"If you are walking in Charleston, you are walking on someone's grave."--Sue Bennett, Charleston tour guide

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Intro to Susie Malinda Henrie Toland

In my Beyond the Graveyard class, we were assigned to pick an ancestor that we believed to be the most interesting and write a blog on them. This is only a proposal to write about Susie. 

Susie is my great grandmother, born in Hyrum, Wyoming on June 6, 1878 to Joseph Ozro Henrie and Mary Christine Andersen. She died at age 88 in Salt Lake City, UT on November 29, 1966 due to a stroke in her resting home. 

She is buried in the Afton Wyoming Cemetery which is a Public Cemetery. 

Susie had a long life and was raised during a time when horse transportation was the only means of transportation but then grew up to see the first automobile. She also saw the inventions of radio, party line telephones and rotary. 

But the one thing that I find most interesting about Susie is that she knew the notorious Butch Cassidy    the king of the Wild West and his sidekick Heiner, better known as the Sundance Kid. Her small town in Wyoming was a place that Cassidy had gone to -possibly to hide out while cops were chasing him- and Susie's dad was a warm and welcoming man who invited all to dinner at their house.

Butch and Heiner couldn't deny the invitation and sat at a dinner table with her and her family. They had no idea that these new friends were really criminals.

Later she witnessed him attempt to shoot a sheriff, but when his gun didn't go off, it allowed the sheriff to buy time and he hit him with the butt of his gun. 

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