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 Austin Ira Aten

Austin Ira Aten

Birth
Cairo, Alexander County, Illinois, USA
Death 6 Jul 1953 (aged 90)
Burlingame, San Mateo County, California, USA
Burial El Centro, Imperial County, California, USA
Plot Block 7; Lot 2; Space 1
Memorial ID 7271465 · View Source
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Texas Ranger. Born in Cairo, Illinois, in 1862, he later moved to Round Rock,Texas, with his father, who was a methodist minister. In 1878, while living in Round Rock, he witnessed the death of outlaw Sam Bass by the Texas Rangers. This is when he decided to be a lawman. In 1883, Aten joined the Texas Rangers and was assigned to Company D, under Captain L.P. Selker and later promoted Sergeant under Frank Jones. He served first as a Regular Ranger and then a Special Ranger until 1891, working in and around the Rio Grande area, sometimes without pay. He was involved in many cases usually acting as a ranch hand, but his most famous case was the 'Fence Cutting Wars' (1886 to 1888), where individuals would put up barbed wire on public property and claim as there own, sometimes leading to violence or murder. It was his job to track down these individuals known as 'Fence Cutters.' The war eventually stopped after Aten claimed he had put dynamite in and around these areas. In 1890 he was appointed sheriff of Fort Bend County and of Castro County in 1893. In 1904 he moved to Imperial Valley, California, and was appointed to a post on the Imperial Valley District Board, which oversaw the construction of the Boulder Dam and the All-American Canal. In 1945 his memoirs was published in the magazine, 'Frontier Times' by J. Marvin Hunter. He died from pneumonia at the age of 91 in 1953. He was inducted into the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame in Waco, Texas.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Austin Ira Aten (3 Sep 1862–6 Jul 1953), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7271465, citing Evergreen Cemetery, El Centro, Imperial County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .