That photo was taken in 1912 and the officer on the left is O. N. Fondron. There was also a pocket watch that stopped a bullet in the museum that belonged to him. The photo wax made into a post card and wax very popular at the time and it was dated in the back with a post office stamp 1912. I collected the watch and the post card into the museum collection in about 1985 from the family of Fondron who donated them to the police museum. The picture was taken in the heights area where he patrol on horseback. The horses were owned by the officers. The guns were cross draw with butt out to front as was the preference at the time for mounted officers. The butt to the front goes way back before the civil war into the military horse soldiers of the 1840's. If you are holding the reins with your left hand it is easy to take your right hand and draw across from the left to the right with your right hand. It's much harder to do with the butt to the rear on your right side. These were western style holsters and the only thing holding them in the holster was a leather strap about the size of a shoe lace. It went over the hammer to keep it in the holster
That ticket was found in the uniform pocket of J.C. Altolfer who was a Houston Police officer in the teens through the early 1930's. He became ill and passed away in or about 1934. He family was a member of the Episcopal church and when his wife passed away the Will gave their property to the church. Bishop Payne called me and asked if I would go through the home and pick out the police related items as he wanted to donate the to the police museum. I found his uniform hanging in the closet. In his uniform pocket was this ticket all ready filled out. It has his badge on the uniform as well. There were several items donated included two Hpd police " Bobby " style hats. Bishop Payne was the son, I think, of Chief of Police Payne and had a soft heart toward police officers and was supportive of the police museum.
That photo was taken in 1910. The two officers seated on the far right are mounted officers. The center officer in the rear is James M. Ray who would soon become a chief of police. His gold badge is in the police museum. I believe this represents the day shift. You worked 12 hours each day and made $60 a month. The two detectives made $65 a month.
I believe the officer is John Levier (sp) and this comes from the collection he donated to the police museum in the mid- 1980's. He was an officer in the 1930's onward and if memory serves megs had 47 years as an HPD officer. I think he retired as a Capt.