SIX AND ONE-HALF YEARS IN THE RANGER SERVICE: THE MEMOIRS OF IRA ATEN, SERGEANT COMPANY D, TEXAS RANGERS
Bandera: Frontier Times, 1945. 64pp. Photographs. Original pictorial wrappers. First edition in book form (This material originally appeared serially in The Frontier Times Magazine). Minor chipping with pages uniformly tanned. Overall, a very good copy. Adams, Six-Guns 91: “Aten tells of his efforts to suppress wire cutting and other lawlessness in Texas.” Aten served under famous Ranger Captain Frank Jones and had an exciting career. He fought against the wire cutters and he was involved in the Jaybird and Woodpecker feud as sheriff of Ft. Bend County. He was also sheriff of Castro County and for ten years the manager of the Escarbada division of the XIT ranch. The book contains some of his experiences as a ranchman and an account of his friendship with Captain John R. Hughes, another of the great ranger captains. Because of the paper quality, this book is usually found in poor condition. Very scarce. Adams Herd 169.