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The Fort Worth Public Library's Biography Vertical Files contain clippings from Fort Worth newspapers, research notes, and other articles provided by researchers. They may be used in-house and photocopied. For more information about any of the these files, please contact the Genealogy, History, and Archives staff at 817-392-7740.

Anderson, Neil P. (1847 - 1912)
Included in the file are Federal Writer’s Project notes and newspaper clippings. Local capitalist and prominent cotton dealer. Owned Alta Vista Farms-largest privately owned farm in the United States.

Andrews, Earl Franklin (1925-1975)
Contains a copy of the folder that was prepared by Terry Baker for the Texas Peace Officers’ Memorial. Franklin was a Mansfield Constable who was killed in the line of duty in 1975. The folder contains news clippings about the incident, the officer’s death certificate and applications to the Texas Peace Officers' Memorial.

Armey, Dick (1940-)
Contains newspaper clippings and biographical information regarding the Republican majority leader.

Arnold, Ripley (1817-1853)
Contains newspaper clippings with biographical information about Major Ripley who established Camp Worth on June 6, 1849, including accounts of his untimely death at the hands of Dr. Josephus M. Steiner. It also contains a copy of the letter from the USA Quartermaster from Sept. 7, 1901, regarding an unsuccessful request to remove his remains to the San Antonio National Cemetery.

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Bailey, Joseph Weldon (1863-1929)
Contains the April 13, 1908 issue of "Bailey Campaign Truth" published by the Bailey Campaign Committee. Bailey was a United States Congressman and Senator from Texas.

Baird Family
Contains newspaper clippings and biographical information on the members of the Baird Family. Also contains information and clippings about Mrs. Baird’s Bread Company.

Barnes, George Kelly (1895 - 1954)
File contains a biography and newspaper clippings. Kelly was known as “Machine Gun” Kelly and was wanted in three states for murder, kidnapping, and bank robbery. Died in prison of a heart attack at the age of 57.

Barr, Willard (1908-1998)
Contains newspaper clippings and biographical information about Willard Barr, former mayor of Fort Worth (1965-1967).

Bass Dynasty (1960 - Present)
Contains a pedigree chart for the Bass Family, a prominent Fort Worth family, known as both businessmen and philanthropists. Five folders hold numerous newspaper and magazine clippings regarding the Bass family starting in the 1960's

Bean, Alan (1932-)
Contains biographical information and personal interviews, along with the feature article about him in the "Southwest Art Magazine". Bean was a NASA Astronaut and renowned space artist. Also contains copies of the "Fort Worth Press" from December 29, 1969, regarding the parade in Bean’s honor.

Benbrook, James (1831-1907)
Contains biographical information about this Texas pioneer for whom Benbrook Station, on the Texas & Pacific Railroad, was named.

Bolen, Bob (1926-)
Contains newspaper clippings and biographical information on this mayor of Fort Worth from 1982-1991.

Brosky, Christopher (1974-)
Contains newspaper clippings about the trial and the protests in response to his sentence after he was convicted of murdering Donald Thomas in 1993.

Buckley, Betty (1947-)
Contains newspaper clippings and biographical information about this former Miss Fort Worth, current star of both stage and film.

Burchill, Belle (1847-1937)
Contains newspaper clippings and biographical information about this first woman Postmaster of Fort Worth and supervisor of the Fort Worth Benevolent Home. Also contains a detailed biography written by Janice Luebbenhusen.
NOTE: Fort Worth Public Library owns the collection of her papers.

Burnett, Samuel Burk (1849-1922), and Burnett Family
Contains newspaper clippings and biographical information about the prominent rancher, banker and oilman. Also contains copy of Burk Burnett’s Last Will and Testament. Included are numerous articles regarding the lawsuits that were filed over the Burnett estate after Tom Burnett died and articles detailing the friendship between the Burnett family and Quanah Parker. There are also detailed biographies of different members of the Burnett family. They were the owners of one of the largest cattle empires in Texas history - The Four Sixes Ranch.

Butler, Henry Harrison (1843 -1939)
Pension records are included in the file. Accused of perpetuating a Civil War military pension fraud, which he finally received. Was one of the first African American teachers in Fort Worth.

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Carter, Amon G., Sr. (1879-1955)
Contains magazine and newspaper clippings and biographical information about the publisher and president of the "Fort Worth Star-Telegram".

Carter, Amon G., Jr. (1919-1982)
Contains newspaper clippings and biographical information about the publisher of the "Fort Worth Star-Telegram", civic leader and philanthropist.

Chisum, John Simpson (1824-1884)
Contains biographical information and newspaper clippings. The newspaper clippings deal specifically with the descendants of John Chisum, a pioneer southwestern cattleman and Jensie, a slave girl. These descendants lived in Tarrant County.

Clark, N. L. (1870-1956)
Contains an autobiography that appeared in the 1956 edition of "The Christian Appeal" about this early Fort Worth preacher and educator.

Clarkson, Kelly (1982 - )
Contained in the file are newspaper clippings documenting the Burleson native as the first American Idol (reality television show), winner in 2002 and her success as a vocalist.

Cliburn, Van (1935-)
Contains numerous newspaper clippings and promotional material about the world-renowned pianist.

Cody, Samuel Franklin (1861-1913)
Contains biographical information about the Wild West showman and a detailed fact sheet that deals mainly with Cody’s experiments with powered flight.

Coffey, George Frank (1878-1915)
Contains newspaper clippings about the murder of one of the first Fort Worth police officers killed in the line of duty.

Conaway, Martha Jane (1861-1954)
Contains autobiography of this pioneer of Colorado City, Mitchell County, Texas.

Connally, John Bowden, Jr. (1917-1993)
Contains extensive collection of newspaper clippings regarding Connally’s political career as Governor of Texas (1963-1969) and US Secretary of the Treasurer (1971-1972).

Courtright, Timothy “Longhair Jim” (1845-1887)
Contains biographical information and newspaper accounts of Courtright’s, the "Two-Gun Marshall of Fort Worth", activities taken from the WPA Project.

Cross, James C., Jr. (1942-)
Detailed newspaper clippings following the case, from the reports of the disappearance of University of Texas coeds, Shirley Stark and Shirley Rigsby, in 1965 to the release of their murderer James Cross in 1992.

Crouch, Doug (? -1995)
Contains newspaper clippings regarding his controversial tenure as Tarrant County District Attorney from 1958-1968.

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Dacus, Melvin (1923-1999)
Contains newspaper clippings and biographical information about the singer, actor and producer who co-founded Casa Manana Musicals

Daggett, Ephraim Merrill (1810-1883)
Contains newspaper clippings and extensive biographical information about the early pioneer and promoter of Fort Worth. Also contains a request by the Tarrant County Historical Commission for an Official Historical Marker and the index to the Daggett Ledger (1859-1861).

Danciger, Jack (1877-1966)
Contains newspaper clippings and biographical information about the oil producer, refiner and Honorary Consul of Mexico. It also contains a number of letters by Mr. Danciger relating to the donation of materials to the collection.

Daniel, Price (1910-1988)
Contains biographical information about the Governor of Texas (1957-1963).

Davis, Cullen (1933-)
Newspaper clippings covering the night of the murder and the famous Texas murder trial. It also contains biographical information.

Davis, Malcolm (1881-1933)
Contains a copy of the folder that was prepared by Terry Baker for the Texas Peace Officers’ Memorial. The Deputy Sheriff was killed in the line of duty by the outlaw Clyde Barrow. It contains detailed news clippings about the incident, the officer’s death certificate and applications to the Texas Peace Officers' Memorial.

Deen, F. Edgar (1888-1967)
Contains newspaper clippings and biographical information about the Fort Worth Mayor (1947-1950, 1953-1955) and Stock Show Manager.

Deen, Edith Alderman (1905-1994)
Contains biographical information and newspaper clippings about the "Fort Worth Press" newspaper columnist and author.

Dobie, J. Frank (1888-1964)
Nine folders contain the Fort Worth historian and author’s columns and some biographical information.

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Earp Brothers
File contains research notes on the Earp brothers. Wyatt Earp (1848 - 1929) was a marshal in Dodge City, Kansas. He went on trial for murder at Tombstone-revenge was the motive. His brother James (1841-1926) worked at the Fort Worth White Elephant Saloon, which claimed to be the best in the state of Texas.

Eisenhower, Dwight David (1890-1969)
Contains newspaper clippings the deal with the President of the United States' (1953-1961) connection to Fort Worth.

Elliott, Carroll O. (1870 – c.1930)
Included in the file are military and genealogy records. One of the first Texans to volunteer for the Spanish-American War. He was a Major in the Texas National Guard. Mr. Carroll was cashier of the Fort Worth postal savings bank and superintendent of the money order division.

Eppstein, Milton L. (1866 -1925)
The file contains genealogy records, a death certificate and newspaper clippings. Eppstein was owner of L. Eppstein & Son Wholesale Liquors and Cigars at 812 Throckmorton from 1904 until nationwide prohibition took effect. Jersey Cream 1873 Whiskey was one of the popular trademarked brands sold by the company.

Flake, Ferdinand (?-1872)
Contains detailed biographical information about the publisher of both English and German language newspapers in Texas.

Freelove, Channing (1974-1993) and Golchert, Melanie (1975-1993)
Contains newspaper clippings that cover the trial and conviction of the murderers of these Fort Worth teenagers in 1993.

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Gabert, Simon (1837 – 1911)
Gabert’s pension records are included in the file for Fort Worth’s first Jewish settler (1856) and Union soldier who was honored with a purple heart. He was one of the founding fathers of Beth-El Synagogue.

Geren, Pete (1953-)
Contains newspaper clippings about his term in the House of Representatives (1989-1995)

Goodnight, Charles (1836-1929) and Molly (1839-1926)
Contains newspaper clippings and biographical information about pioneer Texas ranchers.

Granger, Kay (1943-)
Contains newspaper clippings and biographical information about the Mayor of Fort Worth (1991-1995) and United States Congressman (1996-).

Green, Johnnie (1933 - )
Included in the file are journal and newspaper articles documenting Johnnie Green also known as the “Walking Dead Man” after divulging information on an organized crime unit in Texas.

Griffin, John Howard (1920-1980)
Contains newspaper clippings and biographical information about the prominent Texas writer.

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Hall, Herman (1924-)
Contains newspaper clippings that follow the City Land Appraiser embezzling the taxpayers of Fort Worth.

Haltom, George W. (1872-1943)
Contains newspaper clippings and biographical information about the prominent Fort Worth, Texas businessman.

Harmon, Douglas (1940-)
Contains biographical information and his detailed resume. He was the Fort Worth City Manager (1985-1989) and CEO of the Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau. Also contains articles that he has written and copies his cartoons.

Harris, Abe (1825 - 1915)
File contains research notes and newspaper clippings documenting Abraham Harris as a settler of the frontier post that later became the city of Fort Worth. He was a veteran of the Texas-Mexican War and the Civil War.

Hatfield, Basil M. (?-1942)
Contains newspaper clippings about the Captain of Texas Steer, believed to be the first man to have poled a flat-bottomed scow on a round trip of the Trinity.

Hayley, H. H. (1848-1926)
Contains the personal memoirs of the Texas pioneer and member of the 18th Mississippi Cavalry Battalion, Company G, Forrest’s Cavalry. They deal mainly with his childhood in Mississippi and his experiences during the war.

Hayne, Al (1850-1890)
Contains newspaper clippings about the Spring Palace fire. They also discuss the monument erected to honor Al Hayne, the hero of the fire, and information about the attempts to preserve the monument over the years.

Hefley, Charles (1947- )
Contains newspaper clippings about the confessed rapist and murderer sent to the Rusk State Hospital for the Criminally Insane.

Hillard, Charlie Roberts (1938-1996)
Contains newspaper clippings and biographical information about the Fort Worth auto dealer and aviator.

Hogan, Ben (1912-1997)
Contains newspapers clippings and biographical information about the legendary golfer.

Hogg, James Stephen (1851-1906) and family
Contains biographical information about the first native Governor of Texas (1891-1895).

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Hollowell, Robert “Bob” P. (1873-1914)
Contains copy of the folder that was prepared by Sgt. K.S. Foster for the Texas Peace Officers’ Memorial. The Fort Worth police officer was fatally wounded in a motorcycle accident. It contains news clippings about the incident, the death certificate and applications to the Texas Peace Officers' Memorial.

House, Boyce (1897-1961)
Contains some clippings of his newspaper columns and detailed biographical information about the Texas humorist, author and radio personality.

Huffman, Mary Sue (1859-?)
Contains biographical information about the first Superintendent of Fort Worth Public Schools and an article she wrote called “Changing Ideals in Southern Womanhood” for The Congress of Women.

Hulen, John Augustus (1871-1957)
Contains biographical information about the railroad executive and militia commander.

Humphrey, Hubert (1911-1978)
Contains newspaper clippings regarding the United States Vice-President’s (1965-1969) visit to Fort Worth in 1966.

Hunnicutt, Gayle (1943-)
Contains newspaper clippings and biographical information about the Fort Worth actress.

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James, Frank (1843-1915), and Jesse (1847-1882)
Contains detailed biographical information about the famed outlaws, some genealogical information about the James family and newspaper clippings regarding the body exhumation in Granbury.

Jarvis, James Jones (1831-1914), and Jarvis, Ida Van Zandt (1844-1937)
Contains detailed biographical information and newspaper clippings about the early Fort Worth pioneers.

Jary, William (1911 – 1989)
File contains journal articles and newspaper clippings. He created a newsletter during World War II to raise morale and was a bronze star recipient. Jary was a military historian, editor and art director for a book on the history of Camp Bowie that later became Fort Worth, a memorabilia collector and worked at Casa Manana.

Jenkins, Dan (1929-)
Contains a brief biography and newspaper clippings of the sports journalist and novelist.

Johnson, Jake (1850 - 1909)
Included in file are a death certificate and newspaper clippings. Funded Jim Courtright’s return trip to Fort Worth from New Mexico. Testified for Luke Short after he shot Jim Courtright.

Johnson, Lyndon Baines (1908-1973)
Contains newspaper clippings regarding the President of the United States' (1963-1968) visit to Fort Worth in 1964.

Johnson, Middleton Tate (1810-1866)
Contains biographical information and newspaper clippings about the Tarrant County pioneer, politician and Ranger.

Joseph, Samuel L. (1863 -1936)
File contains Federal Writer’s Project notes and newspaper clippings. Pioneer restaurateur and owner of Joseph’s Club Café, which was famous throughout the Southwest.

Justin, Herman Joseph (1859-1918) and family
Contains biographical information and newspaper clippings about the pioneer boot maker and founder of Justin Industries.

Kahle, Keith (1909-1997)
Contains biographical information about the founder of Central Airlines.

Kennedy, John Fitzgerald (1917-1963)
Contains newspaper clippings regarding the President of the United States' (1961-1963) visit to Fort Worth the day before his assassination in Dallas. It also contains the program for the Art Exhibition given for the President and First Lady at the Texas Hotel and a summary of the events by Sam Cantey, the Vice-President of The First National Bank in Fort Worth.

Kimbell, Kay (1886-1964)
Contains biographical information about the entrepreneur and benefactor of the Kimbell Art Museum.

Kinney, Helen Toombs (1878-1953)
Contains biographical information about the librarian who worked for 42 years at Fort Worth Public Library.

Korth, Frederick Herman (1909-1998)
Contains newspaper clippings dealing mainly with his appointment as Secretary of the Navy (1961-1963) and some biographical information about the President of Continental National Bank.

Koslow, Kristi (1975-)
Contains newspaper clippings regarding the 1992 murder of socialite, Caren Koslow. They follow the trial and the conviction of her stepdaughter of capital murder.

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Ladd, Ileta “Sweetie” (1902-1991)
Contains newspaper clippings and some biographical information about the folk artist from Fort Worth.

Lafayette, Marquis de (1757-1834)
Contains an account of the French aristocrat’s visit to the Carolinas in 1824-1825 and some biographical information.

Lake, Mary Daggett (1881-1955)
Contains newspaper clippings and biographical information about the Fort Worth botanist and author.
NOTE: Fort Worth Public Library owns the collection of her papers.

Langdon, Jack (1910-1987), and Jane (1942-1963)
Contains biographical information on the judge, attorney and Texas Congressman and newspaper clippings regarding the 1963 murder of his daughter Jane, a TCU student, in Phoenix, Arizona.

Langever, J. J. (1866-1951)
Contains newspaper clippings about the “Flag Man” of Fort Worth.

Leigh, Hazel Vaughn (1897 -1995)
Contained in file are an obituary and newspaper clippings documenting Leigh as founder of the Fort Worth Boys Club in 1935. She devoted her life to improving the quality of life for boys in Fort Worth and Tarrant County and was awarded the 1992 Pioneer Award granted by the Fort Worth Commission on the Status of Women.
NOTE: Fort Worth Public Library Archives has the Hazel Vaughn Leigh Papers.

Lewis, Gib (1937-)
Contains newspaper clippings about the Texas House Speaker (1983-1993).

Lightfoot, William Loomis (1916-1987)
Contains a copy of his inspirational scrapbook which shows the founder and sole supporter of the United Service Aid to turn the old library building into a United Service Aid Museum.

Littlejohn, Calvin (1909 -1993)
File contains research notes and newspaper clippings. Littlejohn was a photographer of African American life for 50 years and instrumental in the attempted revitalization of the Evans Avenue business district. Accomplishments include gardener, inventor, entrepreneur, publisher and painter.

Long, Earl Kemp (1895-1960)
Contains newspaper clippings regarding the Louisiana Governor’s (1939-40, 1948-52, 1956-60) interesting arrival in Fort Worth in 1959.

Losh, Samuel Stephen (1884-1942)
Contains newspaper clippings about the prominent Fort Worth music and voice teacher.
NOTE: Fort Worth Public Library owns the collection of his papers.

Lott, George Douglas (1947-1994)
Contains newspaper clippings about the Arlington attorney who shot five people, killing two, in the Tarrant County Courthouse in 1992.

Loyd, Martin B. (1835-1912)
Contains biographical information about the pioneer banker who founded the First National Bank.

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MacArthur, Douglas (1880-1964)
Contains newspaper clippings regarding MacArthur’s visit to Fort Worth in 1951, only a couple of months after his dismissal from his Pacific Commands by President Truman.

Mackin, Jack (1926-1965)
Contains newspaper clippings that follow the 1965 murder of the Fort Worth attorney.

Marsh, William J. (1880-1971)
Contains numerous newspaper clippings and biographical information about the noted Fort Worth musician and critic and composer of the Texas state song, “Texas, Our Texas”. Also contains copies of the resolutions that made “Texas, Our Texas” the state song and different copies of the song and the sheet music.

McCray, Eugene (1924 -1998)
File contains obituary and newspaper clipping referencing his Medal of Honor certificate. He was the first person on the Fort Worth City Council to be appointed liaison of The Sister City Project.

McDonald, William Madison (1866-1950)
Contains biographical information about the son of a slave who became the owner of the Fraternal Bank & Trust, operator of the Jim Hotel and powerful member of the Texas Republican party.

McGar, Hiram (1863 – 1930)
File contains genealogy records and newspaper articles. Manager and owner of the Fort Worth team of the Texas Negro League. He also owned a saloon and switched to soft drinks when prohibition started.

McPherson, Benjamin Franklin (1825-1909)
Contains a detailed autobiography regarding the longtime resident of Harrison County and member of the 37th Alabama Infantry. It details his experiences in the Civil War and his life experiences as he moved his family from Alabama to Texas.

Miller, James Brown (1861-1909)
Contains biographical information about the notorious killer, church deacon and hit man from Fort Worth.

Moncrief, William Alvin (1895-1986) and family
Contains biographical information and newspaper clippings about the prominent oil producer.

Morison, Robert Emmett (1855-1916)
Contains a copy of the folder that was prepared by Terry Baker for the Texas Peace Officers’ Memorial. He was a Tarrant County Constable who was killed in the line of duty in 1916. The folder contains news clippings about the incident, the officer’s death certificate and applications to the Texas Peace Officers' Memorial.

Morris, I.Z.T. (1847 – 1914)
Contains genealogy records including a family register. Methodist minister who started The Children’s Home and Aid Society which was a forerunner to the Edna Gladney Center.

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Nelson, John Byron, Jr. (1912 - 2006)
File includes obituary and newspaper clippings. Affectionately labeled “Lord Byron” golf legend Byron Nelson won eleven straight tournaments in 1945. He started as a caddie in 1922 at Fort Worth’s Glen Garden Country Club and became a professional golfer ten years later.

Newby, William G. (1859 -1916)
The file contains newspaper articles about his death and a copy of the death certificate. Newby was identified with Fort Worth’s commercial progress for more than thirty years. He was president of the American National Bank and an officer in the Jersey Crème Company-a soft drink manufacturer.

Nichols, John D., Jr. (1863-1906)
Contains copy of the folder that was prepared by Sgt. K.S. Foster for the Texas Peace Officers’ Memorial. He was a Fort Worth Special Officer killed in the line of duty. It contains news clippings about the incident and applications to the Texas Peace Officers' Memorial.

Nixon, Richard Milhous (1913-1994)
Contains newspaper clippings regarding the United States President (1969-1974) Nixon’s visit to Fort Worth in 1959.

Norris, John Franklyn (1877-1952)
Contains biographical information and newspaper clippings on the controversial fundamentalist Baptist preacher.

O’Daniel, Wilbert Lee “Pappy” (1890-1969)
Contains newspaper clippings, biographical information about the Texas Governor (1939-1941) and U.S. Senator (1941-1949) and the official souvenir program from his 1939 inauguration.

Oswald, Lee Harvey (1939-1963)
Contains newspaper clippings from 1959 and 1962 regarding Oswald’s trip to Russia. The files also contain numerous clippings regarding Oswald’s arrest and murder.

Parker, Cynthia Ann (abt. 1827-1864), and Quanah (abt. 1847-1911)
Contains newspapers clippings, magazine articles and biographical information about Cynthia Ann, a captive of Comanche, and her son Quanah, the last chief of the Quahadi Comanche Indians.

Parker, James Loyd, Jr. (1919-1985)
Contains newspaper clippings and biographical information about this member of a prominent Fort Worth oil and ranching family who was convicted of the 1963 killing of his father.

Parsley, C. Ed (1865 -1917)
Included in the file are research materials, death certificate and newspaper articles. Fort Worth Police Commissioner killed by a disgruntled former police officer.

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Peak, Carroll Marion (1828 -1885), and family
Contains newspaper clippings and detailed biographical information about the early pioneer doctor of Fort Worth and his family, including Howard W. Peak, the first white child born in Fort Worth.

Perot, Henry Ross, Jr. (1958-)
Contains newspapers clippings and some biographical information about President and CEO of Perot Systems.

Poe, Robert “Bob” Franklin (1883-1925)
Contains a copy of the folder that was prepared by Terry Baker for the Texas Peace Officers’ Memorial. He was a Tarrant County Constable who was killed in the line of duty in 1925. It contains news clippings about the incident, the officer’s death certificate and applications to the Texas Peace Officers' Memorial.

Rayburn, Samuel Taliaferro (1882-1961)
Contains the special issue from the "Fort Worth Star-Telegram" that was issued in conjunction with the dedication and unveiling of Sam Rayburn Sculpture Plaza in Bonham, September 14, 1990. He was a Texas legislator, congressman and longtime speaker of the United States House of Representatives.

Richardson, Sid William (1891-1959)
Contains newspaper and magazine articles and biographical information about the Fort Worth oil executive and philanthropist.

Roosevelt, Franklin Delano (1882-1945)
Contains newspaper clippings regarding the President’s (1933-1945) numerous visits in the late 1930's to Fort Worth. The President’s son, Elliot, lived in Dutch Branch Farm near Benbrook.

Roosevelt, Theodore “Teddy” (1858-1919)
Contains newspaper clippings regarding the President’s (1901-1909) visit to Fort Worth in 1905.

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Rutherford, Johnny (1938-)
Contains detailed biographical information and newspaper clippings about the Three-Time “Indy 500” winner (1974, 1976 & 1980) and CART National Champion in 1980.

Saunders, Thomas Bailey (1816-1902) and family
Contains newspaper clippings regarding his historic Texas ranching family and detailed biographical information. It also includes the application for Thomas Saunders’s official Texas Historical Marker.

Scheuber, Jennie Scott (1860-1944)
Contains newspaper clippings, biographical information about the pioneer Fort Worth librarian and civic leader. It also includes her application to United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Scott, Hamil Poston (1865-1907)
Contains copy of the folder that was prepared by Sgt. K.S. Foster. He was a Special Deputy of the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department killed in the line of duty. It contains news clippings about the incident, a copy of the death certificate, and a summary of the incident.

Scott, Winfield (1849-1911), and family
Contains newspaper clippings and biographical information about the prominent Fort Worth businessman, responsible for the historic Scott House.
NOTE: See Also the Vertical File for the Historic Scott House

Shiel, H.P. (1840 - 1909)
File contains an obituary, property records and newspaper clippings. Mr. Shiel was the first City Marshal for Fort Worth, a Captain in the Union army, involved in early Fort Worth politics and a real estate mogul.

Short, Luke (1854-1893)
Contains newspaper clippings and biographical information about the gambler and gunman, known as the killer of “Longhair” Jim Courtwright.

Simmons, Dykes Askew (1928 -1969)
File contains newspaper clippings. First American sentenced to death in Mexico in front of a firing squad after a conviction of murder. Escaped prison and was beaten to death in Fort Worth.

Smith, John Peter (1831-1901)
Contains newspaper clippings and detailed biographical information regarding the early pioneer and former Mayor of Fort Worth (1882-1886, 1890-1892). It also contains the application form for his official Texas Historical Marker.

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Spoonts, Morris Agustus (1857-1912)
Contains biographical information and a paper detailing the noted lawyer, jurist and orator’s involvement in the development of Fort Worth’s First Free Library.

Stripling, Will C. (1860-1934), and family
Contains newspaper clippings and biographical information about the pioneer merchant and Fort Worth community leader.

Swartz, Charles (1865-1905) and John (1860-?)
Contains newspaper clippings and biographical information about the Fort Worth, Texas photographer brothers.

Swayne, John F. (1850 - 1941)
Included in the file are research documents from Washington and Lee University, an obituary and newspaper clippings. Fort Worth’s first City Secretary, he knew Robert E. Lee personally and was a district judge.

Tandy, Anne Valliant Burnett (1900-1980)
Contains newspaper clippings and biographical information about the rancher, art collector and philanthropist.

Tandy, Charles David (1918-1978)
Contains newspaper clipping and biographical information regarding the Tandy Corporation founder, philanthropist and civic leader.

Tarrant, Edward Hampton (1799-1858)
Contains newspaper clippings and detailed biographical information about the politician, soldier and farmer Tarrant County was named for.

Tower, John Goodwin (1925-1991)
Contains newspaper clippings regarding the plane crash that killed the United States Senator (1961-1985) from Texas. It also contains some biographical information.

Trezevant, William (1877 – 1940)
The file includes marriage certificates; a death certificate; land records; a map of Trezevant Hills Subdivision for which he was named; and research materials. He was the proprietor of the Colored Country Club, was president of the Texas/Oklahoma League, and operated a roller rink.

Turner, Arvin William “Bill”, Jr. (1927-1992)
Contains a detailed biography about the historian, fence magnate, civic booster and philanthropist written by Harry Max Hill and some newspaper clippings.

Vandergriff, Tommy Joe (Tom) (1926 - )
Included in the file are newspaper, journal and Internet articles. Nicknamed the “Boy Mayor” when he was elected mayor of Arlington at 25; he served in office for 26 years. Vandergriff also represented Texas as a congressman from the 26th district and served 16 years as Judge of the Tarrant County Commissioners Court.

Vanderlee, Anna Roe (1890-1974), and Vanderlee, John (1891-1990)
Contains detailed biographical information about these promoters, performers and preservers of ragtime music. It also contains newspaper clippings regarding their interest in the preservation of early ragtime music.

Van Zandt, Khleber Miller (1836-1930) and family
Contains detailed biographical information about the lawyer, soldier, banker and civic leader. Including a copy of K.M. Van Zandt’s Last Will and Testament, numerous obituaries and newspaper clippings regarding members of his family, including his brother, Isaac Lycurgus Van Zandt, a pioneer doctor.

Venth, Carl (1860-1938)
Contains biographical information about the German-American violinist, conductor and composer. From 1914 to 1931 he was Dean of Fine Arts at Texas Women’s University at Fort Worth.

Von Erich, Fritz (1929-1997), and family
Contains biographical information about the famous Texas wrestling dynasty and newspaper articles dealing with the tragic deaths of the Von Erich brothers. The family’s real surname is Adkisson

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Waller, C. Lee (1866-1892)
Contains copy of the folder that was prepared by Sgt. K.S. Foster for the Texas Peace Officers’ Memorial. He was a patrolman for the City of Fort Worth Police Department killed in the line of duty. It contains news clippings and a summary of the incident and applications to the Texas Peace Officers' Memorial.

Waples, Paul (1850 - 1916)
File contains a death certificate and newspaper clippings documenting Waples career as Chairman of the state Democratic executive committee, builder of Chevrolet Motor Company and his contributions in helping re-establish A & M College. He was a major financial contributor to the YMCA building and the Union Gospel Mission.

West, James (1902-1983)
Contains newspaper clippings about the President and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Tandy Corporation.

Whitlock, Ernest Clyde (1885-1970)
Contains newspaper clippings, biographical information about the prominent musician and music critic for the "Fort Worth Star-Telegram". It also contains programs from performances that honored him.

Willis, Doyle Henry, Sr. (1907 - 2006)
Contains newspaper clippings and Internet articles. Considered the “Dean” of Texas Politics and “The Mother Teresa of Texas Vets.” Willis represented central Fort Worth in both the Texas House and Senate in four separate stints dating back to 1947. He served briefly on the Fort Worth City Council.

Wills, James Robert “Bob” (1905-1975)
Contains newspaper clippings and some biographical information about the western swing music fiddler, singer, bandleader and songwriter.

Wills, Marvin Elton (1914-1955)
Contains copy of the folder that was prepared by Sgt. K.S. Foster for the Texas Peace Officers’ Memorial. He was a patrolman for the City of Fort Worth Police Department killed in the line of duty on Christmas day. It contains news clippings and a summary of the incident and applications to the Texas Peace Officers' Memorial.

Windham, Thomas (1938 - 2000)
Included in the file are funeral pamphlets, Internet articles and newspaper clippings. Windham served as Chief of Police for 14 years and was credited for starting programs such as Code Blue, Weed and Seed, Citizens on Patrol and Ministers on Crime. The Fort Worth Police Administration building is named after him.

Woods, Woodie Woodrow (1920-1989)
Contains newspaper articles regarding the death of this Mayor of Fort Worth (1979-1981).

Woody, A. N. (1845 - c1889)
File contains census records, city directory listings and newspaper clippings. United States Deputy Marshal and City policeman; friend of “Longhair” Jim Courtright and accompanied him to New Mexico.

Works, Joseph “Buckskin Joe” Spaulding (1847-1928)
Contains magazine articles and biographical information about the Texas pioneer and Civil War veteran who helped organize settlers in Texas and Indian Territory. It also contains an interview with Will Works, “Buckskin” Joe’s son.

Worth, William Jenkins (1794-1849)
Contains four files with extensive biographical information about namesake of Fort Worth, the Army major general who never saw the fort that was named for him. It also includes copies of resolutions honoring him in Florida, pictures and stories about his memorial in New York and a detailed family genealogy.

Wright, James Claude, Jr. (1922-)
Contains four files with extensive biographical information, newspaper clippings and copies of the speeches by the Texas Representative (1955-1989) and Speaker of the House (1987-1989).

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