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52 Ancestors-#36- Ira Blossom Putnam- Grandpa Ike

Ira "Ike" Blosspm Putnam

Ira “Ike” Blossom Putnam

Best known to all by “Ike”, he was born Ira Blossom Putnam on 30 March 1883 in Three Rivers, California. The son of Joseph Fletcher Putnam and Ida May Clough.  That name always bothered me, not Ike but Blossom. It was especially strange that every cow we ever had was called “Blossom”. When my sister and I were working on the family history we had this  “Aha!” moment. We discovered that Ike’s mothers step father was Ira Blossom. Blossom being his surname. So Ike was actually named after his step grandfather.

From the time that Ike and his two sisters were born until about 1892 the Putnam family lived in Three Rivers, California. In the Voter Registration book for Fresno County in October 1892 Joseph Putnam registered to vote. The precinct was called Sequoia and the Post Office was Camp Badger. Whether the whole family was living there is hard to know, possible since Ida May’s mother and step father were also living in Three Rivers, Ida May and the kids stayed there while her husband worked at Camp Badger to earn extra money. It may have been a logging camp. I have not found any information on Camp Badger. I did find a small community called Badger in Tulare county north of Visalia at approximately 3,000 ft. elevation near Sequoia and Kings Canyon. Could be the place.

In 1894 Ike’s grand father Joseph Putnam died in Clements California.

In 1896 I found Joseph Fletcher Putnam is in the Voter Registration book for San Joaquin County listed as a farmer in Clements. I take it that Joseph has gone home to Clements to take care of his fathers farm.

In the 1896 Voter Registration book for San Joaquin County Joseph Fletcher Putnam is still there. This time He is listed as a Saloonkeeper.  So is his family in Clements?

The next record I have is 1897 where Ida May marries a Charles Peters in Tulare County. They later move to Los Angeles.

In the 1898 Voter Registration book for San Joaquin County, Joseph Fletcher Putnam is still there and is again listed as a Saloonkeeper.

I found it interesting that Ike’s father moved up and down California so much and wondered if the kids were shuffled along with him or did they stay in Three Rivers all this time?

1900 US Census Santa Clara, California

1900 US Census
Santa Clara, California

In the 1900 census we have Ira B. Putnam at 16 years of age with his father and his two sisters, Lena and Blanche, in Santa Clara.

Lena, Ike, Blanche Grace and Joseph F. Putnam

Lena, Ike, Blanche
Grace and Joseph F. Putnam

They were not his only siblings. His father had been married previously and he had two older sisters Grace being the eldest and Alice who I believe Ike may have never met. His mother was also married previously and she had C.E. (Ed) Bryant, Maud Bryant, and Allace (Alice) Bryant.  In this same year (1900)Grace, Ike’s older sister, has married a George Bryant and that family is living in Alameda, not so far away.  “And that’s another story.”

Later that year (1900) Joseph Fletcher marries Elizabeth Potter.

Anyway back to Ike. On 15 July 1907 Ike married Etta Jane Francis in Visalia California.

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

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

The 1910 US Census shows Ike and Etta in Visalia. They are shown on the county road Goshen to Tulare. Ike is shown as a farmer who owns his place free and clear. From this I would ascertain that they are on the Ranch that my older brother and sister remember. Which would now be between the end of  Walnut Ave. and Hwy 99 West of Visalia.

1910 US Census Visalia, Tulare County, California

1910 US Census
Visalia, Tulare County, California

 

 

Etta, "Ike" and baby LLoyd

Etta, “Ike” and baby Lloyd

Their son, Lloyd was born 3 May 1912 and their daughter, Eunice was born 20 Feb. 1914.

 

"Babe" (Eunice) and Lloyd

“Babe” (Eunice) and Lloyd

From the 1910 census until his death “Ike ” lived and worked the Ranch outside of Visalia.

His mother died in Los Angeles February 1932. and his father died later that same year in December in Visalia.

Ike died 19 April 1948.

My paternal grandfather died before I could know him. I was sure my siblings all would have memories. My brother who is 6 years older then me wrote:

I was six or seven when he passed away,  do not really remember much.  They had sold the major portion of the ranch and had only kept the 20 acres where we grew up.  I remember before they sold the ranch, going to the milk barn with dad and the milk man would always put me on the roof to be out of his way.  That was when they would come to pick up the milk in the milk cans.  Also remember picking up prunes after they were shaken from the tree.  When they killed a hog they would scald it in a big iron tub and scrape the hair off the hide.  Mom would render the fat and we would have cracklings. After they sold that portion of the ranch and built the house between the one we lived in and aunt babes, he had cancer and they amputated his leg.  I remember him walking on crutches.  I have a picture from grandma Gay of him and Dad, holding a rattle snake he had killed. He loved the three rivers area, and we had relatives’ there.  He was always kind and thoughtful

So then my older sister who is 8 years older called me to relate her stories to me.

I remember when the family would go Posting up to Three Rivers. That’s  what they called it when they would go get Posts for the Ranch. There were rattlesnakes everywhere. Out there where that big oak tree was, was a Prune orchard. When Sweringer bought that piece he took all those Prune trees out and planted cotton. I use to follow him (Grandpa Ike) around when he picked blackberries in the garden, he had a big garden. I’ve never found nectarines as good as Ike’s. Maybe because he grafted everything. I remember the pomegranate tree, it was there as you drove up the lane and came around the house on the left you could see the pomegranate tree.

When I asked about his having his leg amputated she said:

Yes they had to do it twice. They took it off below the knee and then they had to go back in and take more. I was really devastated. All I really remember is his lying there in that bed at the house.

So my other sister who is just eighteen months older really has no memories. She does have a photo that has a story about her taking an egg to Grandpa Ike to show him.

I.B. Putnam Visalia Times 1948

I.B. Putnam
Visalia Times 1948

 

 

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52 Ancestors-#30-Ida May Clough-3 Marriages-7 Children

This week we are looking at my paternal great grandmother Ida May Clough.  Her story may be a little confusing, she had both Madeleine and I confused for years. She was married three times and had 7 children.

Ida May on Nellie

Ida May on Nellie

Ida was the daughter of Orson Clough and Julia Marsh, born  on 29 December 1854 depending on what census we look at Ida May was born in Illinois, New York, and California. We know that there was at least one other child from this union, William Orson Clough had been born 23 November 1851.

Madeleine, my sister and research partner, had found Julia Marsh (Ida May Clough’s mother) in the 1850 US census in the Benjamin Clough family in Hamburg, Erie County, New York. Julia is only 18 and listed last, probably a domestic servant. Orson (Ida May Clough’s father) is 22 and the son of Benjamin and Lydia Clough.

150 US Census Hamburg, Erie county New York

1850 US Census
Hamburg, Erie county
New York

In the 1855 New York Census for Hamburg we did find B.J. (70) and L. Clough (68), and W. Clough (4) listed as gchild. But without Orson or Julia in the household. From a biography on William O. Clough he states that his father moved to Illinois in 1856.

In the 1860 US census, I did find a Benjamin Clough(50) and a Lucinda (42) with a young child Lucinda (9) and a William Clough (9). In DuPage, Will County, Illinois but no Orson or Julia. Madeleine, my sister, had located early on during one of her searches in the Library in Amador county an Ida M. Clough (6) in Amador County with a Almira Surface in 1860.  So the big Question has been “where is Orson and Julia in the 1860 US census?” If any one stumbles upon them please let us know. And who is this Almira Surface to the Clough’s?

1860 US Census Amador County, California

1860 US Census
Amador County, California

In October of 1860 Eveleyn Clough is supposedly born to Julia (Marsh) Clough in California. And at the same time she is reported to have married Ira Blossom in California. Julia (Marsh Clough) and Ira Blossom settle in the Three Rivers Area east of Visalia, California

In the 1870 US census, Elliott township San Joaquin county, California we find an Ida (14) Clough in the A.A. Clough (37) family. This may or may not be our Ida May. If any one knows this Clough family and can prove or disprove this I would love to hear from them.

I have located a marriage of an Edwin D. Briant (Bryant?) in San Joaquin county to an Ida May Clough on 22 February 1872. Not sure if this is ours but it fits. Their first child Clarence Edwin Bryant b. 28 Dec. 1872. Their next child  Allace Bryant  (according to 1900 census) was born in December 1874. We have not been able to find a specific date but I have found her death record that only shows the year of her birth. The last child to this union is Maud Bryant who was born in October 1876.

In 1880 Ida (Clough) Bryant (26) is a widow  with three children. I have not been able to determine what happened to Mr. Bryant.

In the 1880 US census we find Ida May (Clough) Bryant in Amador County, California  on 3 June with Orson Clough (53), Jenna (37) his wife, Kate Herbert (18), William Herbert (16), Nelly Herbert (11), Hilda Clough (7), Libba (6), Amy (3), Ida Bryant (25) wd. , Clarence (7), Allace (5), Maud (3).

1880 US Census Amador County, California

1880 US Census
Amador County, California

 

On 30 December Ida May (Clough) Bryant marries Joseph Fletcher Putnam in San Joaquin county. Joseph F. Putnam is raising his daughter (Grace) from an earlier marriage to Fanny Stewart on his own. Fanny had deserted him in 1878 and taken their 2 year old daughter Alice with her to Kansas never to return leaving the older child Grace behind. Joseph filed for divorce in April  1880 claiming desertion and was awarded a divorce.

30 December 1880 Marriage Ida May Clough to Joseph F. Putnam

30 December 1880 Marriage Ida May Clough to Joseph F. Putnam

From this marriage Ida (Clough Bryant) and Joseph Putnam have four children. Arthur who dies in infancy, Ira Blossom b.30 March 1883 in Three Rivers , California, Lena A. b. 12 August 1885 in Three Rivers, California, and Blanche A. b. 12 August 1888 in Three Rivers, California.

 

Lena, Ira, Blanche Grace, and Joseph F. Putnam 1897 Photo courtesy of Frances Steggs

Lena, Ira, Blanche
Grace, and Joseph F. Putnam
1897
Photo courtesy of Frances Steggs

23 April 1897 we have Ida M. (Clough Bryant) Putnam marring C.T. Peters in Tulare, California. Hey, what happened to her marriage to Joseph F. Putnam? From the Photo above you can see that Joseph F. Putnam and his children are back in Clements where he grew up.

0 US Census, Fresno, California

1900 US Census,
Fresno, California

In the above 1900 US census we find near the bottom Charles T. Peter (30) a laborer at a sawmill with wife Ida M. (Clough Bryant Putnam) (45) and Clarence Bryant (27) s.son.

I do not see them in the 1910 US Census but they do appear in the 1914 City Directory for San Pedro which is in the Los Angeles Area.

Blanch, Ike and Lena Putnam Maud Bryant, Mother Peters, and Allace Bryant

Blanch, Ike and Lena Putnam
Maud Bryant, Mother Peters, and Allace Bryant

The above photo of Ida (Clough Bryant Putnam) with her adult children was probably taken some time around 1920. The only child missing is C.E. (Ed) Bryant.

Below is a photo of Ed in his Spanish American War outfit.

C. E. Bryant

C. E. Bryant

In 1920 we find Ida (Clough Bryant Putnam) Peters (65) widowed  at her daughter, Alice (Bryant) (45) Corsen’s home. Also in the same household is her other daughter Maud (Bryant) (43) Tyler   and Edwin (16) Tyler who would be Ida’s grandson.

1920 US Census Los Angeles, California

1920 US Census
Los Angeles, California

I the 1930 US census for Los Angeles Ida M. (Clough Bryant Putnam) Peters (75) is Living now with her daughter Maud (Bryant) Tyler (53) widowed working as a telephone operator and Fredrick F Tyler (25), Maud’s son, a fireman for the fire department. Ida May’s daughter Allace (Bryant) Corsen dies 2 December 1931.

 

1930 US Census Los Angeles, California

1930 US Census
Los Angeles, California

Ida May (Clough Bryant Putnam) Peters died on 6 February 1932. Her death certificate shows her birthdate 29 December 1854. Birth place is listed as unknown City , State of California. I do not believe that is accurate. When we look to see who the informant was it shows a L.M. Koontz of County Farm, Calif. It does list her parents as Orson Clough b. New York and Julia Marsh b. New York. The cause of death for Ida May was Chronic Myocarditis which she had been treated for over 1 year.

 

Death Certificate Ida May Peters

Death Certificate
Ida May Peters

 

 

 

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