|Birth: ||Dec. 15, 1832|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Mar. 10, 1900|
From a reference book found at Albuquerque Public library the subject being the business district of New Town (Albuquerque NM):
"By 1881 a building boom was well under way in what would become the business district of New Town. The first substantial structure was raised by Lyman Beecher Putney. In 1876, Putney, a retailer in Lawrence, Kansas, decided to move west and sell supplies to contractors for the AT&SF. He first located at Trinidad, Colorado, where he built a store of pine panels, 100 feet long and 70 feet wide. The following year, wishing to keep ahead of the railroad, he dismantled his building, section by section, loaded it in ox-drawn wagons, and rolled down to Las Vegas [NM], where he put the thing back together and was in business. Next door was a dance hall in which the favorite sport on Saturday night was shooting out the lights. The walls of Putney's store were soon amply ventilated with bullet holes.
In 1880 he moved again. Loading his now well-traveled store on flatcars, he betook himself to Albuquerque. On the corner of First and Railroad Avenue (later the site of the YMCA) Putney raised the bullet-ridden walls once more. For several years, his place of business also doubled as a residence. Nights, Indians who had come in to trade were allowed to roll up in their blankets on the floor. The proprietor slept in a hammock slung close to the rafters. Putney claimed later that he kept his bed high in the air to escape bed bugs and stray lead fired by rowdies who went on sprees in the streets."
Transcribed from The Coconino Sun (Flagstaff, Ariz.)page 16
A Pioneer Merchant Dead
Lyman Beecher Putney of Albuquerque died at the hospital in Topeka, Kan., on Sunday. Mr. Putney was one of the pioneer wholesale grocery merchants of Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico, following the Santa Fe track layers to the Southwest. He was a big merchant in Lawrence, Kan., loosing all in the Quantrell raid upon that city. He with Messrs. Moore and Bennett, had business houses in Trinidad, Las Vegas and San Marcial, and in 1880 concentrated all their business in Albuquerque. Several years later he purchased the interests of his partners since which time he conducted his immense throughout the Southwest alone, except with the assistance of his son Robert E. Putney. He was considered one of the wealthiest citizens of that city.
Jedidiah Putney (1800 - 1846)
Caroline Sartwell Putney (1801 - 1849)
Jennie Coleman Putney (1843 - 1911)
Robert E Putney (1873 - 1951)*
Theresa A Putney Olmstead (1821 - 1894)*
Rebecca A Putney Casey (1827 - 1860)*
Jarius M. Putney (1828 - 1901)*
L B Putney (1832 - 1900)
Henry Sartwell Putney (1838 - 1921)*
Note: full name: Lyman Beecher Putney
Fairview Memorial Park
New Mexico, USA
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Record added: Nov 12, 2004
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