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Edgar, known as Bud, was born on October 7, 1915 in Hauppauge, New York to Percy Land, age 30, contractor, born in Canada and Meta Peterman, age 29, born in the United States, he was the forth of four living children. Attending physician H. E. Chatwain (?) of Brentwood, Long Island.

Edgar, called Bud or Buddy, always celebrated his birthday on October 8th. He said the doctor made a mistake in recording the birth date as October 7th.

Growing Up

Bud graduated from Smithtown Branch High School in 1934.

The Smithtown Branch High School Searchlight June 6, 1934

Class Will: "Bud Land, a girl hunter, to Martha Loysch, a boy hunter."

Class Future: "Edgar Land CCC" (See next entry)

Class Prophecy: Using a Radio talk show format

RADIO: Young Edgar Land, well-known drug store cowboy, has become an enthusiastic member of the CCC. His activities are characterized by his usual persistence and energy.

MILTON: What does CCC mean? If it were back in school days I would say it meant CONTINUALLY CHASING CATHERINE

1938 Burn Injury

"Edgar L. Land, son of Mr. and Mrs. Percy A. Land of North Country road, has been confined to his home for several days, due to injuries received while at work."

1939 Coast to Coast Fire Run

In 1939 Bud Land made a fire run from New York to California. To see photos of of some of the places they visited, click on the picture of Bud


Edgar L. Land and Agnes Goehle were married in the rectory of St Ignatius Loyola Church at the corner of 82nd(?) and Park Avenue in New York City on February 15, 1942. Witnesses were Charles A. Swain and Isabella Goehle.

Apparently they could not get married in the church itself because Agnes was Roman Catholic and Bud was not.

World War II

"Edgar Land, son of Mr. and Mrs. Percy Land has enlisted in the U. S. Navy."

Long Islander (Huntington), Thursday, March 05, 1942 Page: 7

Bud was not accepted in the Service. He was classified 4F for a hernia. The danger was that heavy lifting might cause the hernia to become acute, requiring surgery.

Bud spent the war years working for Republic Aviation in Farmingdale, Long Island. Republic Aviation Corporation built the P-17 Thunderbold fighter. The P-47 was the most-produced American fighter aircraft of World War II (15,686 were built).

See Republic Aviation

Bud worked as a time study assistant making sure that adequate parts were always available - yet not over produced - so the P-47 could be assembled as efficiently as possible.

The hernia finally gave him trouble circa 1966 when it acted up and required surgery.

The American Airpower Museum is located in the old Republic Avaiation Factory in Farmingdale. The museum is open Thursday through Sunday 10 to 4.

WWII Draft Registration:Edgar Law Land, Smithtown, age 25, dob October 8, 1915, Hauppauge, NY, Mrs. Percy Land, mother, Smithtown Branch, self employed, St James, 5'11", 160, brown eyes, brown hair, October 16, 1940

Children of Bud Land and Agnes Goehle

Children of Edgar (Bud) Land and Agnes Goehle:

  1. Edgar born January 3, 1943
    Married Donna Frehill
    The had:
    1. Christopher
    2. Zachary
    3. Nora
  2. Marguerite, AKA Maggie, born October 22, 1944 in New York City. Maggie married Thomas Blanck on August 19, 1967 at St Vincent's Church, Madison, N.J. Tom was born June 9, 1944 in Hoboken, New Jersey. They had:
    1. Damian, 9/21/71, Philadelphia
    2. Tobias (Toby), 5/26/73, Bethesda, Md.
      Died March 18, 2007
    3. Sebastain, 7/18/76, New Haven, Ct.
  3. Anthony AKA Tony, born May 4, 1947. Tony married Kathleen Leone, on August 21, 1971 at St Rose Church, East Hardford, Ct. Kathy was born on October 29, 1949 in Hartford, Ct. They had:
    1. Anthony, 7/30/74, Manchester, Ct.
    2. Daniel, 5/24/77, Manchester, Ct.
  4. Justina born November 5, 1950. Justina married Merrick James Leler on June 14, 1975 in Cambridge, Mass. Merrick was born March 28, 1952 in Washington, D.C. They had:
    1. Devin Robert, 10/11/84, Austin, Tx.
    2. Ian Walker, 7/23/91, Austin, Tx.
  5. Zachary born December 14, 1952.
    Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Land of 303 Main Street are the parents of a son, Zachary, born Sunday afternoon, December 14, 1952 at Newton Memorial Hospital. Former residents of Smithtown, L. I. the Lands have lived here since the spring of 1951. They have four other children, two boys and two girls.

    Zachary married Linda Knadler on December 29, 1979 in Boston, Mass. Linda was born September 15, 1956 in Baltimore, Md. They had:

    1. Nicholas, 10/19/84, Austin.Tx.
    Zachary and Linda are now divorced
  6. Benedict born May 23, 1954
  7. Matthew born November 30, 1959
  8. Kevin born November 17, 1960. Kevin married Victoria Schaffer in Springmont, Pa. Victoria was born February 18, 1959 in Danville, Pa. They had:
    1. Anna born April 18, 1989 in Sellersville, Pa.

Bud Land, New York Times, April 21, 1974

The accompanying article is quite messed up and hard to read. However, it is a promotional article about a home tour fund raiser for the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts.

Museum of Early Trades and Crafts

Bud Land and Agnes Goehle Land
North Counry Road
Smithtown, Long Island

To see more photos of Bud and Agnes and their children click on the photo.

Death of Agnes Goehle Land

Agnes Land died April 19, 1996 in Austen, Texas. Agnes was buried in St Vincent's Cemetery in Chatham, New Jersey.

SS# 102-14-3814.

Death of Bud Land

Edgar (Bud) Land died on August 15, 1999 in Madison, New Jersey. His ashes were divided between St Vincent's Cemetery in Chatham, New Jersey, the Land family plot in Hauppauge, Long Island and Venice, Italy.

SS# 114-10-3144

LAND, EDGAR LAW (BUD) August 15, 1999

LAND-Edgar Law (Bud). Of Madison, New Jersey on Tuesday, August 10, 1999. Husband of the late Agnes Land. Loving father of Edgar Law Land, Jr. of Barto, PA; Margurite Blanck of Brooklyn, N.Y.; Anthony Land of West Redding, CT; Justina Leler of Austin, TX; Zachary Land of Madison, N.J.; Benedict Land, of Northampton, MA; Matthew Land of Madison, NJ, and Kevin Land of Bechtelsville, PA. Edgar is also survived by his sister Helen Land of St. James, New York and fourteen grandchildren and one great grandchild. A Memorial Service will be held at the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, Main Street, Madison, NJ on Saturday, August 28th from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM. Information: Burroughs, Kohr & Dangler Funeral Home, 106 Main St. Madison, N.J. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name can be made to the Museum of Early Trades & Crafts, Main Street, Madison, New Jersey 07940.

New York Times

Bud and Agnes Land - where they lived in Smithtown

To see more photos of Bud and Agnes and their children, click on the photo of Bud and Agnes

Law and Elizabeth Land, Percy and Meta Land, Photo Album

To see photos of the Land family from the collection of Helen Land, the daughter of Percy and Meta Land and the granddaughter of Law Land and Elizabeth Sykes, click on the photo of Percy Land and Meta Petermann Land


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