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Robert Rennick "Bob" Dalton - 1869 to 1892

Bob DaltonRaised on the border of Indian Territory near Coffeyville, Kansas, the Dalton brothers originally were on the side of the law. Oldest brother Frank Dalton (June 8, 1859 - November 27, 1887) was a U. S. Deputy Marshal for the Federal Court of Fort Smith, Arkansas, but he was shot and killed in an ambush by the Smith-Dixon Gang. His younger brother Grat Dalton took up where Frank left off, becoming a U.S. Deputy Marshal for the Muskogee court. Bob Dalton was a U. S. Deputy Marshal for the Federal Court in Wichita, Kansas, working in and out of the Osage Nation. Youngest brother Emmett worked as a member of some of his brother's posses. Bob Dalton is buried in the Coffeyville’s Elmwood Cemetery.

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Emmett Dalton 1871 to 1937Emmett Dalton

It was Emmett, while working as a cowboy on the Bar X Bar Ranch near the Pawnee Agency, who met two of the Gang's members, Bill Doolin and William St. Power, alias Bill Power, alias Tom Evans. Not much is know about Bill Power, other than he drifted into the Twin Territories of Oklahoma and the Indian Nation from Texas with a trail herd from the Pecos. Emmett also met future Gang members working on the ranches nearby. They were Charlie Pierce, George "Bitter Creek" Newcomb, Charlie "Black-Faced Charlie" Bryant, and Richard "Dick" Broadwell, alias Texas Jack, alias John Moore.

Emmett was sentenced to life in the state prison at Lansing, Kansas, by Judge J.D. McCue of the Montgomery County District Court for second degree murder. He spent 15 years in prison before winning a parole. The remaining years of Emmett’s life were spent on the stage, writing a book on the family and the Raid and as a real estate dealer in California. He died in Los Angeles on July 13, 1937.

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Gratton Hanley "Grat" Dalton - 1861 to 1892

Grat DaltonGrat Dalton, who had moved to California along with brother Bill, returned to Indian Territory, and took up were his brother left off. Working as a deputy he received a bullet wound in the arm while attempting to arrest one suspect, and in 1889 he was commissioned a deputy marshal for the Muskogee court, but soon got a bad reputation as a lawman. He decided to go to the other side of law and started robbing trains. He is buried in the Elmwood Cemetary in Coffeyville along with his elder brother Bob. At the time of his death, he was 31 year old.

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Bill PowersBill Power - ? to 1892

There is not much known about Bill Power other than he drifted in to the Territories from Texas with a trail herd from the Pecos. He was also known as Tim Evans. He is buried in Coffeyville’s Elmwood Cemetery next to the other gang members.

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Dick Broadwell

Dick Broadwell came from a prominent family near Hutchinson, Kansas. At the opening of Oklahoma Territory he staked a claim to a homestead in the Cowboy Flats area. He met and fell in love with the young lady who owned the homestead next to his and asked her to marry him. She agreed and persuaded him to sell both claims and move with her to Fort Worth, Texas, where she disappeared with the money. He returned to the territories and started working on the ranches.

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