1900-1940: More of the Good & the Bad
Clifford R. Caldwell & Ron DeLord
Lawlessness in Texas did not end with the close of the cowboy era. It just evolved, swapping horses and pistols for cars and semiautomatics. From Patrolman “Newt” Stewart, killed by a group of servicemen in February 1900, to Whitesboro chief of police William Thomas “Will” Miller, run down by a vehicle in the line of duty in 1940, Ron DeLord and Cliff Caldwell present a comprehensive chronicle of the brave—and some not so brave—peace officers who laid down their lives in the service of the State of Texas in the first half of the twentieth century.
Gillespie County Historical Society is sponsoring a book signing on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at the Vereins Kirche at the Center of Marktplatz from 1:00 – 3:00 p. m. Author, Cliff Caldwell will be signing books for patrons. The book is available for purchase at the Pioneer Museum at 325 W. Main as well as at the Vereins Kirche.
Cliff Caldwell is an accomplished historian and researcher on the American West, having conducted extensive research on the Texas cattle trails, trail drivers and cattle kings. He is a member of Western Writers of America, Inc., the Texas State Historical Association, the Great Western Cattle Trail Association and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. Cliff and his wife, Ellen, live in the Hill Country of Texas, near Mountain Home.
Ron DeLord was one of the founders of the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT) and was elected its first president. He is a licensed Texas attorney and has a bachelor’s of science degree in government from Lamar University (1971), a master’s of art degree in police science and administration from Sam Houston State University (1982) and a doctorate of jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law (1986). He graduated from the ten-week Harvard University Trade Union Program (1992). Ron initiated the legislation to create the Texas Peace Officers Memorial on the grounds of the state capitol in Austin.
Ron is the author and co-author of several books and published works. Ron and his wife, Brenda, live in Georgetown, Texas.