The following column was submitted by Karen Collins of the Uvalde de las Encinas Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Uvalde de las Encinas Chapter members were both informed and entertained by speaker Chad Stary at their November meeting with his presentation on the history of the Texas Rangers organization.
Stary, president and chief executive officer of First State Bank of Uvalde, was introduced by DAR member Billie Jean Davis.
Stary told the group that the five points of the Texas Ranger badge stand for dedication, determination, courage, integrity, and respect. These points emphasize the Ranger code of completing everything you begin; do the right thing, even when it is difficult; do what is right, even when you are scared; do the right thing, even when no one is watching; and have respect for others at all times.
Stary also recounted the story of the late Joaquin Jackson, a Texas Ranger formerly of Uvalde who is credited with discovering recording star Johnny Rodriguez of Sabinal.
Several years ago at a private event on a South Texas ranch, Rodriguez was performing and Jackson was in attendance. Stary said he arranged for the two to meet and Stary’s wife, Kim, recorded the men reminiscing together, complete with the story of Jackson overhearing the the teen-age Rodriguez singing from inside his jail cell. Rodriguez and his friends were alleged to have stolen a goat and barbecued it, before being apprehended. Jackson told promoter “Happy” Shahan, who operated Alamo Village near Brackettville, about the young singer and the rest is history.
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