|Birth: ||Jun. 8, 1878|
|Death: ||Jan. 2, 1948|
Son of Walter Putnam and
Sarah (Harrison) Putnam
Husband of Anna (Andrews) Putnam
Henry was a lumber dealer operating the Putnam-Jones Lumber Co. in Carthage, MO
He was 69 years, 6 months & 24 days old when he died of a heart attack according to his Missouri Death Certificate
The home they built on twelve acres at 717 east Highland in 1918 is up for sale in 2012 after being family owned since built, see picture at right.
Carthage Weekly Press
Thursday, November 9, 1899
extracted from the previous Friday's daily Press
LUMBER YARD DEAL
Harry Putnam Now One of the Owners of the Regan Lumber Yard
Harry W. Putnam who has for the last six months held a responsible position with A. G. Newell & Son, has resigned his place to take effect on the 15th inst.
Mr. Putnam has purchased an interest in S. H. Regan's lumber yard and will immediately assume entire charge of that business. Mr. Putnam has been in Carthage almost five years, and as he is an unusually quick and accommodating young businessman, has made many friends. He proved his abilities in that line during the three years that he was employed by Harrison & Calhoon in their yards.
Mr. Putnam has been interested with J. P. Newell in several enterprises, the largest of which was the Carthage Market Fair, and as this proved to be a tremendous success he is now able to begin another business for himself. Mr. Putnam still retains his interests and the office of secretary int he Market Fair Association.
CARTHAGE EVENING PRESS January 3, 1948
HENRY W.'HARRY' PUTNAM DIES OF HEART ATTACK
The End to Prominent Carthage Lumberman and Financier Comes Unexpectedly at His Home on East Highland - He Was One of City's Most Public Spirited Citizens, Who Gave Liberally of His Time and Money to Help Improve the "Hometown" He Loved So Well - His Interests Were Many and Varied, and He Was a Tireless Worker for Civic Betterment - Funeral Will Be Monday Afternoon
Henry W. (Harry) Putnam is dead. Death came suddenly at 8:10 o'clock last night to the nationally known Carthage lumberman at the family home, 717 E. Highland. A heart ailment was the cause. He was 69.
Mr. Putnam suffered a heart attack yesterday morning and was unable to go to his office. The second and fatal attack came about 12 hours later.
Harry, as he was affectionately known to friends, was a native of Carthage. He was born here June 8, 1878, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Putnam, pioneer and prominent Carthage couple. His father was a veteran of the Civil War and at one time was associated with J. T. Ruffin, one of Carthage's early mayors in the milling business.
Harry attended the Carthage schools, but the family moved to Clinton, MO where the father headed a milling company. The son was graduated from Clinton High School and a business college there. He returned to Carthage in 1896 to enter the employ of the W. W. Calhoon and Al Harrison lumber yard. Both Mr. Calhoon and Mr. Harrison have been dead many years. Mr. Calhoon was an uncle of George Calhoon, now an associate of the Putnams in the Calhoon-Putnam lumber company here.
BUILT A LUMBER EMPIRE
His boundless energy and strict application to business led to his steady advancement and in 1899 he bought into the business and began building Putnam Lumber empire which was to bring him recognition in the national lumber picture.
He was interested in wholesale and retail lumber yards in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas and other states. He had timber interests in Arkansas and in the Pacific Northwest.
But with all the expansion, the Putnam interests maintained Carthage as headquarters.
HE LOVED CARTHAGE
Harry Putnam would not have it otherwise. Carthage was dear to his heart. He was proud of his native city, proud of her beauty and culture and of her people.
Away from Carthage he was lost. His main desire was to get back to Carthage always was the best part of the trip to him. He loved Carthage.
In addition to his lumber interests he was a director in the Mt. Vernon National Bank and the Bank of Aurora and was interested in the Bank of Carthage and other financial institutions.
One of Mr. Putnam's great business assets was his ability to pick the right man for the right job. He prided himself on that.
And certainly no business executive had a more loyal staff of assistants than he. Their loyalty, coupled with ability, enabled the Putnam lumber companies to prosper and grow from year to year.
Mr. Putnam was civic minded. He headed the Welfare campaigns in Carthage for years. He was one of the leaders of War Bond and Welfare drives here during World War 2, he assumed leadership of it's big money raising drives and with the coming of peace he continued to serve as director of the all-inclusive Chest drives. He devoted the same energy and business acumen in conducting those campaigns as he did in handling his own affairs and they inevitably were successful.
OUTSTANDING CIVIC LEADER
Mr. Putnam for years had been a member and supporter of the Carthage Chamber of commerce. He has served innumerable times as a director. He was a charter member of the Carthage Rotary Club and for more than 36 years had been a member of the Carthage Council, United Commercial Travelers.
One of Mr. Putnam's early civic ventures was the promotion of the Carthage fair, in conjunction with the late J. P. Newell. Together they staged many successful expositions. The fairgrounds in that early era were on a tract just southwest of Fairview and Hazel avenues. That section for years was known as the "Old Fair Grounds."
The Putnam-Newell fair later was superseded by the Knell fair, which in turn finally became the Jasper County and Ozark District fair, going by the latter name until its unfortunate demise due to heavy financial losses as a result of rains and floods.
That was a early display of his interest in promotion of projects designed to develop the community.
He continued interest to the end. He took a keen interest in all problems connected with the development of Carthage. If he thought they were good, he gave of his means and time liberally. But if he felt they were wrong he could be found opposing them just as strenuously.
He took intense pride in the Carthage Municipal Light and Water plant and served as a member of the Board of Public Works about 12 years ago.
AIDED MANY CRIPPLED CHILDREN
Another project dear to his heart was working on behalf of crippled children.
With his close friend, John O'Keefe, he promoted many crippled children's clinics in this area and he continued active in the Missouri Crippled Children's Society in the end.
Many crippled children can thank Harry Putnam that today they are sound of limb or were benefited through his efforts in obtaining the best of medical and surgical care to help them overcome their physical handicaps.
Mr. Putnam was married June 8, 1904 to Miss Anna Andrews of Carthage, a native of Saco, Missouri. Mrs. Putnam and two sons, Dr. John Putnam of Washington, D.C. and William C. Putnam survive. Mr. Putnam's last days were saddened by the death last summer of his eldest son, Henry W. Putnam, Jr.
Also surviving are two sisters;
Mrs. Kathryn Copp of Tulsa, Oklahoma
Mrs. James Smith of Baxter Springs, Kansas
and nine grandchildren. Another sister, Mrs. Henry Schlecht, passed away April 3, 1946
William C. Putnam was associated with his father in the Putnam enterprises.
Funeral services were held at the Knell service home
Rev. R. H. Bodine officiated
"In the passing of Mr. Putnam, Carthage loses one if it's foremost citizens. The suddenness of his leave - taking was a shock to the entire community."
Dancing Picnic for Brooklyn Guest.
A picnic and a dance were given last night at Lakeside by Miss Marie Davey for her guest, Miss Florence Boyce of Brooklyn. The invited guests were:
Misses, Miriam Wright, Nira Wright, Bessie Baker, Katherine Herrin, Alice Beneke, Cora Beneke, Sibyl Hodges, Blanch Moore, Belle Perkins, Edna Clarkson, Pearl Clarkson, Eva Stealey, Armilda McReynolds, Grace McCarthy.
Messrs. Millard Bryan, Harry Putnam, Frank Wells, Curtis Wright, Due Baker, Carl Bryan, Billie Blake, Newell Holbrook, Henry Cowgill, John O'Keefe, Arthur Coffin, Phil Lehnhard, Allen McReynolds, Morris Hughes, Wes Halliburton.
Evening of Thursday, June 7 1934 at Carthage, Missouri's Drake hotel, "Harry" and wife Anna were on the fifty one member reception committee to welcome their friends of over forty years, Colonel Carl Raymond and wife Harriette (Flora) Gray to Carthage Homecoming.
Walter Putnam (1846 - 1927)
Sarah Harrison Putnam (1854 - 1914)
Anna Andrews Putnam (1887 - 1961)*
William Chase Putnam (1918 - 1998)*
Henry Walter Putnam (1878 - 1948)
Kathryn Putnam Copp (1881 - 1956)*
Alma Ophelia Putnam Schlecht (1887 - 1946)*
Plot: Park Lawn Sector Bl 33 Lot 92 Sp 3
Created by: NJBrewer
Record added: Jan 10, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 46526164
Added: Jul. 19, 2012