A Life Cut Short

Post-mortem photo of the Dalton Gang
Memento Mori of the Dalton Gang. Left to right: Bill Power; Bob Dalton; Grat Dalton, Dick Broadwell. October 1892

Charlie Connelly was a man who did his duty—unto death.

Connelly was from Indiana, usually working as a teacher. At age 40, he and his family moved to Kansas; he ended up teaching in the Coffeyville schools. Well respected, Connelly was elected marshal in the spring of 1892 and was slated to become principal of the local high school.

But that plan ended when he was gunned down during the Dalton Gang’s attempt to rob the local banks that October. He’s still honored as a hero in Coffeyville.

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