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    Frank Hamer and SD Myres.

    In my next post (from my phone) is an excerpt from the book "Texas Ranger" that involved SD himself. Page 159
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    Gladys was definitely a fitting match for Frank.

    A brief synopsis of the events for those who don't have the event. It was quite the feud between the Johnsons and the Sims. Frank himself was not working as a Ranger at the time, but as a Special Ranger for the Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers association.

    "In 1917, Hamer married Gladys (Johnson) Sims, the widow of Ed Sims of
    Snyder, Texas; she and her brother had been charged in 1916 with murdering Sims. Hamer and Gladys and other family members were stopped at a garage on October 1, 1917 to get gasoline in Sweetwater when they suddenly encountered Gus McMeans of Odessa, Ed Sims' brother-in-law, and the Hamers and McMeans got into a pistol battle. McMeans was a former Texas Ranger and sheriff of Ector County, and he and Hamer "were clinched"; McMeans died of a shot to the heart and Hamer was wounded. Ten shots were fired in the gunfight, and police collected a total of seven revolvers, two semi-automatic pistols, and three rifles from the two parties."


    And here is a very brief synopsis on the feud itself. Not all of the synopsis is necessarily proven, there is a great deal of conflicting history from various sources surrounding not only Frank Hamer (pronounced Haymer) but also the feud itself. There is supposed to be a pretty good book on it but I haven't read it yet.

    "The Johnson and Sims families were pioneer ranchers, settling in the same region—Lampasas and Burnet counties—in the dangerous years just before the Civil War. After the war two couples from the next generation, Billy and Nannie Johnson and Dave and Laura Belle Sims, established large ranches—forty or more sections each—in adjoining counties, Scurry and Kent, in West Texas.
    Just after the turn of the century, the two families united in a marriage of fourteen-year-old Gladys Johnson to twenty-one-year-old Ed Sims. Billy Johnson set up Gladys and Ed on a ranch, and the young couple had two daughters, Helen and Beverly. But Gladys was headstrong and willful, and Ed drank too much, and both sought affection outside their marriage. A nasty divorce ensued, featuring a gun-wielding Gladys prior to court proceedings. Gladys moved with her girls to her father's luxurious ranch house, where she soon fell in love with famed Texas Ranger Frank Hamer.
    Ed's custody rights proved troublesome. When Ed tried to take his daughters for a prearranged Christmas visit in 1916, Gladys shot him twice on the Snyder square teeming with shoppers. The wounds were not fatal, but one of Gladys's brothers, Sid, bolted out of their father's bank and finished off Ed with a shotgun blast.
    One of the best lawyers in West Texas, Judge Cullen Higgins (son of the old feudist Pink Higgins) managed to win acquittal for both Gladys and Sid. In the tradition of Texas feudists since the 1840s, the Sims family sought revenge. A former sheriff and Sims' son-in-law, Gee McMeans, led an attack in Sweetwater and shot Billy Johnson's bodyguard, Frank Hamer, twice, while Gladys—by now Mrs. Hamer—fired at another assassin. Hamer shot back, killed McMeans, and was no-billed on the spot by a grand jury watching the shootout through a window. An attempt against Billy Johnson failed, but a three-man team shotgunned the widely respected Cullen Higgins. Texas Rangers and other lawmen caught one of the assassins, extracted a confession, and then prompted his "suicide" in a Sweetwater jail cell."
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    A lot of wild stuff went on back in those days.
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