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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 Axel Pohja. Middle row - Ellis Seaman, captian, Bernard Olivie, Fred Strum, Joseph Land, Ross Sanford, and Gustaye Kontack. Bottom Row - Arthur Edgar, Edwin Curry, Ralph Hudson, James Nichols.

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:



Mary Elizabeth Lorah and Her Family

Mary Elizabeth Lorah was born in Sonestown, Pa. 10th November 1888 father Jacob Lorah, born Columbia, County, Pa. (Passport application)

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.

1900 Census: Bloomsburg, Columbia, Pennsylvania

Anna L Lorah 50, Mary E Lorah 11, Anna G Lorah 6

1920 Census: 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, in Philadelphia.

Passport photo of Mary Lorah.

Children of Joseph A Land, Sr. and Mary Elizabeth Lorah

Joe and Mary had:

  1. Libby (Elizabeth) Land 1922 - 2014 - and Obadiah H. (AKA O. H.) Faircloth

    Birth: Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Land of Brooklyn announce the birth of a daughter Elizabeth November 12, 1922 (Long Islander)

    More: On the girl's hockey team Smithtown High School, 1939 (High School Year book)

    Marriage: O. H. Faircloth. (Correction from Michael Tyrkala, April 2004. Helen Land had listed him as D. H. Fairchild)


    1. Mary Ann E. Faircloth, 1945-1946 buried Hauppauge Cemetery in the Land plot.

    2. Catherine (married to Peter) Powanda

    3. Deborah (married to Vern) Seaquist

    4. 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

    Military: 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: Private 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 Height: 69

    Obadiah Faircloth, Gender: Male, Birth Date: 14 Jan 1920, Death Date: 27 Feb 1980, SSN: 259122172, 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 SSN: 259-12-2172 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)

    People Finders: 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

  2. Joseph Land Jr April 25, 1925

    College: 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

    Military Service:

    Joseph A Land Jr Birth Year: 1925
    Race: White, citizen
    Nativity State or Country: New York
    State: New York
    County or City: Suffolk
    Enlistment Date: 18 Jun 1943 Enlistment State: New York Enlistment City: New York City
    Grade: 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
    Civil Life, Education: 1 year of college
    Civil Occupation: Student Codes 0x, 2x, 4x and 6x as pertain to students will be converted, for machine records purposes, to the code number 992.
    Marital Status: Single, without dependents
    Height: 48 Weight: 456

    Prisoner of War WWII NASA:

    SERIAL NUMBER 32971677
    Private First Class
    DATE REPORT: DAY 20 MONTH 12 YEAR 4 1944
    AREA 72 European Theatre: Germany
    STATUS 5 Died as Prisoner of War
    CAMP 089 Stalag 9B Bad Orb Hessen-Nassau, Prussia 50-09

    POW: 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.

    LAND, JR.
    --- 110 INF
    --- INF DIV
    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 Eisenhower Drive to McClellan Drive. Right on McCellena - past McCellan gate (arch) - Left at grave marker #7611 to grave #7636.

    *Germany surrendered to the Allies on May 9, 1945.

    POW Experience:

    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.

  3. Margaret Carleton Land and John Edward Tyrkala (1929-2004)

    Birth: Margaret Carleton Land 30 May 1932.

    Marriage: 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 GENDER: Male RACE: White VOLUME: 6495 CERTIFICATE: 101671 SOURCE: Florida Department of Health

    Mary Margaret Tyrkala, SPOUSE: Herbert Washington, COUNTY OF MARRIAGE: Hillsborough, MARRIAGE DATE: 17 Jul 1993, MAIDEN NAME: Tyrkala, GENDER: Female, RACE: White, CERTIFICATE: 077581, SOURCE: Florida Department of Health

    The Tyrkalas lived in Sebring, Fla.

    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 First John Middle E Last (Surname) Tyrkala Gender M (*inferred) Born 20 Nov 1929 Died 28 Jan 2004 Age 74y 2m 8d (*inferred) Buried ? 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

    Obituary 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 (TBO)

    Death of Margaret Land Tyrkala: February 9, 2015 DeBary, Florida

    Margaret Carleton (Land) Tyrkala Obituary

1900 and 1910 Censuses

With parents.

World War I and WWII Draft Registrations

Not listed.

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.
1920 Census

According to articles in the Long Islander he was living in New York City in 1920 to 1922.

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

December 1927

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

1930 Census

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:

The Smithtown Board had authorized Receiver of Taxes Joseph A. Land to employ 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. He was released on bail which had been paid by his brother, Norman.

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.

"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.

1940 Census

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

January 1945

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:


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.

Move to New Hampshire March 1946

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 Shop.

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.

Burial at Arlington Cemetery - February 1949

Joey Land was brought home to rest and buried in Arlington National cemetery in February 1949.

"Pfc. Joseph Land was buried at National Cemetery at Arlington, Virginia on the afternoon of February 4, 1949. Members of the family present were: his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Land Sr., his sisters, Miss Margaret Land and Mrs. O. H. Faircloth, her husband and daughter, his aunt, Mrs. Frank Courier, a cousin, Mr. Allen Land and his wife.

Move to Florida

Family history says the entire Joseph Land family moved to Florida.

The were living in Miami, Florida by 1952 when they paid a visit to Smithtown.

Death of Mary L Land

Mary L Land, Oct 1958, Dade, Florida, White, Female


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 Mrs. Elizabeth Faircloth all of Miami; four grandchildren and a sister.

The Palm Beach Post Monday October 6, 1958

Marriage 2, Ida Baade 1959

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 Volume: 1805 Certificate: 12097 Source: Florida Department of Health

Death: 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

1940: 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 visit Smithtown 1960

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, Death Date: Nov 1962, County of Death: Dade, State of Death: Florida, Race: White, Gender: 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 Smithtown.
  • 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 Dartmouth College.
  • 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

1931: The Traffic Coffee Shop "an attractive lunch room" was opened by Stanley Boweres in 1931. The Boweres were still running it in 1932.

1938: 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.

1946: 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.

1952: 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 Italian Restaurant.

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 Tavern

39. Grant's Hotel, (14 Market Street), c. 1809, Contributing building.

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 New Hampshire

The Alden Tavern is now a Bed and Breakfast called Alden County Inn

Margaret Land

Margaret Land and her friend, Theo
Photo courtesy of Ruth Wooler Fry

Tombstone of Joseph A. Land, Jr., Arlington Cemetery

Photo courtesy of Ed Land, 2011

Arlington Cemetery

Photo courtesy of Ed Land, 2011

Section 12 - McClellan Gate in distance.

Arlington Cemetery

Map courtesy of Ed Land, 2011

The black cross marks the approximate location of the grave of Joseph A. Land, Jr., Grave 7636 Section 12

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Photos of Friends and Relitves of Percy and Meta Land which includes photos of Libby and Margaret the daughters of Joseph Land.

Photos of Law Land and Elizabeth Sykes Land which includes photos of Joseph Land and his family

Connection to All Land Related Pages
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Clarence Land
Adelaide Land Moseley
Ethel Land Courier
Mary Edna Land Wiedenkeller
Ruth Land Wiedenkeller
Joseph Land
Norman Land
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Pictures of Hauppauge
Long Island Maps

Like Joseph A. Land, Jr. my father in law, John Blanck, was a POW of the Germans in WWII. For information and images of his POW experience go to John Blanck, Military Service

If you wish to use any of the images or information on this page please feel free to do so provided that you give proper acknowledgement to this web site and include the same acknowledgments that I have made to the provenience of the image or information. Thanks, Maggie

© Maggie Land Blanck - page created 2004 - latest update, October 2020