Ira Aten

Ira Aten was born on 3 September 1862 in Illinois. Aten’s father, Austin Aten, a Methodist minister circuit rider, moved the family to Texas in 1876, settling near Round Rock. In 1878 Ira witnessed the death of outlaw Sam Bass. Listening to the Texas Rangers present, young Aten decided to become a lawman.

Aten joined the Texas Rangers in March 1883. He became a member of Company D under Capt. L. P Seiker and later served as Sergeant under Frank Jones. He served as a Regular Ranger for over six years and then as a Special Ranger (volunteering without pay) until 1891. Most of his work was in the counties bordering the Rio Grande, roughly from Pecos to Rio Grande City.
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1 Response to Ira Aten

  1. Elmo says:

    One of my all time favorite good guys. This man lived the history of the West. Barely mentioned in this story is the fact that he’s the man who almost single handedly rooted out corruption and got the 3 million acre XIT Ranch straightened out and started on the road to profitability. No small task in itself.
    The fact that he had a cool name is just a plus.

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