Hello again, fellow Creekers.
Well, the See Canyon story is not over, it appears. I’ve been given a whole bunch of new information by Jayne Peace Pyle, a local writer. She has done a ton of work regarding this particular story.
According to her, Annie See was actually murdered in the lower Tonto Basin. Although, Jayne has uncovered an amazing amount of information she is still left wondering:
Since John M. See was abusive, it seems he would not want to live close to his parents or Annie’s parents. Did he move Annie to what would become See Canyon so they would be alone? After he threatened her, did she take their son and go to the lower Tonto Basin to stay with her sister, thinking she would be safer there?
I think, from what I have read, that Sheriff John Henry “Rim Rock” Thompson was “courting” Annie to find out about the gold/silver he had stolen. She probably spent a lot of time alone. And Rim Rock had a ranch up under the Rim — before and while he was sheriff of Gila County. So he could easily have seen her without anyone knowing.
Then, after John See killed Annie, Rim Rock was furious — he probably cared for Annie and he could not stand to be out-foxed. Of course he hated John M. See.
Seems like it may take the Freedom of Information Act to get to the bottom of this one.
The TWIG (Tonto Watershed Improvement Group) is making some headway with ADEQ regarding a grant. Way to go, group!
As many of you know, the annual Hashknife Pony Express happens every January, and they ride right through Christopher Creek. Turns out, for a couple of bucks you can send mail the old-fashioned way by horseback.
It is almost time for the Annual Ladies Jammie Party. Because there is so much snow, it has been postponed until Friday, March 12. Karen and Rhea are hoping most of the snow will have melted by then. Nothing else changes ... bring a bottle of wine and an appetizer to share, wear your jammies and plan to continue the fun at Creekside. Festivities start at 5 p.m. or whenever you can get there at Karen Thornton’s house. For more information, call me at 478-4133, or Rhea at 478-0381. This party is open to any ladies who’ve got some PJs to sport.
As always, I do need your help with content and stories! For anyone wanting to submit information from the Christopher Creek area for inclusion in our weekly article, please email me at info@christophercreeklodge .com. Any submitted pictures must be full-size (typically around 1MB per picture). The cutoff time for inclusion in Friday’s article is close of business on Monday.
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