1865-1936
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Bilhorn Organ Ad, 1895
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July 22, 1865, Mendota, Illinois.

December 13, 1936, Los Angeles, California.

Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood, California.

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Bilhorn’s family name was originally Pulhorn; it was changed by a judge in Ottawa, Illinois, named Abraham Lincoln. Peter and his brother formed the Eureka Wagon and Carriage Works in Chicago, Illinois. Later, Peter became involved in Gospel music, studying under George Root, George Stebbins, and others. He wrote some 2,000 Gospel songs in his lifetime, and for a while, worked with evangelist Billy Sunday. He also invented a folding pump organ used at revivals in the late 19th Century, and founded the Bilhorn Folding Organ Company in Chicago, Illinois.

One of the high points in Bilhorn’s career came in 1900, when he traveled to London. There he conducted a 4,000 strong choir in the Crystal Palace, and Queen Victoria invited him to sing in Buckingham Palace.

Bilhorn’s works include:

  1. Almost I Trusted in Jesus
  2. Are You Building on the Rock?
  3. Are You Heavy Laden?
  4. Are You in the Royal Army?
  5. Are You Ready for the Bridegroom?
  6. Are You Waiting, Are You Ready?
  7. Are Your Feet on the Rock, Christ Jesus?
  8. Art Thou Weak, Afflicted Soul?
  9. At the Door the Savior’s Knocking
  10. Be Not Weary in Well Doing
  11. Beautiful Beams of Sunshine
  12. Beggar Blind Sat by the Way, A
  13. Beggar Blind, the Truth I Learned, A
  14. Behold the Armies of the King
  15. Behold, the Lord Is Coming
  16. Best Friend to Have Is Jesus, The
  17. Blessed Assurance Jesus Hath Said
  18. Blessed Be the God and Father of Our Savior
  19. Blessed Jesus, Thou Art Mine
  20. But as Many as Received Him
  21. By the Cross of Christ, Our Savior
  22. Carry Me Back to My Mother’s True Love
  23. Christ Is Coming
  24. Clouds of Doubt Have Flown Away, The
  25. Come, Is the Call of the Father
  26. Come, Lord Jesus, O Come Quickly
  27. Come, Lord Jesus, Our Guest to Be
  28. Come Near to the Bedside of Mother, My Boy
  29. Come Sinners, Come to Jesus Now
  30. Come to the Savior, While He Is Calling
  31. Come, Ye Children, March Along
  32. Dark and Thorny Is the Desert
  33. Days Are Quickly Passing, The
  34. Do Not Mind What Others Say
  35. Down by the River on Redemption Ground
  36. Drifting Away from Christ in Thy Youth
  37. Eternal Holy Ghost of Love
  38. Far Beyond the Shining Gate
  39. Far from God, to Christ a Stranger
  40. Far Out upon the Byways
  41. Father and Mother Praying
  42. Field Is Great, the Grain Is White, The
  43. For God So Loved the World
  44. Gather Up the Rays of Sunshine
  45. Glory Be to the Father!
  46. Glory to Jesus Who Died on the Tree
  47. Good News
  48. Happy in Jesus, O Wonderful Grace
  49. Hark, the Angels’ Voices Sing
  50. Hast Thou Heard of God Who in Wondrous Love
  51. Hast Thou Not Known, Hast Thou Not Heard?
  52. Have You Been Down at the Fountain?
  53. Have You Burdens Hard to Bear?
  54. Have You Told Jesus the Burdens You Bear?
  55. He Is Calling Thee, My Brother
  56. He Is Coming, He Is Coming
  57. He That Winneth Souls Is Wise
  58. He Will Bring Me Home
  59. Hear the Crying in the Land
  60. He’s a Friend That Sticketh Closer
  61. He’s Able to Keep You from Falling
  62. His Love Is Ever Abiding
  63. Ho, Ye Ransomed, Come and Sing
  64. How Wonderful to Know the Power
  65. I Am Happy on My Way
  66. I Am Singing Today of the Cross and the Blood
  67. I Am Traveling on the Way to Glory
  68. I Am Waiting for the Morning
  69. I Came to Jesus in My Sin
  70. I Can Never Tell How Much He Is to Me
  71. I Can Sing the Wondrous Story
  72. I Can Tell You When, I Can Tell You Where
  73. I Come to Thee, Dear Savior
  74. I Do Believe with All My Soul
  75. I Found It, I Found It
  76. I Found Sweet Peace in Christ My Lord
  77. I Had So Many Sins, and He Took Them All Away
  78. I Have Heard of a Land Where Bright Angels Dwell
  79. I Have Jesus in My Heart, and I’m Satisfied
  80. I Know Not Where the Way May Lead Me
  81. I Love to Sing of Jesus
  82. I Once Was a Rebel, but Now I Am Free
  83. I Shall Wear a Crown
  84. I Sing of His Love Abiding
  85. I Stood All Alone by the Wayside
  86. I Walked in the Woodland Meadows
  87. I Wandered in Darkness and Knew Not the Light
  88. I Was a Ruined Sinner
  89. I Was Lying at the Pool of Bethesda
  90. I Was Straying Afar from the Sheltering Fold
  91. I Was Weary, Lost and Straying
  92. I Will Be There with Jesus
  93. I Will Cast in the Depths of the Fathomless Sea
  94. I Will Follow Thee, My Savior
  95. I Will Meet You There in the Morning Fair
  96. I Will Praise My Dear Redeemer
  97. I Will Sing the Praises of My Lord and Savior
  98. I Will Walk the Streets of Glory By and By
  99. If o’er Your Way Dark Clouds Arise
  100. If We Always Go to Jesus When the Billows Roll
  101. If You Would Know the Peace of God
  102. If Your Heart Is Right
  103. If Your Heart Is Sad
  104. I’m Happy in the Love of Jesus
  105. I’m Homeward Bound
  106. I’m on My Way to Zion’s Hill
  107. I’m Satisfied with Jesus
  108. In My Heart a Song Is Swelling Like a Mighty Sea
  109. In My Heart Lives a Song That I Sing All Day Long
  110. In My Memory There Linger Thoughts of Mother
  111. In the Beginning of Our Redemption
  112. In the Land of Strangers
  113. In the Land of Wondrous Beauty
  114. In the Sweet Days of My Childhood
  115. Jesus Redeems Me from Every Sin
  116. Jesus Saves Me Today
  117. Jesus Stands Ready to Pardon
  118. Kiss Me, Mother, Kiss Me Gently
  119. Lead Me Till I Reach That City
  120. Let Me Ever, Lord, Love and Keep Thy Word
  121. Let Us Give Praise unto Our King
  122. Life Everlasting He Offers to Thee
  123. Life Everlasting Is Offered to All
  124. Lift Up Your Voices, O Lord Let Them Ring
  125. Lift Your Eyes and Look on Jesus
  126. Like the Love of God, the Father
  127. Listen, Brother, While We Sing of the Savior
  128. Living Water O How Sweet
  129. Living Water Pure and Free
  130. Lonely Loving Mother Waits, A
  131. Long Ago the Savior Sought Us
  132. Look Where You Step, Young Man of Today
  133. Lord, According to Thy Loving Kindness
  134. Lord Has Washed Away My Sin, The
  135. Lord, Save Me
  136. Lord, This Is What We Need
  137. Lord’s My Light and Liberty, The
  138. Lord’s Our Rock, in Him We Hide, The
  139. Love Surpassing Human Love
  140. Man Whose Transgressions Are Pardoned, The
  141. Master Is Come and Calleth for Thee, The
  142. Master Is Coming, He’s Coming Again, The
  143. Messiah’s Call Rings Out to One and All
  144. Mine the Crown and Kingdom Is
  145. More and More I Long for Jesus
  146. My Boy, You Are Nearing Life’s Manhood
  147. My Heart Was Not Right in My Dear Savior’s Sight
  148. My Savior Controlleth My Every Way
  149. My Soul Is Redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb
  150. Nobly Our Flag Is Waving
  151. Not Tonight
  152. Nothing for Jesus No Place in Your Heart
  153. O Brother, Which Side of the Lord Will You Stand?
  154. O, Don’t You Want to Work for Jesus?
  155. O Hear the Sweet Bells Ringing
  156. O House of Many Mansions
  157. O Sing the Glad News of Jesus
  158. O Tell Me the Story of Jesus
  159. O Trust the Savior, Let Come What May
  160. O What Are You Doing for Jesus?
  161. O Who Is This Forgiveth Sin?
  162. O Why Do You Carry Your Burden Alone?
  163. O Ye Who Have Heard the Gospel
  164. Oh! My Brother, Art Thou Drifting?
  165. Oh, What a Savior, He’s Pleading for You
  166. Oh, What Will You Do in the Solemn Day?
  167. Oh, Ye Who Are Bound by the Fetters
  168. On Calvary He Took the Sinner’s Place
  169. One Night as I Lay Dreaming
  170. Out upon the Mountain Straying
  171. Over the Noise of Battle
  172. Over the River, Not Far Away
  173. Pilgrims of Earth, as Ye Sow Ye Shall Reap
  174. Praise to the Father, Blest
  175. Precious Mother, I Am Going
  176. Prepare to Meet Thy God
  177. Remember from Whence Thou Art Fallen
  178. Rouse, Ye Christians
  179. Salvation! O Sing the Glad Story
  180. Saved by Grace, O Wonderful Story
  181. Saved by Grace Through Faith Alone
  182. Savior Hath Said That No Tears Shall Be Shed, The
  183. Savior in Love Is Calling, The
  184. Savior Is My All in All, The
  185. Savior Shed His Precious Blood on Calvary, The
  186. Savior Stands Waiting and Knocks at Thy Door, The
  187. Say, Is Your Lamp Burning, My Brother?
  188. Savior Now Is Standing Outside, The
  189. Savior’s Hand Is Knocking, The
  190. Seeking for Jesus in Bethlehem
  191. She Would Wipe Away My Teardrops
  192. Should the Master Call Me Home Today
  193. Since I Have Found My Jesus Dear
  194. Sing, O My Soul, Repeat the Olden Story
  195. Smile, Smile When You’re Feeling Blue
  196. So Near to the Kingdom, Yet What Dost Thou Lack?
  197. Some Day When My Toiling and Trials Are O’er
  198. Somebody Cares
  199. Son of God Hath Power on Earth, The
  200. Sweet Peace, the Gift of God’s Love
  201. Sweet, Sweet Old Story, Oft Has Been Told
  202. Take Me, Make Me
  203. There Are Opportunities in Each Busy Day
  204. There Are Sheep Astray from the Master’s Fold
  205. There Came to My Heart a Sweet Message of Love
  206. There Is a Full Salvation, and That Is What We Need
  207. There Is a Secret Tried and True
  208. There Is Love, True Love, in the Heav’nly Home
  209. There Is Sunshine in the Valley
  210. There Is Work That We Can Do
  211. There Was an Old Decanter
  212. There Was No Hope Within My Heart
  213. There’ll Be No Dark River for Me to Cross
  214. There’s a Church in the Valley by the Wildwood
  215. There’s a Home Beyond This Vale
  216. There’s a Joy for Every Sorrow
  217. There’s a Land Where Sorrow and Sin Are Never Known
  218. There’s a Precious Promise in His Holy Word
  219. There’s a Promise Recorded in God’s Holy Word
  220. There’s No Hope Beyond the Grave
  221. There’s No One to Go to but Jesus
  222. There’s Power in the Blood
  223. There’s Someone Who Knows When the Waves Roll High
  224. This Is the Golden Seed Time
  225. Thou Art Drifting Down Life’s River
  226. Though the Way Seems Dark Before You
  227. Though We Are Little and Do Not Mean Much
  228. Thy Sins I Bore on Calvary’s Tree
  229. ’Tis Sweet to Kneel in Humble Prayer
  230. Traveler Weary on Life’s Rugged Way
  231. ’Twas for Me the Christ of God
  232. ’Twas in the Days of Careless Youth
  233. ’Twas Jesus, My Savior
  234. Voice of Him That Crieth in the Wilderness, The
  235. We Are Coming to Thee for Help, O Lord
  236. We Are Little Children, Servants of the Lord
  237. We Are Little Sunbeams Shining Bright
  238. We Are Marching Along with Our Banner
  239. We Know Not How Soon His Return Will Be
  240. We’re a Happy Christian Band, Marching
  241. What a Compassionate Savior Is He
  242. What Are You Doing for Jesus?
  243. What Can Wash Away My Guilty Stain
  244. What Will You Now Do with Jesus?
  245. When Days Are Dull and Dreary
  246. When I Awake in the Morning Light
  247. When I Hear the Grand Old Story, Often Told
  248. When I Recall the Love That Jesus Had for Me
  249. When I Was Drifting Out upon the Sea
  250. When My Savior I Shall See
  251. When My Soul Is Sore Distressed
  252. When the Power Fell on Me
  253. When We Came to the Lord
  254. When Weary and Fainting and Ready
  255. When You Are Weary and Burdened with Care
  256. When You See a Fellow Hedging
  257. Wheresoever We May Go in This World of Sin and Woe
  258. While the Shepherds Watched Their Flock of Sheep
  259. While the Years Are Rolling By
  260. Who Is Tenderly Calling You Home?
  261. Why Do I Hesitate?
  262. Why Not Help Somebody Along
  263. Will You Meet Me in the Homeland ?
  264. Wondrous Gift, of God to Earth
  265. Ye Shall Be Baptized with the Holy Ghost
  266. You Have Heard the Gospel Message?
  1. Almost
  2. Chiapas
  3. Could I Tell It
  4. Davos
  5. Do Not Pass Me By
  6. Drifting Away from God
  7. Gütersloh
  8. Hayward
  9. Hazelwood
  10. Heathrow
  11. I Shall Be Glad when Jesus Comes
  12. I Will Sing the Wondrous Story
  13. Jesus, Thou My Only Refuge
  14. Living Where the Healing Waters Flow
  15. My Name in Mother’s Prayer
  16. Room in Heaven for Thee
  17. Sweet Peace, the Gift of God’s Love
  18. Sword of the Lord and of Gideon, The
  19. There Is Cleansing in the Blood
  20. We Walk by Faith
  21. Weep No More
  22. What Wilt Thou Have Me To Do?
  23. You Will Outshine the Sun