Augusta Holtz

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Augusta Holtz
Born Augusta Louise Hoppe
3 August 1871
Czarnikau, Province of Posen, German Empire
Died 21 October 1986
(aged 115 years, 79 days)
Florissant, Missouri
Spouse(s) Edward Holtz (?-1922) (his death)
Children Edward
Parents Michael Hoppe
Wilhemina Henrietta Quade

Augusta Louise Holtz (née Hoppe) (3 August 1871 – 21 October 1986) was the world's oldest person from the 16 February 1985 death of Mathew Beard to her own death on 21 October 1986, aged 115 years 79 days. She was the first verified person to reach age 115 and was the world's oldest verified person ever at the time of her death[citation needed].

She was born in the Prussian Province of Posen of the German Empire, modern-day Poland, in 1871 to Michael Hoppe (1838? – 1918) and Wilhemina Henrietta (Quade) Hoppe (1831? – 1922). She moved to the U.S. at age 2 in 1873. Her father owned a farm near Troy, Illinois. She grew up with three siblings. She married Edward Holtz, who died in 1922 at the age of 48 or 49. She had four children with him—two sons (Edward and Augustus) and two daughters (Hester and Gertrude). She later moved to St. Louis County, Missouri, where she died at the St. Sophia Geriatric Center in Florissant. Her record as the oldest American ever was surpassed by Lucy Hannah in 1990, but Holtz remains the oldest German-born person ever to this day.

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Honorary titles
Preceded by
Mathew Beard
Oldest verified person ever
11 March 1986 – 11 May 1990
Succeeded by
Jeanne Calment
Preceded by
Mathew Beard
Oldest recognised living person
16 February 1985 – 21 October 1986
Succeeded by
Mary McKinney