Rosemary Thornton is a nationally known speaker and writer. Her distant aunt, named Addie Hoyt, married Enoch Fargo in 1896. They lived in Lake Mills, Wisconsin. In 1901, Enoch murdered Addie.
There is local lore about the murder, including a local history book written by Enoch's granddaughter, in the 1980s. The murder was covered up by Enoch, a rich and powerful man. There are no court, police or autopsy records and the like, because of the coverup. There isn't even a burial permit! There is a grave, but it could be empty. Rosemary has been searching for documents, trying to uncover the facts.
Rosemary has asked people for help (since she isn't a genealogist) and also asked for help at the conclusion of a recent presentation. She has some genealogy helpers (her readers, family and friends) who have been checking records, reading old newspapers and giving her advice. Readers of this newsletter could help in the research.
She has written about her search in her blog, www.searshomes.org and also has a video at http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/17144200. You may find this to be fascinating!
My thanks to Debbie Lubbert for telling me about this story.
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