Dinkins Chapter of DAR explores history of Texas Rangers

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The Samuel Paul Dinkins Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met on Oct. 14 at the Meadowbrook Golf and Event Center.

Regent Judy Carpenter called the meeting to order and led members in the opening ritual. Pledges were given to the American and Texas flags. The American Creed was read in unison, the national anthem was sung and the members were led in the opening prayer.

The business meeting was held. Sue Brown read the minutes of the previous meeting. They were approved as corrected. Debra Albertson reported the treasury balance and activity and it was accepted as presented. Liz Lockhart gave the National Defense Report, “Working Dogs in the Military.”

Judy Carpenter introduced the presenter of today’s program, Jim Hamblen. Jim is a U.S. Army Veteran and a lover of Texas history. After his retirement from Bridgestone/Firestone Tires, he served for three years on the Development Board of The Texas Ranger Museum in Waco.

Jim’s program consisted ofthe interesting history ofthe legendary Texas Rangers. Stephen F. Austin decreed in 1823 the formation of the Texas Rangers. Today there are 162 rangers authorized for the state of Texas including 3-5 women.

Mr. Hamblen told the story of Manuel “Lonewolf” Gonzaullas a famous Texas Ranger who was sent to Kilgore to tame the town when Kilgore became “the most lawless town in Texas” after the October 1930 oil boom started. He helped found the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum in 1968.

Another story he told was about a ranger, James B. Gillett, who was in his first year of service when he was sent to find a 16-year-old boy who had been captured by the Apaches 10 years before in 1875. Hermann Lehmann was this boy. Gillett was with his group of Rangers and they were chasing a group of Indians who had stolen some horses in the Mason area of Texas. Gillett and another Ranger were chasing a horse that was carrying two Indians. They shot and hit the horse. When the horse fell, he was on Hermann Lehmann’s leg. When the Rangers got to him they saw that he had red hair and blue eyes. Believing he was not an Indian, they left him to chase after the other Indian who had gotten away. When they got back, the red-haired boy was gone. Unbeknownst to the Rangers the boy was six-year-old Hermann Lehmann who had been captured by the Indians and taken from his Texas home and adopted by them. He was eventually returned to family members and had to adjust to leaving the career of a wild warrior

with the Apache tribe and learn to live in civilized society.

In 1928 there is a convention of old trail riders and Indians in a San Antonio theater. Hermann Lehmann and James Gillett were there. They met and talked and realized that one is the ranger and one is the Indian whom Gillett was sent to capture 50 years earlier. Mr. Hamblen

had a handout with a picture of these two men shaking hands.

When asked if he had a favorite Texas Ranger, Mr. Hamblen mentioned along with Lonewolf Gonzaullas, Frank Hamer. In 1934 the retired Capt. Hamer was hired as a Special Investigator for the Texas prison system to track down gangsters Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. The notorious outlaws had killed more than a dozen law enforcement officers and unarmed citizens in a crime spree spanning several states. The Texas prison system became involved when the Barrow gang broke into a State prison, freed a gang member and killed an officer. After a three-

month search, Hamer and Texas and Louisiana law enforcement officers ambushed and killed the criminals near Gibsland, Louisiana.

Anyone interested in learning more history of the Texas Rangers is invited to visit the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco.

Mr. Hamblen was presented a certificate of appreciation and a walking stick with the names of 30 legendary Texas Rangers burned into the wood by Judy Carpenter.

The next meeting will be held on Dec. 9 at the Meadowbrook Country Club at 10 a.m.

Members in attendance: Dorothy Brooks, Judy Carpenter, Agnes Oliver, Carole Culver, Debra Albertson, Carroll Bolton, Sue Brown, Liz Lockhart, Mary Layne Douglas, Nancy Bullock, Evelyn Banda, Rachel Brian, Meriam Eakin, Jan Mobley and Sally Beane.

Guests in attendance were Jim and Jean Beth Hamblen, Dana Snead, John Bolton, Joe Eakin and Isabelle Smith.

Hostesses were Jan Mobley, Liz Lockhart and Sally Beane.

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