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enlisted in the Texas Rangers and was assigned to Company "A" under
Captain John A. Brooks.
Serving with his two brothers, James C. "Doc" White and Dudley White,
Sr., Tom and his company fought cattle rustling in Kent County, gangland
operations in Bowie, and bootlegging in Amarillo during the first decade of
this century. In 1909, Tom White took a wife in Weatherford, reevaluated
his Ranger job at $40 a month, and left the Ranger force.
White served as special agent for the Santa Fe Railroad and Southern
Pacific Railroad before he accepted an FBI position in El Paso, which
remained the town of his first love. His work for the FBI took him to
various assignments between the years of 1917 and 1927, when he attracted
the attention of the Justice Department and was named warden at Leaven-
worth and La Tuna, successively, the last assignment taking White back
to the El Paso area.
This book will interest readers who seek information about a peace offi-
cer who, although his fifty year career often took him outside of Texas,
remained a man of the Southwest. The author presents an "informal biog-
raphy," one which attempts to provide enough anecdotal material to dem-
onstrate Tom White's humanitarianism. It is unfortunate that careful doc-
umentation is not a characteristic of this well-designed book, written by the
subject's close friend, but the index, although brief, will serve the reader
Texas Ranger Sketches, a memorial rather than a memoir, tells of the
Rangers who served between 1874 and 1901. Intended as a "tribute to six-
ty-three Texas Rangers of long ago who have not received proper recogni-
tion for their service," the book may be of interest to general readers. No
documentation accompanies the descriptions of the Ranger work done by
the author's subjects during the period following Reconstruction, the last
of whom, Henry Winslow, died in 1954. According to the author, family
records and personal statements are used to supplement public records,
muster rolls, and conventional Ranger archival materials.
The twenty-nine photographs provided in the book add considerable
warmth to this otherwise brief work. A bibliography and an index would
have made this work of love and admiration more useful to the scholar.
Baylor University THOMAS L. CHARLTON
C. L. Sonnichsen: Grassroots Historian. By Dale L. Walker. (El Paso: Tex-
as Western Press, 1972. Pp. 99. Illustrations. $5.)
Dale L. Walker has written an excellent and interesting study of the life
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 77, July 1973 - April, 1974. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth117148/. Accessed July 13, 2014.