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Friends of Addie?

November 21st, 2011 Sears Homes 2 comments

Addie must have had many friends in Lake Mills. Did any of them leave behind a written record, perhaps describing what happened to Addie?

Thirty days before Addie died, she successfully organized a Lake Mills chapter of the “Daughters of The American Revolution.”  This newspaper article (see full text below) originally appeared in the Lake Mills Leader on May 23, 1901, and it includes a list of the women who helped form the Lake Mills DAR.

It seems likely that these women must have been Addie’s friends. Did these women leave behind any written record of what happened to Addie? Any personal journals, hand-written accounts or letters? In the early 1900s, women were prolific letter writers. Somewhere, someone must have been wondering, what happened to Addie?

Addie was always on the move. Chances are, she’d been seen out and about Monday afternoon or even Tuesday morning (June 17th and June 18th). There must have been talk about what happened to this vibrant, vivacious 29-year-old woman who went from healthy to dead in 16 hours.

Below, I’ve listed their names in alphabetical order. These were probably some of Lake Mills’ most famous citizens. If you’ve any idea where I might find letters or correspondence from these women, please let me know? Surely, in the Summer of 1901, people must have wondered what happened to Addie Hoyt Fargo.

Bruns, Isabel Copeland

Dodge, Alice Sabin

Douglas, Carrie Brown

Fargo, Minerva Joslin

Gary, Lora Miss

Harvey, Mary Jane

Harvey, Mary Lydia (unmarried)

Heaton, Mabel Hunt

Hebard, Agnes Augusta (unmarried)

Kemeys-Tynte, Gertrude W.

Russell, Mary Emma Miss

Siles, Eva L. (unmarried)

Spencer, Ellen Gary

Tasker, Carrie Harvey

Williams, Charlotte, C.

This article appeared on May 23, 1901. The title was, “D. A. R. Organized.”

By the strenuous effort of Mrs. E. J. Fargo, a chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution has been organized here, the object of which is to perpetuate the memory of the spirit of the men and women who achieved American Independence by the acquisition and protection of historical sports and the erection of monuments; by the encouragement of historical researching in relation to the Revolution, and the publication of its results; by preservation of documents and relics, and of the records of individual services of Revolutionary soldiers and patriots and by the promotion of the celebration of all patriotic anniversaries.

To carry out the other injunction of Washington in his farewell address to the American people, “To Promote as an object of primary importance, institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge,” thus  developing an enlightened public opinion, and affording to young and old such advantages as should develop in them the largest capacity for performing the duties of American citizens. To cherish, maintain and extend the institutions of American freedom, to foster true patriotism and love of country, and to aid in securing for mankind all the blessings of liberty. The chapter organized with sixteen charter members and was christened, “Tyranena Chapter, D. A. R.,” on Saturday last May 18, 1901.

The chapter organized with sixteen charter members and was christened “Tyranena Chapter, D. A. R.” on Saturday last, May 18, 1901. The charter members are: Mrs. Addie Hoyt Fargo, Mrs, Carrie Brown Douglass, Mrs. Charlotte C. Williams, Miss Lora Gary, Mrs Ellen Gary Spencer, Miss Mary Jane Harvey, Miss Mary Emma Russell, Miss Agnes Augusta Hebard, Mrs. Minerva Joslin Fargo, Mrs. Gertrude W. Kemeys-Tynte, Mrs. Alice Sabin Dodge, Mrs. Carrie Harvey Tasker, miss Mary Lydia Harvey, Mrs. Mable Hunt Heater, Mrs. Isabel Copeland Burns, Miss Eva Stiles.

To be eligible for membership, a woman must be 18 years of age and a descendant of a man or woman who was a loyal American patriot.

Was the mansion quarantined? Apparently not.

The Fargo Mansion, located near downtown Lake Mills, must have been a constant reminder of the mysterious death of young Addie Hoyt Fargo. Perhaps somewhere, one of the ladies of the DAR must have penned a note with some information on what happened to Addie.


In addition to playing poker and managing the household, Addie also formed the Lake Mills Chapter of the DAR.


Addie on the steps of the Fargo Mansion with the family, Enoch, Elsie (top right) and Mattie (lower right). Elsie and Mattie were Enoch's children by his first wife, Mary Rutherford Fargo.

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To learn more about Addie Hoyt Fargo, click here.

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