|Birth: ||Jul. 4, 1891, Spain|
|Death: ||Feb. 13, 1977|
Manuel Trazazas “Lone Wolf” Gonzaullas was born in Spain, on July 4, 1891. At age eight, he became an orphan due to the 1900 Galveston hurricane. At age twenty, Gonzaullas joined the Mexican army attaining the rank of major. He then served five years as a special agent for the U.S. Treasury Department. In 1920 he married Laura Isabel Scherer, and that same year joined the Texas Rangers. During the 1920s and '30s, Gonzaullas enforced the law in the Texas oil fields, boom towns, and along the Texas border. Alone, he pursued bootleggers, gamblers, drug runners and bank robbers. He came to be known as “El Lobo Solo” (the Lone Wolf). In 1935, the Legislature established the Department of Public Safety. Gonzaullus was appointed Superintendent of the Bureau of Intelligence and is credited with creating a crime laboratory second only to that of the F.B.I. In 1940, Gonzaullas rejoined the Rangers as Captain of Company B, Dallas. He became the first American of Spanish decent to achieve the rank of captain. In 1946 the Lone Wolf was sent to Texarkana to investigate murders committed by the “Phantom Killer.” Gonzaullas’s experiences in that case were used as the bases for the movie "The Town That Dreaded Sundown." He retired from the Texas Rangers in 1951. Later he worked in Hollywood as a technical consultant for radio, television, and motion pictures, in particular the long-running 1950s radio and TV show “Tales of the Texas Rangers.” Captain M.T. “Lone Wolf” Gonzaullas, a Mason and Presbyterian, died of cancer in Dallas on February 13, 1977 at age of eighty-five.
Laura Isabel Scherer Gonzaullas (____ - 1978)
Sparkman Hillcrest Memorial Park
Created by: Clay Homister
Record added: Sep 20, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6789745