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    TEXAS SHERIFFS' CONVENTION IN SAN ANTONIO 1894 - SIGNED - FROM THE COLLECTION OF TEXAS RANGER AND SAN ANTONIO POLICEMAN WALTER S. DURBIN - IMPERIAL CARD - ca. 1894.
    Measures 8.75"x 11". An exceptionally rare and collectible outdoor image of the Texas Sheriffs' Convention which was held in San Antonio in July, 1894. This incredible image features a vast majority of the men who held the 1892-1894 terms for County Sheriff in the State of Texas and their families. Several of these men were well-known former Texas Rangers, and several were later killed in the line of duty. A great number of the men can be identified and this image warrants extensive further research. This photograph is from the personal effects of famed Texas Ranger Walter S. Durbin, and he is pictured in the next to last row, sixth from the left (with a hand on his shoulder). Durbin kept excellent records and he signed and dated the reverse in period ink. The albumen is sharp and much detail can be seen, several of the corners of the card have been broken and professionally repaired, the top left corner has a small break. There is an image on the reverse, which was glued on sometime later of a "Mexican Cart" by famed Mexican photographer A. Briquet. The skilled photographer of this image is unknown as it is unmarked, but it was possibly D. P. Barr or A. A. Brack of San Antonio, Texas as both were very popular at the time.

    Walter S. Durbin (1860-1916) was a very well known and highly respected Texas lawman who served as a Texas Ranger, Deputy U.S. Marshall, San Antonio Policeman, and Sheriff of Frio County from 1892-96. Durbin gained a measure of fame as a Ranger with Captain George H. Schmitt's Company D in 1887, after he bought the two killers of La Salle County, Texas Sheriff and ex-Ranger Charles Brown McKinney to justice. Durbin was credited with firing the shot that killed the ma


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    November, 2007
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