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Charles Landa
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Birth: Oct., 1850
Death: Jul., 1900
Minnesota, USA

Charles Landa disappeared under mysterious circumstances in 1900 and about 1914 it was determined that he had been murdered. This memorial is placed in the Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery, as his wife and son are buried here. It is not believed that his remains were ever found. He may have been the only murder victim in this area in several decades
Charles Landa was a well known farmer from a little town named Wiley in Red Lake County Minnesota and he disappeared in the summer of 1900. There has been little evidence as to his whereabouts. Not until 1914 were 3 young men, Joseph LaCounte, Fred LaCounte and George Provest arrested in connection with the disappearance and probable murder of Charles Landa.

On a warm summer afternoon, he left his home, the date being July 18 1900, planning to catch the train for the 45 mile ride to Crookston where he was scheduled to change trains to travel on to the state of Nebraska to purchase farmland. Not a single member of his large family has heard from him since that time. Most likely, Mr. Landa had a substantial amount of cash in which to complete his land transactions.

The delayed arrests came about due to rumors heard by his eldest son Albert, while visiting a local tavern.

The three accused men were for a time in the Polk County jail. They all had criminal records, ranging form 3rd degree burglary to 1st degree burglary and Grand Larceny. Two of them have spent time in different correctional facilities.

Charles Landa left a wife, Annie and 14 children, the youngest just a baby a few weeks old. 
Family links: 
  Anna Landa (1862 - 1914)
  Albert Landa (1880 - 1925)*
  Clara Landa Srnsky (1881 - 1915)*
  August Landa (1883 - 1925)*
  William Landa (1884 - 1925)*
  Karel Landa (1884 - 1901)*
  Dora Landa Boutain (1887 - 1956)*
  Annie Landa Boutain (1888 - 1967)*
  Edward Landa (1889 - 1956)*
  Louis Landa (1893 - 1975)*
  Thomas Landa (1895 - 1919)*
  Andrew Landa (1896 - 1919)*
  Mary Landa Brantl (1898 - 1950)*
  Frank Landa (1900 - 1971)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: There is no actual burial site as remains were never found
Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery
Polk County
Minnesota, USA
Created by: kateb
Record added: Jun 06, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 91472861

- kateb
 Added: Jun. 6, 2012

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