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 well-known in background 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 through the Laredo Quarantine, and the hunts for Hill Loftis and Gregorio Cortez. "[Rogers's] philosophy used to be: `Once you could have pulled your weapons use them with absolute resolve.' He definitely did in the course of his profession as a Ranger. . . . a very good addition to Texas Ranger lore."--True West "Spellman bargains 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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Soon a lengthy trial was underway. Rumors and gossip surrounded the trial, that the Rangers had murdered Patterson in cold blood on behalf of their fellow peace officer Dick Ware. Other testimony hinted that Patterson and Ware had come to blows months earlier and that a vendetta of sorts existed at the time of Patterson’s death. The trial was moved to Big Spring and finally Abilene in October, 1883. Although the charges were finally dropped after an agonizing three years of trials and testimonies, bitter feelings remained on both sides of the incident.

Dobbins became the county’s first judge. The tiny clump of stores on Lone Wolf Creek, known as the town of Colorado, was selected as the county seat—its population had just passed the 150 mark. The 19 Chapter Two ★ T&P roadbed came through Colorado [City] in the early spring, and on April 16 the first train chugged into the depot that sat on George Waddell’s property. “Civilization” had arrived. Elm and Oak Streets were laid out on May 1, perpendicular to First Street. Storefronts and other businesses poured in to line the streets.

Wesley, forty-six, and fourteen-year-old Tupper. 20 Everyone was settled and happy. ” 15 CHAPTER 2 Colorado City Ranger JOHN ROGERS STARED DOWN INTO the dark Guadalupe County soil, holding his hand where the rattler had just sunk its fangs. Working the field clearing rocks, he never saw the coiled snake until it struck. Now as it slunk away the teenager kicked a chunk of dirt in its general direction, turned and strode calmly but briskly back to the barn. As he walked he pulled the sweaty kerchief from around his neck and wrapped it around his wrist just above the two red marks, pulling it tight with the ends of the cloth in his good hand and clinched between his teeth.

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