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Col. Homer Garrison's Home Movie Reel

Texas Department of Public Safety Historical Museum and Research Center

Silent | 1940s

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  •  M.T. "Lone Wolf" Gonzaullas  
  •  Rober Crowder 
  •  M.T. "Lone Wolf" Gonzaullas  
  •  (L-R) Crowder, Gonzaullas, and an unknown Texas Ranger 
  •  The men in the car are Governor Coke Stevenson and General Jonathan Wainwright 
  •  On February 19, 1946 Texas celebrated its Statehood Day Centennial. A massive parade was held in Austin, attended by several U.S. Generals and included  5600 soldiers from Camp Swift marching down Congress Avenue 
  •  (L-R) Gonzaullas, Col. Garrison, unknown Texas Ranger, and Crowder riding in parade 
  •  Crowder, 2nd from right 
  •  Col. Homer Garrison on left 
  •  The young boy is Col. Garrison's son, Homer Garrison III 
  •  Col. Homer Garrison speaking 
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This reel from the Department of Public Safety Museum collection contains Col. Homer Garrison Jr.'s personal movie footage. Captured are events with the Texas Rangers, including the Statehood Day parade and a barbecue picnic, as well as family moments, such as a vacation trip through the American West and Col. Garrison taking his son to target practice.

Colonel Homer Garrison Jr.'s lifelong Texas law enforcement career began at age 19 (shortly after graduating from Lufkin High School), when he was appointed deputy sheriff of Angelina County. In 1930, he joined the newly forming Texas Highway Patrol. When the Texas Highway Patrol became part of the Texas Department of Public Safety in 1935, Col. Garrison became the new agency's first assistant director. In 1938, his role changed to director of the DPS and chief of the Texas Rangers, a position he held until his death in 1968. The Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum at Fort Fisher is named for him.

Established by the Texas Legislature on August 10, 1935, the Texas Department of Public Safety was created by the consolidation of the Texas Highway Motor Patrol with the Texas Rangers. Since that time, its duties have grown to include such activities as the state licensing of drivers, vehicle inspection, narcotics enforcement, and the State Civil Defense Office, (now the Division of Emergency Management,) which aids local governments during times of natural disaster or social upheaval. While its duties have evolved over time, the mission of the DPS has remained constant - to provide public safety services to those people in the state of Texas by enforcing laws, administering regulatory programs, managing records, educating the public, and managing emergencies, both directly and through interaction with other agencies.