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52 Ancestors – Wedding of Dorothy and LLoyd

This weeks challenge theme was “Wedding”. My parents were married on May 22 1937 in Davis California. They constantly had this ongoing difference of opinion about their wedding date. One would swear it was the 21st and the other knew it was the 22 of May. Here is the actual license as recorded by the county of Yolo.

Marriage License Lloyd Fletcher Putnam and Dorothy Ada DOugherty

Marriage License
Lloyd Fletcher Putnam and Dorothy Ada Dougherty

The wedding took place at the home of the parents of the bride.

Dorothy Ada Dougherty and Lloyd Fletcher Putnam May 22, 1937

Dorothy Ada Dougherty and Lloyd Fletcher Putnam
May 22, 1937

When my sister married on 16 May 1987 (50 years later). She had Moms wedding gown redesigned for her.

16 May1987

16 May 1987

52 Ancestors ~ #24 Etta Jane Francis ~ A Little bit Country.

Do you have relatives that embarrass you? As a teenager I was easily embarrassed by some of my family, but back then I was embarrassed by just about everything, then I decided that instead of allowing myself to be embarrassed by my grandmother (my fathers mother), I would accept her as a unique character. It worked well with my grandmother, however I could not do that with my Dad, guess he was too much in my daily life. After we moved away from the ranch when I was 10, I only saw my grandmother a few times a year. To say she was a little bit country was kinder then my mothers comment that her in-laws were hillbillies.

My Paternal grandmother was Etta Jane Francis. She was born 26 June 1889 in Elderwood, California to Gilmore C. and Caroline (Batson) Francis. Her sister Grace was born two years later on 5 April 1891.

Etta Jane Francis early 1900

Etta Jane Francis
early 1900

In the 1900 US census we find Ettie (10 years old) with the family in Orosi township, Tulare county, California. Her father Gil is renting a farm  and both girls are in school.  Etta only goes to school through the eighth grade. She grows up on a poor dusty ranch/farm in Tulare County.

1900 US Census Orosi, Tulare County, California

1900 US Census
Orosi, Tulare County, California

She meets Ira B. Putnam better known as Ike when she is 15.

Etta Francis and Ira Putnam Elliott Ranch prior to 1910

Etta Francis and Ira Putnam
Elliott Ranch
prior to 1907

On 15 July 1907 they get married.

Ira (Ike)  and Etta Jane Putnam Wedding 15 July 1907

Ira (Ike) and Etta Jane Putnam
Wedding 15 July 1907

In 1910 US census we find Etta and Ike in Visalia living on the county road from Goshen to Tulare , later to become Highway 99. Ike is shown as owning the farm.


1910 US Census Visalia, Tulare County, California

1910 US Census
Visalia, Tulare County, California


On 3 May 1912 Etta and Ike ‘s son is born and they name him Lloyd Fletcher Putnam, using Ira’s fathers middle name of Fletcher.

Two years later  on 10 June 1914 their daughter Gertrude Eunice is born.

Ira, Etta, Lloyd & Eunice

Ira, Etta,
Lloyd & Eunice

In the 1920 US census we find the family in the Linwood Precinct, of Visalia, Tulare county.

1920 US Census Visalia, Tulare County California

1920 US Census
Visalia, Tulare County California

Both their families had pioneered the Three Rivers and Visalia area. In the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s the families still took cattle up to the meadows near Three Rivers for summer grazing. They would also all go hunting and fishing. I have lots of old snap shots of the Mineral King and Sequoia areas that they frequented.  This snap is not so clear but it does show how Etta would dress during that era.

Etta Jane Francis

Etta Jane Francis


Ike and Etta continue living on the ranch and raised their two children. They were not getting rich but they were able to send their son to the Ag. School at Davis California for two years and their daughter to a beauty school in Fresno. That’s a lot more education then Etta herself was allowed.


Ike and Gay   1940's

Ike and Gay

After an extensive back and forth to the doctors in Santa Barbara,  Etta lost her husband Ike to cancer, 19 April 1948.

While I have no memory of Grandpa Ike, I have lots of memories of our grandmother. When my oldest sister was a toddler she had trouble saying grandma and some how it became gay. From then on Etta Jane to her family members was ‘Gay’. When we were sick and mom was working Gay was the one who stayed with us. She just lived down the lane and we were often running in and out of her home. I remember the “buster brown” shoes she bought me at Gottschalks in Visalia in the early 50’s. I hated those shoes but I still had to wear them. She would take us to the Drive-in theater, there was a playground up front under the big screen for children to play in before the movie started. I was pretty young when  I tried to find my way back to the car one evening and got lost. I was starting to panic when she came after me, I was so glad to see her. Going to the feed store with Gay was a real treat because she always stopped at the Visalia A&W for a root beer on the way home.

Etta belonged to the Visalia Garden Club. She loved her roses. While she did not have a large garden she loved those rose bushes and I can see her standing there with her hose watering those flowers. Unlike her sister-in law Lena, Gay always wore a dress, to be more specific it was a “house dress” and more often then not she had an apron on over it. She used that apron for everything. She shooed away the dog out of the yard by flapping it, carried eggs wrapped in the hem, wiped our face with the corner or found tissue in one of the pockets for our runny noses.  It was Gays old car that I fell out of twice. Once in the driveway and once when she was turning onto one of the streets in Visalia. No worries I was never hurt but it cured me of leaning on the car door, even if it took me two times to learn, no car seats back then. I still can see her in our yard in Placerville yelling at the top of her lungs for me to get home.
Gay was an artesian in her own way. She crocheted. She was never idle. She could not read the pattern directions but she would look at the picture and could duplicate the pattern precisely. I hate to throw away those pillow cases that have her beautifully crocheted edges. She crocheted the outfits for all our story book dolls She had a small porcelain high heel slipper that she used as a pattern to make crochet slippers from, then she would soak them in sugar water and let them dry stiff  on the form then carefully remove them from the porcelain piece and set them on her tables for decoration. I thought they were lovely. Of course she also made lots of doilies, bedspreads and tablecloths.

Table Cloth about 1960 by Etta Jane (Francis) Putnam

Table Cloth about 1960
by Etta Jane (Francis) Putnam


I was very lucky to have my grandmother in my life for so long. She died 3 March 1982 in Visalia, California and is buried in the Visalia Cemetery where so many of her family members are also buried.

Etta Jane (Francis) Putnam

Etta Jane (Francis) Putnam



52 Ancestors #12 – Lloyd (Swede) Fletcher Putnam



Lloyd F. Putnam circ. 1930

Lloyd F. Putnam
circ. 1930

With one of the local communities celebrating “Viking Fest” this weekend, my mind started thinking about my dad and his nick name, Swede. I thought since my Dad and his sister were always the toeheaded children that the nickname might have some basis in fact. As so often happens for me ……… wrong!

Lloyd F. Putnam

Lloyd F. Putnam

Eunice & LLoyd

Eunice & Lloyd


Ira, Etta, Lloyd & Eunice

Ira, Etta,
Lloyd & Eunice Putnam


So this is my dad. Lloyd Fletcher Putnam  Born to Ira (Ike) Blossom Putnam and Etta (Gay) Jane (nee Francis) on May 3 1912 in Los Angeles, California. His sister Gertrude (Babe) Eunice was born two years later on Feb. 20, 1914. Lloyd and Eunice grew up on a ranch/farm outside of Visalia, California.

They all had nicknames, heck even the cows had names. The milk cow was always called Blossom. My older brother and sister had nicknames.

I guess by the time they got to the last two kids they ran out of ideas. We were just who we were, Madeleine and Ada.

Well back to Dad, this was about Dad.

After graduating from high school his family sent him up to the state Ag School in Davis. Where he spent two years and met his future wife Dorothy Ada Dougherty. They were married on May 21, 1937.

During World War II Lloyd tried enlisting in the service but was turned down as 4F. This was due to an accident when he was a teenager. He had a broken arm that had not been set properly. It had never effected his playing sports or hunting but when he turned his hand over his lower arm did not rotate properly. Unable to enlist in the Army he worked in the states as a civilian heavy equipment operator, working on the construction of airports. I do not think he ever worked on the Ranch again. After the war he spent a couple of years (1952-1953) in Okinawa helping on the construction of an airport there. He was on the Road Construction Crew that built Hwy 50 through Placerville. That was when we moved there.

I think that he got the nickname “Swede”,  while he was in Okinawa. It was always his co-workers and drinking buddies that called him “Swede”.  I can still see him coming home from working on those large Caterpillar Blades, taking off his hard hat to exposed that white forehead and the rest of the face was a bright red under all that dirt. His hair went from blonde to a white grey, just as his mothers had. Since I was only two when my grandfather died I do not remember what his coloring was like, but Dad definitely looked like a “Swede”.

Lloyd died on October 23, 2000.




52 Ancestors #11 Dorothy Ada Dougherty – My Mom

Todays blog is in honor of Mothers Day. For my mom.

Dorothy Ada Dougherty

Dorothy Ada Dougherty

All that I am or hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother ….Abraham Lincoln

My mom has been gone 27 years now and yet I still think of her everyday. Happy Mothers Day.

Dorothy Ada Dougherty was born Nov. 2, 1914 in Davis California the oldest child of J.E. and Ada Richmal (Heap) Dougherty. Mom had red hair and green eyes. She was tall about 5’8″.

Her two bothers were Robert Edwin, and Walter Lyle Dougherty.

Dorothy, Robert, and Walter Dougherty

Dorothy, Robert, and Walter Dougherty

Mom remembered the house in Davis on A street. She told us:

It burnt down when my mother left a hot iron unattended.



A. St. House Davis Calif. circ. 1915

A. St. House
Davis Calif. circ. 1915


Mom graduated from high school at 16. She attended Sacramento City College for her first year.

Dorothy Ada Dougherty clippings


Mom was quite the actress and Director of plays not only in high school but throughout her college years. The year she attended university of Calif. at Davis she was one of only three girls in UCD’s Sophmore class. She transferred to Madison Wisconsin and the university there for her final year.


Upon graduating she tried to get a job in the San Francisco Bay Area. Even with a college degree jobs were scarce in 1935 The best she said she could do was in a “5 and dime” store (guess that would be a Dollar Store today). On May 21, 1937 in the garden of her parents home she married Lloyd Fletcher Putnam, who she had meet while he attended UC Davis.

Dorothy & LLoyd Putnam

Dorothy & LLoyd Putnam


Lloyd and Dorothy had 4 children. I’m the youngest.

Putnam Kids circ. 1950

Putnam Kids
circ. 1952


In 1952 when I started kindergarten, Dorothy began her teaching career in Visalia, California at Carrie Barnett School. She tried teaching eigth, sixth and fourth grade. She settled on fifth grade. In 1956 we moved to Placerville, California where Mom taught at Mother Lode as a fifth grade teacher. She later taught at Charles Brown School. She had to stop teaching about 1966 when rheumatoid arthritis so severely effected her legs that she became wheel chair bound.

I remember as a first grader complaining to mom that she spent too much time at home on her school work. After that Mom tried to complete her lesson plans and grading papers and the like at school. I know she was a great and  conscientious  teacher. She tutored various students through the years who were having trouble with their school work. I remember her working with one young girl in the late 50’s early 60’s at our dining room table on weekends who needed help with English, Spanish was the girls native language.

Mother of four, grandmother of 7, and a great grandmother before she died on 24 August 1987.

On Mother’s Day I salute my mother for contributing to the lives of many and being most appreciated by this daughter for making our home as stable and comfortable as possible while working full time. I still use moms receipes on a regular basis. One of my favorites is a simple and delicious receipe for rice pudding, if you do not already have it, I can share.


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