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Dr. Lincoln Frank Putnam



Dr. Lincoln F. Putnam
October 3, 1892 - March 31, 1972

Dr. Putnam was born October 3, 1892 in Rome, New York to Frank L. Putnam and Marie Jordan Putnam. He practiced in Blessing c 1917-1918. He was in Blessing by March, 1917 and left upon his marriage on May 27, 1918. He registered for the World War I draft on June 2, 1917 in Matagorda County. His address was recorded as 87 Drew Ave, Houston. He was born in Rome, New York. He was a single physician with no dependents. His physical description was medium height, slender build, gray eyes and light hair.

On May 27, 1918, Dr. Putnam married Gertrude Pearl Corse (April 16, 1899 - October 3, 1991), daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. W. Corse, and they had a daughter, Jean L. born c 1921.

1900 Census - Houston, Harris County, Texas, Clay Avenue
Frank L. Putnam, 34, b Sept. 1865, New York;, Policeman
Marie J. Putnam, 34, b Aug. 1865, France
Florence Putnam, 8, b June 1891, New York
Lincoln Putnam, 7, b Oct. 1892, New York

1910 Census - Houston, Harris County, Texas
Frank Putnam, 42, b New York, Plumber
Marie Putnam, 44, b France
Lincoln Putnam, 17, b New York
Arthur D. Putnam, 6 mos, b Texas
Hadley, Eliza, 64, servant

1921 - Stationed in El Paso, Texas

July 5, 1924 - Putnam family returned to San Francisco from Manila, Philippines on the ship, Thomas.
Lincoln F. Putnam, 31, b October 3, 1892, Rome, New York
Gertrude C. Putnam, 25, b April 16, 1899, Montpelier, Vermont
Jean L. Putnam, 3, b February 3, 1921 El Paso, Texas

1930 Census - Fort Sill Military Reservation. Lawton Township, Comanche County, Oklahoma
Lincoln F. Putnam, 37, b New York, US Army Major
Gertrude C. Putnam, 30, b Vermont
Jean L. Putnam, 9, b Texas

May 1, 1942 - Lincoln F. Putnam from M. C. Fort Sam Houston to Balboa Heights

May 25, 1942 - Salt Lake Tribune, Lincoln F. Putnam M. C., Fort Sam Houston to Panama Canal Dept. revoked

1942 - The 8th Evacuation Hospital was activated on August 19, 1942, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Lincoln F. Putnam, who had been the commanding officer of the 3d Evacuation Hospital.

On 17 January 1943 Lt. Colonel Putnam suffered a perforated ulcer which caused major abdominal discomfort. He was operated on immediately that night, and the following day received orders promoting him to Colonel, effective 31 October 1942. Immediately following the promotion, Lt. Colonel E. C. Drash was appointed temporary CO and on 28 January, Putnam was returned to the ZI. The loss of Putnam came as a major regret to the unit, which had relied on Putnam's expertise and service with Fitzsimons General Hospital in the ZI.

March 31, 1972 - Colonel Lincoln Frank Putnam died at Brooke General Hospital at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. He had retired in 1945 and had been living about 25 miles northwest of downtown San Antonio in Grey Forest, Texas, Route 15, Box 214C. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery - Find A Grave page

Gertrude died on October 3, 1991 in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas.


Collegeport, Texas, May 28.―On Monday evening, May 27, at 9 o’clock at the First Church of Collegeport, the many friends of one of the town’s fairest daughters filled the church to its doors to witness the marriage ceremony of Miss Gertrude Pearl Corse, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. W. Corse, and Dr. Lincoln F. Putnam of Houston, Texas, 1st lieutenant, 7th Cavalry, U. S. A.

The church was artistically decorated with hundreds of roses and ferns intermingled with stars and stripes; the alter banked with white roses, was draped with a large flag and over which hung a white wedding bell of cape jasmine. Preceding the ceremony, Miss Elmina sparks sang “Because” and as Mrs. E. C. Van Ness struck the first notes of Lohengrin’s Wedding March, the ribbon bearers, Merle Campbell, Mary Louise Clapp, Helen Duckworth and Virginia Moore, were followed by the ushers, Misses Miriam and Ruth Glasser, Anna Van Ness and Elmina Sparks, all in white organdy. Miss Lena Corse was lovely in white organdy as maid of honor, walking alone, her arms filled with American Beauty roses. The groom entered from the vestry with his friend, Mr. A. L. Hershberger of La Porte, preceded by Rev. Murray A. Travis. The bride with her father presented a picture of fairy loveliness as she approached the alter her arms clasping a cluster of Marguerite daises, dressed in a simple net gown, enveloped in a wedding veil that is an heirloom and which was serving the fourth bride in the family. The groom was immaculate and soldierly in his dress uniform and the ring ceremony was pronounced by the pastor of the First Church, Rev. M. A. Travis, this being the first wedding ever performed in the church.

After the ceremony, the bride’s mother, Mrs. S. W. Corse, was a charming hostess to the bridal party and out-of-town guests at the Corse home, where the many gifts were displayed, glass, silver, linens, etc., and after refreshment the bride, attired in a handsome going-away suit of blue and white, tossed her bouquet into the arms of Miss Elmina Sparks, and was whirled away by automobile to bay City, where they boarded the train for Houston, the home of Lieutenant  Putnam’s parents, after which the happy couple will go to El Paso where will follow many good wishes from Collegeport friends and from Blessing where Dr. Putnam has been living the past year.

Matagorda County Tribune, May 31, 1918

Monday night Miss Pearl Corse, daughter of Judge S. W. Corse will be married to Lieut. Putnam. The wedding will be a military affair. The young couple will spend a few days in Houston and then go to El Paso where Lieut. Putnam is stationed.     Matagorda County Tribune, May 31, 1918

Capt. and Mrs. Lincoln Putnam drove here from Denver where he has been stationed at Fort Logan. He has been transferred to Fort Sill where he will report at the end of his furlough. Mrs. Putnam will be remembered as Pearl Corse, one of our early time girls. Their little daughter (was little once) Gene is with them and all are having an enjoyable time with the Corse family.     The Daily Tribune, July 16, 1929

Major and Mrs. Putman are visiting Mrs. Putnam's parents Mrs. and Mrs. Corse for a few weeks. Major Putman is stationed at Fort Sill Oklahoma.     The Daily Tribune, August 25, 1931

Major and Mrs. Lincoln Putnam, who have been visiting the latter's parents Mr. and Mrs. Seth Corse, are due to sail from San Francisco May 7, for Manila where the major will be stationed for three years. They are accompanied by their daughter, Miss Jean.     The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, April 28, 1932

Major and Mrs. Putnam, who have been visiting the latter's father Mr. S. W. Corse for the past month, will leave for Washington, D. C., first of the week.     The Matagorda County Tribune, Thursday, July 25, 1935


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