|Birth: ||Sep. 3, 1874|
|Death: ||Jun. 6, 1952|
Dudley S. Barker was born September 3, 1874 in Round Rock, Texas and died June 6, 1952 in Alpine, Texas. His father E. B. Barker could neither read nor write, but he and his wife Mary Elizabeth Harvey were determined that their children would be educated. Although the Barker residence was located at Rice's Crossing, Dud's mother would move the children into Round Rock during the school terms for them to attend classes.
Dud enlisted in the Texas Rangers in 1896, but prior to this, it is told in Barker family tradition, that he was a wagon driver for the group. Texas State Archives records indicate that Dudley S. Barker enlisted in the Texas Rangers on July 1, 1896 in the Frontier Battalion Company B under the command of the famous W. J. McDonald. In later years, 1928-1933, he served again in the Texas Rangers and family tradition says he would not accept payment for his services.
During his first enlistment in the Texas Rangers, Dud was sent to San Saba to help restore law and order and disburse the San Saba Mob; it was responsible for many problems. The Mob had begun in 1860 and had ruled with a strong force until the turn of the century. It seems that the Mob was ruled by a group of ruthless people whose code of silence protected them from discovery.
Murders and lawlessness ruled in San Saba until Judge W. W. Alleson requested the adjutant general establish a permanent Ranger camp in the area. Included in those Texas Rangers sent to the San Saba area were men from Captain McDonald's Company B. from Amarillo. Dud Barker was a member of this group.
There are various stories emerging from the historic events occurring in San Saba at this time. A number of the stories depict the courage and bravery of Dud Barker as he assisted in protection of the citizens of the area. Within months of their arrival in San Saba, the Rangers had gathered enough evidence to bring before the grand jury. The Mob made an all out attempt to prevent the Rangers from getting into court with evidence and told them(the Rangers) to "get out of town".
The Rangers made a stand, shooting one masked mobster and then disbursing the remaining crowd. A number of mobsters were convicted and sent to prison. This effectively broke the hold and strength of the Mob in the area and soon law and order was restored to San Saba.
It was while Dud Barker was in San Saba that he met and married Lilly Campbell, daughter of the town banker. They married at the end of his first enlistment in the Rangers (1899) and then moved to Sanderson where the couple ranched for a number of years.
The next era in Dud's life begins as he seeks to be elected Sheriff of Pecos County. Detailed accounts by Olan George in his book Roundup of Memories relate that Dud was drafted into running for Sheriff in 1904. Evidently his reputation for law enforcement was well known in the area. According to Pecos County Records, Dud Barker began his tenure as Sheriff on January 1, 1905 and was continuously re-elected until 1926 when he was defeated by W. P. Rooney.
After loosing the election in 1926, Dud left Fort Stockton where he had resided so long. The family had lived in the County Jail for many years and beautified both the inside and the outside. It is said that Dud loved beautiful flowers and yards. The Barkers moved to Alpine where Dud and Lilly lived until their deaths. During this period in Alpine, he was a game warden, was active in real estate, was a money lender, and sometimes even a bar tender!
After his retirement to Alpine, Dud managed the Downie Ranch in Terrell County. Notes written on old Barker family photos indicate that the ranch contained over 150,000 acres when still in tact. After the death of Mrs. Josephine Downie, who was owner, Barker no longer managed the operations.
Dud Barker died in 1952 and is buried in the Elm Grove Cemetery. Lilly died December 11, 1964 and is also buried at Elm Grove Cemetery. Both Dud and Lilly were Catholic by faith. They were parents of the following children:
1. Campbell Tom Barker-born April 6, 1900 in San Saba and died January 6, 1976 in Alpine-buried in Elm Grove Cemetery. He did not marry and was involved in auto sales and real estate. Campbell was a veteran of World War II. He owned land in what is today Big Bend National Park. The Barker Lodge at Boquillas was owned by him prior to the Park acquiring the land and Lodge.
2. Mary-born August 6, 1903 in Sanderson and died December 19, 1981 in an Odessa hospital. She is buried in Elm Grove Cemetery. Mary married Hiram C. Boyd in 1928 in Fort Stockton. He was a geophysicist for Humble Oil Company. Mary and Hirma lived away from Alpine for some years, but returned in 1970 to live in the area. This couple did not have children.
3. Helen-born March 6, 1908 at Fort Stockton and died in October 1934 in Abilene from complications of childbirth. She she is also buried in Elm Grove Cemetery, Alpine. Helen married Joe Thompson in 1932 and gave birth to one son Joe Dudley Thompson. Born in in Abilene in 1934, he was reared in the home of his grandparents Dud and Lilly Barker as the result of an auto accident which occurred near Presidio, Texas.
Eleazor Block Barker (1835 - 1910)
Mary Elizabeth Harvey Barker (1838 - 1897)
Lillie Emily Campbell Barker (1880 - 1964)
Campbell Tom Barker (1900 - 1976)*
Mary Barker Boyd (1903 - 1981)*
Helen L Barker Thomason (1908 - 1934)*
Robert Edgar Barker (1858 - 1938)*
James Euphrates Barker (1860 - 1952)*
John Thomas Barker (1862 - 1938)*
Rufus Lafayette Barker (1862 - 1930)*
Sallie Appleton Barker Darlington (1864 - 1953)*
Jack Lee Barker (1868 - 1893)*
Emzy Taylor Barker (1870 - 1930)*
Dudley Snyder Barker (1874 - 1952)
Edward Barker (1877 - 1877)*
Ada Barker Garry (1882 - 1973)*
Elm Grove Cemetery
Plot: Block 4A, Lot 35
Maintained by: Larnce Barker
Originally Created by: Joanna Slover
Record added: Nov 04, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 61132571