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Cynthia Ann Parker - a Texas legend On May 19, 1836, Fort Parker was attacked by several hundred Caddo, Comanche and Kiowa. They killed several of its inhabitants. During the raid the Comanches seized five captives, including Cynthia Ann. Within 6 years, all the captives had been returned to their white families, except Cynthia Ann who remained with the Indians for almost twenty-five years, forgot white ways, and became thoroughly Comanche.
Kiowa Boys, photographed at Fort Sill, Indian Territory, 1890 by H. P. Robinson. Part of the Lawrence T. Jones III Texas photography collection. Series 4: Texas Locations and People.
Quanah Parker - last and only chief of all the Comanche tribes after being forced to live on a reservation in Oklahoma. Sought help in trying to locate his mother, Cynthia Ann Parker whom he hadn't seen in 16 years, since her re-capture by Texas Rangers. Unfortunately she had died not long before and he was never able to see his mother again.
Herman Lehmann - While out in the fields on their family farm in 1870, when Herman was 11 and brother Willie was 8 yrs old, a group of Apaches came and kidnapped both boys. Willie escaped, but Herman remained a captive for 8 yrs, eventually adopted by Quanah Parker and taking part in battles against the US Army. Herman's mother never stopped looking for him and eventually Herman was reunited with the rest of his family. His daughter still lives in the Texas Hill Country.
TEXAS JOHN SLAUGHTER — How fitting that the 1887 Winchester pump shotgun was created the same year that Texas John Slaughter became Cochise County sheriff. He handsomely wields that scattergun in this photograph, while he also packs his pearl-handled Colt Peacemaker. His Arizona peers called him Texas John because of his years working as a Texas Ranger.
Ralph E. Madsen, the Tall Cowboy. at Capitol in Washington, D.C., Shaking Hands With Senator Morris Sheppard of Texas in 1919. Known simply as "Tex", Ralph E. Madsen, born in 1897, grew to be 7'6" and was considered the tallest man in the United States at that time. He spent most of his life on a ranch in Texas, acquired veterinary skills and was an authority on horses, sheep, cows and pigs. He eventually traveled to every state, Mexico and Canada, always accompanied by his minature horses.