James G. Bythewood, Sr., was employed for fifty years with the Lower Neches Valley Authority. During his tenure of employment he served as head engineer and mechanical engineer for the Lower Neches Valley (LNV) Canal Company. In this official capacity he oversaw the construction of the canal. This portion of these papers in this collection consists of several photographs documenting the construction of the canal as well as oil fields in which he had an active interest. There is also information related to a home that he once owned at Weiss Bluff on the Neches River in Jasper County and the cookouts that he hosted there for members of the First Baptist Church of Beaumont and oil company employees.
John C. Chance, Jr., owned for many years an oil well drilling business in Beaumont, Texas. As a young man, he married into the Bythewood family. In his early career, John Chance worked for Miles Franklin Yount, who was part-owner of the Yount-Lee Oil Company. Later on in his life, he owned and operated the J.C. Chance Well Service Company located on College Street in Beaumont. This portion of these papers in this collection consists of photographs of John Chance, his family, various schools once attended by family in the area, correspondence related to the oil drilling industry and Republican Party affiliation, and a map depicting those oil companies that once held land leases at the Spindletop oil field.