Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 288 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
Assistant Station Keeper......Pat Mullens
Pound Keeper ........... T. J. McDaniel
Stock Impounder....... R. P. Saunderson
" c ...........John Cornwell
Patrol Driver.............. Hgh McGuin
"c " .... . ..... . Scott Hall
Mounted Policemen--S. H. Beard, A. C.
Waller, W. H. Ramsey, E. F. Gates.
Patrolmen-J. P. Kehan, J. A. Beard, J.
G. Alexander, A. P. Rawlins, J. S. Steele,
Tom Rice, H. C. Lamar, J. M. Goddard, W.
S. Farmer, R. H. Jordan, G. W. Garrison, S.
J. Estelle, C. F. Durham, T. F. Martin, H.
F. Magee, 0. 0. Brewer (lately deceased),
Sterling Price, O. M. Rawlins, W. D. Webb,
J. B. Riddle, W. H. Sheeley, P. N. Miner,
J. S. Gunning, R. B. Gannaway, C.A. Daniel,
J. O. Reilly, J. M. Shipley and B. F. Brandenburg.
Prison Guard ............ William Johnson
(Lately resigned, T. J. Miller and T. J.
In June, 1873, a call was made in the
Dallas Herald, then the daily paper of the
city, for the citizens of the city of Dallas to
come together and organize a volunteer fire
company, as the city was not sufficiently large
to support a company on salaries.
A number of the most influential citizens
responded, and an organization was effected;
and T. J. Frank, now deceased, was elected
chief and W. C. Connor, now mayor of the
city, first assistant.
After this company had existed for some
time under Mr. Frank, an able and competent
man for this position, W. C. Connor was
elected chief and P. W. Linskie assistant.
Mr. Connor served as chief for seven years..
Under him the volunteer companies gained a
most remarkable reputation for their enterprise
and superior excellence in work as firemen.
It is said his superior as a fireman,
chief and executor could not be found in the
South. After his service of these companies
as chief for seven years he resigned, much to
the regret of all the citizens; but his excellent
qualities as a leader were so impressed upon
the public that they immediately promoted
him to the position of mayor of the city,
which he has held since 1887, and during
which period Dallas has made her greatest
improvements and the most rapid strides to the
proportions of a great city, the metropolis of
Mr. Connor was succeeded by Chas. Kahn,
who is at present a member of the city council,
.nd during his term the department was converted
into a paid department.
After this was done, Thomas Wilkinson,
through the influence and persuasion of P. W.
Linskie, became a candidate for the position
of chief, and was elected October 1, 1887.
He has held this position ever since. Through
him this department has attained a degree of
excellence unsurpassed by any fire company
in the United States. He is a gentleman of
rare ability for the business. His father having
been chief engineer in the voluntary fire
department in Baltimore, Maryland, when he
was a young man, and instructed him in the
work; also having served the volunteer depart-
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/288/: accessed September 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.