Texas Ranger Memorial –
As told by Glenn Jordan (aka: Farr Ranger)
Lt. D. H. Farr
(1820 – 1898)
Saturday, April 11, 2015
The Former Texas Ranger Association arranged a Memorial Cross Ceremony for Lt. D.H. Farr, a Texas Ranger in the 1850’s and 1860’s in Burnet and Kerr counties. Farr is buried at
Oakwood Cemetery a mile east of the Capitol building. I take my cowboy action shooting alias from Lt. Farr. He was my great great grandfather.
Lt. Farr came to Texas from Tennessee in 1845. He had a 500 acre ranch in Burnet. Farr was also a stone mason who worked on all three of the Texas State Capitol buildings and he built the first brick house in Austin. In 1864, “Farr’s Company” consisted of 26 Rangers in Kerr County ranging out of Camp Davis on White Oak Creek, west of Fredericksburg. He wrote letters to Governor Lubbock which have survived and are online if you google D. H. Farr.
Mike Young, with the Sons of the Republic of Texas, organized the ceremony which included a Texas Ranger to preside, flags, and a black powder cannon provided by Lefty Leo and
Artimann. As Cowboy Action Shooters, we participated in the ceremony. Mike Young invited us to wear period costume and shoot our long rifles in salute during the ceremony. We had .45
long colt blanks available for those who brought their rifles, participating as militiamen. After the ceremony, we visited the graves of Ben Thompson (Austin Sheriff and gunfighter) and John Barclay Armstrong (Texas Ranger who brought in John Wesley Harding), who are buried nearby.