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 Ira D Raney

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Ira D Raney

  • Birth 19 Apr 1878 Milam County, Texas, USA
  • Death 23 Aug 1917 Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
  • Burial Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
  • Memorial ID 39063763



"Officer Ira Raney, Officer Ross Patton, Officer Horace Moody, Officer E. Meinecke and Officer Rufus Daniels were all shot and killed during race riots which were sparked by the arrest of several black soldiers assigned to Camp Logan. After being harassed by local law enforcement and citizens, a large mob of the soldiers stole rifles and went on a rampage, shooting and killing a total of 16 people throughout the city. Once all of the soldiers were taken into custody 110 of them were court-martialed and 19 of them were executed."

This information furnished by the Houston Police Retired Officers Web site (Officer Down Memorial).

Funeral services for Officer Raney were conducted on Sunday morning, August 20, from his residence at 220 Hutcherson Street with Reverend W.S.Llockhart officiating. pallbearers were Peter Young, Frank Schusler, L.E, Greer, George Peyton, Arthur Gale and J.D. Morris.

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"Son of John Quincy Raney and Evaline H. (McDaniel) Raney.
Married Pearl Hill, circa 1896 in Milam Co., Texas.

Father of William B. Raney, Thomas Quincy Raney, Robert M. Raney, Ira Raney Jr., Earl Raney, Houston Texas Raney, Vera Gertrude (Raney) Poffinbarger, and Eva Grace (Raney) Cruse."

"Killed in the line of duty during the Camp Logan riots."

"Four blocks later, at Heiner Street, the troops encountered a seven passenger touring car driven by James E. Lyon. This car had two civilian passengers and police officers John E. Richardson and Ira Raney , who had hitched a ride to get to the area of the action."

"The mob disarmed those in the touring car and held them in the road with their hands up. When Richardson inadvertently let his hands down a soldier struck him over the head with butt of his rifle. At that point, Raney and the civilian passenger Eli Smith took off running in opposite directions. The 56 year old Smith was an easy target for expert riflemen. Smith was later found in the ditch at Heiner Street. He had also been bayoneted in the hip and the left arm pit, a thrust that penetrated his heart. Officer Raney's dash placed him in the illumination of the car's lights where he was shot. Raney's body was beaten and bayoneted like that of Officer Daniels."

"Buffalo Bayou: An Echo of Houston's Wilderness Beginnings
Chapt: "The Tragic Violence Along Buffalo Bayou in 1917"
by Louis F. Aulbach"
A detail account of this incident is recorded in "Fallen Heroes of the Bayou City".

Submitted by J.B. Haney, Nelson Zoch and Sue Gaines.

Ira lived to be 39 years, 4 months and 4 days old.

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Gone But Not Forgotten

Gravesite Details Houston Police Officer - Killed in the line of duty





  • Maintained by: James Haney
  • Originally Created by: Bruce Hicks
  • Added: 4 Jul 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 39063763
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Ira D Raney (19 Apr 1878–23 Aug 1917), Find A Grave Memorial no. 39063763, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by James Haney (contributor 46828882) .