|Birth: ||Mar. 21, 1892, USA|
|Death: ||Nov. 16, 1933|
"I believe in preserving the family heritage of past generations for future generations."
I'm not sure how it all started. I was bored with history in class, yawned at my dad's stories of WWII. I realize now as I'm approaching 50 the value in family history and how I wish I could have just one more day with my dear dad to tell me the way it was back then.
It probably started with this one photo. I realized I only had one photo of my grandmother, Della Sadie Griswold Nicholas Putman. One, shown above and none of her family. I wondered what her family was like. What she was like. Would others have photos of her? How could I find lost relatives? Would they be able to give me some insight on who this beautiful woman was?
I think I have stared at this photograph for at least 100 hours, hoping it would give me some clues. Della was so beautiful with those piercing big eyes. I'm not sure if those expressive eyes came from the Meglemre side or her father's side, the Griswolds. Those eyes tell a story. A story of innocence, a story of being a newspaper reporter for Times-Call in Longmont, Colorado in her 20's, a story of loyalty to her mother, a story of strength through a difficult marriage to Ura Leaborn Putman, a story of a loving mother to four children - Birdie, Naomi, Donald (my dad) and Ida Mae, a love for the piano, a love for wearing hats, active in her church with her mother, a story of being fun loving towards those closest to her – her half sister Ida Nicholas Hollyman Plotts Hatton and her Aunt Clay "Kady" Meglemre Wallace.
Little by little, I'm learning more with my genealogy research through archives, microfiche, court records, church records, volunteers, anything I can find. I learn more about her through lost relatives I find and interview which comforts my heart. Those I have sought have given me tokens of Della's existence, a lock of her hair and yes, graciously given me more photos of her. I have embraced these gifts, trying to put the pieces together. It is apparent that the family bond was very important to her so in my attempt to gather family heritage, I hold her image close as the driving force to continue searching.
Life was unfair in 1933 when she was taken much earlier than she was intended at the young age of 41, by the hands of another, leaving her children motherless, ages 9-17. She was simply at the wrong place at the wrong time with the mother she wanted to protect. She & her mother Blanche Nicholas were shot by murderer Fred Fedder in the basement of his home at 424 Sunset - Longmont, Colorado. He tricked Blanche into coming over to his home that horrific day and Della decided to go with her. Wrong decision. He was angry that Blanche kept refusing his marriage proposals (both were widowed & in their 60's). When the police broke in that night, he shot himself.
My grandmother Della would never know the struggles her four children would encounter from that tragic day. My dad wouldn't talk about it. Through my research, I discovered what happened and where. I had an opportunity in 2008 to tour the home as it was for sale. What an odd experience, seeing the basement where her life was taken 75 years earlier, along with her mother Blanche's life.
I am her granddaughter. I wish I had known her. Della was the daughter of Charles Edward Griswold & Mary 'Blanche' Meglemre Griswold. After Charles & Blanche divorced, Blanche married John Henry Nicholas. They had 2 children, Franklin Henry & Ida Blanche. Della married Ura Leaborn Putman on Valentine's Day, 1915 at the home of Blanche & John Nicholas at 1266 Longs Peak Avenue (photo shown of their home) in Longmont, Colorado. Several weddings took place there. Della & Ura 'Doc' Putman were married 18 years before her death.
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Ida Mae Putman Nielsen (1922 - 2014)*
Mountain View Cemetery
Created by: Jodie Putman
Record added: Aug 24, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 29269125