Don’t Mess with the Lady Gladys Sims won this custody battle.

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Ed Sims

Gladys Johnson Sims and ex-husband Ed Sims (photo) were in the middle of a Texas-sized custody battle over their two daughters.  They both came to Snyder, TX on December 16, 1916 so Ed could pick the girls up. Sims had been threatening Gladys and her family, so bad blood was in the air.

The girls didn’t want to go. Ed tried to grab one; Gladys opened fire with an automatic, wounding her ex. Gladys’ brother Sid came up and finished off Ed with a shotgun. Both shooters got off.  Gladys soon married legendary Ranger Frank Hamer.

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Mark Boardman

Mark Boardman is the features editor for True West Magazine as well as the editor of The Tombstone Epitaph. He also serves as pastor for Poplar Grove United Methodist Church in Indiana.