in a Burkett Pecan Shell:|
Born with the arrival of the Texas and
Pacific Railroad in 1880, Putnam had previously been known by the much more Texas-sounding
name of Catclaw.
The name change came with the opening of a post
office. The namesake is said to be General Israel Putnam - a Revolutionary soldier
more famous in Connecticut than in Texas.
Around 1910 Putnam had a chance
at becoming a health resort for its water. But the biggest "Water town" in Texas
Wells wasn't all that far away. Hopes were dashed before anything got off
The population was a respectable 250 persons in 1890 and
by 1940 it was bursting at the city limits with 487 Putnamites.
Original (Grafted) Burkett Pecan Tree >
did achieve a modicum of fame by being the source of the Burkett Papershell Pecan....
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Merlin Mitchell from Putnam, Texas
Dear TE, I am a WWII Veteran and served
with a man from Putnam, Texas. He was a very special person to me and would like
to find out, if possible, his last known whereabouts. His name is/ was Merlin
P. Mitchell and her was a fighter pilot - flying Spitfires with the 307th Fighter
Squadron, 31st Fighter Group. He was shot down and taken prisoner by the Germans.
I had heard that he had attended one of our reunions. Unfortunately it was one
that I didn't attend and I haven't been able to hear any more about him. If anyone
in Putnam (or anywhere else) has any information on Merlin Mitchell, I would greatly
appreciate it. - Bill Dickerson, email@example.com, Owasso, Oklahoma, November