The following biography was written by Jane Hoerster: John August Moran was born on January 22, 1885, in Mason, Texas, to Martin Moran and Katherine Mann. He was the second oldest of the following six children and at the age of twenty-five he became a proprietor of a pool hall.
On November 1, 1917, he enlisted in the Ranger Force of Company “A” under the occupation of a peace officer and was stationed in a Ranger camp at Alice in Jim Wells County, Texas, under the command of Captain John J. Sanders, who served as captain from 1917-1919.
Moran had only served a year in the Ranger Force when he contracted influenza while on duty in Falfurrias in Brooks County, Texas. He returned to Mason and passed away on December 12, 1918, where he was buried here in Crosby Cemetery. Neither he nor his siblings ever married, so when his sisters Mary Elizabeth “Lizzie died in February of 1947 and Katherine “Kate” died in January 31, 1976, this was the end of the Moran lineage in Mason.
On Saturday, June 2nd, the Mason County Historical Commission will honor two of Mason’s citizens that served in the Texas Rangers. Starting at 10:00 a.m. in Gooch Cemetery, a memorial service will be conducted for P.C. Baird followed by a second service starting about 11:00 a.m. in Crosby Cemetery for John A. Moran.
Please mark your calendars and join us for both of these memorial services. You will enjoy learning about our early residents and the contribution they made to the history of Mason County.
Editor's Note: We were notified at press time that a marking will also be held for Texas Ranger George Coots at Bethel Cemetery in Camp Air after the first two ceremonies have completed. More details will be available at either of the first two markings.