Makers of Fort Worth Page: 16
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W. J. Boaz
ILLIAM J. BOAZ, banker,
capitalist and ex- : 71
tensive land and property
owner, is a pioneer
resident of Fort
Worth. His family
settled in this county before the
days when Fort Worth was a
town and Birdville, now but a mere
village, was the county seat and
leading town. He moved to Fort
Worth shortly after the Civil War and
since that time has been identified
prominently with its affairs. In addition
to his numerous business activities
Mr. Boaz is a leader in religious
circles and always can be
found working for the moral, civic
and industrial progress of Fort
Worth. Naturally modest and retiring,
he has pursued his activities
in his own quiet, unassuming way
with the result that the general public
rarely hears of the part he has
played. He has taken an active
part in Methodist church affairs
among other things. Mr. Boaz is a
native of Kentucky, having been
born in Hickman county, that State,
August 26, 1840. His father, Samuel
Boaz, was a Virginian, being
born in Pittsylvania county. His
mother was Mrs. Agnes Freeman
Boaz. In politics Mr. Boaz is a
Democrat, but with the exception of
the time he served in the city council-about
1872-he has not held nor
sought public office. In 1868, Mr.
Boaz married Miss Mary Belle Anderson.
They have four sons and
two daughters. In addition to his
banking investments, Mr. Boaz has
an interest in a number of Fort
Worth business institutions, including
the Texas Anchor Fence
Company, of which he is a stockholder,
and the Southern Land Company,
of which he is treasurer.
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Newspaper Artists' Association, Forth Worth. Makers of Fort Worth, book, 1914; Fort Worth. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth41334/m1/17/ocr/: accessed December 15, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Amon Carter Museum.