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Ruth A. Land (1894-1960) and Paul Wiedenkeller (1891-1973)


Ruth Land was born on March 24, 1894 in Detroit Michigan.

Ruth Land 1912 to 1917

In October 1912 Miss Ruth Land accepted a position at the J. S. Huntington's store in Hauppauge. She was employed there for the "holidays" in December 1913.

In September 1916 she visited "friends" in Jamesport, Long Island.

In December 1916 Ruth and Mary Edna Land were living in New York City. In February 1917 Ruth went home from New York City to visit her parents in Hauppauge. At the same time Paul Wiedenkeller came to Hauppauge to visit "friends". On April 17, 1917 it was stated that Ruth resigned her "position" in New York City and moved home with her parents. This move was presumably to prepare for her wedding on April 25, 1917.

Marriage 1917

According to the New York State indexes, Ruth A Land married P Wiedenkeller on April 25, 1917 in Hauppague, Cert. # 14650. Wiedenkeller, Paul Francis, Land, Ruth A , vol. 2 page 193, certificate # 5963, Apr 25, 1917 Suffolk County Marriage Records

The Long Islander, Friday April 27, 1917


Weidenkeller - Land

A very pretty wedding was solemnized her on Wednesday afternoon when Ruth A., youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Law Land, became the bride of Paul Francis Weidenkeller, son of Mr and Mrs. F Weidenkeller, of Central Islip. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. H. H. Young, of Whitestone, formerly past of the M. E. Church of this place.

Miss Land wore a gown of white satin with pearl trimming and veil caught up with pearls and lilies-of-the-valley. She carried a shower bouquet of bride's roses and lilies-of-the-valley. The maid of honor was Miss Mary Edna Land, sister of the bride, who wore white crepe de chine, and carried an arm bouquet of American Beauty roses. William Mezanotte, of Manhattan, was best man. The wedding march was rendered by Clarence Land, violinist, accompanied by Miss Molly Utter. Following the reception a danty (sic) collation was served. Mr. and Mrs. Weidenkeller will reside in New York City."


  1. Paul Theodore Wiedenkeller (AKA, Ted) (1918-2003) and Doris Wiedenkeller/Land
    (called Teddy), 1918

    Long Islander March 8, 1918 "Hauppauge, A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Paul Wiedenkeller Saturday last."

    Teddy the little son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Wiedenkeller fell from a tree last Friday afternoon and broke both his writst. August 16, 1929 The Long Islander

    Service: Paul T Wiedenkeller was a Navy Pilot during WWII.


    P. Wiedenkeller, Gender: Male, Birth Date: 2 Mar 1918, Death Date: 5 May 2003, Branch 1: M, Enlistment Date 1: 31 Jul 1941, Release Date 1: 12 Apr 1946, Branch 2: M, Enlistment Date 2: 28 Oct 1946 Release Date 2: 28 Feb 1962

    P. Wiedenkeller, Gender: Male, Birth Date: 2 Mar 1918, Death Date: 5 May 2003, Branch 1: M, Enlistment Date 1: 31 Jul 1941, Release Date 1: 12 Apr 1946, Branch 2: M, Enlistment Date 2: 28 Oct 1946, Release Date 2: 28 Feb 1962

    Paul T Wiedenkeller, Muster Date: Jul 1941, Enlistment Date: 31 Jul 1941, Rank: Private, Station: Headquarters, Eastern Recruiting Division, Room 405 New Custom House, Phila., Pa.

    Paul T Wiedenkeller, Muster Date: Oct 1941, Rank: Private, Station: Fourth Recruit Battalion, Recruit Depot, Marine Barracks, Parris Island, S. C.

    Paul T Wiedenkeller, Muster Date: Oct 1941, Enlistment Date: 31 Jul 1941, Rank: Private, Station: Aircraft Engineering Squadron Thirteen, Base Air Detachment One, Marin Barracks, Quantico, Virginia

    Paul T Wiedenkeller Muster Date: Apr 1942 Rank: Private First Class Station: Headquarters Squadron, U. S. Marine Corps Air Station, Quantico, Virginia.

    Paul T. Wiedenkeller received the Distinguished Flying Cross for action during WWI and the Korean War.

    Marriage: Doris Wiedenkeller/Land


    1. Richard Wiedenkeller Birth Date: 17 Jan 1947 Gender: Male Mother's Maiden Name: Land Birth County: San Diego
    2. Theodore Law Wiedenkeller Birth Date: 29 Dec 1947 Gender: Male Mother's Maiden Name: Land Birth County: San Diego
    3. Sidonie Denise Wiedenkeller Birth: 9 Sep 1950 - San Diego, California, Mother's Maiden Name: Land
    4. Dru Dione Wiedenkeller Birth: Craven, North Carolina 1954
    5. Tim Wiedenkeller 1959
    6. Tory Glenn b. February 12, 1962

    Death: SSN: 051-05-1560 Last Residence: 93402 Los Osos, San Luis Obispo, California, United States of America Born: 2 Mar 1918 Died: 5 May 2003 State (Year) SSN issued: New York (Before 1951 )

  2. Richard✟ 1921

    Richard Wiedenkeller, 6 month old son of Paul F And Ruth Wiedenkeller of Sammis avenue died Wednesday January 25, 1922 of pneumonia. He appeared tho have gotten better and was eating but when his parents went to him in the morning he was dead. He was interred in Hauppauge cemetery. He is not listed in Hauppauge Cemetery on Find a Grave.

  3. Gordon Wiedenkeller, 1923-2001 and Gloria Pulch

    3rd Birthday: The Long Islander, June 25, 1926

    "Gordon Wiedenkeller entertained about fifteen children at a birthday party on Monday afternoon, at his New York avenue home. The table decorations were white and yellow and each little guest found a gift and a pretty favor at his place."
    Cut by glass: May 3, 1928 Gordon Wiedenkeller "was painfully cut this week by falling in a heap of glass". He received stitches in his wrist.

    6th Birthday: A beach party of about fifty children and their mothers at Short Beach Pavillon (Long Islander, June 27, 1929)

    Military Service: February 25, 1943 73 men including Gordon Wiedenkeller inducted into US Army - same day as his cousin, Allen Land.

    Lieut. Air Corps Reserve at marriage in 1948. During the war "served overseas as a flyer with the United States Air Corps."

    Gordon J Wiedenkeller Birth Year: 1923 Nativity New York County: Suffolk, Enlistment Date: 8 Feb 1943 Enlistment State: New York Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA 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 Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men) Source: Civil Life, Education: 4 years of high school Marital Status: Single, without dependents Height: 72 Weight: 154

    Schooling: Smithtown High, Architecture University of Pennsylvania, 1949


    1954 - Office Building for Frank Ley of Huntington opposite Huntington Post Office large expanse of glass completely air conditioned.

    1959 - Huntington Medical Center

    1965- Sanctuary of the Congregational Church of Huntington

    Marriage: Gloria Elaine Pulch, daughter of Captain and Mrs. Eugene Pulch of Stony Brook. First Presbyterian Church of Smithtown Branch. Reception at Frank Friedes' (Long Islander February 5, 1948).

    Miss Gloria Elaine Pulch daughter of Captian and Mrs. Eugene H. Pulch married Lieutenant Gordan Jay Wiedenkeller Air Corps Reserve, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Wieednkeller of Smithtown Branch in January 1948. Rev. Raymond H. Case officiated at the Smithtown Branch First Presbyterian Church. Donald Wiedenkeller was an usher. A reception was held at Frank Friedes Riverside Inn. The groom graduated from Smithtown high school. He was completing his course at the University of Pennsylvania School of Architecture at the time of his marriage. During WWIi Mr. Wiedenkeller served overseas as a flyer with the United States Air Corp. The couple planned to live in Philadelphia. Capt. Eugene Pulch was a New York City Policeman, a Brooklyn motion picture theater owner and a veteran of the Spanish American War, WWI and WWII. In 1920 he owned the Coliseum Theater in Brooklyn.

    In 1961 Gloria Elaine Pulch Wiedenkeller married Anthony R Calderone a lawyer (Long Islander).


    Gordon J Wiedenkeller, Gender: Male, Spouse's Name: Gloria Wiedenkeller, Divorce Date: Jun 1959, County: Flagler, Certificate Number: 8470


    1. Jay, 1948
      Death: JAY G WIEDENKELLER, 18 Jul 1948, 03 Jul 2005 (V), 77096 (Houston, Harris, TX), (none specified), 090-42-2488, New York
      Jay Wiedenkeller 1948 - 2005 Kansas City, Mo. Wiedenkeller Services for Jay Wiedenkeller, 56, Prairie Village, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Community Christian Church in Kansas City, Mo. A lunch and celebration of life will follow at St. Joseph Health Center's Child Development Center in Kansas City, Mo.Mr. Wiedenkeller died Sunday, July 3, 2005, at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston as a result of advanced kidney cancer.He was born July 17, 1948, in Philadelphia, the son of Gordon and Gloria Wiedenkeller. He grew up on Long Island, N.Y., and attended Franklin & Marshall College in York, Pa., and Long Island University. He moved to Lawrence, Kan., in 1976 and worked at Hilltop Child Development Center while completing his master's degree in early childhood education at Kansas University. He also received a master's degree in counseling psychology from Avila University in Kansas City. Mo. He later moved to Prairie Village. He lived in Houston for a year during his treatment.Mr. Wiedenkeller was founding director of the Child Development Center at St. Joseph Health Center, where he worked for 20 years before working at Responsive Centers for Psychology & Learning in Overland Park, Kan. He was a former president of the Mid-America Association for the Education of Young Children and received the MAAEYC Lifetime Achievement Award. He was a member of the Association for Play Therapy and North American Association of Masters in Psychology. He was a third degree black-belt in tae kwon do and participated in Lance Armstrong's Ride for the Roses in Austin, Texas.He married Andrea "Andie" Warren in 1981. She survives, of the home.Other survivors include his mother, Gloria Wiedenkeller Marchant; a son, Derek, Locust Valley, N.Y.; two daughters, Alison Warren Doerr, Roeland Park, Kan., and Kymberly Wiedenkeller Williams, Redondo Beach, Calif.; a brother, Todd, New Paltz, N.Y.; a sister, Dayna Grant, Anaheim, Calif.; and five grandsons.A stepson, Brendon "Ben" Doerr, died earlier. The family suggests memorials to the Brendon R. Doerr Scholarship Fund at Hastings College, 800 Turner St., Hastings, NE 68901 or to the research fund at the Kidney Cancer Assn., 1234 Sherman Avenue, Suite 203, Evanston, IL 60202.

      LJWorld Obituaries

    2. Todd

    3. Dayna - married name Grant per Jay's obituary.





    A Funny Story:

    Woman Pays Bill, Dumps 35,848 Pennies

    Huntington, NY

    It made sense to Isabelle Penny but not to architect Gordon Wiedenkeller who worked with his office staff gathering 35,448 of the lady's "namesakes" off the floor.

    Miss Penny, 60, lost a court judgment of $358.48 to Wiedenkeller yesterday despite her contention that she did not owe the architect anything for building plans, because she did not use them.

    Miss Penny paid with seven bags of pennies which were dumped on the floor.

    Friday May 17, 1963 Modesto California Modesto Bee and News Herald

    Death: Gordon J. Wiedenkeller SSN: 075-16-8741 Last Residence: 33865 Ona, Hardee, Florida, United States of America Born: 21 Jun 1923 Died: 21 May 2001 State (Year) SSN issued: New York (Before 1951 )

  4. Patricia Wiedenkeller 1925
    Marriage: William Peirce
    1. Jan
    2. Terry
    3. Kim
    4. Scott
    A wedding shower was given in Smithtown for Patsy Wiedenkeller in 1946. The guest were:
    1. Mrs. Arthur Sanford, hostess (family friend)
    2. Mrs. Clinton Spahr (Averil Courier, daughter of Ethel Land)
    3. Mrs. Frank Courier (Ethel Land - Ruth's sister)
    4. Mrs. Percy Land (Meta - sister-in law of Ruth)
    5. Mrs. Arnold Land (Jean, daughter-in law of Meta Land)
    6. Mrs. Edgar Land (Agnes, daughter-in-law of Meta)
    7. Mrs. Clarence Land (Victoria, sister-in-law of Ruth)
    8. Mrs. Elbert Land (Margaret daughter-in-law of Victoria)
    9. Miss Helen Land (daughter of Meta Land)
    10. Mrs. Edward Moseley (Adelaide Land sister of Ruth)
    11. Mrs. William Bowers
    12. Mrs. Paul Wiedenkeller (Ruth Land - Patsy's mother)
    13. Mrs. Adford Peirce
    14. Miss Lillian Peirce
    15. Mrs. Herbert Birkel,
    16. Mrs. George Fowler,
    17. Mrs. Harry Wills
    18. Mrs. W. Germond,
    19. Mrs. Floyd Sanford (family friend)
    20. Mrs. Erwin Wiedenkeller
    21. Miss Helen Wiedenkeller

  5. Donald Law Wiedenkeller (1933-1985)
    Marriage: Barbara Elaine Hasbrook, daughter of Mrs. Christe Schnelder Hasbrook, of Kings Park, Aug 23, 1958 in Huntington, New York reception at the bride's home. (Long Islander, Aug 28, 1958; Includes descriptions of the brides gown and bridesmaids.
    1. Keith Paul Wiedenkeller, 1959
    2. Leigh Ann Wiedenkeller, 1962
    3. Kurt Devin Wiedenkeller, 1965
    More Information: See July 2006 Email from Leigh Ann Wiedenkeller Morris below
    Death: DONALD WIEDENKELLER, 22 Jun 1933, Jun 1985, (not specified), 66212 (Shawnee Mission, Johnson, KS), 064-26-4440, New York

Draft Registration

Paul F Wiedenkeller, age 23, 420 West 129 St NYC, Oct 6, 1893, native born, citizen, machinist Scheuch, 1st Ave and 47th Street, Broklyn, next of kin, mother and wife, married, mother as dependent, medium build, medium height, gray eyes, light hair, June 5, 1917.

May 31 1929


"The family of Paul Wiedenkeller moved this week to their newly purchased home on Juniper Avenue, next to the Legion Building

The Long Islander, May 31, 1929


Little Patricia and Gordon Wiedenkeller have been confined to their Juniper Ave home for the past week with a severe attack of tonsillitis.

The Longs Islander, February 24, 1931


According to various articles in the Long Islander Ruth Land Wiedenkeller was an avid bridge player who "entertained" with bridge games at her home.

Ruth Wiedenkeller, 1935


Mrs. Paul Wiedenkeller is recovering slowly from injuries received when she fell down stairs injuring her spine and confining her to her home for several weeks."

The Long Islander, March 8, 1935


Juniper Ave. Smithtown, Paul F Wiedenkeller 48, elementary school, 8th grade, chauffer, $2,704, Ruth Wiedenkeller 46, elementary school, 8th grade, Theodore Wiedenkeller 22, high school 4th year, yard helper, lumber, Gordens Wiedenkeller 16, high school 3rd year, yard helper, lumber, Patricia Wiedenkeller 15 Donald Wiedenkeller 6


Paul Wiedenkeller was on a three week business trip to Florida in May 1941. (The Long Islander, May 15, 1941)

Death of Ruth A. Wiedenkeller, 1960

Ruth A Wiedenkeller, age 66 died at Southshore Hospital in Bay Shore. The daughter of Law and Elizabeth Land she was born in Detroit Michigan but lived in Smithtown for 45 years. Service held in Smithtown. Survived by three sons, Major Paul Theodore Wiedenkeller, USMC at Santa Ana, California, Donald L and Gordon J and a daughter Mrs. William (Pat) Peirce of Smithtown, two sisters, Mrs. Harry Distler of Smithtown and Mrs Edna Wiedenkeller of Reno, Nevada, two brothers, Norman Land of Smithtown and Joseph Land of Florida, and eleven grandchildren.

Mrs. Ruth Wiedenkeller of Riverheights dr. Smithtown died suddenly a few hours after entering the hospital.She was survived by her husband, Paul.

Death of Paul Wiedenkeller, 1973

Paul Wiedenkeller, Birth: 6 Oct 1891, Death: Aug 1973 - Smithtown, Suffolk, New York, United States of America Civil: New York, SSDI

Information from Helen Land

  • Ruth was born on March 24, 1894 ("on cemetery stone") in Detroit, Michigan, died November 26, 1960 and was buried in Hauppague Cemetery.
  • Paul was born 1891 and died 1973.

Information from Bud Land

  • Ruth Land married Peter Weidenkeller's brother, Paul.
  • They had four children, Patricia, Theodore, Gordon, and Donald.
  • Paul owned a garage in New York City. Later he was a chauffeur for a very wealthy family and after the death of the husband ran the affairs of the widow.
  • Ted Weidenkeller joined the marines and trained to fly at a marine base in Tustin, California. There he looked up his cousins David and Doris. Ted and Doris married and had several children, Corky, Dru, Sidoni, and three more that Bud did not name.

Information from Julia Land

  • Ruth died in 1960.
  • Gordon was an architect and a pilot. He married and was widowed.
  • Donald was a baseball pitcher in St. Louis. He died young.
  • Paul Theodore Wiedenkeller and Doris Wiedenkeller Land Wiedenkeller had:
    1. Theodore Law Wiedenkeller b. December 29, 1947, San Diego
    2. Sidonie Denise b. September 09, 1950, San Diego
    3. Dru Dione b. April 12, 1954
    4. Timothy James b. April 11, 1959
    5. Tory Glenn b. February 12, 1962

Information from Kymberly Jay Wiedenkeller, January/February 2006


Gordon Wiedenkeller was married three times (that I'm aware of.) His first wife, Gloria (still alive,) had three children with Gordon: Jay, Todd, and Dayna. Gordon left Gloria, and remarried. He had three more children with his second wife--I'm not sure of their names, but I THINK they are Susan, Jeep, and Patty. Their mother died, and Gordon remarried. His third wife left him a widow again (not 100% sure on the info about the third wife.) Just before he died (he was in a car accident,) he had re-connected with Gloria.

Todd lives in New Paltz, and Dayna lives in Anaheim. Both married, and each had two children. Todd divorced, and now has a third child. Jay married Linda Byrnes and had two children, (a person who wishes not to be named, MLB August 2008) and Kym (me.) They divorced, and Jay married Andrea (Andie.) To their marriage, she brought two children, Ben and Alison. Ben was killed in 1986. Jay recently died, too. He died of kidney cancer at the age of 56 (he was about two weeks shy of his 57th birthday.) He lived in Prairie Village, KS--not Huston. He did die in Huston, however, because he was being treated at MD Anderson. He was an amazing man, and I miss him terribly.

I married (and later divorced,) and have two children. Alison has a son, and Ben was killed when he was 10.


Ted, of Ted and Dorris, also died within the past few years. Dorris still lives in Northern, CA.


Donnie had three kids (I think three.) His son, Keith, lives in KS. He and Jay (they were cousins) became pretty close over the last several years. When Jay was diagnosed (two years before he died,) Keith became a huge support for Jay and our family. He is married to Anne, and they adopted two children, Keisha and Travis. Andie (Jay's widow) is still very close with them, and will be forever.

Information from Leigh Ann Wiedenkeller Morris, July 2006

My father Donald was the youngest child of Ruth and Paul Wiedenkeller. He married Barbara Elaine Hasbrook in 1958 in Huntington, New York. They had three children: Keith Paul Wiedenkeller, 1959, Leigh Ann Wiedenkeller, 1962, and Kurt Devin Wiedenkeller, 1965. We were 'nomads' growing up--my father worked extensively in the insurance industry and we relocated many times across the country--New York, California (five times), Ohio, Kansas (three times), Alabama. My dad was extremely talented and shared the Wiedenkeller family love of music--he played the trumpet and the piano, sang beautifully, and was a wonderful athlete.

I believe Keith and his wife and children are already listed on the website. I (Leigh Ann) married Scott Gregory Morris in 1984 and have three children, Ryan Law Morris b. 1986, Evan Cole Morris b. 1994, and Nolan Scott Morris b. 1998.

Unfortunately, my father passed away after battling post-surgical complications following quadruple bypass surgery in 1985, age 52--sadly, he never got to see any of his grandchildren. He also had a blood/clotting disorder that I believe has also been detected in his sister's Patricia's family (see below). I understand only the males in the family are possible carriers of this gene.

My brother Kurt has two boys, Logan and Lee, but I am unsure of their exact birth years.

Keith and Anne live in Prairie Village, Kansas. Scott and I live in Lenexa, Kansas--both of these towns are suburbs of Kansas City. Kurt lives in Wichita, Kansas. Keith is an executive with AMC Theaters; Anne works extensively with disabled children at the high school level. I am a freelance writer by night/nurse educator and manager for a non-profit special needs child and adult daycare by day; my husband has been an IT professional/MAC expert for Hallmark Cards for almost 20 years. Kurt is a sales professional and ex-Wichita State fullback.

My mother's (Barbara Elaine Hasbrook, b. 1939) family history goes back also many years to both New Paltz, New York (on her paternal/Hasbrook side) and to Ruit, Germany (south of Stuttgart) on her mother's/Schneider side. I have visited Germany and my relatives on that side many times (they now reside in Dettenhausen, Germany) and they have also traveled here numerous times. My grandmother, Anna Sophia Christiane Schneider, traveled to the US as a young woman (age @ 19) to bring back a sister who had gotten herself engaged (non-approved by the family); the sister went back and my grandmother stayed. She was a nanny for wealthy New York families and learned English by reading children's books! My mother currently resides in Corpus Christi, Texas with her second husband Eldon Jansen. My maternal grandfather was Alfred Howard Hasbrook (deceased); he was a flight instructor and was instrumental in the development of seat belts in automobiles following his work in airplane safety. His second wife Virginia Hasbrook currently resides in Prescott, Arizona.* My grandparents also had a son, Jay Hasbrook, my mother's brother, who tragically died in a glider accident in Pheonix, Arizona approx. 1975--he has a daughter, Nicole, that lived on the East Coast I believe.

Patricia, daughter of Ruth and Paul Wiedenkeller, married William Peirce and had four children: daughter Jan, daughter Terry, daughter Kim and son Scott. Terry still resides in New York; Jan and Kim reside in Ava, Missouri. Scott, I believe, lives in Chicago (not sure).

Leigh Ann Wiedenkeller Morris, July 16, 2006

*Virginia Hasbrook, wife of Howard Hasbrook In Prescott Arizona passed away on January 4, 2008. Amy Engebretson, January 7, 2008. See below for more on the Hasbrooks.

Information from Connie Walsh, June 2008

I am not a family member, but thought you might be interested in my contact with the family.

I believe it was about 1976 or 77, and my then - boyfriend and I got jobs as caretakers for Gordon W. and his wife. I believe her name was Patricia; not sure, it's been a long time. Anyway, they had recently purchased a beautiful estate in Jaffrey, NH. It was a horse farm, as the wife was into show horses, Morgan's I think.

We lived in a small caretaker's cottage across the driveway from the main house. The house was a gorgeous Georgian style mansion, at the base of the largest mountain in the area, Mt. Monadnock. The house has since been made into a country inn, Grand View Inn, which has a website where you can view the property.

I recall that Gordon was a semi-retired architect, and he kept an office in one of the barns. They had three children, we never saw much of them, they went away to school, and were all teenagers.

We did not live there for too long; we were young and had to move on with our lives. A few years later, (1980?) I read in the Keene Sentinel that Mrs. W and one of her daughters were in a car accident on the bypass in Keene, NH and she was tragically killed. I believe the daughter was ok. It must have been some time after that when Gordon sold the farm.

Grand View Inn

Gorden Wiedenkeller, Architect

In 2006 Cris Marks wrote.

I believe I grew up in a house designed by Gordon Wiedenkeller on River Road in Nissequogue.

My parents bought it in 1963-4 for $ 39,000.00 and we lived there until 1980.

The house was recently on the market for $1.15 million.

The house in 2006

Frieda Wiedenkeller and sons

Birth of Frieda ___________ Wiedenkeller

Circa 1856 in Switzerland

Josephine Z. Megehee, March 2011.

Freda Wiedenkeller was born in St. Gallen, Switzerland. Her mother was a Scherrer.

  1. Sara Scherrer (the oldest) married _______ Weniger
  2. Bernard Scherrer b. August 1807 (immigrated to Texas 1829-. [My grandfather's grandfather]
  3. George Scherrer (I don't think he had children]
  4. ___________ my. Mr. Grimili (lived in NY & had a daughter named Frieda Wiedenkeller Grimili
  5. ___________ m. Mr. Wiedenkeller [their daughter was Frieda and their grandchildren were: Bella, Clara, Oesa, Jlka, Carl, Erwin, Hans, Frieda, Paul, Peter. [I believe that Frieda had a sister Matilda and a sister Bertha.]
  6. ____________ Scherrer [had a son Ernst ]

    Josephine Z. Megehee, March 2011.

At one time, my grandfather William B. Gehrels [married Emalia Scherrer (daughter of Bernard) was in contact with "Mrs. Frieda Wiedenkeller, Route 1, Box 5; Central Islip, Long Island NY.

Josephine Z. Megehee, March 2011.

Marriage of Frieda Wiedenkeller



  1. Geza (1874-)

    Birth: Circa 1874, son of Frieda per immigration record.

    Immigration: 1906, see below

    WWIDR: No

    More: 1910 census - Clarkstown, Rockland County, New York, with the Dunn family, hired-man, Ceazer Wiedenkeller age 38 born Hungary, immigrated 1907, farmer

  2. Karl (1882-)

    Birth: June 20, 1882 (WWIDR), Austria, son of Frieda per Censuses and WWIDR

    Immigration: ??

    WWIDR: See below

    More: In 1910 & 1920 censuses with mother, see below

    Question: Were Karl and Erwin Martin twins?

  3. Erwin Martin (1882-) and Helen (Ellen)

    Birth: Erwin Martin, June 20, 1882 (WWIDR), Austria, association by residence

    Marriage: Helen

    Wiedenkeller, Erwin, Gannon, Ellen, 1, 640, 3198, Jun. 5, 1913 (Suffolk County Indexes)


    1. Helen circa 1916

    2. Christopher 30 March 1919

      Death: Chris Wiedenkeller Birth: 30 Mar 1919 Death: 19 Nov 2004 - Babylon, Suffolk, New York, United States of America Civil: New York (SSDI)

    Immigration: Circa 1915 per 1920 census.

    WWIDR: See below

    More: In 1920 census in Babylon, see below

  4. Hans (1884-)

    Birth: Circa 1884, Austria, with Frieda in censuses

    Immigration: 1903, See below

    Active in the Central Islip Fire Department.

  5. Paul Wiedenkeller (1892-1985) and Ruth Land

    Birth: Paul, circa 1892, Austria, with Frieda in census

    More: See above.

  6. Peter Wiedenkeller (1894-1973) and Mary Land

    Birth: Peter, Vienna, Austria, June 15, 1894, with Frieda in census

    More: See Mary Land and Peter Wiedenkeller

Frieda Wiedenkeller, immigration

Did not find. Could be determined by naturalization papers in River Head.

Frieda and sons in the 1910 Census

In Islip (can't read address):

  • Wiedenkeller, Frieda E, head, age 54, widow, mother of 4, 4 still living, born Swiss., no occupation
  • Karl, son age 28, born Austria, stenographer state hospital
  • Hans, son age 26, born Austria, labourer farm
  • Paul, son age 18, born Austria, labourer odd jobs
  • Peter, son age 16, born Austria, apprentice carpenter
No date of immigration listed.

In Central Islip, Erwin Wiedenkeller is lised by Ancestry.com in the Central Islip Hospital but the page is quite faded and I cannot find his name on the page that comes up. I do not know if he was an inmate or an employee.

The Wiedenkellers in the 1920 Census

Paul and Ruth were not listed.

In Islip on Wheeler Road:

  • Weidenkeller, Freida, head, age 63, widow, immigrated 1900, Alien, no occupation
  • Charles, son age 38, Na. stenographer, NY State Hosp
  • Hans, son age 36, Na., No occupation
  • All born Switzerland, all immigrated in 1900

In Babylon on (can't read)

  • Wiedenkeller, Irvine, head age 37 Na. 1915, born Vienna, parents born Swiss crossed out German entered, Machinists, shop
  • Helen, wife, age 40, Pa, parents Irish
  • Helen daughter 4 4/12
  • Christopher son age 9 months

Note: The Wiedenkellers in Islip and Babyon were not listed in the 1930 census.

The Wiedenkellers in the 1930 Census

On Juniper Avenue in Smithtown Branch

  • Paul, head own $5,000, age 38 married at 25, born Vienna, Austria, parents born Switzerland, chauffeur
  • Ruth wife, age 36 married at 23, born Michigan
  • Theodore, son age 12
  • Gordon, age 6
  • Patricia age 5
  • Children all born in NY

Ellis Island

  1. Hans Wiedenkeller on the Grosser Kurfurst, from Bremer, Germany, arriving 18 November 1903 male, age 20, single, clerk from Switzerland, German, last residence St Gallen, paid own passage, going to his mother, Mrs. Freida Wiedenkeller, 575 E 149th Street, NY

  2. Geza Wiedenkeller, on La Gascogne from La Havre, France arriving port of New York March 5, 1906 Male age 32, electrician nationality Germany, last residence Budapest, destination to New York passage paid by self, going to mother Mrs. Frieda Wiedenkeller, 358 2nd Ave. New York

    Note: Geza Wiedenkeller was listed and then crossed out on the manifest of the Slavonia leaving from Trieste and arriving in New York October 9, 1905. He was listed age 32 labourer, Wein (Vienna) going to mother, Freida Wiendekeller, same address with notation corner of 13 Street. He missed the boat.

  3. Peter Otto Wiedenkeller, on the Advance from Christobal, Canal Zone, Panama, arriving September 27, 1916, age 22, born Vienna Austria June 15, 1894, naturalized Circuit Court Riverhead Long Island Mar 4, 1913 address in US, Fort Jay New York

  4. Peter Otto Wiedenkeller, on the Advance from Christobal, Canal Zone, Panama, arriving August 26, 1918, age 25, US Army under orders, 1913, naturalized Sulfolk Co. Court, Riverhead, L.I., June 5, 1913, address in US, Fort Jay New York

World War I Draft Registration 1917

  • Paul F Wiedenkeller in New York, New York, see above

  • Hans Wiedenkeller in Suffolk, New York, Central Islip, age 34, born January 25, 1884, US citizen, bookkeeper, State of New York, Central Islip State Hospital, mother Frieda E Wiedenkeller, hieght, medium, build, medium, gray eyes brown hair, September 12, 1918

  • Charles Wiedenkeller in Suffolk, New York, can't read address, age 36, June 20th, 1882, alien, can't read most of it, mother Frieda Weidenkeller, tall, large build, blue eyes, --- hair, September 12, 1918

  • Erwin Martin Wiedenkeller in Suffolk, New York, -- Sterling Rd, Amityville, Suffolk, age 36, June 20, 1882, naturalized citizen, machinist, Metropolitan Engineering, 1215 C---- Ave, Brooklyn, NY, next of kin, Helen Wiedenkeller, height, medium, build, medium, brown eyes, black hair September 12, 1918

Wiedenkeller Petitions for Naturalization, Suffolk County New York

Wiedenkeller, Charles, 2, 212, Riverhead Intention
Wiedenkeller, Erwin, 3, 405, Riverhead Intention
Wiedenkeller, Erwin, 1, 100, Patchogue Petition
Wiedenkeller, Frieda E, 3, 404, Riverhead Intention
Wiedenkeller, Hans, 3, 286, Suffolk
Wiedenkeller, Hans, 2, 210, Riverhead Intention
Wiedenkeller, Paul F, 23, 2213, Suffolk
Wiedenkeller, Paul F, 8, 117, Riverhead Intention
Wiedenkeller, Peter Otto, 4, 44, Riverhead Intention
Wiedenkeller, Ruth, 42/43, 4141, Patchogue Petition

Ilona Wiedenkeller, daughter of David and Clara

In June 2010 Mel Krupnick emailed:

"My wife's great grandfather was David Wedenkeller, born in Switzerland.

His wife's name was Clara and had children named Ilona, born 10/25/1875, Hans and Carl.

Ilona according to Queens NY census records of 1920 & 1930 was born in Hungary, although some thought she was born in Switzerland, married Alexander John Edward Lackmeyer of Vienna and migrated to New York, where she died in 1937. I see a note that Ilona might also have been called Helen, but that might have been her middle name.

They had children Helen Flora, Alexander, Flora, Elsa, born in Austria and Frieda, Otto, born in New York. My wife's mother was Helen Flora Maier (Smith) daughter of Helen Flora Lackmeyer (Maier). The family resided in various parts of Nassau And Suffolk County on Long Island, NY."

In November 2020 Lynda Cisco emailed to say Ilona and Alexander Lackmeyer had a daughter, Frieda who married Henry Flohr. They had four children: Helen, Henry, Linda and Peter.

1906: Immigration - Arriving New York April 7 on the Lucania, Lackmayer, Alexander, age 37, bookkeeper, Hilona 30, wife, Hilona child age 7, Alexander age 2, Flora age 11 months all from Vienna, Austria, to New York to mother-in-law, Frieda Wiedenkeller, 358 2nd ave. Williamsburg, NY. (between 13th and 14th strs) there is a notation that is hard to read - "bro in law Emil Wiedenkeller"

1920: Queens Assembly District 4, Queens, New York Burling Ave Alexander Lackmeyer 50 Head, bookkeeper, wholesale, Ilona Lackmeyer 44 Wife, Hungary, Alexander Lackmeyer 16 Son, factory, Flora Lackmeyer 14 Daughter, Freida Lackmeyer 12 Daughter

1925: Queens, Alexander ----. Elona Lackmeier 50 M, Hungary, Frieda Lackmeier 28 Daughter, Otto Lackmeier 9, Alexander Lackmeier 5 F, Wistenkeller, Glaza 52 Uncle

1930: Alexander Lackmayer 1869 to 1930

1937 Death: Ilona Lackmeyer Birth Date: 1875 Death Date: 1937 Cemetery: Flushing Cemetery Burial or Cremation Place: Flushing, Queens County, New York, United States of America

Ilona Lackmeyer Death Date: 15 Dec 1937 Death Place: Islip, New York, USA Certificate Number: 78255

The Hasbrooks

Email from Harry Lehmann, June 2008

I happened upon your website by utter accident, as I was looking for data on an old and dear friend, Virginia Hasbrook, with whom I've failed miserably to keep in touch. So many years have passed that I could not help but wonder as to her condition and existence, so I put in a Google search, and there was your genealogy mention of her. I have not developed an interest in the long depth of my family histories, but I appreciate that the work has give you the Grace of comfort after the tragic loss of remarkable Tobias, all as told on your site.

I have practiced law for almost 32 years, and it would be fair to say that a goodly share of the top aviation lawyers are aware of my work, at least my cases, if not my name. My field, for a long time, was in accident reconstruction. I left that work, tired after decades from the sorrow of it, though I have one major case in hand now, taken for its moral worth. But, during those years, I sought out Howard Hasbrook, and as I am a pilot and as he regarded me as a serious student of both aviation and accident reconstruction, we became very close, and perhaps it would not be unfair to say that he regarded me as though I were a favored nephew, or a perhaps a bit closer. As is uncommon amongst men, Howard would close a call saying, "I love you," and despite the rituals against such words between men, I would say the same to him. He was very aware both of his mortality, and the preciousness of existence. He was an old fashioned American, a man of the West, and my roots are similar, and we shared a lot in terms of social and political view.

For your interest, Howard had been, prior to our meeting, the Chief Aeromedical Scientist at the Mike Mulroney Aeromedical Center of the FAA, which is their main center for assessment of accident causation and other medical issues, in Oklahoma City, even though Howard never obtained even a four year college degree. He had that title, and earned it, and deserved it, and was likely the best aircraft accident reconstructionist in the United States, and yet his training had come from practical experience, working as the aide to Hugh De Camp, at Cornell, at the very founding of scientific accident reconstruction, from the late forties forward.

I stayed with them in Prescott a few times, and Howard and I had case work together, and it was a situation where we cared a lot about each other, but were in touch more by phone, in the later years. Virginia has helped many dozens of underprivileged kids, with the small ranch in Prescott, bringing them out there for a day with horses and the life of the West, in the old fashioned sense of it. I am ashamed now, even to call, it has been so very long, but I will, I hope to learn a bit first. My own life has had its complexities, and joys, and great demands, and for a while there some terrible strains, and though I've promised myself, and called several times several years ago, it has been one of those situations in life where intentions have not been equaled by actions, and I have fallen out of touch with Virginia.

Howard died, I guess it is now about 12 years ago, and my wife and I met them in Prescott in the early or mid nineties, and that was the last I saw of them in person, and then after that it was by phone, despite out closeness. But I just wanted to take a moment to communicate this history to you, admirable people, both of them. The more you knew either one, the more you respected them. I still have somewhere, he gave it to me, Howard Hasbrooks personal IFR hood; his IFR days were over, and if you knew aviation well, and knew IFR training well, and knew Howard's stature, then you could understand why such an ordinary thing could seem precious.

Harry Lehmann
Novato, California

Ruth's sister, Mary Land, married Paul's brother, Peter, for more information on Mary Land and Peter Wiedenkeller go to Mary Land

Tim Wiedenkeller, the son of Paul (Teddy) and Doris Wiedenkeller is a musician. To connect to Tim's web site go to Tim Wiedenkeller

Photos of Friends and Relatives of Percy and Meta Land, which includes images of Teddy Wiedenkeller, David Wiedenkeller and Gorden Wiedenkeller.

Photos of Law Land and Elizabeth Sykes Land which includes photos of Ruth Wiedenkeller.

Connection to All Land Related Pages, Images of places they lived, ancestors and relatives in England, Canada, Philadelphia and much more

Law Land & Elizabeth Sykes
Clarence Land
Adelaide Land Moseley
Percy Land
Ethel Land Courier
Mary Edna Land Wiedenkeller
Joseph Land
Norman Land
Pictures of Smithtown
Pictures of Hauppauge

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