Addie’s been in the news a few times in the last 30 days, and some of these news articles have given conflicting accounts of what will become of her remains.
Last month, after the autopsy was done, her remains were transported from Milwaukee by David Olsen (Olsen Funeral Home) to a crematory, where they were cremated.
Those remains (“cremains” actually) are now in my possession, at my home in Norfolk, Virginia. When the busyness of the holidays is behind me, Addie’s cremains will be respectfully handled and she’ll get a proper memorial service here in Norfolk.
This I can state definitively: Addie will not be returning to Lake Mills. How I wish that her footstone at the grave site could have been removed, but the city (for reasons I do not understand) did not want it removed.
Further, given what we now know about how Addie’s life ended, it would be wrong to return her to the “family plot” with Enoch, and his other two wives.
Addie’s days in a shallow grave are over.
Addie's head stone in Lake Mills is now a cenotaph.
Enoch's marker has five names: Three wives, one daughter ("Mertie" - 1878-1887) and Enoch James himself. Wife #2 has left the area and won't be returning.
Some of the nasty notes I get from anonymous trolls try to tell me that this is not a shallow grave. Given that the frost line in Wisconsin is 3-4 feet, and given that the traditional burial depth is 6-8 feet, I'd have to say that this picture is worth a whole lot of words.
Turns out, we didn't need those ladders and buckets and ropes to excavate the grave. It was about knee-deep in places.
Addie's foot stone remains at the grave site, for reasons I don't understand.
Ada ("Addie") Hoyt Fargo 1872-1901
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