Victoria Public Library presents author panel on Texas Rangers

July 23, 2010 at 2:23 a.m.
Updated July 24, 2010 at 2:24 a.m.

The Victoria Public Library will present a panel of authors featuring Chuck Parsons, Dr. Harold Weiss, Jr. and Dr. Paul Spellman on July 31 for a book signing and discussion on the lives of Texas Rangers.

The program begins at 10 a.m. in the Bronte room at the Victoria Public Library, 302 N. Main St.

"John B. Armstrong, Texas Ranger and Pioneer Ranchman: Lawman and Rancher"

By Chuck Parsons

"Texas, by God!" cried notorious killer John Wesley Hardin when he saw a Colt .45 pointed at him on a train in Florida. At the other end of the pistol stood Texas Ranger John B. Armstrong. Hardin's arrest assured Armstrong a place in history, but his story is larger, fuller, and even more important - and until now it has never been told.

Parsons is the author of 11 books and many articles on Texas and Western history. He lives in Prairie Lea.

"Captain J.A. Brooks, Texas Ranger"

By Paul Spellman

James Abijah Brooks was one of the "Four Great Captains" in Texas Ranger history. Born and raised in Civil War-torn Kentucky, a reckless adventurer on the American and Texas frontier, and a quick-draw Texas Ranger captain who later turned in his six-shooter to serve as a county judge, Brooks embodied the raucous era of the late 19th and early 20th-century American West.

Spellman teaches Texas and American history at Wharton County Junior College. He is a native Texan and has written five books. He lives in Richmond.

"Yours to Command: The Life and Legend of Texas Ranger Captain Bill McDonald"

By Harold Weiss Jr.

Captain Bill McDonald is the most prominent of the "Four Great Captains" of Texas Ranger history. His reputation as a gunman rested upon his easily demonstrated marksmanship, a flair for using his weapons to intimidate opponents, and the publicity given his numerous exploits. His ability to handle mobs resulted in a classic tale told around campfires: one riot, one Ranger.

Weiss is emeritus professor of history, government, and criminal justice at Jamestown Community College. Weiss has published numerous articles and essays on the Texas Rangers and western law and order. He lives in Leander.



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