John S. was a Texas Ranger enlisting at the age of 19 and was in Stephens County. The following is information from the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame in Waco, Texas.
Name and Rank: Frans, J. S. Pvt
Commanding officer: Curtis, J. W. Capt.
Organization: Stephens County Co. T.S.T.
Enlist: Feb 8, 1864
Discharge: - - - - - -
Description: Age 19 yrs.
Remarks: R & F 63 Enr Off G. E. Miller
Arms- 1 Rifle: 1 M.R.417
1880, Arrived In Lincoln County Washington
Freighted building materials for construction of Ft Spokane
homesteaded 640 acres of wheat land near Ft Spokane, called Egypt417