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Profiles

  • Tex Ritter (1905 - 1974)
    Woodward Maurice Ritter (January 12, 1905–January 2, 1974), better known as Tex Ritter, was an American country music singer and movie actor popular from the mid-1930s into the 1960s, and the father ...
  • Helen Vinson (1907 - 1999)
    Helen Vinson (September 17, 1907 – October 7, 1999) was an American film actress, who appeared in 40 films between 1932 and 1945. Selected filmography
  • Sherman Jefferson Aldridge (1900 - 1971)
    Son of Gordon W. Aldridge & Elonia Laforlletta.
  • Alice McKinley Richardson (1909 - 2001)
    Alice McKinley Richardson, 92, of Beaumont died Oct. 30, 2001, at her residence. Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Forest Lawn Funeral Home with burial at Magnolia Cemetery. Visitation will be fr...
  • William O. Cornish, Jr. (1925 - 2004)

Please add profiles of those who were born, lived or died in Beaumont, Texas.

Beaumont is the county seat of Jefferson County on the Neches River.

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Overview

Beaumont was founded as a town in 1835. The early European–American settlement had an economy based on the development of lumber, farming, and port industries. In 1892, Joseph Eloi Broussard opened the first commercially successful rice mill in the state, stimulating development of rice farming in the area; he also started an irrigation company to support rice culture. Rice became an important commodity crop in Texas, and is now cultivated in 23 counties.

A big change occurred in 1901 with the Spindletop gusher, which demonstrated the potential of the huge oil field. With Spindletop, several energy companies developed in Beaumont, and some continue. The area rapidly developed as one of the major petro-chemical refining areas in the country. Along with Port Arthur and Orange, Beaumont forms the Golden Triangle, a major industrial area on the Texas Gulf Coast.

Links

Wikipedia

Beaumont Historical Newspapers

Beaumont Genealogical Records

Tyrrell Historical Library