Happy Fathers Day!
J.W. Daltons letter to your dad is interesting because he refers to the 100th birthday.The letter is dated 6-7-48 and he says, "Yes he 100 and yesterdays news stating he is in Denver,Colorado".That article in the newspaper must have given info on JF Daltons family is why JW Dalton could say that his(JF Dalton) family was out of Virginia & Georgia..From what I get out of the pension file Dalton turn 100 at the Veterans Hospital in Dallas.Here is a letter from the file:
March 12, 1948
Mr. Harold Preece
46 Bickford Avenue
Revere 51, Mass.
In December 1947, I received a letter from you requesting information regarding one Frank Dalton, a Confederate Pensioner of the State of Texas.
Enclosed is a newpaper article from the Houston Post giving an account of the birthday party given Mr. Dalton at the U. S. Veterans Hospital at Dallas, congratulating on his one hundredth birthday.In as much as you are a magazine writer, I thought you might be interested in this article.
Yours very truly,
J. H. Taylor, clerk
Confederate Pension Division
So you can see there were newspaper articles about Daltons 100th birthday party.
"From Jesse James was one of his Names", page 241>>On his 100th birthday in 1944, old Jesse told his closest relatives.This was a lie, Dalton didn't turn 100 in 1944 he turned 100 in 1948.When he filled out his pension application he said he had been a resident of the state of Texas since March 8th, 1848.I would venture to bet that March 8th, 1948 IS DALTONS REAL BIRTHDAY.I think what we need to do is find some of those newspaper articles from March of 1948.A good reporter would have found out exactly where he was born.
This is not to be confused with the Birthday party at Meramec Caverns.This birthday party at the VA Hospital was before he came out as Jesse James in Lawton.I think That John Wesley Dalton could tell what family he came from thru those articles.
PS- Have ya felt any of those California earthquakes yet?