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Mary Edna Land
(1892-1964) and Peter Otto Wiedenkeller (1894-1973)
Mary Edna Land, the daughter of Law Land and Elizabeth Sykes Land, was born March 24, 1892 in Detroit, Michigan. She was known as Edna. She married Peter Wiedenkeller in NYC in 1919.
Mary Edna 1914 to 1919
According to the local newspapers Mary Edna Land living in Setauket in 1912. There is no indication of her occupation.
Mary Edna Land was working at Brentwood Sanitarium as early as December 1913. Brentwood Sanitarium was also known as the Ross Sanitarium, Ross Health Resort and Onehtah. It was a place of respite for patients who suffered from mild mental health issues.
In February 1914 Mary Edna Land resigned her position at Brentwood and excepted a job as a telephone operator in the central telephone office in Smithtown. In May 1914 she was the assistant at the NY Telephone office.
By 1916 she had dropped "Mary" and and was referred to as Edna. In March she went to visit friends in New York City. In September and October 1916 she was working as an operator in Port Jefferson. By December 1916 she had gotten a job in New York City. In December 1916 Ruth Land was also living in New York City.
She visited her parents in March 1917 and then again for two weeks in June 1917.
In April 1917 her sister younger sister, Ruth, married Paul Wiedenkeller and moved to New York City. Sometime after her visit in June Edna appears to have moved back to the Island, because it was noted in November 1917 that she "went to New York City to pass the winter with her sister, Mrs. Paul Wiedenkeller."
In May 1918 she was in Smithtown where she was a girl scout leader.
In September 1919 Mary Edna Land became engaged to Peter Wiedenkeller. In December 1919 Edna Land resigned from the NY Telephone Co and married Peter Wiedenkeller. She was 27 years old.
Peter Wiedenkeller coming from the Panama Canal Zone in 1916 and 1918
Naturalization of Peter Wiedenkeller, 1919
New York County Supreme Court Naturalization Petition Index
Peter Otto Wiedenkeller, Central Islip, LI 18 April 1919 #127
Friday December 19, 1919 The Long Islander
Hauppauge Saturday 13, at the "Little Chruch Around the Corner" in New York City, Miss Mary Edna Land, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Law Land of this place, was united in marriage to Peter Wiedenkeller a former Central Islip young man now stationed with the U. S. A. at Governer's Island. Mr. and Mrs. Wiedenkeller have taken an apartment in Manhattan where a host of good wiches follow them.Land, Mary E, Dec 13, 1919, 33342 Manhattan
Reno November 15, 1943
1920 and 1930 US Censuses
No listings under either Land or Wiedenkeller.
1922, Camp Dix
Law Land visited his daughter "Mrs. Peter Wiedenkeller at Fort Dix", November 1922 (long Islander)
September 11, 1925
Mrs. Peter Wiedenkeller and children visiting from Governors Island
" SmithtownFebruary 1928
SmithtownArrival San Francisco from Honolulu March, 1928
On the USAT SOMME from Honolulu March 8, 1928, Mrs. P. A. Wiedenkeller, age 36, born Detroit Michigan, 3/24/1892, David Wiedenkeller, age 7, born New York City, NY, 12/31/1920, Doris Wiedenkeller, age 5 born New York City NY, born 2/12/1923. going to Smithtown Long Island
1928-1929 Edna Wiedenkeller in the hospital at Walter Reed summer 1928 to spring of 1929
Edna Land Wiedenkeller spent several months at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington. The first mention of Edna's illness was in the October 19, 1928 Port Jefferson Echo:
Percy Land and other relatives motored to D. C. to visit Mrs. Peter Wiedenkeller (Edna Land) who is critically ill following an operation."However, it would appear that Edna was in the hospital since July 1928 as mentioned in the Long Islander on February 1, 1929
"Mrs. Edna Wiedenkeller who has been undergoing treatment at Walter Reed in Washington, D. C. since July is expected home in several days."
Edna appears to have remained in the hospital until April 1929:
"Mr and Mrs. Norman Land and Mr. and Mrs Percy Land motored to Washington, D. C. over the week-end. Upon thier return they were accompanied by Mrs. Edna Wiedenkeller, who for the past nine months has been a patient in the Walter Reed Hospital of that city."Note: Bud Land said that it was Peter who got sick. Nine months in the hospital it quite a stay!
Arrival San Francisco from Honolulu 1930
On the CAMBRAI from Honolulu April 1 1930 Mary E Wiedenkeller, age 36, born Detroit Michigan, 3/24/1892, David S Wiedenkeller, age 9, born New York, NY, 12/3/1920, Doris E Wiedenkeller, age 7 born New York NY, born 2/12/1923. Going to Fort Totten, NJ.
"Captain and Mrs. Peter Wiednekleller and children are expected to arrive in New york next Tuesday from Hawaii where Captian Wiedenkellerhas been stationed for the past three years"Move to Fort Totten
An undated article in the Long Islander (1929-30) indicates that the Wiednekellers moved to Fort Totten. Fort Totten was in Baysides Queens.
Captain Wiedenkeller joined his family in Smithtown after a stay at Camp Aberdeen Maryland August 01, 1930
"Her friends will be sorry to learn that Captain Peter Wiedenkeller is confined to a hospital in Colorado, where the family moved several months ago. Mrs. Wiedenkeller has just returned home from the hospital where she was taken for observation following a bad fall. She is the former Miss Edna Land."Visit from California, 1939
August 24, 1939 Edna visited Percy and Meta from California.
Peter Wiedenkeller in The Fresno Symphony
In 1940 Peter Wiedenkeller joined the Fresno California Symphony.
"Peter O Wiedenkeller who plays flute and piccolo served for fifteen years as an army bandmaster. In addition he has played in the Capital Theater and the Frank Damrosch orchestra in New York."Peter O. Wiedenkeller musician was listed in the 1942 voters registration in Fresno, Ca.
Mary Edna Land Wiednekeller Land in the WACS, 1944
Mary E Land, Birth Year: 1894, Race: White, citizen, Nativity State or Country: Michigan, State: California, County or City: Los Angeles, Enlistment Date: 17 Mar 1944, Enlistment State: Utah, Enlistment City: Salt Lake City, Branch: Womens Army Corps, Branch Code: Womens Army Corps, 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: Womens Army Corps Source: Civil Life, Education: 4 years of high school Civil Occupation: Blacksmith or Band Or Orchestra Leader (Band leader. ) or Musician, Instrumental (Bandsman.) or Bandsman, Clarinet or Bandsman, Cornet Or Trumpet or Bandsman, Drum, Bass or Bandsman, Drum, Snare or Bandsman, Euphonium Or Baritone or Bandsman, Flute Or Pic Marital Status: Divorced, without dependents, Height: 46, Weight: 004
Death of Mary Land
Mary Land, SSN: 553-12-6836, Last Residence:, (No listing), Born: 24 Mar 1892, Died: Nov 1964, State (Year) SSN issued: California (1952)
Burial: Mary Edna Land Veteran's Rank: WO2 Branch: US Army Relation Name: Peter Otto Wiedenkeller Relationship: Wife Last known address: P.O. Box 6237 San Diego , CA 92166 Birth Date: 24 Mar 1893 Death Date: 11 Nov 1964 Interment Date: 18 Nov 1964 Cemetery: Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery Buried At: Section A-F Site 392 Relationship Notes: Wife of Wiedenkeller, Peter Otto
Death of Peter Wiedenkeller Land
PETER LAND, 15 Jun 1893, Dec 1985, 92680 (California), 559-14-2180, California
LAND, PETER Social Security #: 559142180 Sex: MALE Birth Date: 15 Jun 1893 Birthplace: OTHER COUNTRY Death Date: 27 Dec 1985 Death Place: LOS ANGELES Mother's Maiden Name: GRIMLI
Burial: Peter William Land, Veteran's Rank: CWO2, Branch: US Army, Last known address: P.O. Box 6237 San Diego , CA 92166, Birth Date: 15 Jun 1893, Death Date: 27 Dec 1985, Veteran Service Start Date: 8 Mar 1921, Veteran Service End Date: 30 Apr 1934, Interment Date: 31 Dec 1985, Cemetery: Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery Buried At: Section A-F Site 392
Information from Helen Land
Information from Julia Land
Mary's sister, Ruth Land, married Peter's brother, Paul, for more information on Ruth Land and Paul Wiedenkeller and the Wiedenkellers in general go to Ruth Land
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