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Annie Beatrice "Toni Jo" McQuiston Henry
Birth: Jan. 3, 1916
Shreveport
Caddo Parish
Louisiana, USA
Death: Nov. 28, 1942
Lake Charles
Calcasieu Parish
Louisiana, USA

Annie was known as "Toni Jo." She was the third of 5 children. Her mother died when she was 6, of tuberculosis, and her father later remarried. She begged an Aunt to let her live with her, not liking the new domestic arrangements. She got a job at a Macaroni Factory when she was just 13. But was fired when they found out her mother had died from Tuberculosis. Which seemed odd, if that's what she believed or told others. Unless in those days little was known about certain diseases and they were afraid she'd start an epidemic. When she got home that day, she was beaten by her father and left home for good, never looked back. Taking a wrong course in life, downhill from there. She took to smoking, drinking, and pot, and associated with underworld figures, she was drawn into prostitution. She had been arrested several times while in her teens, including assaulting a man. In 1939 she met Claude Henry, known as "Cowboy." They married on Nov. 25th, 1939. He succeeded getting her off drugs. She had become addicted to cocaine. They went on a honeymoon to Southern California. Soon thereafter he got a telegram from Texas to appear in court on a shooting charge. Toni pleaded with him to go on the run with her, but he declined and faced the charges. In January of 1940 he was sentenced to 50 years at Huntsville Prison in Texas.

Toni Jo immediately made plans to spring her hubby from Prison. She was residing in Beaumont, Texas at the time, to be near her husband, Claude. She teamed up with a young man named Harold Burks, who went by the name of "Arkinsaw." Or "Arkie" for short. Arkie was presently AWOL from the Army. They planned to steal a car and rob a Bank. They armed themselves with pistols. On Feb. 14th, 1940, posing as newlyweds, they came across Joseph P. Calloway. He was delivering a new Ford V8 Coup to a friend, the good samitarian seen the young couple walking, offering them a ride. They drove onwards to Jennings, Louisiana where Joe's friend lived. After passing through Lake Charles, Louisiana, Toni Jo pulled a gun and ordered him to drive down a side road off the main highway. She had him stop the car, get undressed, needing his street clothes for her husband, after she sprung him...and ordered him in the trunk. Farther down the road, they pulled over, she walked him through the field to some haystacks, had him kneel, and shot him in the head at close range, killing him instantly.

The next day her partner deserted her as she slept in a roadside motel, taking the car and clothes with him. Eventually a friends relative told Toni to confess, since Toni confided in that person. She took the Police to the body and handed over her revolver. Her accomplice was eventually tracked down and charged too, they would have seperate trials. She was sentenced to death and became the only woman to get the Electric Chair in Louisiana. Her photo on top right was taken the morning of her execution.

* NOTE: * FAIRYNOTPRINCESS sponsored this Memorial on April 11th, 2008. Thanks for remembering this person. A very tragic story. She deserves to be remembered. 
 
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 Parents:
  James Lesley McQuiston (1885 - 1954)
  Ella Beatrice Reese McQuiston (1884 - 1922)
 
 Spouse:
  Claude David Henry (1913 - 1945)*
 
 Siblings:
  Ellis Reese McQuiston (1904 - 1964)*
  Viola Vernie McQuiston Thompson (1906 - 1986)*
  James Edgar McQuiston (1910 - 1918)*
  George Alexander McQuiston (1912 - 1972)*
  Annie Beatrice McQuiston Henry (1916 - 1942)
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Orange Grove Cemetery
Lake Charles
Calcasieu Parish
Louisiana, USA
 
Maintained by: Brian
Originally Created by: Bonnie Fortney- Wichita,...
Record added: Dec 15, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 12689552
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May god have mercy on your soul
- Cass
 Added: Dec. 16, 2016

- Dave Dougherty
 Added: Oct. 9, 2016
I'm sure Jesus "took the rap" for you. Rest in peace.
- Janine Murray
 Added: Sep. 16, 2016
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