Ranger Historical Preservation Society, Inc.

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RHPS uses the proceeds from the sales of these publications to further historical work done in Ranger and the surrounding area.

A Commemorative Booklet celebrating the 75th Birthday of the incorporation of Ranger, Texas and the Ranger Oil Boom.

Photos of Ranger’s First City Council; Mayor, M.H. Hagaman, Street Commissioner, M.R. Newnham, Fire and Police Commissioner, R.M. Davenport and Finance Commissioner, T.G. Deffenbach.

Contains many old pictures of Ranger.




Ruth Terry Denny was the daughter of Dr. P.R. Terry and the former Nancy Virginia Whitehead, was born July 4 1901 in Ranger, Texas. She was a 1918 graduate of Ranger High School, earned her BA degree from University of Texas at Austin and her MA degree from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas. Ruth Terry married O.B. Denny in 1929. She taught World History and English III in Ranger’s Coo[er, Young, and Hodges Oak Park Schools from 1920 until 1943 when Mr. Denney was transferred to El Dorado, Arkansas to manage the Transportation Department of the American Oil Company. She them continued teaching in El Dorado from 1943 until she retired in 1967. Music, Drama, and Art have always been her scholastic loves.

Although Mrs. Denney lived in El Dorado, Arkansas, she never forgot her native home, Ranger, Texas and the many friends who loved her.

Mrs. Denny’s hardback book, A Short History of Ranger, Texas was her Master’s Thesis originally printed in June 1941 and was reprinted in September 1996 by the Ranger Historical Preservation Society for the benefit of the Ruth Terry Denny Library.



Boyce House , born 1896 in Piggott, Arkansas to Noah E. and Margaret House moved to Texas to attend school. After school Boyce went into the newspaper business  working as a reporter for several newspaper companies including local newspapers in and around the Ranger area.

Boyce wrote several books about Texas and the oil industry. This knowledge  led to a position as Technical Adviser for the production of a Hollywood movie Boomtown. After Boyce returned to Texas he wrote humorous columns and authored more books as well as being a radio personality.