‘Texas Ranger Lee Hall – From the Red River to the Rio Grande’
Special to The News
Texas Rangers have been the most honored and recognized lawmen in America. They have earned this recognition by being as Lee Hall was described by the famous artist Frederick Remington – “A gentleman of the romantic Southern soldier, …with highest ideals, with which it would be extremely unsafe to trifle.”
“Texas Ranger Lee Hall – From the Red River to the Rio Grande” is a well-written and researched book. The author Chuck Parsons, an experienced researcher and writer of Texas Rangers, has looked for new information about Lee Hall, but none seemed to exist. Parsons decided to research the friends and foes of Hall since they would be included in that story. This unusual approach has resulted in an extremely interesting text that also gives facts about relatively unknown characters brought to justice by Lee Hall.
Born as Jesse Leigh Hall in Greensborough, N.C., on Oct. 9, 1849, people tended to pronounce his name as “Lay Hall.” He decided to change his name to Lee Hall. For a while Hall was a teacher, but the job did not offer much adventure. Hall traveled to Grayson County, where he became a constable. As with teaching, being a constable did not provide enough adventure. He ran for sheriff but was not elected. Hall served as “Deputy U.S. Marshal” for a short time. Hall chased and caught criminals – one case involved a $500 reward. Parsons stated that it would be $20,000 in today’s money. With several significant captures of wellknown criminals, Hall worked with Leander Harvey McNelly, a well known and respected Special State Troops Lieutenant and later as a famous and beloved Texas Ranger.
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