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New PDF release: Rawhide Ranger, Ira Aten: Enforcing Law on the Texas

By Bob Alexander

ISBN-10: 1574413155

ISBN-13: 9781574413151

Ira Aten (1862-1953) was once the epitome of a frontier lawman. At age twenty he enrolled in corporation D in the course of the transition of the Rangers from Indian combatants to topnotch peace officials. This unit—and Aten—would have a full of life time making their mark in nineteenth-century Texas. The preponderance of Texas Ranger remedies middle at the outfit as an establishment or highlight the narratives of particular captains. Bob Alexander aptly validated in Winchester Warriors: Texas Rangers of corporation D, 1874-1901 that there's advantage in probing the lives of daily operating Rangers. Aten is a perfect instance. The years Ira spent as a Ranger are packed with experience, border problems, shoot-outs, fixing significant crimes—a quadruple homicide—and manhunts. Aten’s function in those and epochal Texas occasions resembling the racially insensitive Jaybird/Woodpecker Feud and the bloody Fence slicing Wars earned Ira’s spot within the Ranger corridor of status. His legislations imposing deeds go beyond days with the Rangers. Ira served counties as sheriff, phrases spiked with pleasure. later on, for ten years at the XIT, he was once tasked with clearing the ranch’s Escarbada department of livestock thieves. Aten’s tale spins on an axis of spine-tingling Texas historical past. relocating to California, Ira was once energetic in remodeling the Imperial Valley from uncooked wilderness into an agricultural oasis. Unmistakably he used to be public lively and dedicated to group betterment. hoping on basic resource files to construct a platform for this meticulously researched and complete biography with one thousand endnotes and a hundred outstanding old-time images, Alexander offers us Ira Aten within the round—evenhandedly—the precise tale of a Ranger difficult as rawhide.

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