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Historical Symposium to Look at Texas Rangers of the Hill Country
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 • Posted March 24, 2010

Now is the time to mark your calendars for the Annual Mason County Historical Commission Symposium. Come on Sunday, May 16, at 2 p.m., Mason High School Auditorium, to learn about "The Texas Rangers of the Hill Country". Four speakers highlight this year’s symposium. Bob Alexander’s topic is "Texas Rangers of Company D: The Winchester Warriors". Mr. Alexander is a native Texan who retired as a special agent with the U.S. Treasury Department to pursue his interest in researching and writing western nonfiction. He is the author of Fearless Dave Allison, Border Lawman; Desert Desperadoes: the Banditti of Southwestern New Mexico; and Lawmen, Outlaws and SOBs - all winners of the Best Book Award from the Western Outlaw/Lawman History Association. He will be speaking from his most recent book, Winchester Warriors: Texas Rangers of Company D, 1874-1902.

Dave Johnson, co-author of John Ringo, King of the Cowboys: His life and Times from the Hoo Doo War to Tombstone and The Mason County "Hoo Doo" War, 1874-1902, will speak on the topic "The Effectiveness of the Texas Rangers & The Hoo Doo War".

Bill O’Neal, in 2007 named "Best Living Non-Fiction Writer" by True West Magazine, is a retired college professor and member of the Western Writers of America. Among his books of note are Arizona Rangers; Ghost Towns of the American West; The Wild West; and, Border Queen Caldwell: Toughest Town on the Chisholm Trail. In 2005, O’Neal received the National Association of Outlaw and Lawmen Association award for his "The Johnson County War", a study of the struggle in 1892 between small farmers and wealthy ranchers in northern Wyoming. He has appeared in television documentaries on Turner Network /television, The History Channel, the BBC, the Discovery Channel and the Arts and Entertainment Channel. O’Neal’s symposium topic is "Reel Rangers: Texas Rangers of Hollywood".

Chuck Parson’s topic is titled "The Taylor-Sutton Feud & the Texas Rangers" and stems from his latest book, The Sutton-Taylor Feud: The Deadliest Blood Feud in Texas. Mr. Parsons’ writing and research focuses on outlaws and lawmen of Texas and includes books such as Captain L.H. McNelly: the Life and Times of a Fighting Man and John B. Armstrong, Texas Ranger and Pioneer Ranchman.

In addition to our symposium speakers, the commission will have as a special guest, western artist Donald Yena. Mr. Yena will have on display portions of his collection of western historical documents, weapons and artifacts. Works by Mr. Yena have recently been featured at the Witte Museum in San Antonio. In addition, he has illustrated several historical books including Battles of Texas and Six Flags of Texas.

Moderator for the symposium will again be Pat Parsons. As is custom at the symposium, Pat will encourage discussion between the panelists and the audience. Several western writers, in addition to our speakers, will have their books available for purchase.

Mason High School is located at 1105 West College. For further information, contact Jan Appleby, Chairperson, Mason County Historical Commission, janell@ctesc.net, phone: 325-347-6583 or Jane Hoerster, Historian Emeritus, Mason County Historical Commission, POB 524, Mason, TX; phone 325-347-5446; janehoerster@yahoo.com.

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