Person: Isadora Labadie, Myaamia Name: Kiilhsoohkwa
Family Group: Labadie
Gender: FemaleDate of Birth: Knw 07-08-1870
Location of Birth: N/ADate of Death: Year 1948
Location of Death: N/A
In an interview in 1937, Isadora Smith states that her mother's name was Susan Bigleg, but that she knew “nothing of her life, as she died as I was born and I was taken and reared by my grandparents.” Isadora's father was Charles Labadie, and her paternal grandparents were Peter and Umilla Labadie. She was raised on their allotted lands on the north side of Miami. The following is a short excerpt about her life growing up as she remembered it: “Before Grandpa chose his home at where North Miami now stands, he lived near Peoria on what is now called the Old Skye Place....The home near Peoria was a log one, small but comfortable and I started to school at the old Peoria School House which I attended for some time but was sent from there to Haskell and later to Carlisle where I remained for three years without coming home. The climate did not agree with me but I liked it and was afraid to come home.” In 1893, Isadora married Thomas W. Smith, a Munsee Indian from Miami County, Kansas. Isadora and Thomas lived on farmland allotted to their Labadie Family that is now the G.A.R. Cemetery in Miami. Their children were Roth, Ella, Frank, Ralph, Arlice, Ruby, and Ruth. Isadora's daughters also went to boarding school while the boys helped their father on the farm. Though they were quite successful at farming, the Smith family had their share of heartache. By 1910, Isadora had given birth to eight children, but three had passed away. Their first son died when he was just a toddler, around 1900. Roth also died during childhood, at the age of 7. The family suffered a terrible tragedy when their son Frank, who was a hemophiliac, was injured and died in a farming accident at 13 years old. In 2000, the Miami Nation established their first cultural grounds on Isadora's allotment. The land has served the community well as a place for language education through the Eewansaapita program and other community gatherings.
Photo courtesy Sherrie Sutterfield
- Isadora Labadie Smith
July 8, 1870
March 2, 1889
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatires of the United States of America in Congressa ssembled, That the provisions of chapter One hundred and Nineteen of the acts of eighteen hundred and eighty seven, entitled "An act to provide for the allotment of lands in severalty to Indians on the various reservations,and to extend the protection of the laws of the United States and the Territories over the Indians, and for other purposes," are hereby declared to extend to and are made app...