Captain J.A. Brooks (far left) stands with some of his Texas Rangers at their Company A headquarters in Alice. At the age of 23, Emmett Robuck joined the Texas Rangers and enlisted in the force under Brooks.
Texas Ranger Cpl. J. Walter Durbin (at right) said he had some 15 good men in Company D, though a few could be a “little fussy and dangerous” when drinking. Private Wood Saunders (at left) measured up splendidly—on both counts. This is one of my favorite photos because it shows how both Rangers carried their six-shooter Colts just forward of the hip, butt to the front, easily permitting a strong-hand cross draw.
This photo of Company D Texas Rangers is one of a series of five photographs that play out a story for a photographer. The camp scene shot stands out because it has several of the most prominent Texas Rangers: Sergeant Ira Aten (standing with cup) issues the marching orders; (seated, from left) Jim King, Frank L. Schmid, Ernest Rogers, Cal Aten, Walter Jones, Charley Fusselman, J. Walter Durbin, Jim Robinson, John R. Hughes and Bass (Baz) Outlaw.
These five Texas Rangers at camp near Alice most likely investigated cattle rustling claims from the legendary King Ranch, which, as Emmett Robuck’s story shows, could bring an early visit from the Grim Reaper.
This photo of Samuel H. “Sam” Newberry is great because it shows the Texas Ranger making the transition to professionalism, through dress. But even though he looks quite natty in this photo, folks could tell he was a dangerous man. Typically, as most lawmen would, Newberry made sure the shutterbug had the Ranger’s six-shooter Colt and fancy Mexican Loop holster and cartridge belt in the frame. —Courtesy Texas Ranger Research Center, Texas Ranger Hall of Fame & Museum—
Make no mistake about this “Rawhide Ranger.” Though posed in a photographer’s studio—with weapons prominently displayed as attention-grabbing props—Texas Ranger Ira Aten was a man fearlessly capable of standing alone during a dicey tumult, proving to be one nervy adversary throughout a number of gunfights.
Tom Rynning was appointed second captain of the Arizona Rangers in 1902; the following year, he posed for this photograph. Rynning was in the U.S. Cavalry during the Indian Wars, where he was engaged in 17 battles across the West. He was a lieutenant in the Rough Riders and was appointed to lead the Rangers by Gov. Alexander Brodie, who was his lieutenant colonel in the Rough Riders.
Harry Wheeler was the third and last captain of the Arizona Rangers. Wheeler enlisted as a private in 1903 and worked his way up the ranks to captain in 1907. Wheeler and Jeff Kidder, both experts with a pistol, were the Rangers’ top guns.