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Dan Hansen


The Montpelier Examiner, June 28, 1912

When Dan Hansen, chief of police of the city of Cokeville was shot down on the night of June 20, no greater martyr ever gave up his life as a sacrifice to law and order.  When this brave officer rode down the lonely road the night of the terrible crime he went to protect the lives and property of those of his friends that had been threatened by a band of the most dangerous kind of outlaws, who have too long made Cokeville and vicinity the base of their operation.

The preliminary hearing of Bert Dalton for the murder of Dan Hansen was held at Cokeville last Tuesday.  Dalton entered a plea of not guilty and when on the witness stand, he denied having anything to do with the shooting.  His testimony conflicted with that of Charley Manning, who claimed he was present at one of the meetings of Dalton and the Whitney boys, although Dalton denied that he was.

Dalton was bound over to the district court and taken to Evanston by Deputy Sheriff McMinn.


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