The Weekly Wisconsin, 18 Sept 1897 page 2 Laura Armitage death
SHE STARVED TO DEATH. Widow of an En|;lUb Lord Dies at Forl .Alktiison. Fort Atkinson, Wis., Sept. 13—The last chapter in an English romance of many years ago was recorded in the death of Mrs. Laura Armitage, widow of William William Armitu e -e, who died about ten years since. Armitage, a young lord, became en amored of a handsome ballot dancer and opera singer, and upon marrying her was disinherited by his parents. The couple came out here and bought a forty-acre farm near the Halsey Beeiner place, on account of its nearness to Lake Koshko- noug, noted for its duck hunting, of which sport Mr. Armitnge was passionately fond. This was, about twenty years ago. They lived there until tbe husband died. His widow was provided with an annuity by an elder brother, of about $400 on condition condition that she did not return to England. She kept the pact, and in a basket near her dingy death bed was found the savings savings of years, $29G5. in bank bills and gold. Among her effects are three canvas-covered canvas-covered trunks supposed to contain family plate, jewels and other property. Recently the woman had shown signs of insanity. One of her three cherished dogs, which were her only companions, died in tht spring nnd laid in the house until the health officer insisted upon its removal. An nttempl was made Thursday Thursday to take her to the county asylum. She evaded capture, however, and Saturday Saturday death came to her relief. Not a thing to eat could be found in the house and starvation is thought to have been the cause of her taking off.