Captain John H. Rogers, Texas Ranger (Frances B. Vick by Paul N. Spellman

By Paul N. Spellman

John Harris Rogers (1863-1930) served in Texas legislations enforcement for greater than 4 a long time, as a Texas Ranger, Deputy and U.S. Marshal, urban police leader, and within the inner most quarter as a safety agent. he's well-known in historical past as one of many mythical “Four Captains” of the Ranger strength that helped make the transition from the Frontier Battalion days into the 20 th century, but not anyone has totally researched and written approximately his existence. Paul N. Spellman now provides the 1st full-length biography of this enigmatic guy. in the course of his years as a Ranger, Rogers saw and took part within the civilizing of West Texas. because the railroads moved out within the Eighties, cities grew up too quick, lawlessness used to be the rule of thumb, and the Rangers have been quickly referred to as in to set up order. Rogers was once almost always there. Likewise he participated in probably the most dramatic and demanding occasions throughout the last years of the Frontier Battalion: the Brown County fence slicing wars; the East Texas Conner struggle; the El Paso/Langtry Prizefight; the riots through the Laredo Quarantine; and the hunts for Hill Loftis and Gregorio Cortez. Rogers was once the lawman who captured Cortez to shut out probably the most notorious chases in Texas heritage. in contrast to the extra gregarious invoice McDonald, Captain Rogers had a quiet demeanour that saved him from the general public limelight; however, he, John Brooks, and John Hughes shared an identical reviews as McDonald through the virtually twenty years they led the Ranger businesses. designated to Rogers’ profession used to be his religious Christian religion that used to be on exhibit on just about all events. Rogers was once wont to take advantage of the Bible as usually as his six-gun, either with dramatic impression. That and his consistent devotion to his family members set him except the standard lawmen of that period. He used to be a guy of the legislation and a guy of God, an extraordinary mixture on the flip of the century.

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