Parsons Public Library will host the program “Bullets, Books, and Bricks: Beyond the Raid” on Monday, August 20 at 6:30pm. Wendy Alvey, Magada (Alexander) and Brent Craven, caretakers of the Dalton Defenders Museum, will present the program.
Coffeyville, KS was the sight of the deadly shootout between townsfolk and the Dalton Gang. This Wild West town suffered loss and victory when the Dalton Gang ended an 18-month bank-and train-robbing spree in death on October 5, 1892. The townsfolk defended their banks and town in one of the “last great gun battles of the Old West”.
Today, visitors to Coffeyville can re-live this historical Dalton raid, with restored buildings and layout of the crime, at the Dalton Defenders Museum.
This program will discuss, “Dust, Smoke and Death: End of the Dalton Gang at Coffeyville, Kansas”.
Mrs. Wendy Alvey’s family moved to Coffeyville when she was 2 years old, and she stayed in Coffeyville until her sophomore year of college. Mrs. Alvey moved to Fayetteville, AK and graduated in 1966 with a degree in social work. She returned to Coffeyville and went to work for the Welfare Department until her marriage in 1967. From 1998 to 2008, Mrs. Avey lived in Oklahoma and Nebraska, and after returning to Coffeyville, she began volunteering at the Dalton Defenders Museum.
Brent Craven was born and raised in Missouri, and received a degree in Chemical Engineering from MSM. Mr. Craven’s entire professional career was spent in the Farmland Industries Refineries in Coffeyville and Phillipsburg, KS. In addition to his love for his family and of history, his main interests are cooking, cars, and Kansas City Royal baseball.
Magada (Alexander) Craven was born and raised in Coffeyville, KS. She graduated from Field Kindley High School and Coffeyville Junior College. She received her Bachelor and Master’s of Science in Elementary Education from Pittsburg State University. Mrs. Craven taught for 42 years in Montgomery and Phillips County, and Coffeyville District 445. She stays busy trying to keep up with her extended family and their interests. Being a native of Coffeyville, Mrs. Craven in interested in all the history of Coffeyville and Southeast Kansas.
Members of the community are invited to attend the free program, which will take place at the library, 311 South 17th St. To sign up for the program or for more information, contact the library at 620-421-5920.