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Ranger Hall of Fame
The HALL OF FAME is the State designated memorial of the Texas Ranger service, commemorating the service and sacrifices of 30 Texas Rangers who gave their lives in the line of duty or made significant contributions to development of the service.
John H. Rogers
Rogers was born near Kingsbury, Guadalupe County, Texas, October 19,
Rogers first enlisted in the Rangers in September
1882 serving under Capt. S. A. McMurray in Company B. He served until
December of 1883. In the spring of 1884 he reenlisted. This time he
was serving in Company F under Capt. Joe Shely. In 1889 he was promoted
to sergeant and finally to Captain on October 19, 1892.
In 1885, Rogers was involved in his first close
Ranger encounter with outlaws. Capt. Scott and Company F were ordered
to Brown County to try and put a stop to the fence cutting activities
in the area. Coming upon a group of outlaws in the act of cutting a
fence, the Rangers opened fire, leaving two fence cutters dead.
Later, a shoot out with the Conners gang would
leave Rogers, Scott and Sgt. Brooks wounded and Ranger Jim Moore dead.
Rogers was again wounded in the line of duty in Laredo were he was enforcing
quarantine regulations during a smallpox epidemic. This wound to his
shoulder required the removal of a short length of bone from his arm.
To compensate for his shortened and weakened arm, Rogers carried a specially
Capt. Rogers resigned from the Ranger force
in 1911. In 1913 he was appointed U. S. Marshall over the Western District
of Texas. He served in this position for eight years. In 1927 he was
recalled as a Captain in the Ranger service, a position he held until
his death in Temple, Texas, on November 11, 1930.
Suggestions for further reading:
W. W. Sterling, Trails and Trials of the
Texas Ranger, Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1968
Walter Prescott Webb, The Texas Rangers,
The New Handbook of Texas, Austin:
Texas State Historical Commission, 1996, Vol. 5
Curren Rogers McLane, The Rogers Family
Genealogy; Vertical files, Texas Ranger Research Center, Texas
Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum