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Charles T. Connelly – 1845 to 1892

Charles T. ConnellyCharles T. Connelly was born in the state of Indiana, November 25, 1845, where he resided until he moved to Kansas in 1885.  He enlisted in the 9th Indiana Battery at the age of 17 years and served his country gallantly until the close of the year.

In the year of 1867 he was married to Mary McCord.  Two children, Bert and Grace, blessed their union.  His wife died in 1874.  Two years after her death he was married to Sarah Alexander.  The union was also blessed with two children, one of whom is living, Miss Jessie.

As a teacher in our schools Mr. Connelly was ever faithful and efficient and enjoyed the confidence and the esteem of his pupils.  As city marshal he discharged his duties with great courage, and absolute fidelity to the best interest of the city.  He gave his life freely in defense of the lives and property of our citizens and his faithfulness to duty will ever be held in grateful remembrance of the people of Coffeyville.

The deepest sympathy of the entire community goes out to the bereaved wife and children as they mourn the loss of a loving and devoted husband and father. (Coffeyville Journal of October 7, 1892)

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Charles Brown – 1832 to 1892Charles Brown

Charles Brown was born in Schenectady, NY, December 26, 1832.  When he was but 8 years of age, he went to Rochester, NY where he remained for seven years, during which time he completed his apprenticeship as a shoemaker.  In 1847, when only 15 years of age, he went to California and engaged in gold mining for about 13 years.  In 1861, he returned to his native state where he remained a short time.  His next move was to Wayland, MI, where he married Miss Emily L. Morley in the year of 1868.  Two years afterwards, he moved to Grand Rapids where he worked at his trade until the fall of 1883, when he moved on a farm three miles east of Coffeyville.

He moved to this city in 1888 and opened a shoe shop, where he remained working at his trade up to the time of his sad and tragic death at the hands of the Daltons on the 5th of October, 1892.

He leaves an aged widow in dependent circumstances, who has the heartfelt sympathy of all in her great sorrow.

The funeral services were held on Saturday afternoon at 3:00 at the M.E. church and were conducted by Rev. McDole, who delivered a very touching and appropriate discourse.  The deceased was a member of the Methodist Church, an honorable, upright, industrious citizen, and enjoyed the confidence and respect of his fellow men. (Coffeyville Journal of October 7, 1892)

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George B. Cubine - 1856 to 1892

George B. CubineGeorge. B. Cubine was born on Walker’s Creek near Mechanicsburg, Virginia, August 25, 1856.  His father died in 1862 leaving his widow and four small children.  At the age of 19 George came to Kansas to live with his uncle, J.W. Cubine, of this city.

He was married December 29, 1881, to Alice A. Keyton, daughter of Thomas and Mary A. Keyton.  Three children have been born to them.  Jennie, born October 26, 1882, died December 31 the same year; Charlie, born January 9, 1885, survives; Ethel, born September 1, 1890, died August 27, 1891.

At the age of 16, he was converted and became a member of the M.E. church, South.  After he left Virginia he never had the opportunity of uniting with that denomination and was not a member of any church at the time of his death.

He had a strong faith in God, and a veneration of all things good.  His best qualities were best known to his immediate friends and relatives.  Warm hearted and generous, a loving husband and father, a true friend and always quick to aid.  We know how impulsively he left his work, snatched a Winchester from its place and rushed to help his townsmen protect their property.

As a mechanic, his loss is irreplaceable.  He was unsurpassed for swiftness at his work, honest and faithful to the interest of others.  The blow falls with crushing force on an aged mother, a helpless invalid brother, a married sister and brother.  In the family of his uncle, where he made his home for many years, there is a bitter mourning as over a dear son and brother.  His wife and uncle were both away from home at the time of his death.  And this adds greatly to their sorrow, at the loss of one whose memory will ever be gratefully and affectionately remembered. (Coffeyville Journal of October 7, 1892)

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Lucius M. Baldwin – 1869 to 1892

Lucius M. BaldwinLucius M. Baldwin, the first to receive a death wound at the hands of the desperadoes, was a typical son of Kansas.

He was born at Burlington in 1869, and was in his 23rd year at the time of his death.  His father was an itinerant minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

For 17 years the subject of this sketch had his home in a Methodist parsonage.  Centropolis, Pomona, Malvern, Neodesha, Coffeyville, Fredonia, Americus, Grenola, Ottawa and Blue Mound, all in Kansas, were the charges served by this father and his homes in the order above named. 

He attended Baker University for one year when he was 16 years old.  During the closing days of his father’s life the family resided at Burlington, and after his death they selected that place as their home.

Something over a year prior to his death, young Baldwin accepted a position in the store of Read Brothers, at Coffeyville.  The families had been intimate during the Rev. Baldwin’s pastorate, and he made his home with his employers.

He was affable in spirit, active in good works, gentle in disposition, thereby winning for himself friends wherever he was known.  He was a consistent member of the church for which his father had labored and to the service of which he had devoted his life.  He took an active part in the work of the Sunday school, Epworth League and choir.

His death at the hands of a desperado, in a battle of right against wrong, occasioned great sorrow in two cities of Burlington and Coffeyville, where he was best known.  Both communities were grief-stricken over the announcement of his murder.  His aged mother was overwhelmed with grief, but she “sorrows not as those without hope.”  Her son is “not dead, but sleepeth.” –(From Col. D.S. Elliott’s book, “The Last Raid of the Daltons.”)

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