Territory opened for settlement in 1889, the family headed south
again. However, Lewis
died along the way leaving Adaline to raise the younger children
alone. Adaline continued
on, placing a claim on the banks of Kingfisher Creek in
where initially she and the family lived in a dugout. By this time the older
brothers were on their own.
For a short
time the brothers served on the side of the law, working as
U.S. Deputy Marshals. Their older brother,
Frank Dalton, was commissioned a
Deputy Marshal for the federal court in
Bob Dalton served on several of his posses. On November 27, 1887 in a gun battle with the Smith-Dixon Gang,
Frank Dalton was shot and killed in the line of duty.
Grat Dalton followed in
Frank's footsteps, first taking his place as a
Deputy Marshal in
Fort Smith, Arkansas and two years later as a
for the Muskogee court in
in 1889. That same year
he received a bullet in his arm while attempting to arrest a suspect.
Bob Dalton was also commissioned as a
for the federal court in Wichita,
working in the Osage Nation, in 1889.
Bob Dalton, who would later become the leader of the
Dalton Gang, was the wildest of the bunch.
When he was just 19, he killed a man, claiming it was in the
line of duty. Nevertheless, some suspected that the victim had tried to
Emmett Dalton worked as member of some of his brothers’ posses, he made his living
working as a
cowboy on the Bar X Bar Ranch near the Pawnee Agency. While working at the ranch,
met two men who would later become members of the gang --
Bill Doolin and
William St. Power, alias
also known as Tom Evans, had drifted into the area from
with a trail herd from the Pecos.
Emmett also made the acquaintance of several other
cowboys working on nearby ranches who would later become part of the gang. These included Bill Power, Charlie Pierce,
George "Bitter Creek" Newcomb,
Charlie Bryant, and
Richard (Dick) Broadwell, alias
alias John Moore.
was from the Blue River country in
but headed to
Indian Territory to avoid serving jail time for whiskey peddling.
was from a prominent family near Hutchinson,
at the opening of
Territory he staked a claim to a homestead in the Cowboy Flats area.
There, he met and a young lady who owned the homestead next to his
and asked her to marry him.
After their marriage, she persuaded him to sell both claims and
move with her to Fort Worth,
where she disappeared with their money.
Broadwell, returned to
and started work on the ranches.