W. G. PUTNEY.
For ten years W. G. Putney has been superintendent of the schools of Weston, which under his direction have made
a rapid and substantial advance. His life history sets at naught the old adage that a prophet is not without honor
save in his own country, for Mr. Putney is a native son of Saunders county, where he has won distinction as an
able educator His birth occurred June 14, 1870, upon a farm near Ithaca, which was the homestead property of his
parents, George J. and Elvira (Griffey) Putney, mention of whom is made elsewhere in this work.
His youthful days were spent upon his father's farm and he began his education in one of the primitive pioneer
schools. The little building was not plastered and the pupils had to sit on rough board seats. He started to school
when but four years of age and his mother, who taught for one term, was his teacher. He afterward went to school
for three months in the summer time until nine years of age and later had the privilege of attending school in
the winter seasons for three years. He was then old enough to work and left school in the spring term, studying
only through the cold winter months until he entered the high school of Wahoo in 1885, from which he was graduated
four years later. Immediately afterward he took up the profession of teaching, which he followed for two years
and at the end of that period entered Elliott's Business College of Burlington, Iowa. When he had completed his
course there he taught in the college for over a year and since that time he has at different periods attended
Fremont College, continually broadening his education in that way and also by private reading and study, eventually
securing a life certificate upon passing the required examination. For a number of years he continued in both teaching
and farming, his father owning the tract of land of which he had charge, being the only son. He gave up farm work,
however, when in 1906 he came to Weston to accept the position as superintendent of the schools at this place.
He. has since occupied that position of responsibility and under his guidance the schools have made rapid progress.
The school system of Weston had no standing at the time he took charge of the high school and is today on the credit
list of the university. He bent every energy toward improving conditions in the schools and uplifting the standard
of instruction and his efforts have been most effective and beneficial.
On the 8th of March, 1893, Mr. Putney was married to Miss Myrtella Bellows, the wedding being celebrated in Perkins
county, Nebraska. Mrs. Putney, however, is a native of Wyoming county, New York, and by her marriage has become
the mother of a daughter, Vera, who was born in this county December 27, 1895, and is a graduate of the Weston
high school with the class of 1913. She is now taking special vocal training at Wahoo. Mrs. Putney is a graduate
of the Kansas Conservatory of Music at Leavenworth and is a successful teacher of music. She holds membership in
the Presbyterian church but both Professor and Mrs. Putney attend the Methodist Episcopal church of Weston.
He has membership relations with the Yahoo lodge, A. F. & A M ; also the Royal Arch chapter at Wahoo; Mount
Tabor Commander, K. T., at Fremont, Nebraska; and Sesostris Temple of the Mystic Shrine at Lincoln. He is likewise
a member of Wahoo Lodge, No. 99, K. P., in which he has passed through all of the chairs, and Ithaca Lodge, No.
317, A. O. U. W., in which he has filled all of the offices, and both he and his wife are connected with the Eastern
Star chapter at Wahoo. They are most highly esteemed and occupy leading positions in those circles where true worth
and intelligence are received as the passports into good society. Professor Putney's labors have been a most effective
force in raising educational standards and at all times in his teaching he has held with Kant that "the object
of instruction is to train each individual to reach the highest perfection possible for him."
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Saunders County, NE
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