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"Queen Anne" Ann Byers Richey

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Re: "Queen Anne" Ann Byers Richey

Posted: 21 Feb 2012 11:47AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Richey
I just saw this post. I am not related to Ann, but my great grandfather knew her well. The story goes, as relayed by my grandmother, that her father, John Matiba, worked for Palace Meats in Kemmerer, Wyoming. Annie Byers Richey owned a piece of land just on the outskirts of town. His boss would send him to her place to buy cattle for the butcher shop on a fairly regular basis. In 1919, Annie was convicted of cattle rustling. She was on her own recognizance up until her prison sentence was to be served. In 1922, two days before she was to go to prison, John made a visit to her home. Annie offered John a jar of canned tomatoes. John noticed that the jar was leaking, and since he was knowledgable in the practices of safe food handling, declined the tomatoes. He warned Annie that the tomatoes were not safe to eat. He then went on his way. The next morning, Annie Richey was found dead. To this day, the official account is that she was deliberately poisoned by her brother, because she was going to turn him in for cattle rustling. My great grandfather believed until the day he died that she ate the jar of spoiled tomatoes, and died of botulism.
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SGillespie572... 24 Mar 2005 9:33PM GMT 
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SGillespie572... 29 Dec 2011 5:01PM GMT 
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SGillespie572... 30 Dec 2011 6:51PM GMT 
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mschnorf1 21 Feb 2012 6:47PM GMT 
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