His face is kind of blurry. Oh, you mean the guy in the hat. Cool picture. Nice studded and matching chaps, belt and cowboy cuff. ;D
yeah...I guess he and the horse are about the same height!
I wish I had all of the studded leather gear, it looks great. I do have the belt that he is wearing in this photo and the spurs (that you can't see) though. Before his ranger stint, he also rode the Chisolm trail from near McAllen, TX all the way to its northern terminus.
One other notable thing about my great-grandfather is that he was one a handful of men hired to provide security for the W.E. Stuart land sale "excursions" to the Rio Grande Valley in the mid to late teens. I have a panoramic photo of one of these groups that includes him as well. An interesting bit of trivia associated with this is that they took the name "W. E. Stuart Land Company" and made an acronym out of it...which was WESLACO, and that is where the name of the south Texas town Weslaco comes from.
Post by sloanrodgers on May 15, 2010 14:44:15 GMT -5
Interesting links. The infamous dead bandit photos are frequently used as an example of ranger brutality even though the rangers weren't present for the actual battle and they were probably asked to pose for photographer Robert Runyon's pictures. Runyon sold these staged photos all over the south and an explanation of what really happened is rarely given. Runyon took several photos of the brutal soldier/rebel atrocities across the border during the Mexican Revolution but these pictures are never shown as a contrast to the Norias photos. They're hidden away in the Runyon Collection at the Center for American History.
Re Wikipedia cite given by pff for picture of Texas rangers with noose around necks of apparently deceased Mexicans .... you won't get the picture from the cite given go to en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Texas_Ranger_Division then in middle of page here is small picture which can be clicked on to give full page depiction ... it's not all that gruesome relative to movies and tv programs today ... but interesting ... dmw
Post by sloanrodgers on Jan 9, 2011 17:33:56 GMT -5
Well, the trailer peeked my interest a few years ago, but as the comments show the docudrama is pretty biased and has factual problems. Amazingly the writer/ director still periodically screens this flawed film at small Texas theaters six years after it's 2004 release. He is obviously a man on a mission.
An interesting bit of trivia associated with this is that they took the name "W. E. Stuart Land Company" and made an acronym out of it...which was WESLACO, and that is where the name of the south Texas town Weslaco comes from.
I'll be darn. I've seen and read and heard about Weslaco but never knew that. Thanks for the trivia.