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 Savannah Ezra Putnam

Savannah Ezra Putnam

Woodruff, Rich County, Utah, USA
Death 30 May 1980 (aged 98)
Ogden, Weber County, Utah, USA
Burial Woodruff, Rich County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 146535 · View Source
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Savannah Ezra Putnam, born February 9, 1882 in Woodruff, Utah to Savannah Western Clarke and Clarissa Amelia Cornia Putnam. The fifth child of a family of eleven and eight half brothers and sisters. Blessed April, 1882 by his father.

The family living was made by dairying and Ezra helped with the work around the place. When he was six years old he started school in the "Old Dobby". The new school was built in 1897 where he completed the ninth reader.

He was baptized September 1889 by John Cox and was confirmed by his father. He was ordained a High Priest in the Melchizedek Priesthood, September 16, 1964 by W. Emerson Cox.

He learned to play the alto horn and cornet and the age of 14 was when he played in the town band called the "Woodruff Silver Band." SC Putnam and Joseph H. Neville were the leaders.

During his early life he worked for his father on hay and grain contracts. He helped on the saw mill and shingle mill; helped his father get telephone poles for the first telephone lines between Randolph and Woodruff. During this time they also had a dairy at the "cutoff". They made butter and cheese and sold it to help keep the large family.

They had to herd the cows in the hill during the summer months. While he and Joe were herding cows in the cutoff, a dog caught a little badger and the old mother grabbed Ezra by the shin bone and they had a time getting him loose. In his youth he also worked in Salt Lake City at the Fifty East Hotel as a bell boy for one winter and played in an orchestra with W.K. Walton. In 1889, at the age of seventeen, he went to work for John Glenn herding sheep in the hills wests of Woodruff. He herded for Mr. Glenn for two years then he went to work for Frazier's. While working there he came down with small pox and although he was very sick he never left his job.

In 1907, he went to Idaho, WAshington and Oregon and spent a winter looking the country over; but he found that Woodruff was the place hwere he wanted to spend his life. While he was in Pocatello, Idaho he worked for the railroad on a canal and while at Caldwell,Idaho he ran a foot race with a man and won $10. He then had enough money to finish his trip into Washington and Oregon. He returned home in the spring of 1908 where he worked his place and lived alone in his house.

On June 8, 1910 he married Betsy Jane Longhurst in the Salt Lake Temple. In 1912 they moved to Woodruff from their ranch home and lived in the old Ben Gunn house. In 1913 they bought the Sim Huffaker place. This is the place where the old ranch is now. They lived there summers most of their lives and raised cattle to make their living. In 1914, they bought the first new car that was ever in Woodruff, a Model T Ford. They bought it from the Evanston Hardware Company because at this time they didn't know what a garage was.

In 1912, he built the hall, and it was the center of all the social activity in the ward and community. All the dances, basketball games, parties and reunions were held there. He played in bands, and orchestras, not only in the community but all through the country. He played in an orchestra for dances in Randolph for six years and rode a horse back and forth. He always loved to dance and has spent a lot of time dancing or playing for someone else to dance. He has always loved to see people have a good time. He was an outstanding athlete both in track and in the gym. He played basketball and wrestled all over the country. He was never beaten as a foot racer. He and his wife were both members of the choir, when Grandpa Putnam and John Neilson were leaders. He bought and sold cattle for a number of years and has always made his living raising and buying and selling cattle.

His is the father of six children: Alta, Elden, Delores, Bessie, Keith L and Virginia.

*Taken from the book "The First 100 Years in Woodruff".




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  • Originally Created by: Utah State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 146535
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Savannah Ezra Putnam (9 Feb 1882–30 May 1980), Find A Grave Memorial no. 146535, citing Woodruff Cemetery, Woodruff, Rich County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by A.Bell (contributor 46518784) .