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 legislation enforcement for greater than 4 many years, as a Texas Ranger, Deputy and U.S. Marshal, urban police leader, and within the inner most quarter as a safety agent. he's famous in heritage 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. Rogers participated within the Brown County fence-cutting wars, the East Texas Conner struggle, the El Paso/Langtry Prizefight, the riots throughout the Laredo Quarantine, and the hunts for Hill Loftis and Gregorio Cortez. "[Rogers's] philosophy was once: `Once you could have pulled your weapons use them with absolute resolve.' He definitely did in the course of his occupation as a Ranger. . . . an outstanding addition to Texas Ranger lore."--True West "Spellman deals a story biography that's incredibly good crafted. . . . it's a needs to learn for students and laymen alike."--Journal of the West

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P Baugh and his brother continued to be harassed by fence-cutters and several face-offs had occurred in 1885. The Baughs would not back down and instead supplied a long list of the names of the felons to Sheriff Adams. A grand jury sat in March, 1885, to hear the evidence and returned indictments against ten men. Among the indicted were Amos Roberts and Jim Lovell, Ace and John Matthews, three Johnson brothers, and Bob Parrock. Overwhelming eyewitness testimony resulted in a second indictment against Lovell.

The Apaches and Chickasaws lived along this portion of the Red River and the small Anadarko Reservation lay a hundred miles into Indian Territory north of Fort Sill. Company F rode out of Doan’s Store on December 1 and would not return for nineteen days. The made their way to Fort Sill where they checked in with officers of the U. S. Army stationed there. Receiving the papers that allowed them legal jurisdiction should they find any Texas fugitive, the Rangers pressed on, skirting the sharp rise of the Quartz Mountains and enduring the rough terrain of gulleys and ravines along their way.

Captain Bryan Marsh, onearmed and absolutely fearless though not often sober, led Company B, and his former sergeant Richard C. 3 Two of the ranchers who arrived in Mitchell County during this early period were A. M. K. Sowell and James Wesley Benton, both from Guadalupe County and former neighbors of John Harris Rogers. And John came with them. At seventeen, he was not old enough to stake his own claim, but certainly mature enough to start out on his own and begin as a ranch hand working for someone he knew.

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