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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Peter was the son of George F. Bill­horn and Ca­the­rine Nie­hardt. HIs fa­ther died in the Amer­i­can ci­vil war.

The 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.

A high point in Bil­horn’s ca­reer came in 1900, when he tra­veled to Lon­don. There he con­duct­ed a 4,000 voice 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. Christ, Our Rock!
  25. Clouds of Doubt Have Flown Away, The
  26. Come, Is the Call of the Fa­ther
  27. Come, Lord Je­sus, O Come Quick­ly
  28. Come, Lord Je­sus, Our Guest to Be
  29. Come Near to the Bed­side of Mo­ther, My Boy
  30. Come Sin­ners, Come to Je­sus Now
  31. Come to the Sav­ior, While He Is Call­ing
  32. Come, Ye Child­ren, March Along
  33. Dark and Thorny Is the Desert
  34. Days Are Quick­ly Pass­ing, The
  35. Do Not Mind What Oth­ers Say
  36. Down by the Ri­ver on Re­demp­tion Ground
  37. Drifting Away from Christ in Thy Youth
  38. Eternal Ho­ly Ghost of Love
  39. Far Be­yond the Shin­ing Gate
  40. Far from God, to Christ a Stran­ger
  41. Far Out up­on the By­ways
  42. Father and Mo­ther Pray­ing
  43. Field Is Great, the Grain Is White, The
  44. For God So Loved the World
  45. Gather Up the Rays of Sun­shine
  46. Glory Be to the Fa­ther!
  47. Glory to Je­sus Who Died on the Tree
  48. Good News
  49. Happy in Je­sus, O Won­der­ful Grace
  50. Hark, the An­gels’ Voic­es Sing
  51. Hast Thou Heard of God Who in Won­drous Love
  52. Hast Thou Not Known, Hast Thou Not Heard?
  53. Have You Been Down at the Foun­tain?
  54. Have You Bur­dens Hard to Bear?
  55. Have You Told Je­sus the Bur­dens You Bear?
  56. He Is Call­ing Thee, My Bro­ther
  57. He Is Com­ing Again
  58. He Is Com­ing, He Is Com­ing
  59. He That Win­neth Souls Is Wise
  60. He Will Bring Me Home
  61. Hear the Cry­ing in the Land
  62. He’s a Friend That Stick­eth Closer
  63. He’s Able to Keep You from Fall­ing
  64. His Love Is Ev­er Abid­ing
  65. Ho, Ye Ran­somed, Come and Sing
  66. How Won­der­ful to Know the Pow­er
  67. I Am Hap­py on My Way
  68. I Am Sing­ing To­day of the Cross and the Blood
  69. I Am Tra­vel­ing on the Way to Glo­ry
  70. I Am Wait­ing for the Morn­ing
  71. I Came to Je­sus in My Sin
  72. I Can Ne­ver Tell How Much He Is to Me
  73. I Can Sing the Won­drous Story
  74. I Can Tell You When, I Can Tell You Where
  75. I Come to Thee, Dear Sav­ior
  76. I Do Be­lieve with All My Soul
  77. I Found It, I Found It
  78. I Found Sweet Peace in Christ My Lord
  79. I Had So Ma­ny Sins, and He Took Them All Away
  80. I Have Heard of a Land Where Bright An­gels Dwell
  81. I Have Je­sus in My Heart, and I’m Sa­tis­fied
  82. I Know Not Where the Way May Lead Me
  83. I Love to Sing of Je­sus
  84. I Once Was a Re­bel, but Now I Am Free
  85. I Shall Wear a Crown
  86. I Sing of His Love Abid­ing
  87. I Stood All Alone by the Way­side
  88. I Walked in the Wood­land Mea­dows
  89. I Wan­dered in Dark­ness and Knew Not the Light
  90. I Was a Ru­ined Sin­ner
  91. I Was Ly­ing at the Pool of Be­thes­da
  92. I Was Stray­ing Afar from the Shel­ter­ing Fold
  93. I Was Wea­ry, Lost and Stray­ing
  94. I Will Be There with Je­sus
  95. I Will Cast in the Depths of the Fath­om­less Sea
  96. I Will Fol­low Thee, My Sav­ior
  97. I Will Meet You There in the Morn­ing Fair
  98. I Will Praise My Dear Re­deem­er
  99. I Will Sing the Prais­es of My Lord and Sav­ior
  100. I Will Walk the Streets of Glo­ry By and By
  101. If o’er Your Way Dark Clouds Arise
  102. If We Al­ways Go to Je­sus When the Bil­lows Roll
  103. If You Would Know the Peace of God
  104. If Your Heart Is Right
  105. If Your Heart Is Sad
  106. I’m Hap­py in the Love of Je­sus
  107. I’m Home­ward Bound
  108. I’m on My Way to Zi­on’s Hill
  109. I’m Sa­tis­fied with Je­sus
  110. In My Heart a Song Is Swell­ing Like a Migh­ty Sea
  111. In My Heart Lives a Song That I Sing All Day Long
  112. In My Mem­o­ry There Lin­ger Thoughts of Mo­ther
  113. In the Be­gin­ning of Our Re­demp­tion
  114. In the Land of Stran­gers
  115. In the Land of Won­drous Beau­ty
  116. In the Sweet Days of My Child­hood
  117. Jesus Re­deems Me from Ev­ery Sin
  118. Jesus Saves Me To­day
  119. Jesus Stands Rea­dy to Par­don
  120. Kiss Me, Mo­ther, Kiss Me Gent­ly
  121. Lead Me Till I Reach That Ci­ty
  122. Let Me Ev­er, Lord, Love and Keep Thy Word
  123. Let Us Give Praise un­to Our King
  124. Life Ev­er­last­ing He Of­fers to Thee
  125. Life Ev­er­last­ing Is Of­fered to All
  126. Lift Up Your Voic­es, O Lord Let Them Ring
  127. Lift Your Eyes and Look on Je­sus
  128. Like the Love of God, the Fa­ther
  129. Listen, Bro­ther, While We Sing of the Sav­ior
  130. Living Wa­ter O How Sweet
  131. Living Wa­ter Pure and Free
  132. Lonely Loving Mo­ther Waits, A
  133. Long Ago the Sav­ior Sought Us
  134. Look Where You Step, Young Man of To­day
  135. Lord, Ac­cord­ing to Thy Loving Kind­ness
  136. Lord Has Washed Away My Sin, The
  137. Lord, Save Me
  138. Lord, This Is What We Need
  139. Lord’s My Light and Li­ber­ty, The
  140. Lord’s Our Rock, in Him We Hide, The
  141. Love Sur­pass­ing Hu­man Love
  142. Man Whose Trans­gress­ions Are Par­doned, The
  143. Master Is Come and Call­eth for Thee, The
  144. Master Is Com­ing, He’s Com­ing Again, The
  145. Messiah’s Call Rings Out to One and All
  146. Mine the Crown and King­dom Is
  147. More and More I Long for Je­sus
  148. My Boy, You Are Near­ing Life’s Man­hood
  149. My Heart Was Not Right in My Dear Sav­ior’s Sight
  150. My Sav­ior Con­trol­leth My Ev­ery Way
  151. My Soul Is Re­deemed by the Blood of the Lamb
  152. Nobly Our Flag Is Wav­ing
  153. Not To­night
  154. Nothing for Je­sus No Place in Your Heart
  155. O Bro­ther, Which Side of the Lord Will You Stand?
  156. O, Don’t You Want to Work for Je­sus?
  157. O Hear the Sweet Bells Ring­ing
  158. O House of Ma­ny Man­sions
  159. O Sing the Glad News of Je­sus
  160. O Tell Me the Sto­ry of Je­sus
  161. O Trust the Sav­ior, Let Come What May
  162. O What Are You Do­ing for Je­sus?
  163. O Who Is This For­giv­eth Sin?
  164. O Why Do You Car­ry Your Bur­den Alone?
  165. O Ye Who Have Heard the Gos­pel
  166. Oh! My Bro­ther, Art Thou Drift­ing?
  167. Oh, What a Sav­ior, He’s Plead­ing for You
  168. Oh, What Will You Do in the Sol­emn Day?
  169. Oh, Ye Who Are Bound by the Fet­ters
  170. On Cal­va­ry He Took the Sin­ner’s Place
  171. One Night as I Lay Dream­ing
  172. Out up­on the Moun­tain Stray­ing
  173. Over the Noise of Bat­tle
  174. Over the Ri­ver, Not Far Away
  175. Peace, Be Still!
  176. Pilgrims of Earth, as Ye Sow Ye Shall Reap
  177. Praise to the Fa­ther, Blest
  178. Precious Mo­ther, I Am Go­ing
  179. Prepare to Meet Thy God
  180. Remember from Whence Thou Art Fall­en
  181. Rouse, Ye Chris­tians
  182. Salvation! O Sing the Glad Sto­ry
  183. Saved by Grace Through Faith Alone
  184. Savior Hath Said That No Tears Shall Be Shed, The
  185. Savior in Love Is Call­ing, The
  186. Savior Is My All in All, The
  187. Savior Now Is Stand­ing Out­side, The
  188. Savior Shed His Pre­cious Blood on Cal­va­ry, The
  189. Savior Stands Waiting and Knocks at Thy Door, The
  190. Savior’s Hand Is Knock­ing, The
  191. Say, Is Your Lamp Burn­ing, My Bro­ther?
  192. Seeking for Je­sus in Beth­le­hem
  193. She Would Wipe Away My Tear­drops
  194. Should the Mas­ter Call Me Home To­day
  195. Since I Have Found My Je­sus Dear
  196. Sing, O My Soul, Re­peat the Old­en Sto­ry
  197. Smile, Smile When You’re Feel­ing Blue
  198. So Near to the King­dom, Yet What Dost Thou Lack?
  199. Some Day When My Toil­ing and Tri­als Are O’er
  200. Somebody Cares
  201. Son of God Hath Pow­er on Earth, The
  202. Sweet Peace, the Gift of God’s Love
  203. Sweet, Sweet Old Sto­ry, Oft Has Been Told
  204. Take Me, Make Me
  205. There Are Op­por­tun­i­ties in Each Bu­sy Day
  206. There Are Sheep Astray from the Mas­ter’s Fold
  207. There Came to My Heart a Sweet Mes­sage of Love
  208. There Is a Full Sal­va­tion, and That Is What We Need
  209. There Is a Sec­ret Tried and True
  210. There Is Love, True Love, in the Heav’n­ly Home
  211. There Is Sun­shine in the Valley
  212. There Is Work That We Can Do
  213. There Was an Old De­can­ter
  214. There Was No Hope With­in My Heart
  215. There’ll Be No Dark Ri­ver for Me to Cross
  216. There’s a Church in the Val­ley by the Wild­wood
  217. There’s a Home Be­yond This Vale
  218. There’s a Joy for Ev­ery Sor­row
  219. There’s a Land Where Sor­row and Sin Are Ne­ver Known
  220. There’s a Pre­cious Pro­mise in His Holy Word
  221. There’s a Pro­mise Re­cord­ed in God’s Ho­ly Word
  222. There’s No Hope Be­yond the Grave
  223. There’s No One to Go to but Je­sus
  224. There’s Pow­er in the Blood
  225. There’s Some­one Who Knows When the Waves Roll High
  226. This Is the Gold­en Seed Time
  227. Thou Art Drift­ing Down Life’s Ri­ver
  228. Though the Way Seems Dark Be­fore You
  229. Though We Are Lit­tle and Do Not Mean Much
  230. Thy Sins I Bore on Cal­va­ry’s Tree
  231. ’Tis Sweet to Kneel in Hum­ble Prayer
  232. Traveler Wea­ry on Life’s Rug­ged Way
  233. ’Twas for Me the Christ of God
  234. ’Twas in the Days of Care­less Youth
  235. ’Twas Je­sus, My Sav­ior
  236. Voice of Him That Cri­eth in the Wild­er­ness, The
  237. We Are Com­ing to Thee for Help, O Lord
  238. We Are Lit­tle Chil­dren, Ser­vants of the Lord
  239. We Are Lit­tle Sun­beams Shin­ing Bright
  240. We Are March­ing Along with Our Ban­ner
  241. We Know Not How Soon His Re­turn Will Be
  242. We’re a Hap­py Chris­tian Band, March­ing
  243. What a Com­pas­sion­ate Sav­ior Is He
  244. What Are You Do­ing for Je­sus?
  245. What Can Wash Away My Guil­ty Stain
  246. What Will You Now Do with Je­sus?
  247. When Days Are Dull and Drea­ry
  248. When I Awake in the Morn­ing Light
  249. When I Hear the Grand Old Sto­ry, Oft­en Told
  250. When I Re­call the Love That Je­sus Had for Me
  251. When I Was Drif­ting Out up­on the Sea
  252. When My Sav­ior I Shall See
  253. When My Soul Is Sore Dis­tressed
  254. When the Pow­er Fell on Me
  255. When We Came to the Lord
  256. When You Are Wea­ry and Bur­dened with Care
  257. When You See a Fel­low Hedg­ing
  258. Wheresoever We May Go in This World of Sin and Woe
  259. While the Shep­herds Watched Their Flock of Sheep
  260. While the Years Are Roll­ing By
  261. Who Is Ten­der­ly Call­ing You Home?
  262. Why Do I He­si­tate?
  263. Why Not Help Some­bo­dy Along
  264. Will You Meet Me in the Home­land?
  265. Wondrous Gift, of God to Earth
  266. Ye Shall Be Bap­tized with the Ho­ly Ghost
  267. You Have Heard the Gos­pel Mes­sage?
  1. Almost
  2. Ascot
  3. Chiapas
  4. Coming Home To­night
  5. Could I Tell It
  6. Davos
  7. Do Not Pass Me By
  8. Drifting Away from God
  9. Gütersloh
  10. Having Done All, to Stand
  11. Hayward
  12. Hazelwood
  13. Heathrow
  14. I Shall Be Glad when Je­sus Comes
  15. I Will Sing the Won­drous Sto­ry
  16. Jesus, Thou My On­ly Re­fuge
  17. Living Where the Heal­ing Wa­ters Flow
  18. My Name in Mo­ther’s Pray­er
  19. O Tell Me More of Christ
  20. Only a Touch!
  21. Plumas
  22. Room in Hea­ven for Thee
  23. Sweet Peace, the Gift of God’s Love
  24. Sword of the Lord and of Gi­de­on, The
  25. There Is Clean­sing in the Blood
  26. We Walk by Faith
  27. Weep No More
  28. What Wilt Thou Have Me To Do?
  29. You Will Out­shine the Sun