AS SEEN ON:
'Stories Of The Century'
AS PLAYED BY:
Myron Healy as "Bob Dalton"
Fess Parker as "Great Dalton"
Robert Bray as "Emmett Dalton"
John Mooney as "Bill Dalton."
The Dalton Gang was an infamous outlaw group in the American Old West during 1890-1892. They specialized in bank and train robberies. They were related to the Younger brothers who rode with Jesse James, though they acted later and independently of the James-Younger Gang.
On October 5, 1892, the Dalton gang attempted this feat when they set out to rob the C.M. Condon & Company's Bank and the First National Bank in Coffeyville, Kansas. Since the locals were aware of what they looked like, they wore fake beards. But they were still identified by one of the townspeople.
While the gang was busy trying to hold up the banks, the people armed themselves and prepared for a gun battle. When the gang exited the banks, a shootout began.
There were three townspeople shot, and Town Marshal Charles Connelly was killed when he ran into the street after hearing gunfire, returning fire before he died killing one member of the gang. Great Dalton, Bob Dalton, Dick Broadwell and Bill Powers were killed. Bill Dalton had not been at Coffeyville, but there are legends that he was holding the horses in the alley and escaped when it all went to hell.
Emmett Dalton received 23 gunshot wounds and survived. He was given a life sentence in the Kansas penitentiary in Lansing, Kansas, of which he served 14 years before being pardoned. He moved to California and became a real estate agent, author and actor, and died in 1937 at age 66.