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Company: Special Texas Ranger
submitted by Jim Draper

Name: Asa Draper
Rank: Private
Age: 37
where born: Palo Pinto Co., Texas
Occupation: Ranchman
Height: 5ft 8inches
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Blue
Complexion: Fair
Enlisted Where: Austin Texas
Enlisted When: 30 April 1918
Enlisted by Whom: Adjutant General

Given under my hand and seal of office, this 13th day of May, A.D. 1918
Walter F. Woodul
The Adjutant General.


Asa Draper's father, John Jasper Draper was a large Texas
Cattle Operator, born in Pontotoc County Mississippi in 1848.
Around 1862 at a very young age he entered into the Civil-War in Pike
County Arkansas, after the Civil-War sometime around 1869 he took
advantage of a very large chunk of land in Wilson County Texas. This
land was sold in 1870 and he purchased land in Palo-Pinto county Texas.
This is where Asa Lee Draper was born, but he also owned a large ranch
in Wilson County and lived in Sutherland Springs.

According to family, he won a very large ranch in a poker game, and gave it to his sons, John
Coats Draper and Asa Lee Draper. Both sons became Special Texas Rangers in
1918. The name of the ranch was the Santa Rita Ranch and it is located
in Jim Hogg County. More about these Drapers can be gleamed from a book
at the Hebbronville library called the 50th Anniversary of Jim Hogg
County. It is possible the reason John Jasper Draper sold the Ranch in
Winkler County, Texas was it had been a very dangerous place, being
Apache and Commache stomping ground.

A great grandson of Asa told Jim Draper that John Jasper Draper loved to play poker and even gambled with Doc Holiday and won the Sutherland Springs ranch in a poker game.


Asa Lee Draper

Granddad on a horse. It has stamped; BORDER Fox Tune- copyright
1927- San Antonio Texas, on the back.

Asa Lee Draper and Wife Myrtle Holman

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jim Draper" <>
To: "donna brand" <>
Sent: Saturday, December 21, 2002 7:49 PM
Subject: Re: Asa Draper- Special Texas Ranger

Hello: Donna, Yes to publishing that article, and there is an old
article I located in Midland Texas library, that was written by the
daughter of Arminta Draper Estes, which was one of the daughters of John
Jasper Draper and the sister to Asa and John Coats Draper, it gives a
very nice story about that family, I will forward you a picture of Asa
Lee Draper, I have only recently acquired.

sincerely Jimmie L Draper

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