Jack Long Retells How Bob Dalton Shot at Him

In July of 2011, while on our booksigning tour for the anthology Give Me a Texas Outlaw, fellow author Linda Broday and I had the opportunity to not only visit Liberal, Kansas, where we got a lot of insight into their old west and legends, but we also visited the Dalton Gang Hideout at Meade, Kansas.

We visited the former home of Eva Dalton Whipple, sister to the infamous Dalton Gang, as well as Linda being arrested by the town’s sheriff and locked up in an original jail cell of the 1800’s. We were honored to be able to witness a true old west shoot out, as well as travel through the underground tunnel between Mrs. Whipple’s house and the barn below the hill where Frank, Bob and Grat Dalton used to hideout.

But one of the most interesting things I personally discovered was taken from The Journal; The Official City Newspaper of Coffeyville, Kansas, dated Friday,::October 7, 1892. I’m using the exact punctuation original to the article. The account was authored by Jack Long for this edition of The Journal.

It was a beautiful morning Oct. 5, 1892, and Jim Boothby and I were going up town from the Santa Fe depot. We had just got in front of McLeese and Lewark’s livery barn when Jesse Morgan came around the corner of Eighth and Union shaking his umbrella and shouting, “They’re robbing the banks.”

Boothby and I walked on to the First National Bank, where I leaned against a railing in front of the plate glass window and looked across the street at the Condon bank. Boothby peeked in the First National bank door. Emmett Dalton saw him and hollered, “Get in here you SOB.”

In a moment, Emmett Dalton punched his gun against the window and said, “Get away from here, son before you get hurt”. I stooped down, looked under the curtain and saw four men inside, J.B. Brewster, Abe Knotts, Jim Boothby, and another man I didn’t know, standing with their hands in the air.

I took Dalton at his word and stepped over in front of Rammel Brothers drug store. George Cubine came up and stood beside me, holding a short Winchester. About that time, the Daltons started out of the bank. George shot, and they turned around and went out the back door of the bank. I walked to the back of the drug store and stood on a platform to watch them. They saw me but didn’t shoot because I had no gun.

They went on to the alley, where Lucius Baldwin was standing by the corner of a barn with a pistol in his hand. I heard Bob Dalton tell him two or three times. “Boy, throw that gun down—I don’t want to hurt you.” But Baldwin stood there like he was froze, and Bob shot him.

The Daltons rode north then to Eighth street, and I ran back through the drug store. Cubine was still in front with his short rifle. I told him, “George, they’re coming this way.” Just then a shot rang out, and Bob Dalton hit a shotgun in the hands of Charles Gump. Gump ran in the Isham hardware store.

By that time, the Daltons had reached Union street. Cubine was standing on my left with the rifle when Bob shot him. He fell on the sidewalk in front of me. Just after he fell, Charles J. Brown, an old shoemaker ran up and picked up Cubine’s gun. He no more than straightened up when Bob shot him. He fell across Cubine.

This seemed like a hot spot, so I stepped back in the drug store. Bob’s rifle cracked again, but the bullet hit the door behind me. The bullet hole is still in the door.

Thomas G. Ayers, cashier of the First National Bank, came running into Isham’s store to get a gun. He came to the north door of the store and was looking through a horse collar that was hanging there for a sign. Bob saw his face peering through the collar and shoot him through the jaw.

I could see the Condon bank, and everybody was shooting at it. While the shooting was going on, Jack Broadwell, one of the Dalton gang, came out of the bank. He walked back and forth in front of the bank for a while, looking in all directions. Broadwell was sure a wild looking human, and I heard he was just as wild as he looked.

After things quieted down a little, I went across the street, where I met Frank Skinner and Pat Boswell. We were the first men on the street. We stumbled over a sack, which Pat kicked and said, “They even brought their horse feed with them.”

Then along came H W. Read, president of the bank, to pick up the sack of what Pat, Frank, and I thought was feed. The sack contained $90,000. Read picked it up and took it back to the bank.

I knew Bob and Emmett. After Emmett got out of jail, I met him in Bartlesville on the day he was married. I asked him why Bob shot at me, and he said Bob thought I picked up the gun and stepped in the store.”

I could have continued to research the Dalton Gang and mixed fact with fiction to come up with a story, but nothing could be any better than a firsthand account of a piece of history. I deliberately used the spelling and punctuation of the era.

As hard as I tried, I was unable to find out anything on the original writer, Jack Long, but the editor wrote, “The following account of the Dalton raid as remembered by Jack Long, was written by Long especially for this edition of The Journal. Therefore, full credit for the newspaper account is given to Mr. Long.

As quoted from the newspaper … DALTON! The Robber Gang Meet Their Waterloo in Coffeyville.

Where is the most interesting historical place you have every visited?

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46 thoughts on “Jack Long Retells How Bob Dalton Shot at Him”

  1. Good morning Phyliss- I moved from Texas to Meade 25 years ago this July 6th. Yes Ma’am, I went to the Dalton Gang Hideout many times. I’ll tell you a funny story. My mom and 3 of her college friends (they met when they were going to Tarleton in the late 60’s early 70’s) anyway they came up to see me and I took them to the hideout.
    You know the tunnel you go through to the house, well my mom was scared to go in it, so we all told her it’s nothing to it, just crawl on your belly. She freaked… “No way, I’m Claustrophobic”!, we kept the story up until she finally gave it a try. Then of course we all walked the tunnel.
    Here in KS near Lake Scott north of Scott City I stumbled on to this while out inspecting.

    Battle Canyon in Scott County, Kansas was the site of the Battle of Punished Woman’s Fork, the last encounter between Native Americans and United States Troops in the State of Kansas. The Northern Cheyenne under the leadership of Chief Dull Knife and Little Wolf were trying to return to their former home in the north after escaping from a reservation at Fort Reno, Oklahoma.

    There were 92 men, 120 women and 141 children who came through Kansas, crossing the Arkansas River at Cimarron Crossing. On September 27, 1878, US troops under the command of Lt. Colonel William H. Lewis from Fort Dodge located the Northern Cheyenne families at this location.

    The women, children and elderly sheltered in and near a cave at the top of the canyon and sentries were hidden in circular pits surrounded by rock barricades which are still visible today. As the troops advanced on the position from the northwest, Colonel Lewis was mortally wounded in the thigh. He died on the way to Fort Wallace, becoming the last Army officer to be killed in Kansas during the Indian wars.

    The Cheyenne escaped by night, crossing the Smoky Hill River and going on to Nebraska where the party split into one party under Chief Dull Knife and one under Little Wolf. The soldiers continued their pursuit until most Cheyenne were killed or captured.

    This 30 acre site has been designated a State and National Historic Site. It is maintained by the Scott County Historical Society.

    Phyliss you have a great day and thanks for the trip down memory lane. Love you.. hugs from KS to you there in TX.

    • Kansas has a lot of neat historical places to go to. Stop picking on your mother. Lol

    • Hi my friend. So happy you enjoyed the blog. Man, you have a great story with that of your mother. I’ll be honest with you…I didn’t go very far into the tunnel because I’m claustrophobic, too! Linda went in much farther than I did. But the visit was fantastic. I loved hearing about the Historical Sites you talked about. How cool. I got a lot of information to think about from your comments. Thank you. Hope you have a great rest of the day; and a big hug from Texas back to Kansas.

  2. What an interesting post Phyliss. Reading a first hand account really brings it front and center. I have visited Jockey Hollow (The Wick House) in Morristown NJ. The minute you step through the door you’re transported back in time. It’s a wonderful experience and so much history is there. The grandkids loved it. It truly is a wonderful place of History. If you google it you can see the whole story and pictures. It was used by the Army during The Revolution.

    • Hi Carol. Good to hear from you. I’ve not heard of the Jockey Hollow in NJ. That’s very interesting. I like to visit places that transport you back in time, using your words. I’ll definitely google and check it out. So interesting. I couldn’t bring myself not to use the article exactly as it was originally written. It brought out so much flavor of the time. Take care and thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. Hugs, Phyliss

  3. Good morning. Thanks for your very interesting post. I dont have a story to tell. I guess I’m boring. Lol have a good day. Loved your post.

    • Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. Hey, you aren’t boring in the least. I bet anything you’ve visited places that would intrigue the heck out of me. Glad you liked the post. Hope you have a wonderful day and a big hug coming your way.

  4. Really enjoyed your post Phyliss very interesting. I don’t visit a lot of places so I don’t really have a good story to tell but enjoy reading others.

    • I’ve never had the chance to visit anywhere historical. Except for our hometown museum. But I’ve always wanted to visit an actual western town. Maybe someday.?

      • Hi my friend, Tonya. Oh, I love hometown museums. I bet you’ve learned a ton of history and could write your own blog about your neck of the woods. Visiting a real town of the old west makes for fantastic memories and someday I bet you’ll get to visit one. Hope you have a wonderful rest of the day. Hugs, Phyliss

    • Hi Quilt Lady. So glad you enjoyed my story and took the time to leave a comment. I bet you’ve been places that we’d all enjoy knowing about and glad you like reading about ours. Hope you have a great evening. Big hugs to you.

  5. This is an interesting post. I always enjoy learning about historical places. I think the most interesting historical place I ever visited would be some of the old homes in Galveston.

  6. Good morning! Thank you for sharing your most interesting post. I have been to many historical places but one was Tombstone Arizona.

  7. Great blog Phyliss I love the history you ladies share on here. I have learned more old West history thru books and authors blogs than I ever did in school and I have you and so many others to thank. Love ya sweet lady

  8. Riordan Mansion Flagstaff and Old Copper mine in Jerome Arizona saw both in 1993 before the state came in and changed things.

  9. Wow, that was fun to read – a first-hand written account of a bank robbery! Neat to see how he described it. I wouldn’t have wanted to be there on that street! I haven’t been to too many historical places here, but visited many famous ones over in Scotland. I think I need to change that and visit more here!!

  10. Well, it’s not the best historical place I’ve ever been but I’m going to mention it because it’s close to where I live. The old Anderson County jail can be toured but the best time to go is when they have the ghost tours or haunted house. My grandfather was once the sheriff at this jail so it is special to me and it just so happens that it is being used right now as the site for a movie called, ‘Four My Brothers’, a cautionary tale involving three friends and the prison system. One of my daughter’s boyfriend and his friends are being walk-ons as inmates. Too fun huh?!?!

    • Loved the history and information on the first hand account. I been to Mount Vernon when I was younger and now I am older I like to go back. Old Bent’s fort in Colorado. I am drawing a blank, but thanks again for a wonderful read. Have a blessed day!

      • Hi Kisti. Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment. I loved the story, too. I’ve been to Mount Vernon, but never to Old Bent’s Fort in Colorado; and I live only less than a day’s drive into Colorado. I’ll have to check it out. Hope you have a wonderful and blessed evening, yourself! Hugs, Phyliss

    • Hi my friend, Stephanie. What a wonderful story and just thinking about your grandfather being the sheriff there make chills run up and down my spine. As you know, we love haunted houses and ghost stories. I think our favorite is old, old cemeteries. I’ll have to check out that movie; and, how much fun to know someone who did a walk-on, especially since it was your daughter’s boyfriend and he was an inmate. Too funny! Hope you have a wonderful evening. Hugs, Phyliss

  11. The most fascinating and amazing historical setting which is memorable was Leadville, Colo. This small but captivating town captured my interest and cast a spell upon me. There was so much history and the site is situated in an obscure but beautiful area. I will return.

    • Hi Anne, good to hear from you. Okay, you guys are killing me, as I’ve just added Leadville, Colorado, to my list of places to check out. Isn’t it a fabulous feeling when a town or place is so captivating? Sounds like a place I’d like to visit. Hope your having a wonderful evening.

  12. I loved reading this Phyllis! We camped in Wallace, Idaho last year. It is an amazing mining town that is now on the National Historical Society to keep the freeway from destroying the town when the freeway was under construction. Saloons, brothels, cowboy memorabilia, etc as was back in the day. We loved the experience.

    • Hi Kathy, glad you enjoyed my blog. I’m not familiar with Wallace, but it sounds fantastic. I love, love old historical towns, so can only image how much you enjoyed the experience. My list of historical places to check out is growing, as I just added Wallace, Idaho, to it! Have a wonderful evening.

  13. When we took a road trip about 10 years ago through ghost towns the experience was unforgettable. Then we travelled on to Bisbee which was unique and special. This old mining town has been resurrected.

    • Hi Ellie, good to hear from you. I love road trips and ghost towns. I agree they are unforgettable. I’m not familiar with Bisbee but may have seen it on TV, if it’s the one (of many/most) that is haunted. Sounds great. Some place I’ll be checking out for future endeavors. I hope you have a great evening.

  14. One of the most interesting historical places I’ve visited would be Turku Castle and Turku Cathedral.

    • Hi Minna. Good to hear from you. I’m not familiar with Turku Castle and Cathedral, so I’ll be checking it out online for sure. Thanks for leaving a comment and I hope you have a wonderful evening. Hugs, Phyiss

  15. Great article! I really enjoyed it. Probably the oldest and most historical place I can think of I have visited is St. Augustine, Florida.

    • Hi Linda. Thanks for stopping by and glad you enjoyed my story. I love St. Augustine. We have friends who own a condo in Florida, so my DH and I joined them for several decades each summer out there. Got a ton of exposure to some great history. Hope you have a great evening.

    • Hi Hebby. So good to hear from you. I thought the first hand story would be of interest. Like I said, I could pull together a ton of research and use my imagination to write a blog or story about the shooting and it would never be as interesting as the first hand account. Yes, the anthology, which is one of six, was written with Jodi Thomas, Linda Broday, and the late DeWanna Pace. We started out planning on writing only one for Kensington and before we knew it we were up to six. I loved working with these ladies. All 24 of our stories are individually written; however, in one book Linda and I had a mother and a daughter heroine. It was so much fun. Our last one, “A Texas Christmas” hit both NY Times and USA Today, so we were happy. Hope you have a wonderful evening. Hugs, Phyliss

  16. Good morning. Welcome. What an interesting article. So cool. I dont know about interesting historical place that I have visited, but when we lived in Apple Valley, CA about once a year our family would go to Death Valley. Dad had business there, so mom and us five kids would go with and visit this one family my mom knew, usually having a BBQ and picnic (in the shade)

    • Oh I almost forgot, our family visited The Trail of Tears and followed from where they started to where they all ended. Fascinating yet sooo sad.

      • Hi Lori. The Trail of Tears would be most interesting. I know some of the history, but not sure if I’ve visited it or not. I love seeing sites in California, including Death Valley. My favorite is the Winchester House, but since my kids live on the El Camino Real or the Kings Highway, I love to visit all of the ol’ haunted missions and other buildings. The Kings Highway comes right threw their town, so there’s so much to see. I hope you have a great evening my friend. Hugs, Phyliss

    • Lori, I think your memories of BBQ’s and picnics in the shade are fabulous. I had a cousin who lived in Apple Valley and she said it was beautiful. Have a great evening. Hugs.

  17. Great post, Phyliss. I really enjoyed this visit we took to Liberal and Meade. It was fun seeing the Dalton hideout. Those Daltons struck fear in people but I think underneath they were kind. I like to think so anyway. I love reading these old newspaper accounts from back then. Deadwood is the historical place I’ll always love. I never felt history crowding around so heavy as it was there.

    • Thanks, my friend. We’ve had some very interesting trips to lots of historical sites, but I do believe the Dalton Hideout in Meade tops the list. I’m not sure if I’ve been to Deadwood, but sorta think I was. Is it the one with the haunted hotel? Again, thanks for reading my blog and leaving a comment. A big hug to you, my sister Filly.

  18. I’ve been to so many historical places, sometimes, they’re a mashup. We really enjoyed visiting Houmas House on River Road in Louisiana with my husband’s grandparents many years ago.

    • Hi Denise, so good to hear from you. WOW, I love, love the Houmas House. I visited there about nine years ago and did a blog here on it in 2012. I have my file with brochures right before me, as I’ve been considering doing another blog on the “Crown Jewel of Louisiana’s River Road”. I absolutely love the history behind the plantation and of all of the historical sites I’ve visited it truly stands out. I’d love to hear about all of the historical places you’ve visited. Take care and have a great evening.

  19. Hi, I enjoyed the blog, Thank you so much, so much history and so very interesting. I visited the Loretto Staircase in Santa Fe NM, it is really awesome and unbelievable.

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