William Muñoz “Billy” Knox

William Muñoz “Billy” Knox

San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Death 5 Aug 1908 (aged 54)
San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Burial San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 40690204 View Source

San Antonio Light
August 5, 1908

William M. Knox, aged 54 years, dropped dead this morning at 7:13 o'clock on South Laredo street, within a few steps of his home, while on his way to Otto Rock's Grocery store. He fell in front of Mr. Rock's establishment and before assistance could reach his side he expired.
"Billy" Knox, as he was familiarly known by his intimate friends, was without doubt one of the most widely known peace officers in San Antonio, having served as an officer of the law almost continuously since he was 22 years old. He had been in ill health for almost a year and about three months ago was compelled to give up his work as police desk sergeant. While his death was not entirely unexpected, the end came as a shock to all who knew him. It is believed that his demise was the result of undue excitement, it being said that he had been annoyed by certain parties in the neighborhood and that in a fit of anger his heart failed.
While on the way to Rock's store to telephone to police headquarters, it is said that he succumbed. Probably the last person he spoke to while alive was Thomas Hernandez, a neighbor, whom he greeted just as he was leaving his home.
Police headquarters received a nessage almost immediately after Sergeant Knox was seen to fall. Before the officers had time to reach the place another message came to headquarters saying that "Billy" was dead. The body was carried into Mr. Rock's store and later removed to an undertaking establishment, where the remains will be prepared for burial.
Decedent was the son of the late William B. Knox, who was brigadier general of the Texas militia during the Confederacy and whose headquarters were in San Antonio and who was sheriff of Bexar county from 1876 to 1890. Deceased was a native of San Antonio. He served under his father as a deputy sheriff and under Constable Charles F. Stevens and for many years was a police officer. Sergeant Knox was an efficient and fearless officer and to his credit belongs a long list of arrests of law breakers. Probably his most important arrest was that of "King Fisher" in whose apprehension Knox took a leading role.
His father, William B. Knox, was a Tennessean and came to Texas in the early forties, was a leading politician and was honored highly by the entire citizenship of the Alamo city. He was a member of the senate from Texas in 1866, at which time he still held the rank of brigadier general of the Texas Militia. Mr. Knox, Sr., was largely interested in the trading business and controlled the largest mule trains plying between this city and El Paso and Chihuahua, Mexico, during the early days. His only defeat politically was when he ran against James French for mayor in 1874.
As a young man "Billy" Knox first entered into business as a clerk in the famous Diaz cigar store that stood on Alamo plaza for many years. He later served as deputy sheriff under his father and later as clerk under E. Griff Jones, justice of the peace. He was a deputy under Constable Fred Bader and later served under Constable Stevens. His whole life practically has been that of a peace officer.
Sergeant Knox was a bachelor. His only surviving relatives are a sister and an aunt, the latter being Miss Martha Knox. The funeral will be held under the auspices of the Amigos del Pueblo, of which he was a member.

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