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Out of the four sons of Jeff David Wilkinson, 3 were Beaumont Fire Fighters

1900 Central Fire Dept. Beaumont Texas

W.J. "Bill" Wilkinson - center

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Oscar's retirement party - from left to right: 

Jeff Frank Wilkinson: Joined the BFD  30 Mar 1929, promoted to Battalion Chief  (District Chief) 1 May 1960, Retired 31 Dec 1965
Wilburn Joseph Wilkinson: Joined the BFD  Jan 1926, promoted to Deputy Chief 1 July 1956, Retired 31 Dec 1971
Oscar Monroe Wilkinson: Joined the BFD  15 Jan 1918, promoted to Driver 14 Aug 1925, Retired 31 Dec 1960

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These pictures are sections of a group photo taken outside the Central Fire Station, downtown Beaumont, ca. 1926.

Today this station houses the museum and the administrative offices, including Arson Investigation.

If anyone knows the names of any of these firemen, please send the name and describe where they are in the photos and I will post their names here.

Plate 1a
#9- Bernard Richardson, #14 David Jenkins

Plate 1b


Plate 1C
#33 Edward Bernard Gross

Plate 1D
#38 W. J."Bill" Wilkinson

Plate 1E

Thanks to Frank Mabry, Cedar Park, Texas for the names of Bernard Richardson (#9) and  Mr. Edward Bernard Gross  (#33), who is his grandfather.

Fire Station #5, Grand & Concord, opened 1931
Fire Station #5, Grand & Concord, opened 1931

Fire Station #5, Grand & Concord, opened 1931
Fire Station #5, Grand & Concord, opened 1931


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My grandfather outside Central Fire Station

My grandfather, Bill Wilkinson outside of the old Central Fire Station--1926. He had recently joined the fire department.

Bill retired in 1971 as Deputy Fire Chief and C.A. "Pete" Shelton succeeded him. Pete loved my grandfather. They were very close and several of the firemen, including Pete attended my grandmother's funeral in 1998.

Uncle Jep was a Battalion/District Chief.  Uncle Onion was a driver.
If anyone reading this attended my grandfather's funeral in 1989, & took photos, please send me an email.


1954 Beaumont Enterprise and Journal headline:

"Bridges Named Shift Caption at Central Fire Station, Wilkinson to Head No. 9"

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1954 newspaper clipping of Bill's promotion

I found a copy of Robert Bridges' obit from the Beaumont Enterprise (my grandmother's collection of friends and family), however the year was not listed. When I locate it, I will update his obit.:

Mr. Bob Bridges, 78, of 1930 Gilbert, died at 12:20 p.m. Thursday, December 14, at St. Elizabeth Hospital.

He was a native of Temple, Texas and came to Beaumont in 1919. Soon after being discharged from the U.S. Navy in World War I, he joined the Beaumont Fire Department in 1919. He retired as District Fire Chief in 1962.

He was a member of World War Veterans Association, life member of the Sabine Fire Chief's Association, and a member of Masonic Lodge No. 1165 and a former member of the Scottish Rite of Galveston. He was also a former Red Cross instructor.

Funeral services will be at 3:30 p.m. in the chapel of Kelly-Hixon Funeral Home with Dr. Wallace Schook, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will  follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Pete Shelton, Albert Smith, Raymond Westman, James Hannan, Harold Heidecker and W. J. Wilkinson. All members of the Beaumont Fire Department are designated as honorary pallbearers.

Survivors includes his wife, Mable bridges of Beaumont; one daughter, Mrs.Wayne (Bille Lee) McGee of London, England; two sons, Bob Bridges, Jr. of Beaumont and Rodney Bridges of Dallas. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Oct. 20, 1947  Firemans Funeral

This photo of a fireman's funeral from my grandparent's photo album.  The date on the back states "Oct. 20, 1947" but there isn't a name.Click on the image to see a larger version. I found a program flyer from the Oct. 9, 1984 event at the old Central Fire Department. There was an insert titled "Deceased & Retired Firefighters". On Oct 18, 1947 William Smith passed away.


Ralph D. Shelton ~ June 24, 1902 to March 5, 1979

Ralph D. Shelton, Sr Funeral Announcement

Click the link below for some old photos of Beaumont,Texas. I found "OldFamilyPhotos.com" while searching for images of the old Central Fire Station. There are 2 old fire horses buried under the floor of the Central Station, which now houses the Fire Museum of Texas.

Here is a list of Historical markers if you are planning to visit the Beaumont area.

My sister, Kim Thibodeaux, suggested I create a page honoring
my grandfather's service in the Beaumont Fire Dept.

Excellent idea!

Thanks Kim!

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