs. YMCA of Galveston, 367, 1965
Box Folder
29 1 Joe F. Caldwell et ux vs. James K. Trahan, 1970
2 Joe F. Caldwell et ux vs. James K. Trahan, 1980
3-6 Keith Bailey, proprietor of Colony Lounge, vs. Enterprise Company, 370, 1965
7 Keith Bailey vs. Enterprise Company, 370, 1966
8 Maxine Fuller vs. Carl Preston Fuller, 371, 1969
9 Howell F. Allen, 376, 1970
10 Gary Lynn Jones vs. Pennsylvania Insurance Co., 378, 1968
11 Arthur Lee Sam, Sr., 380, 1968
12 Matt Dutton, 382, 1968
13 Jefferson County Shopping Center, 383, 1967-1968
14 Jefferson Amusement Company, 384, 1968
15 John Joseph McGovern, 385, 1969
16 First Security National Bank, 392, 1968
17 Jefferson County Shopping Center, 398, 1967-1968
18 Jefferson County Shopping Center, 399, 1968
19 Underwriters Adjustment Bureau, 400, 1960-1968
20 Underwriters Adjustment Bureau, 400, 1963-1968
21 Oscar Yellott, 409, 1963-1968
22 Oscar Yellott, 409, 1963-1980
Box Folder
30 1 Marie Vaccarello, 411, 1966-1969
2 Marie Vaccarello 411, 1969
3 Paul Hemker, 413, 1969
4 H. W. Kurtz, 414, 1969-1972
5 John H. Phelan, 415, 1969
Title Opinions
Box Folder
30 6 L. H. Baker, 1950
7 A. Bando, 1955
8 Frank J. Bernard, 1950
9 John R. Bevil
10 John C. Blanch, 1948
11 I. Breaux, 1946
12 Frank H. Buzz, 1948
13 Truman W. Crabtree, 1956
14 Robert A. Daniel, 1955, 1959
15 Eva DuJay, 1950
16 First National Bank of Beaumont, 1950
17 E. T. Fuller, Jr., 1948
18 G. G. Gill, 1948
19 Mary Guidry, 1942
20 William Kolander, 1941
21 John F. Mahoney, 1950
22 Neches Contracting Company, 1947
23 L. B. Nesom, 1951
24 Randolph A. Owen, 1951
25 George A. Schaumburg, 1951
26 Security State Bank, 1948
27 Sun Oil Company, 1949
28-32 Sun Oil Company, 1950
33-34 Sun Oil Company, 1951
35 Sun Oil Company, 1962
36 L. B. West, 1953
37 F. L. Yeats, 1955
Trial Briefs and Memoranda
Box Folder
30 38-39 Trial briefs and memoranda, 1949
Box Folder
31 1 Trial briefs and memoranda, 1950
2 Trial briefs and memoranda, 1950-1954
3 Trial briefs and memoranda, 1954-1960
4 Trial briefs and memoranda, 1960-1964
5 Mineral lease law, 1959
6 A Century of Oil and Gas in Books: A Descriptive Bibliography by E. P. Swanson, compiled 1960
7 Jury misconduct, undated
Legal Library
Box Folder
31 8 Legal library, 1962-1963
9-10 Legal library, 1963
11 Legal library, 1963-1964
12-13 Legal library, 1964
14 Legal library, 1964-1965
15-16 Legal library, 1965
17-18 Legal library, 1966
19 Legal library, 1966-1967
20-21 Legal library, 1967
Correspondence Regarding Law Firm
Box Folder
31 22 Correspondence relating to O'Brien entering law firm in 1936, and becoming a partner in 1939
Box Folder
32 1-2 Correspondence on opening own law practice, 1941
3-4 Correspondence relating to Harkrider joining the firm, 1941
5 Partnership correspondence, 1941-1946
6-7 Correspondence expressing inability to provide legal assistance because of Harkrider's and O'Brien's military service, 1945
8 Correspondence expressing congratulations over Harkrider and O'Brien's resumption of law practice after World War II, 1946
9 Correspondence expressing congratulations to other law firms, 1947-1949
10 Correspondence regarding potential legal cases referred by other attorneys, 1947-1949
11 Information submitted by O'Brien to law directory, 1981
Financial Records
Box Folder
32 12 Financial records, 1941-1945
13 Financial records, 1946-1948
14 Financial records, 1949-1954
15 Financial records, 1955
16 Financial records, 1955-1958
17 Financial records, 1958-1963
18 Financial records, 1964-1966
19 Financial records, 1966-1968
20 Financial records, 1969-1973
Legal Organizations
Box Folder
32 21 Jefferson County Bar Association, 1937-1947
22 Jefferson County Bar Association, 1949-1950
23 Jefferson County Bar Association, 1952-1955
24 Jefferson County Bar Association, 1957-1961
25 Jefferson County Bar Association, 1961-1964
26 Jefferson County Bar Association, 1965-1966
27 Jefferson County Bar Association, 1969
Box Folder
33 1 Jefferson County Bar Association, 1969
2 Jefferson County Bar Association, 1970
3-4 Jefferson County Bar Association, 1971
5-8 Jefferson County Bar Association, 1972
9 Jefferson County Bar Association, 1973
10 Jefferson County Bar Association, 1974
11 Jefferson County Bar Association, 1975
12 Jefferson County Bar Association, 1976
13 Jefferson County Bar Association, 1976-1981
14 Jefferson County Bar Association, 1977-1981
15 Jefferson County Bar Association, 1987
16 Jefferson County Legal Aid Association, 1954-1956
17 State Bar of Texas, 1942-1952
18 State Bar of Texas, 1963-1965
19 State Bar of Texas, 1965-1968
20 State Bar of Texas, 1973-1974
21-22 State Bar of Texas, 1974
23 State Bar of Texas, 1975
24 State Bar of Texas, 1976
25 State Bar of Texas, 1977-1980
26 State Bar of Texas Admissions Committee, 1974-1975
27-30 State Bar of Texas Admissions Committee, 1975
Box Folder
34 1 State Bar of Texas Admissions Committee, 1975
2-4 State Bar of Texas Tidelands Committee, 1948
5 State Bar of Texas Tidelands Committee, 1948-1952
6 State Junior Bar of Texas, 1940-1942
7 Texas Bar Foundation, 1966-1975
8 Texas Association of Defense Counsel, 1963-1966
9 Texas Association of Defense Counsel, 1966-1967
10 Texas Association of Defense Counsel, 1967-1972
11 Texas Law Review, 1974
12 American Bar Association, 1948-1954
13 American Judicature Society, 1968
14 Federal Communications Bar Association, 1953
Other Business Activities
Banking
Box Folder
34 15 American National Bank, 1959-1961
16-17 First National Bank of Beaumont, 1959
18 First Security National Bank, 1962
19 First Security National Bank, 1962-1964
20 First Security National Bank, 1964
21 First Security National Bank, 1965
22 First Security National Bank, 1965-1966
23 First Security National Bank, 1967
24 First Security National Bank, 1967-1968
25 First Security National Bank, 1969
26 First Security National Bank, 1969
27 First Security National Bank, 1969
28 First Security National Bank, 1969
29-30 First Security National Bank, 1970
Box Folder
35 1 First Security National Bank, 1970
2-7 First Security National Corporation, 1972
8 First Security National Corporation, 1972-1973
9-15 First Security National Corporation, 1973
16 First Security National Corporation, 1973-1974
17 First Security National Corporation, 1974
18-20 First Security National Corporation, 1975
Box Folder
36 1 Gladys City Oil, Gas and Manufacturing Company, 1941
2 Gladys City Oil, Gas and Manufacturing Company, 1944
3 Gladys City Oil, Gas and Manufacturing Company, 1946
4 Texas Oil Royalty Company incorporation, 1953-1969
5 Texas Oil Royalty Company - Karnes and Hardin County Abstracts, 1919
6 Texas Oil Royalty Company - Karnes and Hardin County Abstracts, 1921-1944
7 Texas Oil Royalty Company - Karnes and Hardin County Abstracts, 1942-1947
8-10 Texas Oil Royalty Company, 1947
11 Texas Oil Royalty Company stock book, 1947-1949
12-13 Texas Oil Royalty Co. Royalty & Bank Statements, 1947-1953
14-15 Texas Oil Royalty Co. American Republics Corp., 1948
16 Texas Oil Royalty Co., Orange County Royalty purchase, 1945-1947
Box Folder
37 1-2 Texas Oil Royalty Company, 1949
3 Texas Oil Royalty Company, 1950
4 Texas Oil Royalty Company, 1951
5 Texas Oil Royalty Company, 1952
6 Texas Oil Royalty Company, 1952-1953
7-8 Texas Oil Royalty Company, 1953
9 G. P. Cokinos, 1965
10 Oil leases, G. P. Cokinos - Orange County, 1966
11 Oil leases, G. P. Cokinos - Orange County, 1967
12 Mineral leases, Shelby County, 1941
Shelby Corzine Survey
Box Folder
37 13-14 Shelby Corzine Land, Vacancy, 1936
15 Shelby Corzine Land, Improvements, 1953-1954
16 Shelby Corzine Land, Improvements, 1954-1958
17 Shelby Corzine Land, Improvements, 1961-1979
18 Shelby Corzine Land, Improvements on farm house, 1952
19 Shelby Corzine Land, Improvements on farm house, 1965-1974
20 Shelby Corzine Land, Oil Leases, 1917-1940
21 Shelby Corzine Land, Oil Leases, 1940-1951
Box Folder
38 20 Shelby Corzine Lands, 1957-1964
21 Shelby Corzine Lands, 1964-1966
22 Shelby Corzine Lands, Cattle and Pasture Improvements, 1975
23 Shelby Corzine Lands, Cattle Purchases, Sales, and Expenses, 1954
Box Folder
39 1 Shelby Corzine Lands, Cattle Purchases, Sales, and Expenses, 1955-1960
2 Shelby Corzine Lands, Cattle Purchases, Sales, and Expenses, 1960-1962
3 Shelby Corzine Lands, Cattle Purchases, Sales, and Expenses, 1955-1965
4 Shelby Corzine Lands, Cattle Purchases, Sales, and Expenses, 1965-1967
5 Shelby Corzine Lands, Cattle Purchases, Sales, and Expenses, 1968-1976
6 Shelby Corzine Lands, Cattle Veterinary Records, 1962-1977
7 Shelby Corzine Lands, Cattle, Santa Gertrudis Association, 1954-1965
8 Santa Gertrudis Breeders International, 1965-1973
9 Santa Gertrudis Breeders International, 1973-1974
10 Santa Gertrudis Breeders International, 1976
11 Farm Equipment Catalogs, 1973-1974
12 Shelby Corzine Land, Title Papers, 1850-1878
13 Shelby Corzine Land, Title Papers, 1879-1893
14 Shelby Corzine Land, Title Papers, 1894-1900
15 Shelby Corzine Land, Title Papers, 1906-1910
16 Shelby Corzine Land, Title Papers, 1910, 1914, 1917
17 Shelby Corzine Land, Title Papers, 1929-1935, 1950-1957
18 Shelby Corzine Land, Title Papers, 1965-1983
19 Shelby Corzine Land, Sale of two horses, 1938
20 H. P. Savery Survey, Jefferson County, Texas, 1954
21 J. C. Hill Survey, Madison County, 1955
Civic Organizations
Box Folder
39 22 American Legion, 1946-1947
23 American Legion, 1948
24 American Legion, 1948-1962
25 American Red Cross, 1940
26 A. W. Schlesinger Geriatric Center, Inc., 1969-1970
27 A. W. Schlesinger Geriatric Center, Inc., 1970
28 A. W. Schlesinger Geriatric Center, Inc., 1972
Box Folder
40 1-3 A. W. Schlesinger Geriatric Center, 1973
4 A. W. Schlesinger Geriatric Center, 1973-1974
5 Baptist Hospital, 1948-1950
6 Beaumont Business & Estate Planning Council, 1964
7 Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, 1946-1949
8 Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, 1949-1950
9 Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, 1950-1952
10 Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, 1952
11 Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, 1952-1953
12 Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, 1953-1954
13 Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, 1954, 1961-1962
14 Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, 1967
15-25 Beaumont City Charter Commission, 1946
Box Folder
41 1 Beaumont City Charter Commission, 1946-1947
2-7 Beaumont City Charter Commission, 1947
8 Beaumont City Charter Commission, 1947-1966
9-17 Beaumont Charter Amendment Advisory Committee, 1970
18-21 Beaumont City Charter Amendment Advisory Committee, 1971
22 City Charter Advisory Committee, 1972
23 Beaumont Club, 1941
24 Beaumont Club, 1947-1952
25 Beaumont Price Central Board, 1946
26 Beaumont Rotary Club, 1939-1946
27 Community Council, 1957
28-30 Community Council, 1958
Box Folder
42 1 Community Council, 1958
2 Family Service of Beaumont, 1955
3-7 Family Service of Beaumont, 1956
8-10 Family Service of Beaumont, 1957
11-12 Family Service of Beaumont, 1958
13 Family Service of Beaumont, 1959
14-15 Family Service of Beaumont, 1960
16 Family Service of Beaumont, 1961
17 Independent Order of Taxpayers and Consumers, 1939
18 John E. Gray Recognition Dinner, 1965
19 John E. Gray Recognition Dinner, 1965 November 30
20 John E. Gray Recognition Dinner, 1965-1966
21 Magnolia Cemetery Company, 1946-1950
22 Magnolia Cemetery Company, 1950-1954
23 Magnolia Cemetery Company, 1955-1959
24 Magnolia Cemetery Company, 1959-1960
Box Folder
43 1 Magnolia Cemetery Company, 1961-1963
2 Magnolia Cemetery Company, 1966-1968
3 Magnolia Cemetery Company, 1969-1970
4 Magnolia Cemetery Company, 1970-1980
5-9 Planning and Zoning Commission, 1964
10-16 Planning and Zoning Commission, 1964
17-22 Planning and Zoning Commission, 1965
23 Regent's Development Council, 1970-1972
24 Round Table Club, 1961
25 Sabine Neches Waterways Improvement, 1970
26 Salvation Army, 1963-1966
27 Spindletop Anniversary Convention, 1941
28-29 United Appeals, 1957
Box Folder
44 1 United Appeals, 1958
2-3 United Appeals, 1958
4 United Appeals, 1958-1959
5 United Appeals, 1961-1962
6 United Citizens for Law Enforcement, 1967
7 Young Men's Christian Association, 1941
8 Y.M.C.A., 1974
9 Y.M.C.A., 1974-1978
10 Certificate commissioning O'Brien as Aide-to-the-Governor, 1968
11 Tennis - Cardinal Net Classic, 1982-1983
12 Labor Day Tennis Tourney Entry, 1972
13-16 Labor Day Tennis Tourney Entry, 1972
17 Labor Day Tennis Tournament, 1973, 1975
18 Labor Day Tennis Tournament, 1976
19-20 Labor Day Tennis Tournament, 1977
Box Folder
45 1 Labor Day Tennis Tournament, 1977
2 Labor Day Tennis Tournament, 1982
3 Rupert Beene Scholarship Tournament, 1973
4 Rupert Beene Scholarship Tournament, 1974-1978
5 Regency Racquet Club, 1978
6 Tennis Committee, Beaumont Country Club, 1967-1968
7 Chilton O'Brien's speeches, 1964-1976
8 Chilton O'Brien autobiography, 1975, 1980
Religious Organizations
Box Folder
45 9 St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 1923, 1928
10 St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 1936-1937
11 St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 1937
12 St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 1939
13 St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 1939-1940
14 St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 1941
15 St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 1942-1948
16 St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 1964-1967
17 St. Mark's Episcopal Kindergarten School, 1954-1955
18 All Saints Episcopal School (Beaumont, Texas), 1965-1967
19 St. Stephens Episcopal School (Austin, Texas), 1965-1966
Political Organizations
Box Folder
45 20 Political correspondence, 1938
21 Young Democratic Clubs 8th Annual Convention program, 1940
22 Political correspondence, 1941-1946
23 Democratic Campaign, 1956
24 Democratic Party, 1956
25 Democratic Party, 1956-1957
26 Political correspondence, 1963
27 Political correspondence, 1964-1966
28 Political correspondence with Lyndon B. Johnson, 1941-1965
29 Johnson's inaugural address, inaugural invitation, 1965
30 Correspondence with Lyndon B. Johnson, 1968-1973
31 Correspondence regarding LBJ, 1963-1966
32 Correspondence regarding LBJ, 1973-1981
Box Folder
46 1 Satire on Lyndon B. Johnson, 1962
2 Satire on the Kennedy family, circa 1962
3 Texas Association of Taxpayers, Inc., 1975
Historical Organizations
Box Folder
46 4 75th Spindletop Anniversary Commission, 1976
5 Texas Historical Foundation, 1966
6 Texas Historical Foundation, 1969
7-9 Texas Historical Foundation, 1970
10-12 Texas Historical Foundation, 1971
13 Texas Historical Foundation, 1972
14-16 Texas Historical Foundation, 1972
17-19 Texas Historical Foundation, 1973
20 Texas Historical Foundation, 1974-1979
21 Texas Historical Foundation, 1981
22 Texas Library and Historical Commission brochures, 1976
23 Texas State Library and Archives Commission brochures, 1981
24-26 Texas State Library and Archives Commission brochures, 1982
Box Folder
47 1 Texas State Library and Archives Commission brochures, 1982
2-10 Texas State Library and Archives Commission brochures, 1983
11-14 Texas State Library and Archives Commission budget, 1980
15 Texas State Library and Archives Commission budget, 1981
16-17 Texas Library and Historical Commission correspondence, 1978
Box Folder
48 1-2 Texas Library and Historical Commission correspondence, 1978
3-9 Texas State Library and Archives Commission correspondence, 1979
10-13 Texas State Library and Archives Commission correspondence, 1980
14-17 Texas State Library and Archives Commission correspondence, 1981
Box Folder
49 1-4 Texas State Library and Archives Commission correspondence, 1982
5-13 Texas State Library and Archives Commission correspondence, 1983
14 Texas State Library and Archives Commission Employee's Guide, 1979
15 Texas State Library and Archives Commission Librarian Certification, 1981-1982
Box Folder
50 1 Texas State Library and Archives Commission - Long Range Plan, Library Services and Construction Act, 1983-1987
2 Texas State Library and Archives Commission - Long Range Plan for Statewide Library Development in Texas, 1984-1986
3 Texas Library and Historical Commission meetings, 1978
4 Texas State Library and Archives Commission meetings, 1979
5-6 Texas State Library and Archives Commission meetings, 1980
7-8 Texas State Library and Archives Commission meetings, 1981
9-10 Texas State Library and Archives Commission meetings, 1982
11-14 Texas State Library and Archives Commission meetings, 1983
15-16 Texas State Library and Archives Commission per capita expenditures, 1980
Box Folder
51 1-2 Texas State Library and Archives Commission speech materials, 1983
3 Texas State Library and Archives Commission - State Board of Library examiners, 1979
4 Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, 1979
5 Atascosito Historical Society, 1975-1981
6 Atascosito Historical Society, 1981-1982
7 Texas State Historical Association
8 Beaumont Bicentennial - Historical Documents Committee, 1975
9 Gladys City/Spindletop Museum, 1976
10 Jefferson County Historical Commission, 1965, 1969
11 Jefferson County Historical Commission, 1981
12 Sons of the American Revolution
13 Sons of the Republic of Texas, 1974-1982
14 Sons of the Republic of Texas, 1983
15 Southeast Texas Genealogical and Historical Society, 1974
16 Texas Gulf Historical Society, 1965-1968
17 Texas Gulf Historical Society, 1968-1974
18 Texas Gulf Historical Society, 1974-1981
19 Texas Gulf Historical Society, 1981
20 Texas Gulf Historical Society, 1982
Historical Research
Arranged by subject of research. Note also that all dates relate to when the research occurred, not when the historical event(s) took place.
O'Brien's Historical Research
Box Folder
51 21-26 Ashworth Family, circa 1970
Box Folder
52 1-3 Ashworth Family, circa 1970
4-5 Early history of Beaumont, circa 1980
6 David Brown League, circa 1923
7-8 Port of Beaumont, circa 1976
9 Frederick Ogden, circa 1980
10 Battle of Sabine Pass, 1940
11 Jefferson County Bar Association, 1976
12 TD Yokum, circa 1980
13-24 John Allen Veatch, 1969-1983
25 Spindletop and Sour Lake, 1974
26 Log on the Lucas well, undated
27 Gladys City Oil, Gas, and Manufacturing Company, circa 1970
28 George W. O'Brien, circa 1980
29 First Texas oil well, 1966
30-32 Knights of the Golden Circle, circa 1980
Box Folder
53 1-3 Knights of the Golden Circle, circa 1980
4 J. Frank Dobie, circa 1965
5 W. W. Montgomery, 1972
6 Texas Confederate County Notes and Private Scrip, undated
7 Constitutional question of U.S. President's inability to serve because of illness, circa 1970
8 Newspaper article in which O'Brien discussed the importance of studying land title for historical research and determining mineral rights, 1983
9 Card, "Memorial Service for James A. Garfield", 1881
Historical Research of Others
Box Folder
53 10-23 Manuscript, "After that the world will fall to pieces": An Ethnohistorical Analysis of Indian-white Contact on the Pacific Northwestern Frontier," by Christopher L. Miller, circa 1978
24 Requests for access to the Horace Chilton papers at the University of Texas, 1963-1975
25 Requests for historical information, 1968-1981
26 Requests for information about George W. O'Brien, 1971-1983
27 Requests for access to the Gladys City Company papers, 1971
28 Correspondence regarding the publication of George W. O'Brien's diaries, 1960-1962
29 Correspondence regarding the publication of George W. O'Brien's diaries, 1962-1964
30 Correspondence regarding the publication of George W. O'Brien's diaries, 1964-1975
Personal Papers
Diary
Box Folder
53 31 Chilton O'Brien's diary, 1925
Correspondence
In chronological order.
Box Folder
53 32 Personal correspondence, 1921
33 Personal correspondence, 1935
34-36 Personal correspondence, 1936
37 Personal correspondence, 1936-1937
38-42 Personal correspondence, 1937
43-44 Personal correspondence, 1938
Box Folder
54 1 Personal correspondence, 1938-1939
2 Personal correspondence, 1939
3-4 Personal correspondence, 1940
5-6 Personal correspondence, 1941
7-8 Personal correspondence, 1942
9 Personal correspondence, 1944-1945
10 Personal correspondence, 1945
11-12 Personal correspondence, 1946
13 Personal correspondence, 1949
14 Personal correspondence, 1962-1963
15 Personal correspondence, 1963-1964
16 Personal correspondence, 1964
17 Personal correspondence, 1964-1965
18 Personal correspondence, 1965
19 Personal correspondence, 1965-1966
20-21 Personal correspondence, 1966
22 Personal correspondence, 1970-1975
Special Correspondence
Box Folder
54 23 Correspondence from his father, Chenault O'Brien, 1931
24-25 Correspondence from Chenault O'Brien, 1932
26 Correspondence from Chenault O'Brien, 1932-1933
27 Correspondence from Chenault O'Brien, 1933
28-29 Correspondence from Chenault O'Brien, 1934
30-31 Correspondence from Chenault O'Brien, 1935
32 Correspondence with Chenault O'Brien, 1936
Box Folder
55 1 Correspondence from Mr. and Mrs. S. R. Orr, 1965
2 List of those invited to O'Brien-Miller wedding, 1937
3 Power of attorney, will, 1941-1944
4 Residence, 1936
5-8 Residence, 1938
9 Residence, 1938-1939
10 Residence, 1939
11 Residence, 1941
12 Residence, 1947
13 Residence, 1948
14-15 Residence, 1950
16 Residence, 1951
17-18 Residence, 1952
19 Residence, 1957-1958
20 Residence, 1958-1959
21 Residence, 1960-1961
22 Residence, 1964
23 Residence, 1965
24 Residence, 1969
25 Residence, 1970
26 Residence, 1971
Papers of Barbara Miller O'Brien
Box Folder
55 27 Barbara A. Miller O'Brien newspaper clippings, 1937-1950s
28 Personal correspondence, 1942-1949
29 Chilton O'Brien correspondence, 1934-1935
30 Chilton O'Brien correspondence, 1935-1936
31 Chilton O'Brien correspondence, 1936
32 Chilton O'Brien correspondence, 1936-1937
33 V-Mail correspondence, 1943
34 Miller Family History, 1942
35 Miller Estates, 1939-1940
36 Baker Manufacturing Company, 1939-1940
37 Baker Manufacturing Company, 1946-1947
38 Baker Manufacturing Company, 1947-1949
39 Baker Manufacturing Company, 1949-1951
Box Folder
56 1 Baker Manufacturing Company, 1951-1953
2 Baker Manufacturing Company, 1953-1954
3 Frank A. Bellinger Estate, 1949
4 Texas State Historical Association life membership certificate, 1971
Financial Papers of Chilton and Barbara O'Brien
Box Folder
56 5 Financial records, 1933-1934
6 Financial records, 1937
7 Financial records, 1938-1947
8 Financial records, 1947-1953
9 Financial records, 1953-1960
10 Financial records, 1960-1962
11 Financial records, 1962-1971
12 Financial records, 1971-1980
13 Financial records, 1980-1983



 

Intergenerational O'Brien Papers

Genealogy
Box Folder
56 14-24 O'Brien history (research conducted late 1970s-early 1980s)
O'Brien Landmarks
Box Folder
57 1-2 O'Brien Residence on Riverside Drive (information about the house compiled in the early 1980s)
3-5 O'Brien Oak (information compiled 1940s-1980s)
O'Brien Landholding
Riverside Property ("The O'Brien Homestead")
Box Folder
57 6 Certified translated copy of the original title from the government of Mexico to Noah Tevis, 1835
7 Deed of property facing the Neches River from Joseph and Nancy Hutchison to George Bryan, 1840
8 Deeds of property facing the Neches River, 1853-1882
9 Deeds, 1883
10 Deeds, 1897
11 Riverfront Property, 1899
12 Riverfront Property, 1899
13 Abstract of title to all lot No. 1 and the No. 1/2 of Lot No. 2, Bryan Addition to the City of Beaumont, 1900
14 Deeds, 1904
15 Riverfront Property, 1908
16 Riverfront Property, 1909
17 Riverfront Property correspondence, 1909
18 Correspondence from Ellen O'Brien to Chenault O'Brien regarding Riverside Property, 1909
19-21 Riverfront Property, 1910
22 Riverside Property, 1910, 1912
23 Abstract of title to Lot No. 8 of the Bryan Addition to the City of Beaumont, 1914
24 Riverside Property correspondence, 1919
25 Riverside Property, 1920-1921
26-30 Riverside Property, 1922
31-35 Riverside Property, 1923
36 Abstract of title to the George W. O'Brien Homestead, south of the original town plat of Beaumont, in the Noah Tevis Survey, including all of the Bryan Addition to the City of Beaumont, 1924
Box Folder
58 1 Riverside Property, 1928-1937
2 Riverside Property, 1948-1950
3 Riverside Property, 1952-1953
4 Riverside Property, 1961-1973
5-6 Riverside Property, 1974
7 Bryan Addition, 1899-1967
Other O'Brien Lands
Box Folder
58 8 Arlington Addition, Lot 22 Block 30, 1868-1884
9 Arlington Addition, 1893
10 Arlington Addition, 1894-1899
11 Arlington Addition, 1900
12-14 Arlington Addition, 1902
15 Arlington Addition, 1905-1914
16 Arlington Addition, 1914-1917
17 Arlington Addition, 1946
18 Arlington Addition, 1947
19 Park Street (Lots 391 and 392 in Block 55), 1906-1907
20-22 Park Street, 1907
23 Park Street, 1915-1921
24 Park Street, 1922-1926
25 Park Street, 1936
26 Park Street, 1938-1942
27 Park Street, 1944-1946
28 Park Street, 1946-1947
29 Park Street (Lot 398, Block 56), 1902-1905
30 Lot 398, Block 56, 1906
31 Lot 398, Block 56, 1907-1947
32 College and Jefferson Streets (Lot 502, Lot 503 Block 65), 1888-1891
33 Lot 502, Lot 503 Block 65, 1891-1893
34 Lot 502, Lot 503, Block 65, 1894-1896
35 Lot 502, Lot 503 Block 65, 1896-1897
Box Folder
59 1 Lot 502, Lot 503 Block 65, 1904-1907
2 Lot 502, Lot 503 Block 65, 1922-1940
3 Lot 502, Lot 503 Block 65, 1945-1946
4 Land corner of Blanchette and Orleans (Lots 735-738-739 in Block 74 of Old Town), 1970-1973
5 Dyson Survey, Jefferson County, 1923-1945
6 Yoacum Survey, 1934
7 Yoacum Survey, 1945
8 Yoacum Survey, 1951
9 Bigelow Addition (Port Neches), 1919-1943
O'Brien Lands in Orange County
Box Folder
59 10 West Orange Place, John Harmon League, 1903-1914
11 West Orange Place, 1917-1932
12 West Orange Place, 1933-1937
13 West Orange Place, 1938-1940
14 West Orange Place, 1940-1943
15 West Orange Place, 1943-1944
16 Bradley Garner Survey, 1915
17 Bradley Garner Survey, 1915-1916
18-20 Bradley Garner Survey, 1916
21 Bradley Garner Survey, 1916-1920
22 Bradley Garner Survey, 1920, 1981
23 Nancy Davis League, 1878
24 Nancy Davis League, 1901
25 Nancy Davis League, 1903-1907
26 Nancy Davis League, 1907-1915
27 Nancy Davis League, 1915-1916
28 Nancy Davis League, 1916-1917
29 Nancy Davis League, 1918-1928
30 Nancy Davis League, 1928-1941
31 Nancy Davis League, 1953-1981
O'Brien Land in Hardin County, Texas
Box Folder
59 32 John A. Veatch Survey, 1902-1903
Box Folder
60 1-5 John Veatch Survey, 1903
6 John A. Veatch Survey, 1915-1917
7 John A. Veatch Survey, 1917
8-9 John A. Veatch Survey, 1918
10 John A. Veatch Survey, 1918-1931
11 John A. Veatch Survey, 1932-1934
12-13 John A. Veatch Survey, 1938
14 John A. Veatch Survey, 1962-1967
15 John A. Veatch Survey, 1979-1981
16 Martha Gilbert Survey, 1903-1904
17 Martha Gilbert Survey, 1906
18-20 Martha Gilbert Survey, 1907
21 Martha Gilbert Survey, 1913-1916
22 Martha Gilbert Survey, 1921-1923
23-26 Martha Gilbert Survey, 1925
27 Martha Gilbert Survey, 1925-1926
28 Martha Gilbert Survey, 1926
29-30 Martha Gilbert Survey, 1927
31 Martha Gilbert Survey, 1928
32 Martha Gilbert Survey, 1928-1929
33 Martha Gilbert Survey, 1929
34 Martha Gilbert Survey, 1930-1933
35 Martha Gilbert Survey, 1934-1935
36 Martha Gilbert Survey, 1936, 1940
37 Martha Gilbert Survey, 1941-1942
38 Martha Gilbert Survey, 1942-1946
39 Martha Gilbert Survey, 1947
40 Martha Gilbert Survey, 1948
41 Martha Gilbert Survey, 1948-1950
42 Martha Gilbert Survey, 1981
43 Nancy Davis League, 1878
44 Nancy Davis League, 1901
45 Nancy Davis League, 1903-1907
46 Nancy Davis League, 1907-1915
47 Nancy Davis League, 1915-1916
48 Nancy Davis League, 1916-1917
49 Nancy Davis League, 1918-1928
50 Nancy Davis League, 1928-1941
51 Nancy Davis League, 1953-1981
Box Folder
61 1 Martha Gilbert Survey, 1934-1935
2 Martha Gilbert Survey, 1936, 1940
3 Martha Gilbert Survey, 1941-1942
4 Martha Gilbert Survey, 1942-1946
5 Martha Gilbert Survey, 1947
6 Martha Gilbert Survey, 1948
7 Martha Gilbert Survey, 1948-1950
8 Martha Gilbert Survey, 1981
Galveston County
Box Folder
61 9 High Island lots, 1897-1903
10 High Island lots, 1907-1921
11 High Island lots, 1931-1933
12 High Island lots, 1933-1943
13 High Island lots, 1944-1951
14 High Island lots, 1951-1960
15 High Island lots, 1961-1981
Comanche County Land
Box Folder
61 16 Nancy Tevis Survey, 1932-1933
17-21 Nancy Tevis Survey, 1933
22 Nancy Tevis Survey, 1933-1935



 

Chilton Family Papers

George W. Chilton Papers (Father of Horace Chilton)
Box Folder
61 23-32 George W. Chilton biographical information compiled around the early 1980s
Box Folder
62 1-3 George W. Chilton biographical information, 1972
4 George W. Chilton photocopies of Kentucky records, 1972
5 Photocopies of Mexican War records, 1972
6-12 Photocopies of Civil War documents, 1972
13-17 Photocopies of information about William Montgomery, a Union officer who was lynched, 1972
18-26 Photocopies of Smith County records, 1972
27 Transcriptions of information on George W. Chilton in Tyler newspapers, 1882-1883
28 Chilton O'Brien's correspondence about the life of George W. Chilton, 1960
29 Chilton O'Brien's correspondence regarding George W. Chilton, 1965-1972
30 Chilton O'Brien's correspondence regarding George W. Chilton, 1973-1980
Horace Chilton Papers
Box Folder
63 1-2 Biographical materials, 1970s-1980s
3 Photocopies of correspondence sent by Horace Chilton, 1896-1924
4 Law license of Horace Chilton, Smith County, Texas, 1872 March
5 Wedding invitation, Mary Welch Grinnan to Horace G. Chilton, Tyler, Texas, 1877 February 20
6-11 Photocopy of "Recollections of a One-Term Senator"
12 Memoirs of Horace Chilton, Part 1 (publication), 1858-1873
13 Memoirs of Horace Chilton, Part 2 (publication), 1858-1873
14 Published speeches: "Free Government and Industrial Progression under our Federal System", Tyler Texas, 1891 May, and "The Way to Better Times", 1891 July 4
15 Transcripts of speeches, 1898-1906
16 Transcripts of correspondence sent by Horace Chilton, 1896-1899
17 Transcripts of correspondence sent by Horace Chilton, 1926-1929
18 Correspondence from Horace Chilton to Chilton O'Brien, 1919-1923
19 Correspondence of Chilton O'Brien regarding Horace Chilton, 1946-1980
20 Horace Chilton Home in Tyler, Texas, 1963-1981
21 Horace Chilton Obituary, 1932 June 13
22 Estate of Horace Chilton, 1915-1932
23-25 Estate of Horace Chilton, 1933
26 Estate of Horace Chilton, 1933-1940
27 Estate of Horace Chilton, 1946-1981
28 Estate of Horace Chilton (Buildings in Tyler, Texas), 1931-1944
29 Correspondence from F. S. Chandler to Mary Chilton, undated
Box
64 Horace Chilton notebook diaries in seven volumes (copied from the originals loaned by the heirs of Horace Chilton through the courtesy of Chilton O'Brien). Volume I - 2 copies. Volume V, Part 1 - copies 3, 4. Part 3, copies 3, 4. 1954
Box
65 Horace Chilton notebook diaries. Volume 5, Part 2: Copies 3, 4, 5; Volume 5, Part 3, Copy 3, 4
Box
66 Horace Chilton notebook diaries. Volume 5, Part 3: Copy 5; Volume 6 (two copies). Diaries of Horace Chilton: Impressions as to his Colleague Senators, Volume 1, 1897
1 Scrapbook with newspaper clippings on Chilton's political career, 1872-1909
Children of Horace Chilton
Box Folder
66 2 George Chilton correspondence (received), 1920-1929
3 George Chilton correspondence (received), 1930-1931
4 George Chilton correspondence (received), 1932
5 George Chilton correspondence (sent), 1930
6 George Chilton correspondence (sent), 1932
7 Resolution in Honor of George Chilton, circa 1938
8-11 Estate of George Chilton, 1938
12 Estate of George Chilton, 1940
Box
67 Six rolls of microfilm of the Horace Chilton notebook diaries and an index to the diaries
Box Folder
68 1 Estate of George Chilton, 1940-1945
2 Estate of Mary Chilton Scurlock, 1966-1967
3 Estate of Benjamin Chilton, 1957
4 Thomas G. Chilton funeral notice, 1886 September 16
5 Ellen Chilton Boren Genealogy
6 Arch Chilton correspondence, 1918
7 Estate of Arch Chilton, 1938
8 Chilton Family correspondence, 1926-1946
9-10 Chilton Family Genealogy, 1931
11 Chilton Family Cemetery in Tyler, Texas, 1971
12 Grinnan Family Coat of Arms, undated
Chilton Family Lands
Box Folder
68 13 Chilton O'Brien Affidavit on Chilton Estate, 1941
Orange County, Texas
Box Folder
68 14 Claiborne West Survey, 1923-1924
15 Claiborne West Survey, 1924-1925
16-17 Claiborne West Survey, 1928
18 Claiborne West Survey, 1928-1929
19 Claiborne West Survey, 1929-1934
20 Claiborne West Survey, 1936-1939
21-22 Claiborne West Survey, 1948
23 Chilton West Survey, 1948-1955
24 Claiborne West Survey, 1950-1956
25 Claiborne West Survey, 1957-1958
26 Claiborne West Survey, 1964-1971
27 Claiborne West Survey, 1973
28-29 Chilton West Survey, 1974
30 Claiborne West Survey, 1977-1981
Smith County Land
Box Folder
68 31 E. M. Eakin Survey, 1932-1960
Box Folder
69 1 E. M. Eakin Survey, 1965
2 E. M. Eakin Survey, 1966-1967
3 E. M. Eakin Survey, 1967-1981
4 Hayes & Draper Survey, 1947
5 Hayes & Draper Survey, 1951-1965
6 Hayes & Draper Survey, 1965
7 Hayes & Draper Survey, 1966
8 Hayes & Draper Survey, 1966-1981
9 E. B. Lockridge Survey, 1943-1948
10 E. B. Lockridge Survey, 1949-1950
11 E. B. Lockridge Survey, 1950
12 E. B. Lockridge Survey, 1956-1961
13 E. B. Lockridge Survey, 1961-1963
14 E. B. Lockridge Survey, 1963-1966
15 E. B. Lockridge Survey, 1966
16 Robert Toombs Survey, 1936-1955
17 Robert Toombs Survey, 1961-1964
18 Robert Toombs Survey, 1965-1967
19 Robert Toombs Survey, 1967
Box Folder
70 1-2 Robert Toombs Survey, 1968
3-4 Walling & Bass Survey, 1933-1959
5 Walling & Bass Survey, 1963-1966
6 Walling & Bass Survey, 1975-1981
Trinity County
Box Folder
70 7 G. Soza Survey, 1933-1946
8 G. Soza Survey, 1946
9 G. Soza Survey, 1946-1981



 

Judge Daniel Walker Papers

Box Folder
70 10 Charter and Bylaws, Lon Morris College, undated
11 Personal correspondence, 1917-1928
12 Civic and fraternal groups, 1924-1929
13 Political pamphlet produced by the Beaumont Democratic Campaign Committee, includes an article by Judge Walker, "Duty of Democrats", 1928
14 Receipts, 1917-1929
15 Report cards for Charles, James, and Lindsay Walker, 1924, 1927-1928
Publications
Box Folder
70 16 Advantages and Conditions of Beaumont and Port Arthur of Today. (New Orleans: W. E. Meyers, ). 1901
17 Facts About Beaumont. Printed by T. A. Lambs & Sons, Beaumont, Texas, circa 1899 March
18 Dr. Paul Isaac, "Municipal Reform in Beaumont, Texas, 1902-1909," published 1973
19-20 Souvenir of Beaumont, Texas, 1903. (Dallas: Jones Advertising Company, 1903). 64 pages, 2 copies.
21 Texas History Movies: 400 Years of Texas History and Industrial Development Portrayed in Action Cartoons. Magnolia Petroleum Company, 1943
22 English, Alyce Kirby and Sammie McGary Bihn. Builders of Beaumont. (Beaumont, Texas: Foster's Print Shop, ). 1929
23 League of Women Voters of Beaumont and South Jefferson County. Know Your Jefferson County Government: A Guide for Jefferson County Citizens, 1965 July.



 

Photographs

Box Folder
71 1 Daniel O'Brien, son of George Bryan and Eleanor Merriman, circa 1860
2 Thomas O'Brien, half brother of George W. O'Brien, circa 1865
3 George W. O'Brien
4 Chenault O'Brien, circa 1874
5 [Chenault O'Brien, ?] 1874
6 Chenault O'Brien, circa late 1870s
7 Chenault O'Brien, circa 1890s
Spanish-American War
Box Folder
71 8 Two copies of Chenault O'Brien in military uniform, circa 1898
9-10 Tin types of Chenault O'Brien and Marvin Scurlock, 1898
11 Chenault O'Brien, seated and Marvin Scurlock, standing. Both men are dressed in military uniforms. Photograph by Halvor Ostebee, 1898.
12 Two copies of a photograph of Chenault O'Brien in uniform with sword worn at the side of the body, 1898
13 Two copies of the previous image, 1898
14 Chenault O'Brien in Spanish-American War uniform, portrait photograph, by Halvor Ostebee, 1898
15 Chenault O'Brien in Spanish-American War uniform, including high lace-up boots and spurs. Photograph marked, "Ostebee and Weber", 1898
16 Chenault O'Brien in military uniform, portrait with a profile view. Photograph by Halvor Ostebee, 1898
17 Dan Edwards, Homer Chambers, 1898
18 Company D, Third Texas, US Volunteer Infantry, Fort Clark, 1898
19 Group photograph of soldiers in uniform at Fort Clark in front of two story building. Marked, "E. White", 1898
20 Ethol Shields, 1898
21 Eight mounted portraits of soldiers, all probably members of Company D, Fort Clark, 1898
22 Two photographs of Robert S. Leonard in military uniform standing with his hands on top of a rifle at Fort Clark, Texas, 1898
23 Two photographs of military company in uniform with rifles, Fort Clark, Texas, 1898
24 Soldiers posing in uniform with pistols at rock quarry at Fort Clark, Texas, 1898
25 Two mounted photographs with scalloped edges. First photograph is of a young man with his hands resting on a rifle. Second photograph is of a young man with dark hair and a thick dark moustache, holding hat in hand, at Fort Clark, Texas, 1898
26 Mounted photograph of a group of ten soldiers gathered near on a creek bank. Back of the photograph is inscribed: "W. C. Cobb" [Fort Clark, Texas, ] 1898?
27 "Buglers of Company D, and Com[missary?]", [Fort Clark, ?] 1898
28 Two mounted photographs of soldiers wearing dark jackets and light colored trousers, standing outside stone buildings. First photograph shows a soldier standing with rifle and bayonet at side, second photograph shows five soldiers [Fort Clark, Texas, ?] 1898
29 George W. Russell in uniform, 1898
30 Three photographs of W. H. Gray in uniform, marked at bottom: "Barr, Main Plaza, San Antonio", 1898
31 Sgt. J. L. Lovejoy, Co. M., 3rd Texas U.S. Volunteers, marked: "Blanchet and Krueger Hillsboro, Texas", 1898
32 Mounted photograph of soldier in uniform, inscribed on back, "A Edwards Boy (Bennie Feray's Brother)", 1898
33 Two small mounted photographs of exterior views of Fort Clark, Texas, first photograph shows a small wooden structure, second photograph shows a man standing on the side of a rocky hill
34 Jay Broussard at Key West, Florida, 1898
35 Four mounted photographs of the barracks at Key West, Florida. Includes photograph of Edward J. Blaine at desk, 1898
36 Mounted photograph of Ethol Shields of Marlin, Texas, 1898
37 Mounted photograph of two young men. Inscription on bottom indicates man on left is Earl Gray. Marked at bottom: "I. Villareal 211 Duval Street Key West Fla"
38 Photographic scrapbook of Chenault O'Brien's experiences during the Spanish-American War. Most photographs were taken at Key West, Florida.
39 Photograph of Robert Holton in civilian clothing, circa 1898
40 Portrait of Chenault O'Brien, with inscription "Ostebee", 1901
41 Duplicate of file 40
42 Tintype of Chenault O'Brien
43 Chenault O'Brien law office, circa 1910
44 Christine Chilton O'Brien and Chenault O'Brien, circa 1930
45-47 Chenault O'Brien, circa 1940
Eleanor O'Brien Moor
Box Folder
71 48 Eleanor O'Brien Moor, circa 1915, 1930
49 [Eleanor Moor, Leslie Millard Moor, Jr., and Christine Moor Sanders, circa ?] 1940
Chilton O'Brien
Box Folder
71 50-51 Chilton O'Brien, circa 1916
52 [Chilton O'Brien?] on a pony at the O'Brien Oak, circa 1917
53 Chilton O'Brien, Amos Gordon, Jr., A. G. Solberger, late 1910s
54 Chilton O'Brien and Frank Bourgeois, circa 1925
55 Beaumont junior high school football team, circa 1925
56 Chilton O'Brien high school graduation photograph, 1929
57 Twelve snapshots of a camp near Austin, circa late 1920s
58 Chilton O'Brien with college fraternity[?], 1930s?
59 Chilton O'Brien formal portrait, 1930s
Box Folder
72 1 Chilton O'Brien, early 1930s
2 [Chilton O'Brien?] in a canoe, circa 1930s
3 American Airways plane in flight - Chilton O'Brien rode in the same plane circa 1932
4 Pencil sketch of Chilton O'Brien titled, "Chilton Reading", by Jay Diess[?] circa 1933
5 Images of architectural detail at the University of Texas [from the Cactus, edited by Chilton O'Brien, circa 1934
6 Chilton O'Brien in the U.S. Navy, circa 1942
7 Caricature of Chilton O'Brien, circa 1950
8 Chilton O'Brien at dinner party, circa 1950
9 Chilton O'Brien, 1975
10 Chilton O'Brien, Pete Cokinos, and others, circa 1980
Photographs Related to Legal Cases
Box Folder
72 11 Breaking of an awning at 260 Crockett Street, Beaumont, 1939
12 Laundromat in Midland, Texas, 1947
13 Automobile accident at Harrison and the access road to Highway 90, 1959
Photographs of Legal Organizations
Box Folder
72 14 Port Arthur Bar Association, 1969
15 Jefferson County Bar Association, 1969-1970
16 Jefferson County Bar Association, circa 1972
17 Jefferson County Junior Bar Association, 1971
18-19 Jefferson County Junior Bar Association, 1973
Photographs Related to Business, Civic, and Political Activities
Box Folder
72 20 Color photograph of Smut grass on Shelby Corzine Survey, 1966
21 Chilton O'Brien playing in Lamar University Women's Tennis Scholarship Tournament, 1976
22 Three photographs of Lyndon B. Johnson's 1948 Senate campaign. Photographs were taken in Beaumont. Two photographs show Johnson addressing the crowd, one photograph shows the helicopter in the air.
23 Photograph of Lyndon B. Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird, at the Jefferson County Airport. Johnson is seen shaking hands with John Gray. Chilton O'Brien and others are seen in the crowd, 1963
24 Photograph of Lyndon B. Johnson shaking hands with a woman. Chilton O'Brien is also seen in the photograph, 1968
25 Texas State Library Commission. Front row: Price Daniel in center; Back row: Chilton O'Brien, second from left. Circa 1980
Personal Photographs
Box Folder
72 26 O'Brien residence, 1951
27 Ann and Ellen O'Brien, daughters of Chilton and Barbara Ann O'Brien. Ellen is on the left, Ann is on the right. Circa 1955.
28 O'Brien Oak, circa 1930
29 Six photographs and negatives of the O'Brien and Millard houses, circa 1930
30 [O'Brien family reunion, circa ?] 1980
Relatives of the O'Brien Family
Box Folder
72 31 Earl Wilson 1894, circa 1920
32 I.O.M. Peebles, 1871
33 Horace Chilton, circa 1890s
34 Horace Chilton portrait, 1890
35 Horace Chilton family, circa 1910
36 Chilton family[?] circa 1900
37 Horace Chilton residence in Tyler, Texas, circa 1910
38 Horace Chilton residence at 4117 Swiss Avenue, Dallas, Texas, circa 1910
39 Horace Chilton's gravesite in Tyler, Texas, circa 1980
40 George Chilton as a small child, circa 1870
41 George Chilton with other young men, 1893
42 Phi Delta Theta, Randolph Macon, Ashland, Virginia, 1896
43 George Chilton, 1903 October 3
44 Formal portrait of George Chilton, circa 1940
45 George Chilton in downtown Beaumont, circa 1930s
46 Mary Chilton Scurlock, circa 1930
47 Three photographs of Arch Chilton, circa 1900, 1918
48 "Auntie Sis" Scurlock and Mrs. Christine O'Brien, 1940
49 Mary Boren, 1940
50 Margaret Allison, Paul Millard, 1925
51 Colonel Henry Millard, 1840s
Photographs of Friends of the Family
Box Folder
72 52 Mounted photograph of Governor James S. Hogg, inscribed: "Yours, J. S. Hogg"
53 Postcard with a New Deal satire, 1938
54 Day Seastruck
55 W. F. Finley, 1890s
56 "Herbert D. McLeod newspaper man" in Spanish-American War uniform
57 Photograph of two men. Robert Holton is the man standing, circa 1900
58 W. H. Gray, circa 1910
59 Two photographs of Robert Holton at the Beaumont Ice, Light, and Refrigeration plant, 1900
Places in Beaumont
Box Folder
72 60 Port of Beaumont construction, circa 1915
61 Aerial photograph of downtown Beaumont, circa 1930s
62 Photographs from an album showing schools and students in Beaumont schools in the 1920s
63 Aerial photographs of the O'Brien property and Port of Beaumont, 1930?
64 Seven snapshots of Camp Waldemar, 1930
65 Scene from Evangeline in Teche country, circa 1930
Unidentified Individuals
Box Folder
72 66 Unidentified wedding, circa 1905
67 Unidentified family group
68 Unidentified formal portrait of men, circa 1910
69 Unidentified men, circa 1920
70 Unidentified man with accordion, circa 1940
71 Unidentified woman, 1920s
Photographs from Judge Daniel Walker Papers
Box Folder
72 72 School fair, 1926
73 [Judge Walker, Judge Walker Family, 1929?]
74 City Hall, Sanitarium, in Lubbock, Texas, circa 1925
75 Miler B. Overall, Jr., 1926
Box Folder
73 1 Framed portrait of George W. O'Brien, circa 1890s
2 Photograph of Christine Chilton O'Brien in ornate gilded oval frame, circa 1904
3 Photograph of Chilton O'Brien in ornate oval frame, circa 1915
Box Folder
74 1 Scrapbook of Chilton O'Brien, compiled in the 1970s. Letters of congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Chenault O'Brien on the birth of Chilton O'Brien; Newspaper clippings campaign for Cactus editor in 1934.



 

Artifacts

Box
75 White seashell, found circa 1898. The shell was found on the beach "Cordenas" near St. Peadrias Lighthouse off the coast of Cuba by the crushing crew of the blockade force.
Round brass button with American eagle motif in front center of button. 3/4 inch diameter.
Round brass button with American eagle motif in front center, circa 1898. 1/2 inch diameter. Buttons are from the uniform of Lieutenant Jackson, son-in-law of Admiral William T. Sampson, commander.
Nine bullets, circa 1898
Brace of nine bullets, circa 1898
Signal cartridge from the ship Winslow and was used in signaling.
Epaulets, made of brown faille with gold piping framing gray felt, and lined with black satin. Worn by Chenault O'Brien on his Spanish-American War uniform.
Silver toned token with inscription "Post Exchange Key West 5 cents," circa 1898
Black leather dance card, engraved with "First Annual Ball Neches Club Beaumont, Texas, Thanksgiving 1902". 3 x 5 inches.
Mirror, with photograph of Beaumont High School football team from 1927. Chilton O'Brien is one of the members of the team. He is in the third row, center.
Diamond shaped orange school letter, marked SJH (for South Junior High) and the year 1926
Small black notebook, used by Chenault O'Brien, who took it to Chicago for sale of Gladys City stock in 1935
Reproduction of a ten dollar Confederate note. Bill has a light green background with black engravings, and is marked: "Copyright 1912 by National Publicity Company, Chicago." Circa 1912
Box
76 U.S. Flag. Flag has 48 stars, and was possibly used to drape the casket of Chenault O'Brien. 5 ft x 9 1/2 ft. Flag circa 1940



 

Oversize Materials

George Washington O'Brien's Papers
Box Folder
77 1 Certificate from State of Texas to George W. O'Brien authorizing his election as District Attorney of the First Judicial District
2 Inventory of guns procured for Company E, Likens Battalion. Includes names of owners, description of weapons, and valuation. Circa 1862
3 Photocopy of muster roll of Captain George W. O'Bryan's Company C of the Speight's Battalion of Texas Infantry, 1863 June-August
4 Ledger detailing the division of Mrs. O'Brien's property between her sons, Robert and Chenault, and the valuation of all property. Newspaper clipping, "Mrs. O'Brien City Pioneer Dies Saturday" [Beaumont newspaper 1931]
Irma Ruth John Gordon Orr Papers
Box Folder
77 5 Subdivision of Johns' Heirs' property, between Liberty Avenue and Broadway, Beaumont, Texas, circa 1920; Blueprint of part of Irma Avenue and Park Street, circa 1923; Inventory of property in Jefferson County rendered for assessment of taxes, 1929
Chenault O'Brien
Box Folder
77 6 Large certificate from Governor of Texas to Chenault O'Brien, appointing him First Lieutenant of Beaumont Light Guard, 1897 November 15; Large Certificate from Governor of Texas to Chenault O'Brien appointing him First Lieutenant of Infantry in the United States Volunteer Infantry (Texas), 1898 May 14
7 Map of Beaumont
8 Permit from the Embassy of the United States at Paris, France, to Chenault O'Brien, to travel abroad in safety, 1903
9 Sketch of Spindletop Springs area showing oil lease, oil wells, storage tanks, marsh lands, and timbered areas, circa 1927
10 Newspaper article, "Temperance Building, Worth More Than $125,000, Given to the City for Public Benefit," Beaumont Enterprise, 1921 April 17
11 Newspaper clipping, "Bryan Greatest Moral Force of World," Chattanooga News, 1906 January 22; One page of a newspaper, "John Chaney's Candidacy for the Legislature," Beaumont Enterprise, 1908 June 7; Broadside, "To the Voters of Representative District, Composed of Orange and Jefferson Counties . . . Thos. H. Langham", 1908
12 One page of a newspaper, The Gasser, including an article on the wedding of Chenault O'Brien and Christine Chilton, 1904 July 2; Newspaper Clipping, "First Photograph of Storm's Work in Port Arthur," Beaumont Daily Journal, 1915 August 22; Newspaper article, "Thomas Higgins Was a Typical Westerner", Los Angeles Daily Times, 1921 January 1
13 Lineage papers for National Society of the Daughters of Runnymede; Includes genealogical information dating to 1215
Chilton O'Brien Papers
Educational Papers
Box Folder
77 14 Issues of The Broadcaster, a newspaper published by South End Junior High School, 1924 November, 1925 January, 1925 May, 1925 November, 1926 January, 1926 February, 1926 March, 1926 April
15 Newspaper clipping, "Beaumont Has a Bad Case of Fumbleitis in Opening Game," Beaumont Enterprise, 1927 September 25; Newspaper clipping, "Purple Beats Morgan City in Closing Minutes, 7-6," Beaumont Enterprise, 1927 October 1; Newspaper Clipping, "Beaumont Battling Houston Grid Team," The Beaumont Journal, 1927 October 8; Newspaper Clipping, "Royal Purple Machine Bowls Houston Central Over, 31-0" [Beaumont newspaper?], 1927 October 23; Newspaper Clipping, "Royal Purple Runs Wild Over Tornadoes, 51-0", The Galveston Daily News, 1927 October 30; Newspaper Clipping, "Purple Swamps Yellowjackets 31 to 13," The Beaumont Journal, 1927 November 12; Newspaper Clipping, "More Royal Purple Ineligibles," The Beaumont Journal, circa 1927; Newspaper Clipping, "20 Beaumont High Gridders Get Letters," circa 1927; Newspaper Clipping, "Dennis Men Play Visitors Ragged," circa 1927; Newspaper Clipping, "Light San Jacinto Eleven No Match for Revamped Purple Team in Thanksgiving Classic," circa 1927; Newspaper Clipping, "Royal Purple Line Tower of Strength," circa 1927; Newspaper clipping, "Dimmitt's Kiddies in Fighting Mood on Eve of Battle," [Beaumont Enterprise?], circa 1927
16 Broadside used by Chilton O'Brien in his campaign for associate editor of the Cactus, 1933; Broadside used by Jay Deiss in his campaign against Chilton O'Brien for editor of the University of Texas yearbook, The Cactus, 1933
17 Newspaper The Summer Texan, includes article "Chilton O'Brien Finally Named Editor of 34 Cactus," 1933 June 20
18 Newspaper clipping, "In Plane Crash," The Austin American, 1934 February 3
19 Diploma, Doctor of Jurisprudence, The University of Texas at Austin, 1936
Organizations
Box Folder
77 20 Kappa Alpha Organizational Diagram for [Financial] Campaign, 1955
21 One page of the newspaper, Reveille, Voice of the Veterans, 1946 February
Chilton O'Brien's Legal Career
Box Folder
77 22 J. R. Blanch Estate: Plat showing a part of the J. R. Blanch Estate, out of the Sophia Dean and M. F. Lazaria Leagues, Jefferson County, Texas, 1947 March 27; James A. Talley: Map showing oil wells in north Louisiana, including Lincoln Parish, Ouachita Parish, Jackson Parish, circa 1950; Sketch map of Calhoun Field Area, Lincoln and Ouachita Parishes, Louisiana, produced by Sun Oil Company, 1960; South Coast Life Insurance Company Annual Statement, 1945
23 Charles W. Coleman pension case; Newspaper clipping, "Nation's Scandal," Houston Daily Post, 1898 August 30; Newspaper clipping, "Texan Volunteers Here," New York Sun, 1898 [August?] 29; Newspaper clipping, "Key West Letter A Newsy Letter from Cincinnati - What They Do", [Beaumont Enterprise, 1898]; "Captain Holds Troops in Terror," New York Journal, [1898?]; "The San Marcos Arrives," New York Times, 1898 August 29; "The Sick at Santiago: Sad Effects of Delay on Suffering Soldiers," New York Tribune, 1898; George J. Schaumburg Case: Final plat of Palm Ridge Addition Blocks 1, 2, and 3, in Bridge City, Orange County, Texas, 1956 October; Highland Place Addition: Blueprint of proposed plan - profile and detailed sections of street improvements for Highland Place Addition to the City of Beaumont, Texas, 1948 March; Final Plat, Highland Place Addition to the City of Beaumont, 1948 April 20; B. F. Mansfield v. United States: Partial map of Orange and Jefferson counties showing the Neches River, Nederland, Port Neches, Rose City, circa 1954; H. E. Karnes: Ledger of stockholders and royalties, Batson Syndicate and Colorado-Batson Syndicate, circa 1941; Mary Chilton Scurlock: Life insurance policy from Hartford Life Insurance Company to Marvin Scurlock, 1912 January; Beneficiary certificate issued by the National Council of the Knights and Ladies of Security, 1918; Certificate form, Mutual Life Insurance Association of Texas, 1927; Part of the Horace Chilton Estate Land in the E. B. Lockridge Survey, No. 286, located 4 miles south of Tyler, 1933; Partial map of Smith County, Texas, showing Green Lane Survey, Oliver Anderson Survey, E. B. Lockridge Survey, Thomas Price Survey, circa 1955; Map showing part of E. B. Lockridge Survey, A-599 Smith County, Texas, 1962 September; Francis E. Whitney Case: Subdivision of T.N.O. R.R. Section 188, Chambers and Jefferson Counties, Texas, 1913 May 28; [Map of] "Lands Owned and for Sale by G. A. Elmen Co.", shows rice farms and land ownership in Chambers County; Ernest F. Bell case: Bell's medical records, 1926-1962; Texas Newsprint Company: Newspaper clipping, "U.S. Agency that Aids 'Jobless Areas' Draws Fire from Businesses," The Wall Street Journal 1963 April 11, Newspaper including article, "Fund-raiser is Planned to Boost New Paper Mill," The Kirbyville Banner, 1963 February 1; George J. Schaumberg Case: Plat of a property and topographic survey of a part of lots 7 and 8, Block G, Range G, Port Arthur Land Company Subdivision, Port Arthur, Texas, 1968; Map of Jefferson City Shopping Center, Port Arthur, Texas, circa 1968; Colony Lounge v. Beaumont Enterprise Case: Newspaper clipping, Advertiser, Lafayette, Louisiana; "Surveillance to Continue After Raids," 1965 March 7; Newspaper clipping, "Lafayette Gambling Raids Start Crackdown on Vice," Morning Advocate (Baton Rouge), 1965 March 6; Newspaper clipping, "Police Arrest 11 in Vice Raids in Lafayette," Beaumont Enterprise, 1965 March 6
Other Business Enterprises
Box Folder
77 24 Map of Silsbee Area, Hardin County, Texas, showing pipelines and locations of oil wells, circa 1951; Map of Runge, Karnes County, Texas, showing location of oil wells and pipelines, circa 1952; Composite Log, Humble Oil and Refining Company, Well M. L. Kirby #1, 6, 7, 8, 9, Silsbee, Hardin County, Texas, which includes maximum depth reach, depth datum, hole size, and resistivity, 1937-1945; Shelby Corzine Survey, Jefferson County, Texas: Partial map of Jefferson County, including Hildebrandt Bayou, John A. Veatch land, Shelby Corzine Survey, and Beaumont, circa 1930; Subdivision No. 6, S. Corzine Survey, Jefferson County, Texas, shows location of O'Brien cabin, 1925 July; [Copy of] original map made by L. J. Kopke upon his original survey of the S. Corzine League, circa 1935; Soil and Capability Map, Shelby Corzine, 1957; [Map of] Rice acreage [and other crops including clover and oats] for Chilton O'Brien in Subdivision Number Six of the S. Corzine Survey, Jefferson County, Texas, 1956; Ledger of expenses related to cattle and pasture improvements, 1953-1965; Sketch of C. O'Brien Property along LaBelle Road, 1956 December; Architectural drawing of O'Brien Property along LaBelle Road, 1956 December; Map of portion of Shelby Corzine League, circa 1940
25 Newspaper clipping, "Two Local Banks Add Directors," Beaumont Enterprise, 1962 January 10; Certificate from the Federal Communications Commission, 1951
Civic Organizations
Box Folder
77 26 Newspaper Racquets (Serving the Tennis Community of Greater Houston), 1973 September-October, including the article "54 Years of Beaumont Labor Day Tournament"; Newspaper clipping, "Chairman Explains Charter Change," circa 1948; Rotary Club Roster, list of members and their occupations, circa 1940
Chilton's Political Papers
Box Folder
77 27 Black and white photograph of Chilton O'Brien and President Lyndon Johnson shaking hands at the White House, 1968; Photograph of Congressman Jack Brooks and President Lyndon B. Johnson. Photograph is inscribed: "To Chilton O'Brien from your devoted friend Jack Brooks 22 September 1964"
28 Thanksgiving Day, 1968: The President of the United States of America, A Proclamation
Historical Organizations
Box Folder
77 29 Distinguished Service Award from Texas State Historical Committee and Texas Historical Foundation to Chilton O'Brien, 1966 December 31; The Medallion, A publication of the Texas State Historical Survey Committee, 1970 January
Chilton's Historical Research
Box Folder
77 30 "Story of Beaumont's Bench and Bar", The Beaumont Daily Journal, original and photocopy, 1915 November 30
31 Newspaper clipping, "Pattillo Higgins," Beaumont Enterprise-Journal, 9 November 1980; Gladys City Gazette, 1975 April 27. Includes an article on Chilton O'Brien and his grandfather, George W. O'Brien; Newspaper clipping, "G. W. O'Brien, torch bearer of East Texas Civilization," Beaumont Sunday Enterprise-Journal, 1980 November 9; Newspaper clipping, "Railway Office now home for Lawyers," Beaumont Enterprise, 1981 July 24; Newspaper clipping, "Much of the World Knew Wiess Brothers, Timber Barons," Beaumont Sunday Enterprise-Journal, 1980 November 9; Newspaper clipping, "Era of saddlebag physicians was exciting, romantic," Beaumont Sunday Enterprise-Journal, 1980 November 9; [Manuscript of a speech?] - "Beaumont Past--Present--Future", circa 1975
Historical Documents Collected by Chilton O'Brien
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77 31 Act for the Relief of George W. Smythe, Administrator of the Estate of Joseph Grigsby, Deceased [act deals with the sale of the estate's property], enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Republic of Texas, signed by Sam Houston. [Probably purchased from Merle Booker's Yesteryear, 2467 Calder, Beaumont, Texas.] 1844 February 3
32 Land grant for 320 acres in Jefferson County from the State of Texas to David Harmon, assignee of George A. Pattillo. [Document appears to have been silked], 1847; Reconnaissance of Sabine Pass by the Hydrographic Party under the Command of Lieut. J. Wilkinson, USN Assistant (shows the location for the proposed lighthouse], 1853
Chilton O'Brien's Personal Papers
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77 33 Blueprint of "Mr. and Mrs. Chilton O'Brien Resid[ence], 812 22nd Street, 1953
Barbara Ann Miller O'Brien Papers
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77 34 Miller Family Genealogical Chart, documenting 1683-1950
O'Brien Family Legacy
Riverfront Property
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77 35 Newspaper clippings, from Beaumont newspapers "Regular Session of the City Council," "Much Business Done By the City Council," 1909 August 5; "Property Owners on Riverfront Invite City to Bring Suit to Determine Whether People Shall Be Denied Use of Roadway in Dispute," 1909 December 1; "Go Into Court to Find Title," "Many Heavy Matters Before City Council," 1909 December 8; "City Attorney Makes Request to be Excused," 1909 December 9
36 Map showing Neches River, Bryan Addition, private property of G. W. O'Brien, and Austin and Orleans Street, 1897; Map showing the subdivision of G. W. O'Brien homestead, and Bryan Addition to Beaumont. Includes the location of O'Brien outbuildings, including the servant house and barn], 1909 July 15; Map showing the home of Chenault O'Brien, Neches River, Orleans Street, Pipkin Park, 1922; Map showing Orleans Street Extension, 1923 August; Map showing the purchase by American Legion Beaumont Post No. 33 of lots in the Subdivision of the O'Brien Homestead tract, 1948; Plat showing partition of the T. D. Yoacum Survey of Jefferson County, Texas; Photocopy of field notes and map of Thomas Yocum's Third of a League, 1869; Official Map of Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas, 1913 April; Portion of the partition of the T. D. Yocum Survey, Jefferson County, Texas, 1933 January 28; Map of Woodson Pipkin Land, Part of David Brown Survey, Jefferson County, Texas, 1900 January 24; Copy of land grant from General Land Office of the State of Texas to Richard Theel, 1888; Subdivision of Johns' Heirs Property between Liberty Avenue and Broadway, Beaumont, Texas, circa 1920; Plat of John A. Veatch Survey in Hardin County, Texas, showing subdivision into acre tracts, as made by and forming a part of a decree entered 1902 April 10 in cause #281, Samuel H. Veach et al vs. P. S. Watts et al; Plat map of Hardin County, Texas, circa 1917; Copy of a deed from Chenault O'Brien to F. H. Carpenter in John A. Veatch Survey, Hardin County, Texas, 1938; Grant of 640 acres from the General Land office, State of Texas, to Richard Theel, 1888; Newspaper clipping, "The Chilton House," circa 1975; Plat showing areas in various tracts of land in the Horace Chilton Estate lands located in the E. B. Lockridge Survey, No. 286, four miles south of Tyler, Texas, 1949; Plat of Survey showing part of the Robert Tombs [sic] Sur., A-987, Smith County, Texas, 1966 July; Map showing the property owned by Horace Chilton Estate in George A. Bass and A. G. Walling Surveys, Smith County, Texas, 1933 April 6; Topographical map of the Winona Quadrangle (Smith County), Texas, 15 minute series, United States Department of the Interior Geological Survey; Photocopy of General Warranty Deed from Christine Chilton O'Brien et al to Texas Long Leaf Lumber Company, 1946; Map of Smith County, Texas, showing acreage and oil production, circa 1950; Plat of survey showing part of the E. M. Eakin Survey, Smith County, 1967
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1 Map of [proposed?] Gladys City. Includes depiction of churches, Gladys City Hotel, manufacturing squares, city fountain, fire department, and public schools, circa 1892
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2 Plat showing a part of the J. R. Blanch Estate out of the Sophia Dean and M. F. Lazarin Leagues, Jefferson County, Texas, 1947
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3 Map giving "Summary of Land Owned by H. Mandrot in E 1/2 of Manuel Chirino League as Surveyed by L. J. Kopke in 1920"
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4 A Survey of 2 Tracts of Land in Sophie Dean League, Jefferson County, Texas, 1963 December
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5 Map of Hollywood Village Rental Project, Tenth and Hollywood Streets, Beaumont, Texas, 1964 October 7
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6 Topographic Map (15 minute series) of the Bessmay Quadrangle of Texas and Louisiana, shows Jasper and Newton Counties, marshes, creeks, oil wells, pipelines, land owners. Mapped, edited, and published by the Department of the Interior, Geological Survey, Washington, D.C., 1956
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7 Map showing land in Newton County leased by lumber companies, including Kirby Lumber Company and the Southern Pine Lumber Company, circa 1960
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8 Map of Jefferson County, Texas, showing topography and proposed division of the county into drainage districts with systems of ditches, channel improvements, and levees for each district, 1914
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9 [Map of] Lands owned and for sale by G. A. Elmen, Houston, Texas. Map shows part of Jefferson and Chambers Counties, railroads, canals, and residences, circa 1925
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10 [Map of] Rice acreage for Chilton O'Brien in Subdivision Number Six of the S. Corzine Survey, Jefferson County, Texas, 1952 February
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11 Field survey detail of Cheek District, includes S. Corzine Survey, M. Pevitot League, undated
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12 Zoning map of Beaumont, 1955 June 16
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13 Zoning map of Beaumont, 1955 June 7
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14 Study sketch map, Cardinal Drive (Loop 251), 1962
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15 Partial map of Beaumont showing Hillebrandt Bayou, streets, and subdivisions, 1962
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16 Lamar University Schematic Representation of various tracts under consideration, 1971 April 30
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17 Map showing the location of the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, including the land donated by Price Daniel, circa 1982
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18 Mr. and Mrs. Chilton O'Brien residence, 814 22nd Street, All-Year Air Conditioning System, 1953
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19 Genealogical table, Rathbone-Jackson-Neale-Beeson-Gordon-John-O'Brien, compiled by Alfred Neale Gordon, 1975, revised 1977
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20 General layout of proposed Orleans-Pennsylvania Connection, Beaumont, Texas, 1963 October
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21 Map showing location of O'Brien Gulley, Pipkin Park, 1920 May
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22 Right of way map for proposed Orleans-Pennsylvania Connection, Beaumont, Texas, 1963 October
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23 Map showing Riverside Drive, Blanchette Addition, Park Street, Bryan Addition, 1974
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24 Sour Lake Oil Field, Veatch and Junker Surveys, shows land holdings "O'Brien et al in red", 1914
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25 Sketch of Hardin County, including the Martha Gilbert Survey, 1914
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26 Map of High Island, 1922 May 27
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27 Map of High Island, Texas, showing land holders, location of oil wells, circa 1933
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28 Map of Orangefield, Orange, Texas. Shows oil wells, gas wells, dry holes, and abandoned oil wells, undated
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29 Map showing the partition of 148.71 acres in the C. West League, Orange County, Texas, undated
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30 Plat map of Smith County showing oil leases, circa 1925
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31 Plat of the Horace Chilton Estate land in the E. B. Lockridge Survey, No. 286, located 4 miles south of Tyler, 1933 April 14
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32 Map showing part of Smith County, Texas. Area shown is southwest of Tyler and documents oil leases and oil wells, 1953
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33 Plat of survey showing part of the E. B. Lockridge Survey, A-599, Smith County, Texas, 1962 September
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34 Plat of survey for Tyler Industrial Foundation showing a portion of the E. B. Lockridge Survey, A-599, Smith County, Texas, 1965 December, 1966 February
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35 Plat of survey for the Brookshire Grocery Store showing a portion of the E. B. Lockridge Survey, Smith County, Texas, 1966 February
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36 Plat of survey for St. Louis Southwestern Railway Company showing a portion of the E. B. Lockridge Survey, Smith County, Texas, 1966 February
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37 Map of surveys of Smith County, Texas including the Thomas Price Survey, Marshall University Survey, and E. B. Lockridge Survey, undated
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38 Plat of survey showing part of the E. M. Eakin Survey, Smith County, Texas, 1967