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Private Frank Louis Schmid, Jr. | Texas Rangers, Texas Texas Rangers, Texas


Frank Louis Schmid, Jr.

Texas Rangers, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, June 17, 1893

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 26

Tour: 7 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 8/16/1889

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Not available

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Private Frank Schmid succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained four years earlier in Fort Bend County.

He and several other rangers from Company D had been sent there to attempt to quell political unrest between two political parties that involved several assassinations and other violence. The sheriff of the county was the leader of one of the political parties and on August 16, 1889, he lead a group of men in a shootout with the other party.

Private Schmid and two other rangers attempted to intervene and got caught in the cross fire. Private Schmid was shot in the leg and was also struck in the abdomen, but the abdomen shot did not penetrate his skin. Fort Bend County Sheriff Tom Garvey, his uncle the former sheriff, a political rival, as well as an innocent bystander, were killed. Private Schmid was rescued from the scene and put under a doctor's care where he remained seriously ill. He recovered enough to return to a clerical position in 1892 but died the following year.

At the time Schmind was wounded he had only been with the agency for three years. He was buried in the Bellefontaine Cemetery, in St. Louis, MO.

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Sheriff James Thomas "Tom" Garvey
Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office, Texas
End of Watch: Friday, August 16, 1889
Cause: Gunfire

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Rest in Peace Ranger Private Frank Louis Schmid Jr. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of The Great State of Texas.

I Pray for Peace for your ancestors. I also Pray that the hounds of hell are gnawing on the scum responsible for your murder. May their screams of anguish rise up from the lake of fire to warn other evil doers of their impending fate.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX
June 15, 2016


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