Trails and Trials of a Texas Ranger
Published by: University of Oklahoma Press
Imprint: University of Oklahoma Press
556 Pages | 7 x 10 | 73 b&w illus.
“General Bill” Sterling, as his friends called him, was a Texas Ranger of the old tradition—hard-riding and fearless but not a killer. Rising through the ranks, he became commander of the famed Rangers in the 1930s, when he served as adjutant general of Texas. His own story, told with warmth and vigor, is filled with adventures in the South Texas cattle country, the remote Ranger camps on the Río Grande, and the early Texas oil fields. As captain of Company D, the last horseback ranger company, he scouted on practically all the large ranches in Texas, pursuing bandits, rustlers, and outlaws. He participated in the conflicts, political and otherwise, that characterized early twentieth-century Texas. Through his skill, courage, and devotion to duty, coupled with a genuinely compassionate nature, he became a legend in the Southwest.
Bob Schoenke’s drawings are complemented by many rare photographs of Rangers and the land they patrolled, as well as individuals from all walks of life with whom the General was acquainted.
“A definite contribution to lower border and ranger history.”—American Book Collector
“It is a must for the libraries of those dedicated to Texana.”—John Edward Weems, Fort Worth Star-Telegram