Online Services Government
  • Departments
  • Commissioners Court
  • Elected Officials
  • Courts
  • Justice of the Peace Courts
  • Constables
  • Residents Visitors Business Employment

    Peter G. Bilheimer Collection


    Summary: Bilheimer family photography collection and varied sources. Mr. Bilheimer came to the Archives to do research on the Maddox family from which he is a descendant. He was trying to locate the site of Madoxia Park, a country home belonging to that family. He allowed us to copy items from his family collection including items related to his great-grandfather, Walter T. Maddox . At the bottom of this page is an excerpt describing W.T. Maddox in the words of a fellow early citizen of Fort Worth, B.B. Paddock.

    William Edward Bilheimer Jr., oval portrait


    1. One photo-copy of Maddox home, 922 Lamar Street, Fort Worth. Widow of William Alexander Maddox on porch;
    2. Two prints of Walter T. Maddox, Tarrant County Sheriff (1880-1886). Two negatives of same image; two contact prints of same image.
    • Maddox family research
          a. Two pages of ancestry lines
          b. Page listing burial sites for above
          c. Copy from National Archives of W. A. Maddox's war experiences
          d. Three pages with notes about Maddox family in Fort Worth
          e. Birth certificate for Theodore M. Bilheimer
          f. Death notice for Wm. Ed. Bilheimer
          g. Four pages concerning "Wanted" individuals, Fort Worth Chief of Police
    • James H. Maddox, and Gordonville, Texas
    • Photo-copied images from family collection (the originals remaining with Mr. Bilheimer):
      1. House on Lamar, same as above
      2. Maddox House, address not cited
      3. Walter T. Maddox, same image as above, Jim Maddox, Ben U. Bell
      4. Eula Lee Maddox Bilheimer, in hat
      5. Eula Lee Maddox Bilheimer, portrait by Reid
      6. Family oval portrait: Wm. Ed. Bilheimer Sr., W. E. B. Jr., Theodore Maddox Bilheimer, Eula Lee M. Bilheimer.  Hudson Studio, c. 1905
      7. Snapshot of Eula Lee Bilheimer with three children
      8. School class at Lily B. Clayton School, c. 1946, Mrs. Lawless, teacher
      9. School class at Lily B. Clayton School, Mrs. Zelma Brown, teacher
      10. School class at Lily B. Clayton School, Mrs. Zelma Brown, teacher
      11. Kindergarten class at Lily B. Clayton, 1946, Mrs. Lawless, teacher
      12. Theodore M. Bilheimer in car with unknown person
      13. William Edward Bilheimer, Kimsey and Roberts Studio, Little Rock
      14. William Edward Bilheimer Jr., oval portrait
      15. Snapshot in yard of W. E. B. Jr., Eula Lee Bilheimer, Edward Steven Bilheimer, Theodore M. Bilheimer
      16. Snapshot of Theodore Bilheimer, Edward S. Bilheimer, W. E. B. Jr.
      17. Theodore M. Bilheimer, c. 1909
      18. Theodore M. Bilheimer, standing in yard
      19. W. E. B. Jr. and Theodore Bilheimer, in suits and caps
      20. Lady believed to be Mrs. Wm. Alexander Maddox
      21. Catherine G. Sell Bilheimer, Eula Lee Bilheimer, Sis Bilheimer Pugh
      22. Theodore Maddox Bilheimer, toddler in white suit
      23. Wm. Ed. Bilheimer Jr., Theodore Bilheimer, in uniforms
      24. Five children on running board of car: W. E. B. Jr., Theodore Bilheimer, Wiggie Maddox Bilheimer, Edward S. Bilheimer, Sis Bilheimer
      25. Family Portrait in yard, "Our Gang", September 2, 1940 Peter G `Sell Bilheimer, age 4, Rhea-Engert Studio
      26. Two snapshots of Wm. Ed. Bilheimer Jr., standing on chair
      27. Peter G. Bilheimer, 1920 Warner Road, Fort Worth, c. 1944
      28. Three snapshots of Theodore M. Bilheimer, in riding, fishing clothes
      29. Eula Lee Bilheimer seated
      30. Father with three sons: Wm. Ed. Bilheimer Sr. and Jr., Theodore M. Bilheimer, Edward Steven Bilheimer
      31. Two snapshots of Bilheimer family riding at Estes Park, Colorado
      32. Four snapshots of Confederate veterans' parade in Fort Worth, c. 1915
      33. Snapshot of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Maddox Bilheimer, (Kathryn G. Sell), 1940
      34. Snapshot of two boys in cart pulled by two goats, early 1900's: William E. Bilheimer Jr., Theodore Maddox Bilheimer


    WALTER T. MADDOX. No citizen of Fort Worth is more widely known or highly regarded than Walter T. Maddox. He was born in Troop County, Georgia, being a son of Colonel W. A. and Mary A. (Mays) Maddox, whose history will be found on other pages of this work. The son Walter was about four years old when taken by his parents to Claiborne parish, Louisiana, being there reared on a plantation, and before reaching his eighteenth year enlisted in the Confederate army as a cavalryman in the Fifth Louisiana Battalion under General Harrison. His services were principally in Louisiana and along the Mississippi river, and during the latter part of the struggle served under the command of General Brint. His squadron was placed north of the Red river on picket and scouting duty, and were the means of cutting off Federal aid to General Banks on his expedition up that river and captured many Union soldiers, also in many other ways assisting in bringing about the defeat of that general's army at the battle of Mansfield.

    After a military career of over two years Mr. Maddox returned to his home, and was there engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1873, when he started west, without any particular objective place, but with a view of finding a new and good country in which to establish a home. He had previously married Miss Sallie Hightower, a native of Georgia, and on the journey he was accompanied by his wife and their only child, Rosa, who is now Mrs. T. L. Brown, of San Antonio, Texas. They had a wagon and hack, with good horses, and were well equipped for the journey. On arriving at Fort Worth, at that time not much more than a frontier settlement, without railroad facilities, Mr. Maddox was at first not favorably impressed with the place, but on being shown about the town by Captain Paddock, who in those days, as he has ever even continued to be, was a great "boomer" for the city, and was so enthusiastic in his predictions as to what it was destined to become that Mr. Maddox decided to locate. He accordingly established himself in the livery business, and immediately joined hands with Captain Paddock in booming the town. He prospered in his undertakings, and continued in the livery business until 1880, when he was elected to the office duties connected with that official position that he was three times re-elected, being its incumbent for six years.

    Mr. Maddox's record as sheriff is one of which he may be justly proud, and constitute his chief title to fame in the Lone Star state. He assumed the duties of the office as a time when lawlessness had grown to such proportions that criminals and disreputable characters were but feebly combated, and Fort Worth was almost daily subjected to fights, brawls, murders and many other depredations. But the lawless element soon found that Mr. Maddox was a man of determination, sterling worth and absolutely fearless, with a sole aim of preserving law and order and protecting citizens and their property. Surrounding himself with a picked corps of deputies known for their bravery and devotion to duty, it was not long until Fort Worth was enjoying the peace and quiet of a law-abiding community. Several notable murder and other cases were handled by the sheriff and his force during his term of office, chief among which may be mentioned the Knights of Labor strike, principally among railroad employees, in 1886, the last of Mr. Maddox's regime. This was the occasion of much rioting and public disturbance, and to quell that he swore in a force of two hundred men, among them being many well-known residents of the city. At the close of his term of office his official affairs were in such excellent condition that he was enabled to close up all matter with the board of county commissioners in half an hour, leaving a clean and honorable record, for which he was given special credit with commendation by that board in a statement for the press which they prepared in a statement for the press which they prepared on that occasion. Up to that time he was the only man who had served the county as sheriff three terms.

    During the year following his retirement from office Mr. Maddox was engaged in the real estate business, after which he became a partner with Mr. Ellison in the furniture trade, with the firm name of Maddox, Ellison and Company. After ten years of continued prosperity as a member of that firm Mr. Maddox sold his interest to his partner and became a member of the furniture firm of Fakes and Company, in which he remained about one year. On the expiration of that period on account of ill health he decided to withdraw there from and again take up the real estate business, in which he has ever since been continuously engaged, conducting a general real estate and rental business, with offices in the Wheat building. Some years ago he purchased for his residence the old Joe Brown home, one of the historic places of Fort Worth, and this he remodeled and refurnished, making it an ideal home. He also owns considerable business property in the city, and prior to the depression of 1893, with his brother, Colonel Robert E. Maddox, he was one of its largest taxpayers. Ever since taking up his residence here he has been a generous contributor to all public enterprises designed to promote the city's growth and up building, one of his first benefactions being a liberal contribution to the Texas and Pacific Railroad to locate in Fort Worth. He possesses those qualities which constitute true citizenship, and whether in public or civil life will serve his fellow men well.

    Four children have been added to the family of Mr. and Mrs. Maddox in Texas, namely: Mrs. Emma Covey, Walter T., Jr., Mrs. Eula Bilheimer (note: Paddock spelled with two l's) and H. Clyde Maddox. Mr. Maddox is a member of R. E. Lee Camp, U. C. V., in which he holds pleasant relations with his old army comrades of the gray, also of the Masonic order and the First Methodist church.

    B. B. Paddock, History and Biographical Record of North and West Texas, Vol. II (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1906), pp. 72-73. Copy on file in Tarrant County Archives.


    County Telephone Operator 817-884-1111

    Tarrant County provides the information contained in this web site as a public service. Every effort is made to ensure that information provided is correct. However, in any case where legal reliance on information contained in these pages is required, the official records of Tarrant County should be consulted. Tarrant County is not responsible for the content of, nor endorses any site which has a link from the Tarrant County web site.

    This site is best experienced with supported browsers: Internet Explorer 9 and above, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Apple Safari. If you use an older or unsupported browser, you might notice that some features do not function properly. Click the browser name above to learn more about the recommended browsers.

    County Seal

    100 E. Weatherford, Fort Worth, Texas 76196