The Day Coffeyville Bled - Lucy
Friday, March 13, 2015
Lucy Ann Johnson Dalton Howard did not die, expire or pass away, in, on or about 1892, 1893, 1894 or any other time until around 1940. She did not remove herself from history, but rather detached herself from the United States of America and invaded the country of Canada. After a lengthy time in the colder north she did in fact return to the good old U.S. of A. if only to reside in the state of Oklahoma. There is now available documentation registering this evolution, clarifying and documenting these developments. More is to come in the near future.
Lucy Ann Johnson also known as; Eugenia Moore, Florence Quick, Flora Quick, Flo Quick, Daisy Bryant, Lucy Howard, Lucy Alderman (Alterman), Minnie Johnson and Tom King, among other names, did not die somewhere out west with her boots on, but rather lived to old age in the contemporary world of Tulsa, Oklahoma. This is known through photographic evidence and her sister’s testimony to family members and friends. So why is she now so difficult to locate? That and several questions remain in this final daunting chapter of the Dalton outlaw gang’s story.
Lucy was born in 1868 according to a variety of records and statements. Through the course of continuing research into the Dalton story, her actual date of birth has been determined to most likely be that of May 9.
In October of 2001 a photograph was discovered depicting both Julia and Lucy at or near the residence of 2306 North Atlanta Avenue, Tulsa, Oklahoma. There is no date on the print but only misspelled names of persons associated with both women. The image reflects a moment in time of Lucy's life when she was captured with a remorseful expression. Most likely not the first such event, but probably the only one to be displayed for the entire world to view.
According to Julia within the series of interviews with family members, Lucy was alive and well into the late 1930s or early 1940s. Again, according to Julia, as simply as a passing remark made to her niece, Julia stated Lucy had died “a couple of years ago in Muskogee”. Nothing more was added by Julia and nothing more was garnered from that particular conversation.
Research continues to this day and has reached the point of being as confounding and frustrating as it was with the beginning of the Dalton drama.
Several attempts have been made to contact the current homeowners of the property in Tulsa. Each attempt was met without positive results. Letters of inquiry remain unanswered. Personal interviews attempted were met with disdain on the part of the homeowners. Through additional research, families in the states of Oklahoma, Texas and Nevada also have failed to respond to written queries and telephonic inquiries.
Persons with family names which can be traced from specific townships in Oklahoma to towns and cities in Texas continue to hold fast to their private histories as if driven by a strong communal force from years gone by. These folks, including the ones in Nevada, are as closed mouthed about Lucy today as if she were still living among them. Thus apparently so goes the Dalton legacy.
The Pinkerton Detective agency once provided many materials concerning this particular clan of individuals. Today historians remain in hope of gathering useful documents from them still, however, specific materials are slow in coming forth.
Wonderful questions remain to be wholly answered, such as; What is the primary mystery surrounding this person known as Lucy Ann Johnson? What control does she still wave and retain over these families after more than 75 years? Why are people so unwilling to release anything concerning her life or even something as simple as her death?
For this moment researchers will be forced to wait a little while more until there is a definite break in this ever challenging wall of concealment.
The Day Coffeyville Bled
Mark S. Pannill
P. O. Box 372
Waxahachie, Texas 75168
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