John J. Kloehr Downs a Dalton

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Left: John J. Kloehr Right: Condon Bank in Coffeyville, KS.

John J. Kloehr was a prominent citizen of Coffeyville, Kansas, a man who owned a sizable livery operation.  When the Dalton Gang tried to rob both banks on October 5, 1892, Kloehr was asleep at the stables until somebody woke him.  He ran to the fight and opened up.

In some remembrances 14 years later, Kloehr claimed to have been the man who killed four of the robbers and wounded another.  He did kill Grat Dalton and probably fired fatal shots into two others, but many guns were firing.  Kloehr was a hero, but not the only one.

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