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Putney, Annie/Anita

Columbus Items

Miss Annie Putney, the daughter of Judge R. W. Putney, left for a better world Friday evening. She was buried at the city cemetery at 1 p.m. Saturday, Rev. M. S. Hotchkiss officiating.

Weimar Mercury, May 3, 1890

Died in this city last Friday eve at seven o’clock, Miss Annie Putney, at the residence of her father, Judge R. W. Putney.

For several years she has been a sufferer from precarious health, and medical skill was powerless to prolong the gentle spirit’s stay in its clayey[sic] tenement. An indulgent father, a fond mother and loving brother, sisters, relatives and friends spared no exertion to hold the opening bud of her young life in its earthly bonds, but the Father who

”waits over the way
To prepare us a dwelling place,”

had need of her celestial beauty, and she blooms in the garden of Paradise.

Three years ago she adopted the Presbyterian faith and, though never before this time other than winning and dutiful, communion with the “Throne of life eternal” imbued her with love which she freely diffused

--”but like to some odorus spices,
Suffered no waste nor loss though filling the air with aroma.”

At 4 p.m. Saturday her obsequies were performed, the Rev. M. S. Hotchkiss, Pastor in charge of the Columbus Methodist church, officiating with fervent sympathy.

The large cortege of sorrowing friends departed from the silent city with the memory of the flower covered mound, whose sweet perfume arose like incense from censors, a perpetual benediction of hope and promise.

The Citizen extends sincere condolences to the bereaved parents and relatives, but words are impotent to soothe hearts wrung by such sorrows, and only the Great Physician can heal the wounds.

”Up to the bountiful Giver of life,--
Gathering home! gathering home!
Up to the dwelling where cometh no strife
The dear ones are gathering home.”

Colorado Citizen, May 3, 1890

Putney, Bennie H.


About 8 o’clock last Thursday night young Bennie H. Putney (living across the river about a mile east of town) was starting out in company with Mr. B. F. Anderson for a hunt. Deceased had proceeded only a few steps from the house when in attempting to climb over the fence his shotgun was discharged, the entire load taking effect above his left eye, killing him instantly. A strange fatality followed this family. There were only three of them, two brothers and a sister, the mother dying soon after the birth of the latter, and the bright little cherub in a few weeks following her to the land of bliss. In May, 1885, John Ellis Putney, a manly, industrious and popular young man of twenty-three, was killed by a horse falling upon him. And now comes this dreadful heart-rending accident which, in a moment of time, deprives the last one of the family of his young life, and casts sorrow upon the hearts of relatives and friends. Deceased was a son of R. J. Putney, of Lavaca, and nephew of Justice R. W. Putney and the proprietor of the Citizen, about twenty-three years old, of moral, industrious and exemplary habits, retiring manners and many warm friends. His remains were committed to the dust Friday evening at 4 o’clock, in the presence of many relatives and friends, Rev. J. A. Duncan, of the Methodist Church conducting the solemn obsequis. Peace to his remains.[Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, June 17, 1886

Putney, Emma (Jenkins)

Funeral Is Held For Eagle Lake Woman Over 99 Years Old

Eagle Lake, Texas, Oct. 28.--Eagle Lake Sunday paid honor to her oldest. citizen, Mrs. Emma Putney, who died at the age of 99 years, 3 months and 7 days. On July 19. Mrs. Putney celebrated her ninety-ninth birthday anniversary at her home.

She was born in Sparta, Tenn. In her infancy the family moved to Hot Springs, Miss., and in 1854 to Texas, locating at Columbus, coming to Eagle Lake 45 years ago.

At the age of 19 she was married to R. W. Putney. Her maiden name was Emma Jenkins. Soon after marriage, Mr. Putney was called to service in the Confederate army, where he served as first lieutenant in Griffith's command under Captain Cook and saw active service at Sabine Pass.

Of five children, Mrs. Putney is survived by only two daughters Miss Maggie Putney of Eagle Lake and Mrs. Willie Wicker of Houston. Six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren survive.

Mrs. Putney was the last of her family of 10 brothers and sisters. She was alert up to the last and she vividly recalled the privations of the pioneers. Her illness was of brief duration.

Funeral services were at the McCreary Funeral Home by her pastor, Rev. Joe E. Brown of the Presbyterian Church. Interment was in the Columbus Cemetery [ unknown] beside her husband, who preceded her many years ago.

Weimar Mercury, November 1, 1940, page 2

Putney, John Ellis


Died, at Eagle Lake, Colorado county Sunday, May 4, 1884, Mr. John Ellis Putney, eldest son of Richard J. and Mattie E. Putney, in the 22d year of his age. His untimely demise resulted from an accident while horse-back riding, the animal rearing up and falling back upon him, producing fatal injuries. Every medical attention was given him in the hope that though so badly wounded, he might recover. His many friend vied with each other in their kindly efforts to supply his wants, but all was of no avail. The Insatiate Archer who “loves a shining mark” had chosen him for his next victim, not the anguish of relatives, nor the exercise of medical skill, nor kind ministerings of friends, could avert the settled doom, and
“Gently he passed from earth to Heaven,
As stars fade from the night,
Or as the pearly dew exhales
In the sunbeam’s golden light.”
Ellis, though quite a young man, in his short stay in Eagle Lake, and associations in the vicinity, had cemented to him a large circle of warm-hearted friends. His perfect form, manly carriage and kindly address, added to a sweet and generous disposition, intuitively attracted those who love what is true and noble. His vices were few, his virtues many. In business he exercised spirit and energy, evading no duty, and in the even tenor of his way winning the esteem of those with whom he was associated. Universal regret was expressed that so promising a young man should thus die just entering the portals of an useful life; but there remains the consolation that he joins a cherished mother and sweet baby sister in the realms of bliss.

He was buried at the residence of Mr. James A. Harbert, (who never tired in good offices to him for years and years,) the ceremony being performed by the Rev. C. W. Thomas, of the Methodist Church. The stores were closed, and all classes attended the funeral.
Farewell, our Beloved; the path thou hast trod
Illumined by they footsteps, will lead us to God;
And through the sad world, whatever our fate,
We’ll follow thy footsteps to the beautiful gate. [Place of interment unknown]

Colorado Citizen, May 8, 1884

Putney, Richard James Jr.

Death of Mr. R. J. Putney.

Mr. R. J. Putney, one of Eagle Lake’s best citizens, passed away at his home in this city Tuesday evening at 9:45 o’clock after a lingering illness. Mr. Putney was a good man, and in health was always identified with our city’s best interests. He was a kind and loving husband and father and a loving and tender son. He is survived by a wife and five children, two girls and three boys, a heart-broken mother and three brothers, Frelding[sic], P. P. and Robert, to whom the Headlight extends its sincerest sympathy in their hour of deep sorrow. Mr. Putney was a Christian gentleman, a long time member of the Methodist church. The funeral services were held at the Methodist church Wednesday evening at 4 o’clock, with interment in the Masonic cemetery. Rev. J. T. Tracy, the Methodist pastor, officiating. The father of the deceased, Mr. R. J. Putney, Sr., preceded him in death about a year ago.

Mr. Putney had long been a prominent business man of the city, and until a short while ago was a member of the firm of the Eagle Lake Insurance Agency, disposing of his interests in same to locate in Western Texas, hoping that the change of climate would be beneficial to him.

The bereaved ones have the sincere sympathy of the entire community.

Eagle Lake Headlight, July 15, 1911, page 3

Putney, Richard James Sr.

Eagle Lake, June 17.--R. J. Putney, Sr., 75 years old, died at his home early yesterday and was buried in the Masonic cemetery by the Order of Odd Fellows. He leaves three sons in this city: P. P. Putney, city attorney, R. J. Putney, Jr. and Robert Putney, and a sister, Mrs. Jenkins of this city.

Weimar Mercury, June 25, 1909, page 2

Putney, Robert W.

A very sudden death occurred at Columbus Wednesday afternoon, and that city now mourns the death of one of its leading citizens. About 5 o’clock that afternoon, while chatting with friends at the Silver Age printing office, Judge R. W. Putney was attacked with a stroke of epilepsy, from which he began sinking rapidly, and never rallied, dying in about a half an hour afterward. Judge Putney was a respected, honorable citizen, liked by everyone, and his death is universally regretted. The Mercury extends its sincere sympathy to the bereaved family in their deep affliction. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, May 16, 1896, page 5

Putney, unknown

Eagle Lake cor. Citizen; It is with deep sorrow that we record the death of the little infant girl of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Putney. It was only about two months old, and after a lingering illness, died on the night of the 20th. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of he entire community. [Place of interment unknown]

Weimar Mercury, October 7, 1893
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