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Vol. 3 - No.04 April, 2021 Nooseletter Home SUBMIT AN ARTICLE
 
Chronicle of the Old West
Dakota Livesay | Old West Historian
In the Old West, as it has been throughout the ages, a woman has the power to destroy a man or to give him the strength to change his life for the better. This week's story is about a man whose woman did the latter.

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Emmett Dalton
Emmett was the youngest brother of the famous Dalton outlaws. Because of his age, his brothers didn’t include him in on their early escapades. But he was there at their infamous attempt to hold up two banks in Coffeyville, Kansas.

Prior to leaving for Coffeyville, Emmett had been dating a Julia Johnson. But he left her, stating, “An outlaw has no business having a girl.”

During the Coffeyville event, his brothers, Bob and Grat were killed. Emmett was shot when he tried to rescue his brother, Bob. But, Emmett survived, and he stood trial. He was sentenced to life in prison. On March 8, 1893 Emmett entered the Kansas State Penitentiary realizing the chances were very slim that he would live to be a free man.

But Emmett had not taken into account the strength of a woman’s love. His old sweetheart, Julia Johnson, stood by him. Within a year Emmett and Julia were married in the prison chapel. She promised to wait for him. And she did, for 14 long years.

When he got out, they went to California. For a while he successfully sold real estate. And then he started a construction company. Having more money that he ever hoped to have as a bank and train robber, Emmett tried his hand as a writer. He wrote a book about the escapades of the Daltons called When the Daltons Rode… which was made into a movie. But much of his writing was scripts for the movies. He also worked as an authenticity consultant for western movies… even appearing in some.

Emmett died at the age of 65, a man changed by the love of a woman.
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