Ethel Land Courier Distler, Frank Courier and Harry
Ethel May Land was born February 7, 1888, the daughter of Law Land, carpenter,
and Elizabeth Sykes, Dupont Street, Toronto, Canada.
Ethel May Land was AKA as Dot or Dottie.
According to Helen Land:
Mrs Frank Currier died in 1964 in Miami, Florida and was
- Frank Courier was born 1880 and died 1945
Frank Courier And His Family In The Censuses And Other Records
- Civil War, Rufus Courier, senior: Rufus M. Courier served on the Union side in the civil War,. He enlisted as a Sergeant on 20 August 1862 at the age of 21 Company K 173rd Infantry Regiment New York on November 10, 1862 and received a disability discharge on 24 January 1864 New Orleans, La.
- 1880 Census Rufus Courier, senior: Davidson Ave Brooklyn
Rufus Courier, father, age 66, steward, born Portugal,
Elizabeth Courier, mother, age 59,
Josephine Dickenson, age 37, no relationship listed,
Lizzie Dickenson, age 14 grand daughter,.
All the rest born New York.
- 1880 Census, Rufus Courier, junior & Frank Courier: Stamford, Fairfield Co., Conn.,
Rufus Courier, age 39, carpenter born New York, father born Portugal, mother born New York
Amelia wife age 36, born Prussia,
Josephine, age 7 daughter, born Illinois,
Amelia, daughter age 5, born New York,
Clara daughter age 3, born New York,
Franklin, son age 3 mos., born New York
- 1900 Census, Frank Courier: Farifield, Conn with William Brown, head, born Oct 1873, New York, bolt cutter factory,
his wife, Josephine Brown, born Aug 1872, born Illinois,
and Frank C Courier, brother in law, born March 1880, born New York, bolt cutter factory.
Josephine and Frank's father was born in NY and thier mother was born in Germany.
William and Josephine had been married for 4 years. No children born to them.
- 1900 Census Rufus, junior and others: Wilson Street Brooklyn, King Co., NY,
Rufus Courier, head born Dec 1840, married 33 years, age 59, born New York,
Father born Spain, mother born,
New York, carpenter,
Amalia, wife, Oct 1844, 9 childrren 6 still living, age 55, born Germany,
Amelia, daughter age 24, Nov 1875, New York, upolsterer,
Clara March 1877, age 22, born New York, no occupation,
May May 1882, age 18, born Conneticut, copyist,
Herbert E son July 1886, age 13, born Connecicut, at school.
Note Herbert E Courier died in California: COURIER, HERBERT EDWIN
Social Security #:
20 Jul 1885
19 Dec 1944
Mother's Maiden Name:
- 1910 Census, Rufus, junior, Frank & Ethel Courier, and others: Smithtown Long Island,
quite fuzzy and hard to read,
Rufus Courier on Hauppauge Rd.
Rufus head, age ??, born New York, __ office,
Mildred wife, 66, eight children 6 still living
Franklin, son age 29, painter, house,
Ethel daughter in law, age 21, no children.
- Rufus Courier, junior in 1920 Census: San Diego California,
Rufus M. Courier, boarder, age 79, born New York father born Portugal mother born New York.
Next door was the family of Silas Pur--ar. In that household was Amelia Courier housekeeper, age 42, born New York, father born New York mother born Germany.
I could not find a marriage on the New York State indexes for Ethel Land to Frank Courier,
under either Land or Courier between 1908 and 1910. They were listed
in the 1910 census with his parents. They were not listed in the NYC grooms index.
They were not listed in the NYC bride's index.
They celebrated a fifth wedding anniversary in early February 1915.
Grace W. Courier (1911-) William Seaver and James Johnson
Grace, February 10, 1911, Hauppague, cert # 7268.
1931: Grace Courier was a student at
the Packard Business School in New York City.
Seaver, William B, Courier, Grace W , 5, 8392, Apr. 01, 1934
Suffolk County marriage Index
"Mr. and Mrs. Frank C. Courier have issued invitations to the marriage of their
daughter Grayce Winona to William Burrill Seaver Saturday afternoon, April -- at 4 o'clock in the
Hauppauge Methodist church.
Married James Johnson and had one daughter Jennifer born in 1951.
Grace Johnson and her husband, James, celebrated their 17th wedding anniversary March 6, 1964.
Married circa 1947.
Long Islander March 16, 1934
Second Lieutenant William B. Seaver
of Blydenburgh ave, Smithtown, was a
platoon leader in the 136th Military
Police company stationed in Pozzuoli,
Italy during WW II. He enlisted in
the Army in January 1943. He was a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
According to Helen Land,
Gracie married Jimmy Johnson.
1940: Not listed in Smithtown.
- The Couriers had a baby girl Sunday December 18, 1913.
- Ruth Courier (1914-2001) and Martin Handshaw
Ruth, June 28, 1914 (Per Obit).
Married Martin Handshaw
HANDSHAW - COURIER
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Courier have announced the marriage
of their second daughter, Ruth, to Martin Handshaw, son of Mrs. Regina
Schoyen of St. James. The ceremony was performed
on Sunday May 5 at Harrison, N. Y. A reception was held at
that evening at the home of the bride's sister and brother-in-law
Mr. and Mrs. Burrill Seaver. The young couple will reside here where the bride graduated
from the Smithtown Branch High School and where both have a host of friends.
May 10, 1935, The Long Islander
1940: Hillcrest Drive Smithtown,
Martin Handshaw 26, attendant state hospital,
Ruth Handshaw 25,
Martin Handshaw 4,
Ethel Warner 16, lodger
- Martin C Handshaw, married Joyce lived Miramar
Martin had a daughter, Deana Lyn, in January 1960.
At the time Martin Handshaw was stationed at the
Army Missile Base in Huntsville., Alabama.
- Nancy m Bill Clark lived Bryan, Texas
- Karen married Dale Barrett lived Okeechobee, Fla
Death of Martin Handshaw, 1997:
Martin B. Handshaw
Last Residence: 34973 Okeechobee, Okeechobee, Florida, United States of America
Born: 18 Jul 1913
Died: 28 Sep 1997
State (Year) SSN issued: New York (Before 1951)
Death of Ruth Handshaw, 2001:
Name: Ruth Handshaw
Last Residence: 34972 Okeechobee, Okeechobee, Florida, United States of America
Born: 28 Jun 1914
Died: 2 Nov 2001
State (Year) SSN issued: New York (Before 1951)
Ruth V. Handshaw
Ruth V. Handshaw, age 87, of Okeechobee, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2001, at Raulerson Hospital. Born June 28, 1914, in Bayshore, N.Y., Mrs. Handshaw had been a resident of Okeechobee for 25 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Martin Handshaw, and sisters, Averill Spahr and Grace Johnson.
Survivors include: two daughters, Nancy Clark and husband Bill, of Bryan, Texas and Karen Barrett and husband, Dale of Okeechobee; one son, Martin C. Handshaw and wife, Joyce of Miramar; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
There will be no visitation or services.
All arrangements are under the direction and care of the Buxton Funeral Home and Crematory.
Averill W Courier (1917-) and Clinton F Spahr
Birth: Averil, August 8, 1916
"Mr. and Mrs. Frank Courier have announced the engagement of their youngest
daughter Averill to Clinton F Spahr son of Mr. and Mrs.
Henry Spahr and a teacher at Farmington High School. The marriage
will take place in December.
November 30, 1939, The Long Islander
Spajr - Courier
A quite wedding took place Saturday evening at the Presbyterian Manse, when
Raymond H Case united in marriage Miss Averill Courier, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Courier and
Clinton Spahr, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Spahr of Maple Avenue. Only the immediate families
were present. The young couple are both graduates of the Smithtown Branch High SChool.
The bride attended Cortland Normal, while the groom is a graduate of St. Stephen's College.
They are residing in Farmingdale where Mr. Spahr is an instructor in the Farmingdale High School.
January 4, 1940
1940: Eastern Parkway, Farmingdale,
Clinton Spahr 28, high school teacher,
Averil Spahr 23
Death: Birth Date: 1916
Age at Death: 76
Death Date: 1992
Burial Place: Smithtown, Suffolk County, New York, USA
Averil W. Spahr
8 Aug 1916
28 Mar 1992 - Patchogue, Suffolk, New York, United States of America
Death of Clinton F Spahr: born 191 died 1990, Smithtown Cemetery
Move December 1913
Frank Courier and family have moved from Harry Griffin's house to the cottage recently
vacated by Floyd Sanford on the Smithtown road
December 5, 1913
Courier, Frank C age 34 painter,
Ethel M wife bron Canada,
Grace W age 4, Ruth age unclear, very near the Moseley family.
"Mr. and Mrs. Frank Courier have moved to Bridgeport where he has employment." The
Long Islander, February 4, 1916
Long Islander, April 7, 1916
"Mrs. F. C. Courier and daughters Ruth and Grace
have returned to their home in Bridgeport, Conn.
after a visit with local relatives.
They were back in Hauppauge by August 1916 when the Long Islander
announced the birth of "a daughter" in the August 18th issue.
Franklyn Charles Courier Hauppauge, Smithtown Suffolk, NY,
age 38, March 4, 1880, white, native born, carpenter, Peckworth Bros.
Camp Upton, Brookhaven, Suffolk, New York, Etherl Courier, wife,
Hauppauge, height, tall, build, medium, black eyes, brown hair, September 12, 1918.
See Rufus Courier.
Smithtown Township: no street
- Frank Courier, head rent no amount, age 39 born NY, decorator painter
- Ethel Courier, wife age 29 naturalized born English Canada
- Grace daughter age 8
- Ruth daughter age 5
- Averil daughter age 3 8/12
Children all born NY
Ethel Courier was "seriously ill with pneumonia at her home on the Smithtown road."
according to the Long Islander of November 11, 1921.
"Mrs. Frank Courier who underwent an operation at St. Luke's
Hospital in New York on Thursday last is resting comfortable at this time." HAUPPAUGE, The Long Islander,
January 4, 192- date cut off
Accidents of the Week-End
The week-end brought with it the usual quota of automobile accidents. The first
occured Saturday afternoon, at a crossing on the
when a car driven by Frank Courier, who was accompanied by his daughters Ruth
and Averill, wha
struck by another machine. The two girls were quite badly injured.
Ruth receiving severe body lacerations while Averill's knee cap was hurt.
They were taken to the
Central Islip office of Dr. McCoy and later removed to their home.
The Long Islander June 25, 1926
The long Islander indicates that the Couriers entertained week-end guest on a frequent basis thought
the teens, 1920s and early 1930s. They also had frequent bridge parties and various other parties that were
mentioned in the paper.
Frank Curier's Store Smithtown
"Miss Emma Strum employed in the Frank Courier store."
September 17, 1926 The Long Islander.
"Decorator Frank Courier is doing extensive work at the home of Wheeler Germond"
September 24, 1926 The Long Islander.
Wellington Wheeler Germond
In the 1930 Census he was listed as a dairy
farmer on Hauppague Road in Islip.
In February 1927 Frank Courier moved his store to the Hallock Building.
Smithtown has a new dry goods store opened
in the building recently vacated by Frank Courier
Frank Courier has had his new store in the Hallock building redecorate.
February 11, 1927, The Long Islander
Smithtown Township, Hauppauge: Hauppauge Road
- Frank Courier, head, own $10,000, age 49, married at 29, born NY, painter,
- Ethel Courier, wife age 40, married at 20 naturalized 1908, born English Canada
- Grace daughter age 19
- Ruth daughter age 15
- Averil daughter age 13
Children all born NY
History of the Smithtown Fire Department 1956 listed the F. C Courier's home on Hauppauge Road
caught fire January 29, 1936.
"The home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank
Courier on the Hauppauge road was totally
destroyed by fire early
Tuesday morning about 2:20. It was thought the blazed started from an overheated pipeless furnace.
Long Islander, January 21, 1936
Frank Courier Ill, 1943
Frank Courier is critically ill at the Mather Hospital
Thursday, September 30, 1943
Death of Frank Courier
1945 per tombstone Hauppauge Cemetery.
Remarriage of Ethel Land Courier -
Mrs. Ethel Courier of Southern Boulevard, Smithtown
married Harry Distler of Smithtown at the Presbyterian Manse in Smithtown September
12, 1953. Her daughters Mr.s James Johnsen and Mrs Clinton Spahr were in
Ethel was listed at the death of her brother,
Clarence Land, in 1955
as Ethel Distler of Nesconset.
At the death of her sister, Ruth, in 1960 she was listed as Mrs. Harry Distler of Smithtown.
At the death of her brother, Joseph, in 1962 she was listed as Mrs. Harry Dislter (E Couier) of
On September 12, 1959 Mr. and Mrs. Harry Distler of Smithtown
Boulevard celebrated their 6th wedding anniversary.
Death of Ethel Land Courier
At the death of Clarence Land in 1955, Ethel was listed as a
surviving sister "Ethel Distler of Nesconset".
Ethel May Distler,
Death Date: Mar 1964,
County of Death: Dade,
State of Death: Florida,
Mrs. Harry Distler age 75 a resident of Smithtown and Hauppauge
for most of her life died in
Miami Florida March 19 1964. She was the widow of Harry Distler and Frank Courier.
The daughter of Law and Elizabeth Land she was born in Canada February 8, 1889. (Her birth cert says February 7, 1888 - MLB)
She was survived by her three daughters, Mrs. Clinton (Averill) Spahr of
Massapegua, Mrs. Ruth Handshaw and Mrs. James (Grace) Johnsen both of of Miami.
Seven grandchildren: Skip, Gary and Verona Spahr, Martin, Nancy and Karen Handshaw, and Jennifer Johnsen. Two great grandchildren.
She was also survived by her brother, Norman Land of Smithtown, and her sister, Edna Wiedenkeller
She was the sister of the late, Percy Land, Clarence Land, Adelaide Moseley and Ruth Wiedenkeller.
Why wasn't Joseph Land mentioned?