The Ranger Ideal Volume 3
Established in Waco in 1968, the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame
and Museum honors the iconic Texas Rangers, a service that
has existed, in one form or another, since 1823. Thirty-one
individuals—whose lives span more than two centuries—have
been enshrined in the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame. They have
become legendary symbols of Texas and the American West.
In The Ranger Ideal Volume 3, Darren L. Ivey presents capsule
biographies of the twelve inductees who served Texas in the
twentieth century. In the first portion of the book, Ivey describes
the careers of the “Big Four” Ranger captains—Will L. Wright,
Frank Hamer, Tom R. Hickman, and Manuel “Lone Wolf”
Gonzaullas—as well as those of Charles E. Miller and Marvin
“Red” Burton. Ivey then moves into the mid-century and
discusses Robert A. Crowder, John J. Klevenhagen, Clinton T.
Peoples, and James E. Riddles. Ivey concludes with Bobby Paul
Doherty and Stanley K. Guffey, both of whom gave their lives in
the line of duty.
Using primary records and reliable secondary sources, and
rejecting apocryphal tales, The Ranger Ideal presents the true
stories of these intrepid men who enforced the law with gallantry,
grit, and guns. This Volume 3 is the finale in a three-volume series
covering all of the Texas Rangers inducted in the Hall of Fame and
Museum in Waco, Texas.