Jonas Putnam


A Remarkable Case.

Fifty-Two Years A Workingman

In The Employ Of One Firm---

Confidence, Respect And Fortune The Result.

At the present time when the daily press is so full of strife going on among the laboring men of the country, it is of interest to record the circumstances connected with the life of the man whose picture we here present, who has nearly completed his fifty-second year of work at the Estey Organ works in Brattleboro, Vt.

Jonas Putnam was born in Guilford, Vt., in 1814, and in 1835, at the age of 21, moved to Brattleboro, and began work for Jacob Estey---who has since become so celebrated as the head of the great organ house---continuing in the work of manufacturing lead pipe, pumps and plumbing material for many years, until Mr. Estey entered the organ business, and has continued uninterruptedly with him since.

He never had any differences with his employer, but has grown up in those intimate relations which are so conducive to neighborly and friendly feeling. One of his sons is a foreman at the organ works. Mr. Putnam has always remained as a workman at the bench, receiving a reasonable compensation, with which he has been satisfied, and by prudence and sobriety has accumulated a handsome fortune, and takes as much interest in the success of the establishment now as his employer does.

Mr. Putnam has two peculiarities, one of which is to go to the street or village store every evening, and see his old neighbors and inquire after their health, and the other is to go to all the excursions. He was never known to take a glass of liquor, and is respected by all who know him for his sterling worth. There are other men at the Estey organ works, who, we understand, have been there ten, twenty, thirty and more years, illustrating the permanency of the relations between the old fashioned New England employers and their workmen.

Vermont Phoenix, April 1, 1883.

[From the Rutland Herald, 30th inst.]


Jonas Putnam.

Jonas G. Putnam, whose death occurred Tuesday evening at his home on Clark street, had an extraordinary record, having been employed continuously by one concern for 56 years.

He was born in the neighboring town of Guilford February 15, 1814, being one of the five children of Goodwin Putnam. His father died when he was nine years old, and he lived with another family in Guilford from that time until he was 21, when he came to Brattleboro and entered the employ of the late lamented Deacon Jacob Estey.

Mr. Putnam's first work here was as a teamster, and he was employed by Mr. Estey during the years in which he successfully conducted the lead pipe and plumbing business, still remaining in Mr. Estey's employ when the latter began the manufacture of organs. For many years he has had a position in the iron department in the Estey shops, working steadily until the first of March, since when he has been ill with a kidney difficulty, which caused his death.

He was married in 1839 to Cynthia Daniels of Dummerston, then living in Brattleboro. Her death took place nine years ago. Three children were born to them. One died in childhood, and two are now living, Adjutant E. H. Putnam and Mrs. Harry Kinson.

Mr. Putnam was a man of quiet manners and has never been prominent in any way, but he was, nevertheless, a man who was known by the entire community, and everywhere respected. He was for may years a member of the fire department, but the only other organization to which he belonged was the Good Templars, and he was a strong temperance advocate. . .

Years ago Mr. Putnam was one of a number of men who made up a hunting club in which great interest and pleasure was taken. The only survivor of his comrades in this sport is George W. Estabrook of this place.

The funeral will be held today at 2 o'clock at the Methodist church. The Estey shops will be closed and the workmen will attend in a body to pay the last tribute of respect to the veteran employe of the company. The Estey company issued a circular to the employes announcing in fitting terms Mr. Putnam's death and the closing of the shops.

Vermont Phoenix, May 22, 1891.


Lincoln Breed Boar. The Subscriber informs the Public, that he has a very fine Boar, of the Lincoln Breed, and all who wish to procure this kind of Hogs, (decidedly the best ever in this section) can now have an opportunity. Inquire for the Subscriber at Estey's Lead Pipe Shop. Jonas Putnam.

Vermont Phoenix, November 22, 1844









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