HISTORY OF AN OLD COWMAN, Page #0743
below zero. On our way home we were in that fearful blizzard which froze the bay
at Galveston and ruined the orange trees in Florida. I have never liked cold
weather since that time.
Robert Samuel Dalton, a wealthy stockman of Palo Pinto, controlling extensive and
important business interests, wherein he displays excellent business ability,
marked enterprise, and keen, discernment, was born March 8, 1859, on
his father's ranch on the Brazos River, eighteen miles north of Palo Pinto
county, Texas. His parents were Marcus Lafayette and Lucinda Gamble Dalton. The
Dalton family, together with the family of Rev. Slaughter, father-in-law of
Robert Dalton, were among the oldest and most noted in Northwestern Texas.
Marcus L. Dalton was born in Tennessee and came to Texas in 1838, locating first
in Red River county, whence he removed to Palo Pinto county in 1855, settling at
the mouth of Rock Creek on the Brazos River. It was a wild and unsettled
country, infested by hostile Indians, who