Captain John R. Hughes, Lone Star Ranger

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University of North Texas Press, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 400 pages
Winner of the Best Book Award from the Wild West History Association, 2012

Winner of the Co-Founders Best Book Award from Westerners International, 2012.

Captain John R. Hughes, Lone Star Ranger is the first full and complete modern biography of a man who served as a Texas Ranger from 1887 until early 1915. He came to the attention of the Rangers after doggedly trailing horse thieves for nearly a year and recovering his stolen stock. After helping Ranger Ira Aten track down another fugitive from justice, Hughes then joined Company D of the Texas Rangers on Aten's recommendation, intending to stay for only a few months; he remained in the service for nearly thirty years.
When Sgt. Charles Fusselman was killed by bandits, Hughes took his place. When Captain Frank Jones was killed by bandits in 1893, Hughes was named captain of Company D. As captain, Hughes and his men searched the border and identified every bandit involved in the killing of Jones. They all received justice.
Toward the end of his career Hughes became a senior captain based in Austin, and in 1915, having served as a captain and ranger longer than any other man, he retired from the force. His later years were happy ones, with traveling and visiting friends and relatives. He became a Texas icon and national celebrity, receiving more awards and honors than any other Texas Ranger, before or since.
Due to Chuck Parsons's extensive research, we now know more about Hughes than ever before. This biography of one of the "Four Great Captains" sheds light on his life prior to becoming a Texas Ranger and on his love interest, though he never married. From joining Company D in 1887 until retirement, Hughes served the state honestly and proudly, earning the respect of all he met. Zane Grey dedicated his most popular novel, The Lone Star Ranger, to Hughes and his Rangers.
 

Contents

A Terror to all the Bad Men
1
Hold up Wesley
24
Challenging the Odles
47
Another Ranger Killed
62
Battling the Olguins
76
Scouting on Pirate Island
90
Spectators on the Rio Grande
124
The Hardest Man to Catch
150
From East Texas to the Texas Panhandle
195
A Ranger in the Panhandle
216
Capt John R HughesLone Star Ranger
236
Texas State Cemetery
275
The Great Captains
290
Endnotes
299
Selected Bibliography
371
Index
381

From Ysleta to Alice
167

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About the author (2011)

CHUCK PARSONS is the author of The Sutton-Taylor Feud; John B. Armstrong: Texas Ranger and Pioneer Rancher; Texas Ranger N. O. Reynolds; and Captain L. H. McNelly: Texas Ranger. He lives with his wife Pat in Luling, Texas. ROBERT K. DeARMENT (foreword) is the author of Bat Masterson and editor of Life of the Marlows.

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