We are searching for some information on William "Bill" R. Wren who was sheriff in Lampasas, Texas in the late 1800's.Does anyone know if he was possibly in Ranger, Texas in the early 1920's during the oil boom?
Our Dad worked in the oil fields in Ranger and bought a pistol from a man named Bill Wren. The family story Dad told was that Bill Wren was an older man and tough as nails. He had a pistol for sale and a young fellow on the crew wanted to trade his 22 pump rifle for the pistol but was afraid to approach Mr. Wren. when he finally got up nerve to talk to Mr. Wren about the gun, my Dad went along with the younger kid to give him some support. Dad was probably about 25 or 26. When the kid ask if Mr. Wren was interested in trading, Mr. Wren told him to get out of there that he didn't want any damn kids rifle.
A few days later Dad bought the pistol and holster from Bill Wren. The gun is a Colt Army 38 Special double action with a six inch barrel and black Colt hard rubber grips. The holster is a tooled brown leather "pancake" style, very popular in the late 1800's. The holster was cut out to expose the trigger to make it faster to use. (This was not done by Dad). The belt is a very common type with belt loops and a silver colored buckle.
From the stories Dad told us, we believe the gun and holster may have belonged to Bill R. Wren who was sheriff at Lampasas Texas and involved in a family feud between the Higgins and Horrell Families in 1870/80's.
If anyone can confirm any of this we would be most grateful.We have the old gun and holster and would like to pass it on to one of the grandkids along with Dad's old stories.Dad carried the gun during WWII when he served as a policeman in the Los Angeles area and we now have it in a safe deposit box.