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AUCTION 22

 

Signed by “The Old Texas Ranger”

Served as a Captain & Ranger Longer than any Other Man


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528.     [TEXAS RANGERS]. HUGHES, John Reynolds. Autograph letter signed (under his signature he styles himself “The Old Texas Ranger”) to “Members of Village of Elks Gulch,” dated at Austin, June 7, 1940. One page, 4to (28 x 21.5 cm). Creased where formerly folded, otherwise very fine, with original stamped and cancelled mailing envelope addressed in Hughes’s hand.

     Hughes thanks the members for electing him “Chief of the Texas Rangers,” but says he probably will not be able to attend their next meeting because: "[I am] such a rambler that I am not sure where I will be just at that time.” Hughes (1855-1947) was from Illinois, spent time in Indian Territory where he befriended Quanah Parker, and eventually moved to Texas. A daring private exploit that solved a rustling case brought him to the attention of the Rangers, and he enlisted in the Rangers, eventually rising to the rank of captain, an office he held longer than any other man at the time. Zane Grey dedicated a novel to him. See Handbook of Texas Online.

($300-600)

Sold. Hammer: $300.00; Price Realized: $360.00

Auction 22 Abstracts

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