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J. H. Maddox M, .
AMES HODGE MADDOX,
for two terms i ,
City Commis s i o n e r, g
has been a resident of
Fort Worth from the I
time it became a "rail- i c
road town," coming here as a cowboy
to witness the arrival of the I
first train. Since that time, he has i
held many offices of public trust
advancing steadily from one to another
until he was one of the board
of five having all city affairs in
charge. As commissioner of streets l
and public buildings and chairman
of the Park Board he devoted his
time to permanent civic improvements,
more street paving having
been accomplished during his term
of office than in all the history of
the city before or since. His aim
was to make Fort Worth the best
paved city in the southwest. Fort
Worth's valuable park properties
were also secured under his direction
and the municipal grounds have been
changed from neglected spots to
the most beautiful parts of the city.
His first office was deputy sheriff
of Tarrant County, a post he held
in the early period when lawlessness
was not infrequent; he then
served twelve years as chief of police
and four years as fire chief. He
was born in Claiborne Parish, La.,
Jan. 22, 1863, the son of William A.
and Mrs. Mary Mayes Maddox. In
1886 he married Miss Josie B. Douglass
and four years ago Mrs. Alice
Wise Craig. He has four children, \!.
Douglas McCart, aged 24; Victor F., \\ '
23; Payton Maddox, 16, and Mrs.
Kenneth Craig Jure. Mr. Maddox
is a member of practically all the fraternal
societies of the city in addition
to the Fort Worth Athletic Club, the
Chamber of Commerce and similar
business organizations. He is extensively
interested in North Texas
oil fields and in the farming land of
the Coast Country.
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