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Eva Dalton

Eva Dalton

Female 1867 - 1939  (~ 71 years)

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  • Name Eva Dalton 
    Born Jan 1867  , , Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 1939  Kingfisher, Kingfisher, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I93710  Whipple Descendants
    Last Modified 21 Aug 2011 

    Family John N. Whipple,   b. Apr 1841, , , Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1932  (Age ~ 90 years) 
    Married 25 Oct 1887  Meade, Chautauqua, Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Maud B. Whipple,   b. Sep 1888, , , Kansas Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Glenn B. Whipple,   b. Apr 1894, , , Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 28 Nov 2020 
    Family ID F39547  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Jan 1867 - , , Missouri Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 25 Oct 1887 - Meade, Chautauqua, Kansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1939 - Kingfisher, Kingfisher, Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • !SOURCE: Email from N. Combs to Weldon Whipple, 6 Apr 2004. Cites information from various web sites regarding the "infamous Dalton Gang who robbed banks and hid out in the Whipples' house/barn in Meade, KS." Also cites the 1900 Census, El Reno, Canadian, OK, 45; 1910 Census, Hazelton, Barber, KS, 125. Norma includes the following notes:
      1887---Eva Dalton--sister of the brothers who made up the infamous Dalton Gang--marries John N. Whipple, proprietor of Whipple Headquarters in Meade, Kansas, on October 25th. Emmett, the youngest of the 4 Dalton brothers, attends. The couple moves into a new home John had built for Eva. After the brothers turn to a life of crime, people wonder and lawmen watch the house and search the premises, but no Daltons are ever found hiding there.

      1892---Eva Dalton Whipple and her husband John quietly leave Meade, and the house is sold at a sheriff's sale. They are gone on October 5th when the Dalton Gang attempts to rob 2 Coffeyville banks simultaneously. But the citizens of Coffeyville are willing to take them on, and 4 of the 5 outlaws are killed in the running gunfight (Bob and Grat Dalton and Dick Broadwell and Bill Power). 4 Coffeyville citizens die and 21-year-old Emmet Dalton is seriously wounded. Sometime later, the new owners of the Whipple House are startled by a trail-weary stranger who appears out of nowhere--he had come up a 95-foot tunnel from the barn.

      Dalton Gang Hideout - Home of Eva Dalton Whipple, sister to famous Dalton Gang. Restored as it was in 1887. Outlaw hideout, escape tunnel to barn, and museum of western artifacts.

      KU faculty to head west from Winfield to Liberal on May 25, 2004 during bus tour: By noon, the faculty will be on the way to Meade for a 1 p.m. lunch at the Chuckwagon Cafe, 807 Carthage, owned by Judy Perkins. Brian Best, cafe manager, not only will serve the 42 visiting faculty but also may informally field questions about the town's notorious 1887 resident: Eva Dalton Whipple, a sister to the three brothers of the Dalton Gang. Her house is part of a local museum that features a house-to-barn tunnel where Dalton Whipple would hide the gang from the law.

      The Original House That Served as a Hideout for the Dalton Gang

      This house and a nearby barn were linked by an escape tunnel that was used by the Dalton Gang. The house was built in 1887 by by J. N. and Eva Dalton Whipple. She was the sister of Bob, Emmett and Gratton Dalton. The Dalton brothers were seen in Meade from time to time, in fact, Emmett attended his sister's wedding here. The escape tunnel was discovered after the Whipples left Meade in 1892, shortly after Dick Broadwell, Bill Powers, Bob and Gratton Dalton were killed during a bank robbery attempt in Coffeyville, Kansas.

      The Whipple's abandoned the house in 1892. The property was foreclosed, and the H.G. Marshall family, moved into the house. The Marshall family found the escape tunnel under a stairway in the house. The original tunnel was barely large enough to allow a person to walk upright.

      The house still stands as originally built in 1887, however, the tunnel has been restored and enlarged and the barn has been rebuilt. The barn now houses a museum. The Hideout and Escape Tunnel are four blocks south of US 54 in Meade and is visited by thousands of people every year. The Meade County Historical Society preserves the house, tunnel and the artifacts in the museum. The museum displays Dalton Gang photographs and newpaper clippings, period clothing, civil war artifacts, a barbed wire collection, many guns and some natural oddities as well. A small admission is charged for adults; children are admitted free.

      Bob and Grat were killed along with Bill Powers and Dick Broadwell in the gang's famous raid on Coffeyville in 1892. They had attempted to rob two banks at the same time.

      !SOURCE: Post by Dolores Dodge (undisclosed at example dot net) to the undisclosed at example dot net mailing list, 26 Nov 2005. Adds death date and place.

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