Dick Ware, Obiturary, 1902

Dick Ware Dead
Killed Sam Bass and Helped Break Up His Gang
Captain of Texas Rangers

The death of Richard C. Ware at the Protestant sanitarium late Wednesday night caused much regret among his many friends in this city yesterday. He had been a sufferer from chronic heart troubles for a long while, and some time ago made a trip to Corpus Christi in the hope that his health would be benefited, but, receiving no relief, he returned to Fort Worth.

All that the skill of physicians could suggest was done for him, but the disease rapidly progressed until the end came.

The deceased was 50 years of age, and was born in Georgia. He had been a prosperous business man in West Texas for a number of years, his residence in Mitchell county dating back some thirty odd years. By thrift he amassed quite a fortune, his ranches and cattle being valued at over $60,000.

At the time of his death his father, B. F. Ware of Colorado City, and brother, B. T. Ware, and family of Amarillo, Mrs. Carter of Colorado City, a sister, and Charles L. Ware, a brother, and family were present. The remains were taken to Colorado City last night, where the funeral will take place at 10 o’clock this morning. Revs. Armstrong and Harrold of Colorado City, old friends of the deceased, will officiate at the burial.

The deceased was rational up to his death, and conversed with relatives on different subjects. He was aware that the end was near several days ago, and made his will bequeathing his property to relatives. He was never married.

There was probably no better known cattleman in the state than Dick Ware. His acquaintance was not confined to Texas, but in all the large market centers where he had business relations for the past twenty-odd years he was equally as favorably known.

Not only was he well known in business circles, but for a number of years he was a peace officer in Mitchell county, occupying the office of sheriff for four years. He was also United States marshal for the Western district of Texas under Cleveland’s last administration, and for one year under McKinley he occupied acceptably the same position.

It was previous to the time he was United States marshal and sheriff that Dick Ware became best known. In 1875 he was made a private in the Texas rangers under Major Janes, and two years later was promoted to sergeant of Company E, commanded by Captain Reynolds. It was while in this capacity that Mr. Ware won distinction for the killing of the notorious train robber, Sam Bass. In company with a private Ware was scouting for members of the Bass gang, the rangers having chased them from their hiding place near Pilot Knob. He came upon Bass and two of his pals in Round Rock on the morning of July 21, 1878, when a battle ensued. Bass opened fire on Ware and his companion, who escaped uninjured, but Bass and one of his men were killed. The third desperado escaped and was never captured. The gang had just held up and robbed an International and Great Northern train.

After this affair Mr. Ware was again promoted and made captain of the rangers, which place he held three years. He was a member of the Masonic and Odd Fellows fraternities.
Fort Worth Morning Register, Fort Worth, Texas, Published on June 27, 1902
Submitted by Cathy Danielson


Dick Ware, Obiturary, 1902 — 2 Comments

  1. Ware’s story is larger than life, as were the women in the book; “Real Women”. Texas was full of such as these, tho surrounded by another kind. They drove on, just as their ancestors had done.
    Betty Fitzgerald

  2. I remember reading about Richard “Dick” Ware some time ago. A man of the law, the land and successful cattle rancher. He must have chased many a notorous outlaw at one time or another. Great post Vicki.

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