Texas’ longest-serving mayor dies at 92

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RICHMOND, TX – It’s the end of an era in Richmond. Hilmar Moore, the city’s mayor, and the longest serving mayor in Texas history has died.

“You know, it’s a shame,’ says A.D. Eversole. ‘It’s going to be different as far as I’m concerned. It’s going to be different around here.”

Born in 1920, Moore was Richmond’s mayor for sixty-three years. He was appointed in 1949 to fill an unexpired term and has won every election since. Eversole has been cutting his hair for fifty years. “They ain’t nobody going to fill his shoes. They going to be Mayor, but they ain’t going to fill his shoes.”

For many Richmond residents, he was the only mayor they had ever known.

“He was just a fixture when I got here,’ long-time Richmond resident John Gresham says. ‘And he’s been a fixture ever since. You didn’t worry about what was going on in town because the mayor was taking care of it.”

History may write him as an icon, but for folks here, he was just Hilmer.

“He was a great guy,’ Fort Bend County Treasurer Jeff Council says. ‘He was very headstrong, but when he told you what he thought, you knew what he thought; there was no beating around the bush.”

Hilmar Moore was ninety-two-years-old. Services are scheduled this Sunday in Richmond.