E-T Staff Report

Descendants of the late John B. Hightower will honor his service as a Texas Ranger by conducting a Texas Ranger Memorial Cross Ceremony at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Hightower Cemetery near Morgan Mill.

Hightower was born in Georgia in 1822 and later moved to Texas prior to the Mexican-American War in 1846. He was a veteran of this conflict and after it ended in 1848 he served with a Texas Ranger company in Red River County under the command of Captain Henry E. McCulloch.

In 1860, he moved his family to Erath County and when the Civil War began, he served with two different Texas Ranger companies in the “Second Frontier District, commanded by Captains William E. Motheral, E.B. Pugh and Major George B. Erath.

John B. High tower died in 1876 and is buried in the Hightower Cemetery along with his wife, and several of his children, grandchildren and family members.

In commemoration of the service rendered by Ranger John B. Hightower, the Former Texas Ranger Association (FTRA) has given a special Texas Ranger Memorial Cross that will be placed at his grave.

A vital part of the Former Texas Ranger Association and the mission is to preserve the true history of the Texas rangers and provide landmarks relating to the Texas Ranger. The placement of a Texas Ranger Memorial Cross at a Ranger’s grave is just one activity that fulfills this mission.

The 2006-2008 Texas Ranger Memorial Cross program is funded in part by a grant from the Texas Historical Foundation.