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    [Texas Rangers]. Collection of Eight Silver Prints of Retired Ranger John R. Hughes, circa 1940. A fine collection of photographs of retired Ranger John R. Hughes (1855-1947) pictured in his twilight years with fellow Rangers, both young and old.

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    A 9.75" x 8" image of Hughes being instructed in the use of the Thompson submachine gun by a young officer of the Texas Highway Patrol, with fellow Ranger Captain Roy W. Aldrich looking on. Aldrich (1869-1955) is the longest serving Ranger in the group's storied history.

    A 5" x 8" photo of Captain Hughes and Ranger Captain Ernest Best astride their horses next to a Texas Highway Patrol Communications van.

    An 8" x 5" photo of Captain Hughes seated between FBI Special Agents Gus T. "Buster" Jones (1881-1963) and J. C. "Doc" White (1884-1969), who took part in the hunt for John Dillinger and "Ma" Barker. Both men were Texas natives and former Rangers. The photograph is dated on the verso 1940.

    A 9.75" x 8" head profile photo of Hughes casting his shadow on the wall behind by San Antonio photographer N. H. Rose.

    A 9.75" x 8" photo of Hughes on his horse, looking down on a young Texas Highway Patrol officer on a Harley Davidson motorcycle.

    A 9.75" x 8" photo of Hughes  astride his horse, this time facing the Highway Patrolman and his motorcycle.

    A 9.75" x 8" photo of Captain Hughes sitting on a Texas Highway Patrol Harley Davidson motorcycle.

    A 9.75" x 8" photo of Hughes (circa 1941) standing with the help of a cane, his right hand is in his coat pocket (Hughes lost partial use of his right arm in a fight when he was a much younger man) flanked by Texas Ranger Captain Fred Olson (1900-1979) and a second unidentified man. Some light silvering in the darker areas. (Hughes lost partial use of his right arm in a fight when he was a much younger man)

    Born in Illinois in 1855, John R. Hughes moved to Kansas with his family as a child. At the tender age of fourteen, he left home and spent four years in the Indian Territory living amongst the Choctaw and Osage Indians before moving to Fort Sill to reside with the Comanche. Sometime during the 1880s, he moved south to Texas and established a farm near Liberty Hill. In 1886 he successfully tracked down and captured or killed a number of horse thieves.  The following year, after assisting Texas Ranger Ira Aten in tracking and killing murderer Judd Roberts, he joined Company "D" of the Texas Ranger Frontier Battalion. When the captain of the company was killed in 1893, then-Sergeant Hughes was promoted to take his place. He served with the Frontier Battalion until 1901 when the group was disbanded and replaced with the newly created State Rangers, of which he was elected one of four new captains. Captain Hughes retired from law enforcement in 1915 after twenty-eight years of service, but, sadly, committed suicide in Austin at the age of 92. John R. Hughes is a member of the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame. Provenance: John R. Hughes.



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    September, 2013
    21st Saturday
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