This home movie captures scenes of Dow Chemical employees, including Dr. A.P. Beutel, Dow's first Texas-division manager, fishing on Harris Reservoir in the Brazos River area. Dr. Beutel, his son Richard Beutel, and other Lake Jackson residents are fishing, smoking, and viewing hurricane or storm damage along the reservoir. It is likely that Dr. Beutel was shooting the film as he is only briefly on screen.
Dow Chemical, headquartered in Midland, Michigan, is one of the world's largest chemical companies with numerous plants and facilities all over the world. Dow Chemical's involvement in Texas began in 1940 with the construction of the Freeport Plant in Freeport, Texas. This plant was primarily tasked with extracting magnesium from sea water, a much needed resource America's military effort in World War II. The development of the city of Lake Jackson, which served as a home for Dow employees, coincided with the construction of the Freeport Plant and as such share a mutual history. Dow Chemical in Freeport became part of a larger transformation of the Texas Coast into a major center of the oil and chemical industry.