Makers of Fort Worth Page: 99
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W. M. Rea
ILLIAM MARIAN REA,
a resident of Tarrant
County since 1859 and
of Fort Worth since
1878, has held many po-Sef
sitions of trust in both
the city and county, filling all in such
a way as to win public approval and
repeated re-election. He has served
in a public capacity since 1879 and
always with the greatest honor to
himself, the city and county. In
working to protect the public from
criminals he has also worked to protect
those with criminal tendencies
from their environments. He was
the first public advocate of a school
for wayward boys in Texas and has
been a constant worker to bring
about conditions that would free boys
from contact with old offenders. In
his public work he has served variously
as a police officer in the
early days of the then wild cattle
town, as Police Chief, Deputy Sheriff
and Sheriff. Mr. Rea was born
June 10, 1850, in Knox County, Illinois.
Both his father, Thomas Rea,
and his mother, Elizabeth Rea, were
natives of Ohio. His first wife was
Miss Laura Blue, four children being
born to this union, Misses Rhoda,
Ida, Caroline and Easter. In 1912 he
married Miss Estella Floyd, his present
wife. Mr. Rea is a member of
the Masons, Elks, Woodmen of the
World, Knights of Pythias and Odd
Fellows. During the present year he
completed his second term as Sheriff
of Tarrant County, voluntarily declining
to again become a candidate
for the office. Always prominent in
city and county politics, he was noted
as a fair fighter and one whom his
opponents always were ready to congratulate
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