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 Richard L “Dick” Broadwell

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Richard L “Dick” Broadwell

  • Birth 1862 Illinois, USA
  • Death 5 Oct 1892 Coffeyville, Montgomery County, Kansas, USA
  • Burial Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas, USA
  • Plot Unmarked in the Wilcox plot
  • Memorial ID 25930423

Western Outlaw. He was a member of the Dalton gang who was killed by citizens in the fierce gun battle when the gang tried to rob two banks at once in Coffeyville. He was initially buried in the same cemetery with the Daltons, but his family had him reinterred in his brother-in-law's plot in Hutchinson. His grave is not marked. Broadwell is at the far right in the famous photo of the dead outlaws.

The following newspaper article was submitted by FaG member #46604698, Christina Stark Bontrager Hansen:

Dalton Gang member may be buried in Hutchinson

by Ray Hemman

Possibly buried amid the upper crust of earl-day Hutchinson society is one of the desperadoes that made Coffeyville famous.

Dick Broadwell, a Dalton Gang member who died Oct. 5, 1892, is thought to be buried in Hutchinson's Eastside Cemetery, though no one is exactly sure where.

Coffeyville residents are celebrating the centennial of the raid during activities that begin Thursday and extend through Monday, the actual anniversary. On Saturday, descendants of both the desperados and the city defenders will have reunions in Coffeyville.

The gang rode into Coffeyville shortly before 10 a.m. on Oct. 5, 1892, and attempted the rare feat of holding up two banks at one time. Four in the gang died; four Coffeyville residents, too, were gunned down.

Mary Broadwell, Dick's sister, was married to E. B. "Burt" Wilcox of Hutchinson, according to marriage records in Reno County. Broadwell has been described as "tall, handsome, well-dressed, filled with a jovial spirit of deviltry, he was popular and welcomed everywhere," according to an article that appeared in the Feb. 10, 1952, Salina Journal.

Broadwell's parents moved to Hutchinson from Meade, where they had a cattle operation, according to the story, leaving their son to operate it. Broadwell was supposed to have done very well in cattle.

Mead also was the site of the Daltons' hideout. Broadwell joined the Daltons for several train robberies in the 1890's.

Though critically wounded in the bank robberies at Coffeyville, Broadwell survived the initial gunfire and mounted his house for an escape. He was found dead two miles out of town, however.

Word of the Dalton raid reached William Tell Jones, a bricklayer who had been in Coffeyville on business. Jones, upon seeing Broadwell, is said to have blurted out, "Great jumpin' catfish! That's Dick Broadwell! Why, he's from Hutchinson - same as me." Because of his comments, Jones was temporarily detained in the Coffeyville jail because he was suspected of being a member of the gang.

Broadwell was buried in a pauper's grave in Coffeyville, but not for long, according to information collected by officials at Johnson & Sons Funeral Home. For 75 years, Johnson & Sons was located in the old Wilcox home at 134 East Sherman, moving to its current location on East 30th avenue earlier this year.

According to funeral director records from Skinner-Hamlin Funeral Home in Coffeyville, Broadwell died on Oct. 5, 1892, and was buried Oct. 6. The records then show that a G. R. Broadwell and an E. B. Wilcox paid $10 for Broadwell's body.

Edward and Burt Wilcox, Mary Broadwell Wilcox's husband, are thought to have gone to Coffeyville a few days after the robbery, had Broadwell's body exhumed and quietly returned to Hutchinson.

No one knows exactly what happened to Broadwell's body after it was brought back to Hutchinson. There are two theories; The first is that Broadwell was buried under an assumed named in an unmarked grave in the Eastside Cemetery.

The other school of thought is that Broadwell was buried in the Wilcox family plot, which is just west of the cemetery office and near the graves of Hutchinsons, Conklins, Rayls, Harshas and others who were early-day leaders in Hutchinson.

Source: The Hutchinson (KS) News 30 Sep 1992.


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  • Created by: George Bacon
  • Added: 11 Apr 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 25930423
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Richard L “Dick” Broadwell (1862–5 Oct 1892), Find A Grave Memorial no. 25930423, citing Hutchinson Eastside Cemetery, Hutchinson, Reno County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by George Bacon (contributor 46523227) .