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Six Years with the Texas Rangers 1875-1881 by James B. Gillette

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I hit pay dirt at Half Price Books a couple weeks ago and found the following:

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Six Years with the Texas Rangers 1875-1881, 1925, Gillette, James B.

 243 pages.

Classic account by a Ranger in Dan Roberts', N.O. Reynolds' and George W. Baylor's commands.

Very interesting read and well told stories of various adventures while a member of the Texas Rangers. Gillete was involved in years following in the G-4 Ranch operations, a ranch of which Homer Wilson later bought a large part for his Oak Canyon/BlueCreek Ranch.

Any one else read this one?  :icon_cool:

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Re: Six Years with the Texas Rangers 1875-1881 by James B. Gillette
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2012, 10:10:20 PM »
No I have not read it, but does anyone know where the G-4 Ranch Headquarters building would have been?  This was the most successful and largest ranch in Big Bend National Park and I know they ranched a huge area but I don't know of any remaining structures.   I suspect the stone corral in Apache Canyon and structures at several other locations (Mule Ears Springs, Tule Springs, etc.) may be related to the G-4 and then re-used by other ranchers like Homer Wilson et al in the 1930's.    Anyone know any history they can share with us?      TWWG

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Re: Six Years with the Texas Rangers 1875-1881 by James B. Gillette
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2012, 10:17:53 PM »
Well looky here what I found!  :D

The Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum has an E-books section where, lo and behold, I found Six Years with the Texas Rangers 1875-1881, 1925 in PDF format ready for download.

You can't beat that and look at all them others books as well!  :great:

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Re: Six Years with the Texas Rangers 1875-1881 by James B. Gillette
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2012, 10:36:45 PM »
... does anyone know where the G-4 Ranch Headquarters building would have been?

TWWG, according to Clifford B. Casey, p.163, Soldiers, Ranchers, and Miners in the Big Bend he says:

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The house (i.e. the mail order house built by Francis Rooney) was situated on a terrace protected by a rock retaining wall, along the south side of Oak Creek just below the spring and no doubt at or very near the same spot which had been used by Captain James E. Gillett as headquarters for the G-4 outfit back in 1885 to 1895.

There are other mentions in that work that state that Gillett's headquarters for the G-4 was at Oak Creek. I highly recommend Casey's work, if you have not already read it, for background on the Wilson Ranch.
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Re: Six Years with the Texas Rangers 1875-1881 by James B. Gillette
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2012, 11:25:00 AM »
Well looky here what I found!  :D

The Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum has an E-books section where, lo and behold, I found Six Years with the Texas Rangers 1875-1881, 1925 in PDF format ready for download.

You can't beat that and look at all them others books as well!  :great:

Good find!

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Re: Six Years with the Texas Rangers 1875-1881 by James B. Gillette
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2012, 09:55:17 PM »
Finished this book a few weeks back. I really enjoyed this first hand account of a Ranger.
« Last Edit: May 25, 2012, 08:25:21 AM by Flash »

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Offline Raoul Duke

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Re: Six Years with the Texas Rangers 1875-1881 by James B. Gillette
« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2012, 10:02:51 AM »
Great recommendation!  I picked up a copy from an on-line used book dealer for $6 and am really enjoying it so far.
"Getting bored with your neurosis?  Drop you analyst--drop him/her like a cold potato--and make tracks for the nearest river." -Edward Abbey

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Re: Six Years with the Texas Rangers 1875-1881 by James B. Gillette
« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2012, 08:51:18 PM »
Really liked his account of a punitive expedition he was sent on to help track down a group of Comanche raiders and recover a bunch of stolen horses. Quite an eye opener it was.

 


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