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Addie Hoyt Fargo

Birth
Watertown, Jefferson County, Wisconsin, USA
Death 19 Jun 1901 (aged 29)
Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin, USA
Burial Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin, USA
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Memorial ID 6979813 · View Source
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Addie Hoyt Fargo (1872-1901) might have been just another young woman that died in the prime of life, except for one important fact. In a limited-edition local history book, published in 1983, the author wrote a piece about Addie Hoyt, and proclaimed in clear, bold language that Addie was shot and killed by her own husband, Enoch James Fargo.
The woman who wrote those words was Mary Wilson, the granddaughter of Enoch James Fargo.

Subsequent research has also revealed that Addie's death certificate was falsified, and a burial permit was never obtained, a direct violation of state law.

November 2011, Addie's remains were exhumed and autopsied. One interesting discovery made during the exhumation was this: She was buried at 34", an incredibly shallow grave, and well below the frost line in Wisconsin.

Due to the great expanse of time (110 years), the autopsy was inconclusive, and the medical examiner was not able to establish a cause of death.

However, an incredible paper trail left behind by Addie's attending physician makes it clear that Addie did *not* die of diphtheria (which was the cause of death listed on her death certificate).

It's quite a story, and now Addie's remains are in Norfolk, Virginia. Once again, Addie is with "her people," and her remains will be re-interred in Norfolk, Virginia, where her great, great niece lives.


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