Manuscripts/Mixed Material [S. P. Merry]
When Mr. Merry visited in Amarillo in the early '90's, there were about 15 rangers quartered in their barracks near the old Rock Barn. They were here “to keep the sheriff out of mischief”. Jim Gober, then the youngest sheriff in the United States, was drinking too much and feeling his liquor - or his importance.”
Rangers leaving Amarillo for duty elsewhere killed their negro cook near Runningwater Draw, claiming self-defense, saying that they had told the cook to either return or go with them (Mr. Merry was not sure which) and he had been ugly about it, refusing to do their bidding and offering resistance. Mr. Merry and Mr. T. D. Hobart saw the grave soon after it was made, when he was accompanying the latter to see about buying some land in that vicinity.