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Agnes Goehle Land

Agnes Goehle, the eldest child of Frank Goehle and Isabell Walsh, was born in New York City on April 5, 1922.

She married Edgar (Bud) Land in 1942. The had eight children: Edgar Jr., Marguerite (Maggie), Anthony, Justina, Zachary, Benedict, Matthew and Kevin.

Agnes died on April 19, 1996 in Austin, Texas. She is buried in St. Vincent Cemetery in Chatham, New Jersey.

School picture
Collection of Justina Land Leler

Letter from Helen Bates Haines about a visit with Agnes, December 11, 1927

Saturday Evening

Thank you so much for letting Agnes go to the marionettes with us. I hope she got back and didn't over eat. She had ice cream for lunch then again after the theatre and I hope it did not disagree with her.

She was simply darling and so polite. She even remembered to say thank you in the midst of rushing to busses and all that.

I am dashing this off while I'm waiting for my first attempt at pumpkin pies to bake. I have to make sandwiches in a moment for the party that is arriving to see the old year out here.

But I do want to thank you again for letting Agnes go. She is such a darling little girl. She is certainly a credit to your bringing up, as she is so gentle and thoughtful and so fond of her little sisters.

We nearly exploded with amusement when she said lavender was her favorite color for a hair ribbon. She knew it too when she saw it. We went into McCrueheons (sp?) to get some elastics as she was having difficulty with her socks. They didn't have any all made up and you were undoubtedly amused by the liberal use of safety pins. The clerk had wild ideas of the amount to sell us--- and what I knew about little girls garters wouldn't startle any one.

My nephew kept saying to her "Wouldn't you want a red one or a pink one?" He being devoted to red. But Agnes knew lavender when she saw it. She was so darling.

Many good wishes for a Happy New Year for all of you, and perhaps a nice boy*.

Very truly,

Helen Bates Haines

Letter in the collection of Justina Land Leler

* In December 1927 Isabell Walsh Goehle was pregnant with a boy. Her first son, Frank, born February 18, 1928. In addition to Agnes, there were: Isabell born August 1923, and the twins, Peggy and Eileen born February 1926.

Helen Baines Haines was a nurse and social worker for the Presbyterian church. She was listed in the 1930 census in Manhattan: Haines, Helen Bates, age 37 single, Social worker, Presbyterian. According to various passport applications she was born in Michigan and served in WWI as a Red Cross Relief worker.

Helen Bates Haines from her 1919 passport application

Agnes in the New York Times, 1933

Preparing dinner for 16 Baby Garter Snakes Found Tedious Process by Woman Expert

Miss Nellie Louise Condon, director of the Reptile Study Society of America faced a problem yesterday. A garter snake, captured at Montauk on June 15, recently became the indifferent mother of sixteen wriggling little snakes. Miss Condon, who has been collecting snakes for many years, found that the care of the baby reptiles was too much for one person.

The story unfolded at an exhibition of the mother and little snakes at 921 Madison Avenue. Miss Condon pointed out that the garter snake, contrary to common belief, had a penchant for warm-blooded prey. A field mouse is its favorite food. The baby snakes, however, must have live white worms.

Miss Condon says it requires more than a hour and a half to feed the litter. Each member of the family is taken to its meal separately. It the worm "plays possum" the snakes will not devour it. Having little or no sense of smell the only way the snakes identify food is by sight and motions, Miss Condon said. If one just dumped worms into the screened box the young snakes would fight among themselves, she added, in explanation of the necessity of individual feeding.

All the time two little girls, attending the exhibition, looked curiously at the little snakes and at the mother, which Miss Condon was holding. They were Agnes Goehle and Inger Kuhn, each 11 years old.

"Don't you love snakes?" Miss Condon asked. "Yes." replied Agnes with a deprecatory expression, "but no so close to me".

Miss Condon, on advice of C. W. Manzer, a naturalist, decided to struggle along raising the snakes for a few more days, in the hope that the table manners may improve sufficiently to allow group feeding.

Miss Nellie Louise Condon was president of the Reptile Study League. (New York Times, August 26, 1933)

On November 15, 1934 Miss Nellie Louise Condon of 536 East 84th Street was taken to City Hospital after she and 6 of her snakes were overcome by gas fumes when the coffee pot boiled over on the stove. She was listed in serious condition. The snakes were given to the ASPCA. (New York Times, NOvember 16, 1934)

Nellie Condon survived this episode and died of a heart attack at age 77 at her home at 536 E. 84th Street in September 1953. She had served for 16 years as the supervisor of school luncheons on the Board of Education until 2 years before her death. In addition to her interest in snakes she had been a bookkeeper and accountant at several hotels. In 1933 she was bitten by a copperhead while leading a field trip to the Ramapo Mountains. She was given an anti venom at the Suffern Hospital. (New York Times, September 25, 1953)

Agnes graduated eight grade from St Jean Baptiste School in New York City on 19th June 1936.

Agnes as a teenager
Collection of Maggie Land Blanck
Given to her by Peggie Goehle Edgar

Agnes, a photo booth shot

Unfortunately this photo has a lot of damage that is very hard to clean up. The copy on the left was cleaned up as much as possible while trying to maintain the integrity of the photo. The copy on the right is as scanned.

Collection of Justina Land Leler

Collection of Tony Land

The Wedding of Agnes Goehel and Edgar (Bud) Land

February 15, 1942

Collection of Maggie Land Blanck


Mr. and Mrs. Frank Goehle of New York City and St.James, announce the marriage of their daughter, Miss Agnes Goehle to Edgar L. Land, son of Mr. and Mrs. Percy Land of North Country road, Smithtown Branch on Sunday afternoon. Miss Isabelle Goehle was maid-of-honor for her sister and "Bud" Swaine, of St. James, a friend of the bridegroom, was best man. A reception for the immediate families was held at the home of the bride's parents in Manhattan. (Smithtown Star)

Collection of Helen LandCollection of Nellie Goehle Burger
Agnes circa 1943 Agnes at her sister, Nellie's wedding, 1950

Both pictures from the Collection of Helen Land
Agnes circa 1944, 101 North Country Rd., Smithtown, N.Y.
Home of Bud's parents
Bud, Agnes and snowman, Highland Ave., St James, N.Y.
Home of Agnes's parents

Agnes and Bud, Green Village Rd. Madison, N.J.


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