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|Otto Wells Van Tuyl 1888|
Abraham Van Tuyl
Otto Van Tuyl
Andrew Van Tuyl
Otto William Van Tuyl
Otto William Van Tuyl Jr.
William Thomas Van Tuyl (adopted)
Otto Wells Van Tuyl
They had three children;
Donald Wells November 5, 1917 – February 7, 1986
John Weston December 7, 1918 – September 13, 1986
Roderick June 13, 1921 – December 26, 1997
Otto and Birdina designed a home in Greenport, which was completed in 1924. (They lived in the garage in November of that year until the house was completed.)
When Otto and Birdina met, Otto was working as a land surveyor and Birdina was a second-grade teacher. Otto began his own land surveying business in 1915 and Birdina left her teaching post when her first child was born in 1917. There were three children—all sons. Everyone had a hand in the surveying business at one time or another, including Birdina. The youngest son, Rod, joined the business fulltime in 1946, and grandson Colin joined the firm in 1975. Otto went to the office nearly every day up through 1985.
A Family excursion to the beach.
The couple were very active in the community. Otto was a member of the School Board, the Rotary Club, the Boy Scouts (where he earned a Silver Beaver Award), the Masonic Order, and several engineering societies. He also served as a planning and zoning consultant to the Town and for 70 years belonged to the Star Hose Volunteer Fire Department. Birdina was a long-time member of the Shakespeare Club and Town Choral Society, as well as with Eastern Star, the Methodist Choir, and local historical societies. Together the couple took part in local presentations of various musicals and theatrical plays, and, as son Rod once put it, they “proudly but humbly enjoyed gardening activities, and all and all were a pretty respected pair on the local scene.”
After a number of years’ affiliation with the Methodist Church, Otto and Birdina were instrumental in forming a Christian Science Church in neighboring Southold, where both served as Readers and on various committees.
Birdina died in on January 3, 1968 of “hardening of the arteries”—what we now call Alzheimer’s Disease. Otto lived a healthy life until the age of 98, marrying for a second time (Mary Alexander) in August 1970 and outliving two of his sons. He died at home on April 12, 1987.
Information: Patti Van Tuyl
Pictures: Patti Van Tuyl