|Birth:||3 August 1871|
Czarnikau, German Empire, (now Czarnków, Greater Poland Voivodeship, Poland)
|Death:||21 October 1986|
Florissant, Missouri, USA
|Age:||115 years, 79 days|
Augusta Louise was born in Czarnikau, Prussian Province of Posen of the German Empire, now Czarnków, Czarnków-Trzcianka County, Greater Poland Voivodeship, Poland, on 3 August 1871. Her parents were Michael and Wilhemina Henrietta (Quade) Hoppe.
Holtz moved to the U.S. aged 2 in 1873. Her father owned a farm near Troy, Illinois. She grew up with three siblings. She married Edward Holtz in 1900, who died in 1923. 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.
According to her granddaughter, she lacked a birth certificate that would authenticate her claim and therefore was not listed by Guinness World Records.However her age was later validated by the Gerontology Research Group in 2012, and she was posthumously recognised as the oldest validated person after the death of Mathew Beard on 16 February 1985.
At the time of her death she was the first person known to have reached the age of 115.
- Augusta Holtz, 115 Photo Gallery, Gerontology Research Group
- Alton Telegraph, August 6, 1981
- Altoona Mirror, August 3, 1985
- Independence Examiner, October 22, 1986