Tracking the Texas Rangers
The Twentieth Century
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of North Texas Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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Timeline: 20th Century Texas Ranger History, Harol J. Weiss, Jr.
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This book, Tracking the Texas Rangers: The Twentieth Century, had its genesis at a meeting of the Texas State Historical Association where the two editors discussed the possibility of preparing an anthology on Texas Ranger history. Both concurred that it was a vi-able project, and subsequently spoke with Ron Chrisman, the direc-tor at the University of North Texas Press. With his initial encour-agement we ventured forth. Thanks for all the help along the way, ...
In Pursuit of the Texas Rangers: The Twentieth Century, Bruce A. Glasrud and Harold J. Weiss, Jr.
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Coming on the heels of the tumultuous and eventful nineteenth century, Texas Rangers at the beginning of the twentieth century could anticipate less onerous duties. But continuity and change remained the hallmarks of Ranger operations in the twentieth cen-tury. Although the Indian wars had come to an end, troubles on the ties and the Rangers were often in the forefront of the ethnic discord.At the start of the 1900s, for example, armed skirmishes involving ...
Bridging Two Centuries
Tales of the Texas Rangers, Robert M. Utley
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The Texas Rangers vie with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as a constabulary known and admired throughout the world. Both played a notable role in the past and continue to enjoy high reputation and a good press. Both attained legendary stature at least body of lawmen extending uninterruptedly back to the colonizing years of Stephen F. Austin in Mexican Texas. In truth, for at least four from 1823 (as modern Rangers like to think) or 1835 (as the contem-...
1. Capt. Bill McDonald at Rio Grande City, Harold J. Weiss, Jr.
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...null e want Rangers and more of them, like Capt McDon-a l d .” 1 Such sentiments, coming from people in south-ern Texas in the aftermath of the raid at Brownsville, revived Ranger Captain Bill McDonald’s spirits. “The mere presence of a Ranger in a vicinity,” one person noted in his message to the ad-tant center in the 1800s for shipping, the marketing of cattle, and the servicing of US troops stationed at nearby Fort Ringgold. This ...
2. Cowboys and Bandidos: Authority and Race in West Texas, 1913-1918, Miguel A. Levario
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In the shadow of the Mexican Revolution a separate battle was raging along the Texas-Mexican borderlands. The Texas Rang-ers, rancher vigilantes, and Mexican residents along the border were violently engaged in a regionally based struggle that was in-dividualistic and highly racialized. Bandit gangs and posses com-prised of mostly civilian ranchers and law enforcement officials engaged in a complex cycle of vengeance, distrust, and pride that ...
3. Texas Rangers and the Mexican Revolution, Charles H. Harris III and Louis R. Sadler
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...null ne riot, one Ranger?”—hardly.l That chestnut can be laid to rest, for there is a considerable gap between the myth of the Texas Rangers and the reality. For the decade 1910–1920, the most important in the organization’s history, the conclu-sion one must inevitably reach is that the Texas State Ranger Force was under-strength, underpaid, and living on its reputation. It was definitely not an elite organization composed of Gary Cooper-like ...
4. Dark Days of the Texas Rangers, 1915-1918, Paul N. Spellman
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On January 31, 1915, Captain John R. Hughes retired from ser-vice as a Texas Ranger. Known for decades as the “Border Boss” along the Lower Rio Grande Valley, Hughes established a far-reaching reputation for justice and perseverance that outlives him by three generations. Yet for all of the impact he made on Texas during his years as a law enforcement officer, Hughes was not alone in gar-nering such laurels from both friend and foe. For he was but one of ...
5. Establishing Law And Order in the Oil Fields: The 1924 Ranger Raids in Navarro County, Texas, James R. Ward
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...nulluring the first quarter of the twentieth century Corsicana, Texas, county seat of Navarro, experienced two separate oil booms. Both profoundly altered the community. The first, 1894–1901, awakened the city to petroleum possibilities;1 the second, 1923–1926, made Corsicana per capita “the wealthiest business city in the United States.”2 Together these discoveries introduced “to Texas the habitants did not fully realize the area’s petroleum potentialities until ...
6. The Sherman Riot, Mike Cox
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No citizen of this State shall be deprived of life, liberty, property, The young newspaperman knew it would be a difficult shot. His flashgun could not put out enough light to illuminate the whole scene. His only hope of getting a picture was to use available light. To do that, he’d have to expose his film for a full ten to fifteen seconds. Looking around, he spotted a white picket fence. The corner post had a flat top. Pushing his way through the crowd, he placed his big ...
7. Bonnie and Clyde in Texas: The End of the Texas Outlaw Tradition, Mitchel Roth
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The history of the outlaw tradition predates the founding of America and can be traced at least to eleventh-century Eng-land. Outlaw legends have appeared in a variety of incarnations throughout American history and it would be impossible to ascribe a particular paradigm to its development. Examples of this tradition can be found in most regions of America. Vermont had Ethan Allen’s Green Mountain boys, New Mexico had Billy the Kid, and California ...
8. The Modernization of the Texas Rangers: 1933-1936, Stephen W. Schuster, IV
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The Texas Rangers have become almost as famous as the Lone Star State itself. Throughout an illustrious career and spectacu-lar history, dating from October 19, 1835, they have fought In-dians with muzzle-loaders, outlaws with six-shooters, and modern with other famous institutions such as the Mexican Rurales and the have dealt with the highly romantic period of the early frontier. Only a few have included reference to the modern rangers, and none have ...
9. Science Against the Criminal: Captain M.T. Gonzaullas, Brownson Malsch
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...nullort Davis, Texas, was the focus of the spotlight of public atten-tion in April 1936 during the trial of a Kermit man on a charge of killing deer out of season. Captain M. T. Gonzaullas’ Bureau of Intelligence provided the unusual bit of evidence that convicted him. During the previous season, deer hunting had been restricted to the period between November 16 and 30 in that section of the state. On December 8, the carcasses of eight freshly killed does had been found ...
10. Ranger Arthur Hill In Dallas, S.E. Spinks
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The year 1957 was one of transition for the Ranger Service and for Texas Ranger Arthur Hill. For the first time since their associa-tion with the Department of Public Safety in 1935, the Rangers underwent broad-based reorganization. Hill, now sergeant of Com-pany B in Dallas, adjusted to his new position and new surroundings.The DPS had grown in size and scope since its inception in 1935. Every legislative session brought the agency new functions and re-...
11. The Modern Texas Rangers: A Law-Enforcement Dilemma In The Rio Grande Valley, Ben H. Procter
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The Texas Rangers, announced State Senator Joe Bernal of Bexar County, are “the Mexican Americans’ Ku Klux Klan. All they need is a white hood with ‘Rinches’ written across it.”1 “They were formed in the old days of the Texas Republic to keep the Mexicans in line,” asserted Robert Analavage, an assistant editor of The South-ern Patriot. “They merged with the Confederate Army . . . to fight to preserve slavery, and in the Twentieth Century they have been used ...
12. Homicides and Questionable Deaths: A Window Into the Method, H. Joaquin Jackson with James L. Haley
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In a rural area in South Texas, where the Brush Country joins the Hill Country, there was a trailer house approximately one mile north of a state highway, halfway between two small towns in Uvalde County. In this area were small hills grown over in mesquite, live oak, guajillo, cactus, and other brush. The trailer had a new, wooden-frame master bedroom attached to it, about fourteen by six-petite woman—five-two, one hundred pounds—stepped out of the ...
13. Captain Barry Caver on the Republic of Texas Standoff, Barry Caver with Robert Nieman
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It all started in the early 1990s when Richard McLaren began to organize a group of anti-government extremists in an effort to overthrow the state government. In his twisted mind, he believed that Texas had been illegally annexed into the Union in 1845. Thus, Texas was not a state in the United States but an independent, sover-and general counsel of the provisional government of the Republic the so-called independent nation was demanding control of all the ...
14. Law of the Land, Pamela Colloff
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In 1823 Stephen F. Austin hired ten men “to act as rangers for the common defense” in protecting his colonists from Indian raids. Nearly two centuries later, that group—known as the Texas Rang-ers—is alive and well, having adapted from being frontier lawmen to an elite investigative force, trading their horses and bedrolls for cell phones and laptops. For the 117 men—and 1 woman—who now make up the Texas Rangers, a typical day looks more like CSI than ...
The Twentieth Century Texas Rangers: A Selected Bibliography, Harold J. Weiss, Jr. and Bruce A. Glasrud
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Robert M. Utley, “Tales of the Texas Rangers,” American Heritage (June/July 2002): 40–47. Copyright 2002 American Heritage, Inc. Reprinted by per-Harold J. Weiss, Jr. “Capt. Bill McDonald at Rio Grande City,” in Yours to Com-mand: The Life and Legend of Texas Ranger Captain Bill McDonald (Den-ton: University of North Texas Press, 2009): 273–282, 376–379. Reprinted ...
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Into The Sunset: Those Other Reel Rangers
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In the twentieth century, films about the Texas Rangers appeared on silent screens and in the movie houses wired with sound. These motion pictures can be divided into big-star A Westerns (still being made) or low-budget B Westerns (which ended in the 1950s). For the former, a classic tale was filmed in 1940, North West Mounted Police, ...
Page Count: 320
Illustrations: 14 b&w illus. 1 map.
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Frances B. Vick Series