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 Louisa A <I>Holtz</I> Isley

Louisa A Holtz Isley

Death 3 Sep 1909 (aged 25)
Cherokee County, Kansas, USA
Burial Galena, Cherokee County, Kansas, USA
Memorial ID 22273838 · View Source
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Louisa A. Holtz Isley
28 April 1884 - 03 September 1909


D. R. Walls (#46535116)


Galena newspapers for this era relate the tragedies of this family, all in 1909.

In 1904 Louisa became second wife of young widower Robert J. Isley. (He was 5th cousin to my grandmother.)

In March 1909, Louisa's brother Fred Holtz died at Robert and Louisa's home. Fred's death was "due to a complication of diseases," per Galena Weekly Republican. According to the Pittsburg Daily Headlight death notice, he died of consumption (tuberculosis).

Three months later, Louisa's husband Robert died, cause not given in death notice.

To supplement income, Robert and Louisa had taken in boarders. Robert had been a teamster, leaving a team and wagon that 21 year old Thomas Hicks had driven several months.

After Robert's death, Hicks began boarding. Another boarder was Louisa's male cousin. Hicks became jealous of 25 year old Louisa, especially of her spending time with her cousin.

One night about 6 p.m., Louisa and a female cousin returned home from a group reunion. A drunken Hicks was waiting there, angry, and brandished a revolver at them. Both Louisa and her cousin ran into the street. But Hicks ran after Louisa. Grabbing her by the hair, he shot her several times in back of head. She died less than 30 minutes later, while Hicks fled.

This story made news in several neighboring states, with a reward as high as $700 for Hicks' capture. He was elusive for several months.

According to the 6 January 1910 The Columbus Weekly Advocate, Cherokee County Sheriff James Hatton, an officer for 22 years, went to Carney, Lincoln County, OK to arrest Hicks after finding a lead to his whereabouts. Hicks previously boasted to relatives about his crime, saying they'd never take him alive. Sheriff Hatton gave Hicks two chances to throw up his hands in surrender. Hicks refused and attempted to draw his revolver. Sheriff Hatton shot Hicks in the heart, killing him instantly. A jury was soon brought that declared Sheriff Hatton was justified in killing Hicks, being in self-defense.



I just sent you a bio on Louisa's death. Just now I located another article at, dated the 4th, the day after her death. It's more detailed and says her male cousin who boarded was 20 year old William Holt [sic] and he (not a female cousin) had returned home with her.

In this account, rather than a reunion, Louisa had gone with him on a business trip to Joplin. When they returned and were eating supper, that was when intoxicated Hicks entered. When he began chasing them with a gun, the cousin ran to notify a nearby police officer. But by time they arrived back, Hicks had already shot Louisa near a neighbor's house and fled.


D. R. Walls (#46535116)


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 22273838
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Louisa A Holtz Isley (28 Apr 1884–3 Sep 1909), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22273838, citing Galena Cemetery, Galena, Cherokee County, Kansas, USA ; Maintained by Orlena (contributor 46627566) .