By Paul N. Spellman
John Harris Rogers (1863-1930) served in Texas legislations enforcement for greater than 4 many years, as a Texas Ranger, Deputy and U.S. Marshal, urban police leader, and within the deepest zone as a safety agent. he's well-known in background as one of many mythical "Four Captains" of the Ranger strength that helped make the transition from the Frontier Battalion days into the 20th century. Rogers participated within the Brown County fence-cutting wars, the East Texas Conner struggle, the El Paso/Langtry Prizefight, the riots through the Laredo Quarantine, and the hunts for Hill Loftis and Gregorio Cortez. "[Rogers's] philosophy used to be: `Once you could have pulled your weapons use them with absolute resolve.' He definitely did in the course of his occupation as a Ranger. . . . an outstanding addition to Texas Ranger lore."--True West "Spellman bargains a story biography that's really good crafted. . . . it's a needs to learn for students and laymen alike."--Journal of the West
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In February, 1885, Rogers and Company F survived a cut in personnel so serious that the company itself was actually in line to be disbanded altogether. With a relatively quiet lower Rio Grande Valley at the time, it seemed to King a reasonable place for the necessary cut to be made. What saved the company, ironic as it seems, was a renewal of violence with raids on both sides of the river by Mexican banditos. Cattle were being rustled with impunity and the local citizenry had killed several of the bandits, arousing even more trouble in the valley.
The cattle ranching industry erupted in Mitchell County. Fifteen brands were registered in the first months of 1881 alone and more the next year. Clay Mann bought land south of town and had over 26,000 head of cattle there two years later. D. W. “80 John” Wallace, one of the first African-American cattle ranchers, hired on with Mann during these formative years. In 1883 forty-one-thousand head were shipped through Colorado City and one-hundred-thousand the next year. ” Word spread of the wealth and opportunity in Mitchell County.
In most cases such as this the Rangers were given the benefit of the doubt and released. But the judge, in a room crowded with angry townspeople, indicted the three for murder, then released them on fifteen-hundred dollars bond each when Captain Marsh let it be known his boys would be going to camp with him, not to jail. Soon a lengthy trial was underway. Rumors and gossip surrounded the trial, that the Rangers had murdered Patterson in cold blood on behalf of their fellow peace officer Dick Ware.