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New to this site so I searched the other topics and could not find a post about this so if it has been discussed I apologize.As a child I read the Harold Preece work on the Dalton Gang. Ivealso read the Robert Smith book as well as a few web sites, including the Mark Pannill sight. My question is, was there a Florence Quick? Any picturees? Anything about her death? Preece referred vaguely of her dying "with her boots on" but no details.Can anyone refe me to more information?
 
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Flora Quick, a.k.a Flora Mundis, but more popularly known as Tom King, according to Glenn Shirley, in his book "West of Hell's Fringe," was reportedly killed in 1893 outside Wichita, Kansas after an attempted bank robbery. However, in 1896, her attorney rec'd a letter telling him to look for her around Christmas. Heck Thomas believed a young man killed during a holdup near Tombstone, Arizona, who on closer inspection turned out to be a young woman, and whose body scars and Bertillion measurements tallied with King, describes her eventual end.
 
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Thank you for the info. So was she Bob Daltons girlfriend? Was she also known by the Eugenia Moore alias? From looking at this sight there are tons of books I need to read to get up to date. Thank you!
 
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"Stories abound about Tom King as a member of the Dalton gang and as Bob Dalton's lover, but these stories are completely without foundation.

Tom was born Flora Quick, in Johnson County, Missouri. She married John O. Mundis in Johnson County, Missouri, on July 15, 1890. It is not known for sure what she and Mundis did after their marriage, but some reports say that they came to the Indian Territory where Mundis spent most of Flora's inheritance.

In any event, Tom did not start kicking up her heels in the Oklahoma Territory until early 1893, after the Dalton gang was out of business. Tom was arrested several times and broke out of jail frequently. Many stories state that Tom was arrested or jailed by both Chris Madsen and Heck Thomas. There is no evidence that any of the Three Guardsmen ever arrested Tom or had any direct contact with her, although they would certainly have known of her reputation.

Chris Madsen might possibly have met or seen Tom while she was in jail briefly at El Reno. Deputy U.S. Marshal Morris Robacker is the only federal officer ever mentioned in the newspapers to have arrested Tom King. She had also been arrested by county officers such as Sheriff Fightmaster of Oklahoma City, Canadian County Deputy Sheriff J.M. Ogle, and Jailer Wise of El Reno.

Tom was never charged with anything more serious than horse stealing. She was released once after a grand jury hearing, probably because there was no clear evidence against her. The last time she was released from jail in Oklahoma was because Tom was in 'a delicate condition' and the jailer had no desire to become a midwife.

After that release, Flora Quick Mundis, aka Tom King, disappeared from Oklahoma, although the newspapers continued to print various lurid stories about her from time to time.

Tom met her end in Arizona in 1903 when her lover, William A. Garland, shot her four times, then killed himself. She lived for several hours after she was shot, but died of her wounds. Both Garland and "China Dot", as she was then known, were said to be dope fiends. Her brother, Claud Quick, in Johnson County, Missouri, was notified of her death."

Sources:

"Miss 'Tom King' - Oklahoma Girl Bandit" by Nancy B. Samuelson (Twin Territory Journal, Dec.-Jan. 1990-1991, pp. 8-9);

"Flora Quick aka Mrs Mundis aka Tom King aka China Dot" by Nancy B. Samuelson (Quarterly of the National Association For Outlaw And Lawman History, Inc. {NOLA}, Oct.-Dec. 1996, V.22 N.4 pp. 22-27);

"Shoot From The Lip" by Nancy B. Samuelson (Shooting Star Press, 1998, pp. 6, 50-51, 111, 154, 181, 186).
 
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Other Sources:

"Bob Dalton's Bandit Bride" by Harold Preece (Real West magazine - Mar. 1965 p10);

"Flora Quick, Alias Tom King" by Leola Lehman (Golden West magazine - Nov. 1966 p20 & The West magazine - Oct. 1974 p32);

"The Making of an Outlaw Queen" by Robert F. Turpin (Real Frontier magazine - Mar. 1970 p26);

"The Outlaw Was No Lady" by M. P. Lehman (Real West magazine - Oct. 1972 p.65);

"She Was The Jailor's Killer Sweetheart" by Glenn Shirley (Weserner magazine - Mar./Apr. 1974 p.46); and,

"Chris Madsen's Elastic Memory" by Nancy Samuelson (NOLA Journal Jan-Mar. 1992 p9).
 
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