Love the name! Also, that story was probably very true that your great grandmother told! The plaza that the boys were in with the banks and such was chop full, from what I can tell of people wanting to see the bodies of these guys. Much of their clothing, which I use to think was in bad shape of them being on the run, was cut and shreaded by the many people that came into the town to see them and get a little bit of "bandit history".
Grat was marshal here in Fort Smith back in the 1880's from what I can tell. But, the boys were all over the place back then, California, Oklahoma, Kansas and Arkansas. Gratton is my favoirte to research but there are dead ends.
Oh! by the way the gun that you see on my site was seen by a man here in our area who knows lots about guns and the such. This gun, that I got to see and touch, was at the National Historic Site the day that I was there and it was owned by Franklin Dalton and then by Bob Dalton. The gun is owned by a man in Springfield, MO. It was an exciting find for me to see and touch.
You can read some of the newspaper article on Gratton and his trial on my web page for him http://gratdalton1861.angelfire.com. I do have much on some pages to finish and will do so next year in the spring when I have time.
Keep in touch! Nice hearing from you!
Have a super day!
Gus: I just heard back from Fred Nolan and he was able to get new information regarding the Masterson-Houston-Kid shooting match in his new book, Tascosa: Its Life and Gaudy Times (2007) -- He says, "It's a fairy tale concocted by a 1941 Amarillo newspaperman and disseminated by later writers but exploded by the fact that Temple Houston did not set foot in Tascosa until 1882, which (in view of the fact he was dead)." would have made it difficult for the Kid to participate."
Looks like another tall tale exposed. Those writers of a few decades ago who disregarded facts and research when they wrote "true stories" they'd heard from oldtimers and the like sure screwed up things. Fortunately, most of today's writers do careful research before publishing non-fiction and we are much better because of it.