The Dalton Brothers - Page 2
In any event, in
1891, Bob, Grattan and Emmett
traveled to California, where they robbed a Southern Pacific Railroad of $60,000
and began a life of crime.
Bob as their leader, they soon formed the
Dalton Gang, recruiting a number of
outlaws, which included
George "Bitter Creek" Newcomb,
Bill Doolin. These tough characters, along with Bob,
and Emmett then robbed banks and trains throughout
for the next 18 months. However, the Dalton
Gang came to an end in 1892, at Coffeyville, Kansas, when they
attempted a double bank robbery in
on October 5, 1892. Spotted
by locals, a shootout followed the attempted robbery which claimed the
Grat and Bob Dalton,
Dick Broadwell and Bill Power;
as well as four Coffeyville residents.
Emmett Dalton, though seriously wounded, was the only the
only one to survive and wound up serving 14 years in prison.
Marshal Heck Thomas remembered Bob Dalton as the most accurate shot
he had ever seen. He was buried at the
Cemetery under a marker for himself, his brother
Grattan "Grat” Dalton
- Also serving as a U.S. Deputy Marshal before he turned
Grattan Dalton was born in
one of fifteen children. The
family moved to
Indian Territory in 1882.
Grat took his brother,
Frank's job as
U.S. Deputy Marshal after
Frank was killed on November 27,1887.
The following year, he took a bullet in the left arm when he was trying to
serve an arrest warrant on an Indian outlaw. In August, 1889, he was working as a
Deputy Marshal for the
Muskogee court in Indian Territory.
For the next
year, he assisted in arresting a number of fugitives. However, when Grat
forced a young black boy to place an apple on his head, then shooting it
off, Marshal Jacob Yoes got wind of the incident. He then dismissed Grat
for misuse of his authority.
By 1991, he
had turned to a life of crime with his brothers and other members of the
Dalton Gang. He was killed on
October 5, 1892,
when they gang attempted a double bank robbery in Coffeeville, Kansas.
buried at the Coffeyville, Kansas
Cemetery under a marker for himself, his brother Bob, and
Bill Dalton - Riding With the Doolin Gang
William "Bill” Dalton (1866-1894)
- Bill, who was once a member of the
legislature, became fed up with politics and robbed a train with his
After the death of his brothers at the Coffeyville,
raid in 1892, he joined
gang and soon became one of the leaders of the
Obsessed with the idea of making his own name more prominent than that
of his brothers, he and Doolin vowed to take East
For three years,
the gang specialized in robbing banks, stagecoaches and trains in
becoming the terror of the Wild West. But it was not to last.
On June 8, 1894, a
lawmen approached Bill's home near Ardmore, Oklahoma.
Bill, with a pistol in hand, jumped out of a window and ran toward the
posse, ignoring orders to halt. He was killed immediately. His wife
identified the body and shipped him to California
The Only Survivor
Emmett Dalton (1871-1937) -- Born in
in 1871, Emmett Dalton
was the youngest of 15 children. Though he never served as a U.S.
Deputy Marshal, like his brothers, Frank, Bob, and Grat, he was known to
assist on several of their posses.
who was working as a
on the Bar X Bar Ranch in
Oklahoma, that met most of the other men who would become part of the
Dalton Gang, including
Bill Doolin, Bill Power,
George "Bitter Creek" Newcomb, Bill EcElhanie,
Charlie Bryant, and
Richard (Dick) Broadwell.
Emmett participated in the Coffeyville,
Kansas raid that killed his brothers, Bob and
Grat, as well as
and Dick Broadwell.
was wounded, he survived to stand trial in Independence, Kansas
five months after
He plead guilty to murdering a Coffeyville
citizen and was sentenced to life in prison at the Kansas
State Penitentiary at Lansing.
After fourteen and one-half years in prison,
Emmett Dalton was pardoned by E. W. Hoch, governor of
in 1907. On September 1, 1908 Emmett married Julia Johnson Gilstrap Lewis in Bartlesville,
before settling in
Tulsa. Emmett worked as a police officer in Tulsa for a couple of years
before the pair moved to California. In California, Emmett worked as a building contractor and later would write a book
about the exploits of the
Dalton Gang entitled "When The
Daltons Rode." Written in
collaboration with Jack Jungmeyer, a
Los Angeles Newspaperman, the book was published in
died quietly at his home
Long Beach, California
on July 13, 1937. Emmett
was cremated and his ashes were returned to Kingfisher, Oklahoma
In the end, the Dalton Brothers did make a
name for themselves, though, no doubt, their family would have preferred
they had done it more honestly. Then, as today, they are some of the most
recognized names of the Old West.
of America, updated March, 2017.
The bodies of Bill Power, Bob Dalton, Grattan Dalton and Dick
The Deadly Dalton
Coffeyville Raid Newspaper Accounts
Bad Men of the Indian Nations
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