Joseph Albert Land (1896-1962) and Mary Elizabeth Lorah |
Birth of Joseph A Land, Sr.
Joseph, born January 22, 1896, the son of Law Land, carpenter, age 38, born in England, and Elizabeth Sykes, age 39, born in England, the eighth of eighth living children, address 14th Street, Hoboken. I can't read the house number because the ink is faded.
(New Jersey Birth Registration).
Joseph Land 1916 - Smithtown High School Baseball
Brooklyn Eagle April 12, 1916
"Smithtown Branch - L. I. April 12 - A baseball team that is already in good form and one of
which will make many older teams "sit up and take notice" in
1916 team of the Smithtown Branch High school. The players in the picture are:
Top Row - Dr. Frederick C Petersen,
Professor M. C. Fisher, principal of the school, and
Middle row - Ellis Seaman, captian, Bernard Olivie, Fred Strum, Joseph Land, Ross
Sanford, and Gustaye Kontack. Bottom Row - Arthur Edgar, Edwin Curry, Ralph Hudson,
Marriage of Joseph A. Land, Sr. & Mary Elizabeth Lorah
Joseph Land married Mary Elizabeth Lorah. (Information from Michael Tyrkala)
They were married before New Years 1921 as indicated in a news article about them visiting Hauppauge.
Mrs. Law Land. Mrs. Law Land visited her son, jJseph Land, and wife
in New York City in April 1922.
Manhattan 1922 Cert # 500:
Joseph A Land
MARRIAGE DATE: "3" Dec 1921
MARRIAGE PLACE: Manhattan, New York, USA
RECORDED MARRIAGE YEAR: 1922
CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 500
Mary Elizabeth Lorah and Her Family
NAME: Mary E Lorah
MARRIAGE DATE: "31" Dec 1921
MARRIAGE PLACE: Manhattan, New York, USA
RECORDED MARRIAGE YEAR: 1922
CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 500
Mary Elizabeth Lorah was born in Sonestown, Pa. 10th November 1888 father Jacob Lorah, born
Columbia, County, Pa. (Passport application)
Children of Joseph A Land, Sr. and Mary Elizabeth Lorah
Sonestown is north west of Allentown.
According to some information posted
on GenForum. Jacob Lorah fought in the Civil War. He married
Anna Louise Mendenhall Trappe in Muncy Meeting. They had three daughters. One died
as a child. The others were: Mary Elizabeth and Anna Gertrude.
"About the same time William and Jacob Lorah and Thomas Dent engaged in lumbering,
farming and mercantile business in the place. In 1869 the Sones property was
purchased by Messrs. Lorah and Dent. Jacob Lorah engaged in the mercantile business.
A few years later Robert Whitacre erected a store and dwelling house and
engaged in the same occupation."
Settlement of Muncy Valley
Quotes and queries: Historical, biographical, and genealogical ..., Volume 2 edited by William Henry Egle
"Anna Louisa Mendenhall m. Walter B. Trapp, who died August 9, 1876,
son of Thomas and Mary Jane Trapp. Two children: I. Mary, deceased. II.
Walter C. After the death of Walter, Anna m. Jacob Lorah; dwells at Bloomsburg, Pa.,
and has III. Mary. IV. Gertrude."
The Lundy family and their decendants of whatsoever surname: with a ... By William C. Armstrong
2 June 1898 Sonestown funeral of Jacob Lorah.
Mary Elizabeth Lorah was with the American Red Cross in 1918.
Her passport application indicated that she was born 10
November 1888 to Jacob Lohah, who was deceased by 1918. She was listed as a teacher.
Age 29, 5 feet 3 and a half inches, blue eyes and dark brown hair.
Her application included a certification from the American Red Cross and a
confirmation from the War Department. There was also a request for the passport to include Italy and England as well as France.
She returned stateside on 14 July 1919 from Brest to New York.
Joseph A. Land also served in the American Red Cross in France.
I would assume that they met in Europe.
Bloomsburg, Columbia, Pennsylvania
Anna L Lorah 50,
Mary E Lorah 11,
Anna G Lorah 6
Lansdowne, Delaware, Pennsylvania
Adalade M Graham 42, store keeper,
Anna M Lorah 69, servant, widow, house keeper,
Gertrude Lorah 26, boarder, clerk store,
Louise B Crow, boarder, 52, bookkeeper.
Mrs. Lorah died February 1929 in Philadelphia.
Pennsdale, Feb 14 - The funeral of Mrs. Anna Mendenhall Lorah was held on
Saturday afternoon in the Friends Meeting House at Pennsdale.....Mrs. Lohan was the daughter
of William S and Mary S. Mendenhall.....she was survived by three children. W. -------,
Miss Gertrude Lorah of Philadelphia, and Mrs. Joseph Land of Smithtown, Long Island and by
two brothers, John W. Mendenhall of Muncy, and George Mendenhall who lives in the west .
Interred at Friends Cemetery."
In 1934 Joseph and Mary Land visited her sister, Mrs. Gertrude Hess,
Passport photo of Mary Lorah.
Joe and Mary had:
- Libby (Elizabeth) Land 1922 - 2014 - and Obadiah H. (AKA O. H.)
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Land of Brooklyn announce the birth of a daughter Elizabeth November 12,
1922 (Long Islander)
On the girl's hockey team Smithtown High School, 1939 (High School Year book)
O. H. Faircloth. (Correction from Michael Tyrkala, April 2004.
Helen Land had listed him as D. H. Fairchild)
- Mary Ann E. Faircloth, 1945-1946 buried Hauppauge
Cemetery in the Land plot.
- Catherine (married to Peter) Powanda
- Deborah (married to Vern) Seaquist
- Joseph (married to Debbie) Faircloth
Obadiah Harvey Faircloth:
1940: Valdosta, Lowndes, Georgia,
William J Faircloth 42, lawyer,
Elizabeth Faircloth 41,
William J Faircloth 22,
Donovan Gupton 19,
James B Faircloth 13,
O H Faircloth 10,
Margaret Sumler 65, mother in law
O H Faircloth
Birth Year: 1920
Nativity State or Country: Georgia
State of Residence: Georgia
County or City: Lowndes
Enlistment Date: 19 Dec 1941
Enlistment State: Florida
Enlistment City: Jacksonville
Branch: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
Branch Code: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
Grade Code: Private
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
Component: Army of the United States - includes the following: Voluntary enlistments effective December 8, 1941 and thereafter; One year enlistments of National Guardsman whose State enlistment expires while in the Federal Service; Officers appointed in the Army of
Education: 2 years of high school
Civil Occupation: Electricians
Marital Status: Single, without dependents
Birth Date: 14 Jan 1920,
Death Date: 27 Feb 1980,
Branch 1: ARMY,
Enlistment Date 1: 19 Dec 1941,
Release Date 1: 29 Sep 1945
US Public Index
O H Faircloth
Birth Date: 14 Jan 1920
Address: 301 NW 116th St, Miami, FL, 33168-3414
Death of Obadiah Faircloth ??????: Obadiah Faircloth
Born: 14 Jan 1920
Last Benefit: 33168 Miami, Miami-Dade, Florida, United States of America
Died: Feb 1980
State (Year) SSN issued: Georgia (Before 1951)
Elizabeth L Faircloth 88 Miami, FL
Pembroke Pines, FL Relatives,
Deborah J Faircloth,
O H Faircloth,
Joseph A Faircloth Jr
Death of Libby Faircloth:
FAIRCLOTH, ELIZABETH (LIBBY) L, 91, passed away 3/2/14. Born 11/13/1922, daughter
of Joseph & Mary Land grew up in Smithtown Long Island, New York. After marriage to the
late O. H. Faircloth, she was pre-ceded in death by her brother Joseph, infant daughter
Mary Ann and grandson, Vernie Seaquist. Survived by children Catherine (Peter) Powanda,
Deborah (Vern) Seaquist, Joseph (Debbie) Faircloth, 5 grand-children, 7 great-grandchildren,
sister Margaret Tyrkala, sister-in-law Pauline Faircloth and nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, make donations in Libby's memory to New Horizon
United Methodist Church, 5741 S Flamingo Rd, Southwest Ranches, FL. 33330 where a
Memorial Service will be held Sunday, March 9 at 1pm. Please visit online
website at mpsouthernmemorialfuneralhome.com
Published in Miami Herald on Mar. 8, 2014
- Joseph Land Jr April 25, 1925
Freshman at Alfred University, September 1942.
Joseph Land '46 of Klan was initiated Sunday Afternoon, The Fiat Lux, Student Paler of Alfred University, Alfred N. Y.
Military induction 1943: 40 men were inducted in
July 1943 including Land, Joseph A Jr. Smithtown Branch
Joseph A Land Jr
Nativity State or Country:
County or City:
18 Jun 1943
New York City
Term of Enlistment:
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
Civil Life, Education:
1 year of college
Student Codes 0x, 2x, 4x and 6x as pertain to students will be converted, for machine records purposes, to the code number 992.
Single, without dependents
Prisoner of War WWII NASA:
SERIAL NUMBER 32971677
NAME LAND JOSEPH A JR
Private First Class
ARM OR SERVICE CODE 10 INF: INFANTRY
DATE REPORT: DAY 20
YEAR 4 1944
AREA 72 European Theatre: Germany
LATEST REPORT DATE: DAY 11
STATUS 5 Died as Prisoner of War
DETAINING POWER 1 GERMANY
CAMP 089 Stalag 9B Bad Orb Hessen-Nassau, Prussia 50-09
This record indicates that Joseph was captured December 20, 1944.
Family history says that Joe was captured at the Battle of the Bulge.
Roster of our Heros Who Made Supreme Sacrifice, July 1946 County Review,
Land, Jospeh A. Jr.
Joseph A Land captured at the Battle of the Bulge (December 1944-January 1945) was originally taken
to Stalag IX-B near Frankfurt. Joe Land was among 350 American GIs transferred to Berga Work Camp
in February 1945 where they were treated as slave labor. Berga had one of the highest death rates
of any Prisoner of War camp in Europe. Joseph Land was one of the 73 prisoners who died as a
result of overwork and starvation. Just as the war was ending the Germans marched the
Berga prisoners south. On the way many prisoners died. They arrived in Zedtwitz about
50 miles south of Berga on May 8, 1945. Sometime in the following five days Joe Land was one
of 11 GIs who died. The war ended in Europe May 9, 1945.
Information from Soldiers and Slaves by
Roger Cohen, 2005
Burial Arlington National Cemetery:
Joseph A Land Jr PFC service #32971677 was buried in Arlington National Cemetery,
Fort Myer, Virginia, grave #7636.
--- 110 INF
--- INF DIV
WORLD WAR II
APRIL 26, 1925
APRIL 9 1945
His grave is located in Section 12, grave #7636, date of death 04/09/1945*, date of burial in Arlington 02/04/1949.
Location of grave: From Jefferson Highway on Memorial Drive to Eisenhower Drive (Left) on
Drive. Right on McCellena - past McCellan gate (arch) - Left at grave marker #7611 to
*Germany surrendered to the Allies on May 9, 1945.
My father-in-law, John Blanck, was also a POW of the Germans in WWII.
For information and images of his POW experience go to
John Blanck, Military Service
now or at the bottom of the page.
- Margaret Carleton Land and John Edward Tyrkala (1929-2004)
Birth: Margaret Carleton Land 30 May 1932.
Margaret married John Edward Tyrkala.
Children: They had 2 sons and 2 daughters.
(Information from Michael Tyrkala, April 2004)
Carol, Mary, John E Jr. and Michael (per obit).
Marriages: John Edward Tyrkala Jr
SPOUSE: Rosemary Gudaitis
COUNTY OF MARRIAGE: Broward
MARRIAGE DATE: 3 Oct 1987
SOURCE: Florida Department of Health
The Tyrkalas lived in Sebring, Fla.
Mary Margaret Tyrkala,
SPOUSE: Herbert Washington,
COUNTY OF MARRIAGE: Hillsborough,
MARRIAGE DATE: 17 Jul 1993,
MAIDEN NAME: Tyrkala,
SOURCE: Florida Department of Health
Death of John E Tyrkala: JOHN E TYRKALA, 20 Nov 1929, 28 Jan 2004 (V),
33870 (Sebring, Highlands, FL), (none specified), 149-22-2120, New Jersey
Full Name John E Tyrkala
Last (Surname) Tyrkala
Gender M (*inferred)
Born 20 Nov 1929
Died 28 Jan 2004
Age 74y 2m 8d (*inferred)
Cemetery Florida National Cemetery, Sumter County, Florida, United States
Location Section 124 Site 545
John E Tyrkala,
BIRTH DATE: 20 Nov 1929,
DEATH DATE: 28 Jan 2004,
CEMETERY: Florida National Cemetery,
BURIAL OR CREMATION PLACE: Bushnell, Sumter County, Florida, USA,
Srt US Marine Corps; Korea
TYRKALA, John E., 74, of Sebring, passed away January 28, 2004, in Sebring. He was born November 20, 1929, in Elizabeth,
New Jersey, and had been a resident of Sebring since 1991, coming from Pembroke Pines, Florida. He was a bricklayer and
mason in the construction industry and was a member of the Union Local #7 in Miami, Florida and #31 in Broward County.
He was a veteran of Korea, serving during five battles as a Sgt. in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a life member of
VFW Post #4300; former member of VFW Honor Guard; life member of DAV; member of American Legion Post #69 in Avon
Park and coached the North Dade and Pembroke Optimist Young League Teams for 18 years. He was a member of
St. Catherine Catholic Church in Sebring. He is survived by his wife, Margaret C. Tyrkala, of Sebring; daughters,
Carol Tyrkala, Okeechobee, Florida; and Mary Washington, Tampa, Florida; sons, John E. Tyrkala Jr, Palm Harbor,
Florida; and Michael Tyrkala, Debary, Florida; sister, Veronica Wojcik, Rahway, New Jersey; brothers,
Bruno Tyrkala, Pocono Lake, Pennsylvania; and Joseph Tyrkala, Kissimmee, Florida; 7 grandchildren and 2 great
grandchildren. Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004, at 9am at St. Catherine Catholic Church,
Sebring, Father Jose Gonzalez officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to H.A.L.L.O., P.O.
Box 7082, Sebring, FL 33871. Cremation arrangements were handled by STEPHENSON-NELSON FUNERAL HOME, SEBRING
Death of Margaret Land Tyrkala: February 9, 2015
Margaret Carleton (Land) Tyrkala
1900 and 1910 Censuses
World War I and WWII Draft Registrations
Passport Application, 1918
Joseph A. Land born Hoboken, New Jersey 2 January 1897 to Law Land born England living Hauppauge Long Island immigrated from Liverpool about 1884 and has been in the US
for 34 years, naturalized citizen, court unknown January 1902. Joseph stated his occupation as
bookkeeper. He had never been abroad before.
Desired a passport to go to France to do Red Cross work. Intending to leave US
from New York about March 1918. Stamped March 26, 1918. He was discribed as 21 years old 5 feet 9 inches,
blue eyes, brown hair. P. F Weidenkeller, mechanic, 420 West 129th street, New York, was a witness.
His application was accompanied by a letter of support from the American Red Cross. It included request that he be apporved for
travel in France and England. An affidavit was also submitted by Ruth Wiedenkeller
confirming his date and place of birth. There was also a Red Cross document that indicated he would travel via England.
Passport photo of Joseph Land.
1918 Return From Europe
Cunard Carmania, 12 April 1918, Liverpool to New York,
Land, Joseph A. age 21, Amer. Red X, born U. S.A.
January 31, 1919, The Long Islander
A reception was held Tuesday evening at the home of
Mr. and Mrs. Law Land for their son, Sergeant Joseph Land, who this week returned from a year's service as an American Red
Cross driver in France. Norman Land and Harry Nichols, both recently discharged
from the U. S. N. R. F. were also present besides fifty guests.
Refreshments were served under the direction of the ladies of the
M. E. Church.
According to articles in the Long Islander he was living in New York City in 1920
I did not find them in the 1920 census.
1922 in Brooklyn
Mr and Mrs. Joseph Land and small daughter were living in Brooklyn.
In 1923 they were listed as being from Richmond Hill (which is in Queens).
Summer of 1924
The Long Islander said Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Land and daughter were living in "Percy Land's tenement house for the summer"
Hauppauge of 1924.
Another articles indicates that their normal address during
1923 and 1924 was in Brooklyn.
1925 State Census
Listed as confectionary salesman.
See Lands in the Censuses
The Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported on Santa Clauses's visit to Smithtown.
At the showroom of Nichols and Land each child received a box of candy and an orange and a chance to see a real live reindeer from Icy Cape, Alaska.
Music was furnished by the American Legion Drum and Bugle Corps.
Joseph A. Land was secretary of the Board pf Trade committee which had organized the event.
Long Islander, April 13, 1928
The family of Joseph Land moved to Smithtown from Stoney Brook.
Long Islander, August 3, 1928
Mrs. Joseph Land and children were visiting her mother, Mrs. Lorah, in Philadelphia.
The Joseph Land family lived on Mayflower Ave. Smithtown Branch.
Joseph A Land was on the Republican ticket for
receiver of taxes for Smithtown Branch.
November 1929 a judgement against Joseph A. Land in favor of Rigney & company $76.70
Hawkins Avenue, Smithtown Branch
- Joseph Land, head own, $5,500, age 33, married 25, born NJ, realtor
- Mary Land, age 41, married 33, born Pa
- Elizabeth A. Land, age 7
- Joseph Land Jr., 4 years and 11 months
Children born NY
Joseph Land was the leader of Boy Scout Troop 3, Smithtown.
Suffolk County News March 27, 1931 reported that:
Smithtown Board had authorized Receiver of Taxes Joseph A. Land to
counsel to defend him in a mandamus action which has been
instituted in the Suffolk
County Supreme Court by N. M. Lord, of Riverhead, to
force the receiver to refund to him the mailing fee of
25 cents each charged against tax bills which Lord paid
for property owners who live out of town.
Lord, it appears, makes a business of paying tax bills
for people living out of town. The law
requires the receiver to collect a mailing fee of 25 cents each on all tax bills sent to out of town people.
These fees go to the town, not the receiver. Lord has taken the stand that he should not be olbidged to pay these fees, and Mr. Land takes the stand that no exception should be
made in his case, a stand which the receiver is supported by the
town board. The amount of money is said to be not large,
and the board members agreed that it probably will cost more to defend
the suit, but that a defense must be made.
The family camped at Long Beach in June 1931.
In November 1931 the Democrat Frank Kickols defeated Joseph Land for tax collector by a vote of 1,5030 to 1,437.
A judgement against Joseph A. Land by Alfred L Hart $211.25, November 1932.
1934 - Ex-Tax Receiver Land Indicted
In November 1934 Joseph A. Land was listed in the Long-Islander as
the Smithtown receiver of taxes.
Joseph A Land of Smithtown was arrested in December 1934 on charges that he
appropriated $3,000 in tax fees he collected as Receiver of Taxes for the town of
Smithtown. The charge was first degree grand larceny.
He had been elected for a two year term in November 1933. He pleaded "not guilty".
Bail was set at $1,000.
In December 1934 the Smithtown board appointed former tax receiver,
Frank T. Nichols, a Democrate, to fill out the unexpired term of
Joseph A. Land who "failed to qualify by not filling his bond
within the stipulated time."
Long-Islander as the Smithtown receiver of taxes.
I can't find anything further on this.
"Land failed to turn over to the Supervisor the sum of
$3,072.16 in tax fees and penalties which he is siad to have collected.
This money is ordinarily turned over the first of June"
A judgement against Joseph A. Land by by Sun Indemnity Co. $903.65, October 1935.
Smithtown, Main Street (no number), Joseph A Land 43, manager restaurant,
Mary E Land 52, proprietor restaurant,
Elizabeth Land 17, waitress,
Joseph A Land 14,
Margaret C Land
Pfc. Joseph Land was reported missing in action on December 20, 1944 on the
Western Front according to a War Department telegram received by his parents.
Joesph , age 19, joined up in July of 1943 and was shipped overseas in October of 1944.
He was serving with General Patton's 3rd Army in Luxembourg.
"He was a member of
a relatively untried outfit which gave a heroic account of itself
against overwhelming enemy forces when the Germans started their sudden
push early in December."
He was a graduate of Smithtown High School class of 1942 and had
completed his first year of Alfred University when he enlisted.
His parents were the proprietors of the Traffic Coffee shop in smithtown Branch.
They were hoping
for good news from the Red Cross concerning the whereabouts of Joseph.
Suffolk County News: July 27, 1945:
SOLDIER STARVED BY NAZIS
Move to New Hampshire March 1946
Pfc. Joseph A. Land, the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Land,
of Smithtown Branch, died in a German prison camp shortly before
peace with that country was declared his parents
have been officially informed. According to the Army officials
the young man literally starved to death.
March 6, 1946:
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Land, daughter, Margaret,
and Mrs. and Mrs. Obadiah Faircloth left on
Tuesday for New Hampshire where they planned to live.
They were the former owners of the Traffic Coffee
1953: Mrs. Margaret L. Tyrkala of Hanover N. H. received honorable mention for a Trustees Award to
a student nurse who had contributed most to hospital and school. (Nashua Telegraph, 11 Sept 1953)
Margaret Land Tyrkala of New Hampshire was
issued a licence as a registered nurse in November 1953.
Move to Florida
Family history says the entire Joseph Land family moved to Florida.
Death of Mary L Land
Mary L Land,
"MRS. MARY L. LAND
Marriage 2, Ida Baade 1959
Services for Mrs. Mary L.
Land, 69, of 122000 NE 12th Ct. will be
at 11 a.m. tomorrow
in the Church of the Resurrection under direction of the
Philbrick Miami Shores Chapel. Mrs. Land, who died yesterday
is survived by her husband, Joseph A;
two daughters Mrs. Margaret Tyrkala and
Faircloth all of Miami; four grandchildren and a sister.
The Palm Beach Post Monday October 6, 1958
Mrs. Ida Baade, formerly of the Landing, Smithtown and Joseph Land formerly of Maple ave,
Smithtown married in Miami Florida on Mary 1.
Ida was the widow fo former Smithtown policeman George Baade.
Joseph had been the proprietor of the Traffic Coffe Shop on Main street.
A reception was held at the home of Mrs. Land's daughter, Mrs. Elwood Jones.
The Lands were residing in North Miami.
Ida Lilliam Baade
Spouse: Joseph A Land
County of Marriage: Dade
Marriage Date: May 1959
Source: Florida Department of Health
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Land visit Smithtown 1960
Ida L. Land
BIRTH: 26 Jun 1904
DEATH: 19 Jul 1996 - Miami, Miami-dade, Florida, USA
CIVIL: New York
Ida Lillian Land,
Birth Date: 26 Jun 1904,
Birth Place: Smithtown, Suffolk County, New York, USA,
Death Date: 19 Jul 1996,
Death Place: USA,
Cemetery: Southern Memorial Park,
Burial or Cremation Place: North Miami, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA,
Spouse: George H. Baade
Landing ave., Smithtown,
George Baade 42, town police,
Ida Baade 35, wife,
Jean Baade 16,
Ann Baade 14,
George Baadejr 11,
Stephen Siska 13, ward of county,
Bean Siska 10, ward of county
George H. Baade
SPOUSE: Ida Lillian Land
BIRTH: 12 Nov 1896 - Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
DEATH: 17 Jan 1954 - Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Land of Miami Florida spend a week visiting friends and relatives in Smithtown.
Death of Joseph A Land - 1962
Joseph A Land,
County of Death:
State of Death:
Male (Florida Death Index)
Joseph Land of Miami, Fla. died in a hospital in Miami following a heart attack.
Before moving to Florida he had owned a hotel in Lyme N. H. Before that he had lived for many years on
Mayflower ave in Smithtown, N. Y.
He and his first wife, Mary, had owned the Traffic Coffee Shop on Main st., Smithtown where the Neber's
Surf Restaurant stood in 1962.
A son Joseph had died in WWII.
He was survived by his second wife, Ida Baade Land, two daughters, Mrs. O. H. Faircloth (Elizabeth) and
Mrs. John Tyrkala (Margaret) seven grandchildren, a brother, Norman of Smithtown, two sisters,
Mrs. Harry (E. Courier) Distler of Massapequa, and Mrs. Edna Wiedenkeller of California. Buried Masonic Cemetery in Miami.
Information from Michael Tyrkala, April 7, 2002
On April 7, 2002, Michael Tyrkala, a grandson of Joseph Land, emailed the following information.
"Joseph Land Sr's wife, Mary Elizabeth Lorah is from the Mendenhall family who today has a family
association, mendenahall.org .
Many people were doing the same research and
combined resources. I have been working with them and got one branch of the tree
back to the 16th century."
Information from Helen Land
- Joseph married Mary Sarah who was buried in Miami Florida.
- Joseph died and was buried in 1962 in Miami Florida.
- Joseph's daughter, Margaret married, had lots of kids and lived in Florida.
- "Uncle Joe had polio as a child not a leg injury causing him to limp".
Information from Bud Land
Joseph joined the Army in WWI, drove an ambulance in Germany and was badly
wounded in the leg, which caused him to limb for the rest of his live.
- Joe, Jr. was captured in the battle of the Bulge, suffered in POW camps, and
died of malnutrition in Germany at a time when his parents owned a restaurant in
- Joe, Sr. had many businesses, real estate, wholesale candy, and once
was receiver of taxes in Smithtown.
- After WWII Joe and Mary ran a hotel in Lyme, New Hampshire near
- Both Elizabeth and Margaret married and bought farms in Vermont.
Information from Julia Land
- Joe served as a medic in WWI.
- Joseph, Jr. the only son of Joseph and Mary was killed in WWII.
David Weidenkeller remembers he starved to death in a POW camp.
- Ted Weidenkeller remembers he was killed at the Battle of the Bulge.
- Both remember that Mary was never the same. Her health failed from despair.
In later years the whole family moved to Florida.
Picture of the children of
Law and Elizabeth
Traffic Coffe Shop - Smithtown
The Traffic Coffee Shop "an attractive lunch room" was opened by Stanley Boweres
in 1931. The Boweres were still running it in 1932.
The Traffic Coffe Shop - Famous for a Good Cup of Coffee - Sandwiches - Luches - Dinners
Main Street, Smithtown Branch, Route 25 & 25 A - Mary L Land, owner, Joseph A Land Mgr.
In 1946 the Traffic Coffe shop was on the north side of Main street near the Smithtown Sweet Shop.
Joseph and Mary Land moved to New Hampshire in 1946.
1948: Ad for a waitress for the Traffic Coffee Shop, Smithtown Branch.
1950: Herbert Walz ran the Traffic Coffee shop when he introduced Chow Mein to the menu.
In 1952 Bill bishop opened a stationary store just east of the
Traffic Coffee Shop on Main street, Smithtown.
1957: The former Traffic Coffee Shop was reopened as Vincent
1963: Mrs. Herbert Walz, age 66, whose husband had run the Traffic Coffe Shop
for a number of years died in July 1963.
Alden Tavern, Lyme, New Hampshire
After WWII, Joseph Land and his family moved to Lyme, N.H. where they owned a hotel called the Alden
39. Grant's Hotel, (14 Market Street), c. 1809, Contributing building.
The Alden Tavern is now a Bed and Breakfast called Alden County Inn
Known over the years as Grant's Hotel and Alden's Tavern, the Lyme Inn is a 3-1/2 story frame and clapboarded structure located between Dorchester Road and Market Street facing the Common to the west. Measuring five bays wide and four bays deep, the structure is set above a stone block foundation and capped by an asphalt gable roof punctuated by four tall interior corbel cap brick chimneys, A single-story flat roofed enclosed porch with continuous windows spans the facade. "Colonial Revival" in style, it is sheathed in wide clapboards with double glass doors surrounded by sidelights, transoms and capped by a rectangular keystone. Sheltered by the porch, the original entrance survives within, containing a seven-panel wooden door flanked by half sidelights with an outer surround of pilasters decorated by a meander motif. Centered on the central bay of the front facade is a central deeply pitched pediment supported by four large posts enclosing a steel fire escape. Underneath the porch on the second floor is an additional doorway flanked by transoms and pilasters displaying a meander motif like that seen on the front door. Windows on the building contain doublehung 6/6 sash with simple surrounds, blinds and exterior storm windows. At the corners of the building, double corner pilasters span between a plain wide water table and the two-part frieze which surrounds the building beneath projecting eaves. Extending behind tho building is a two-story ell set above a mortared rubble foundation. Small 6/6 windows are located on the second floor above 8/8 windows. A single-story addition spans much of the south side with a deck/loading dock extending from the east side.
Constructed by Salmon Washburn in 1809, who also drew the plans for the Congregational Church. Erastus Grant enlarged the hotel and operated it as Grants Hotel from about 1822 to 1870. The building was a center of community activity, the site of dances in the 19th century as well as the location of Grange meetings from 1875 to 1877 and again from 1886 to 1889. It was used as an apartment building rather than an inn for a number of years until 1918.(45) The porches were added in 1923.(46) The porte cochere, of pressure treated lumber, was added in 1987.
Lyme Common Historic District, National Register of Historic Places