Charles Utley Putnam, who is president of the First National Bank of the Thousand Islands, of Alexandria Bay,
is considered a leading banker of Jefferson County. He was born at Alexandria, March 2, 1873, the son of Squire
Utley and Nancy (Townsend) Putnam.
Throughout his life Squire Utley Putnam engaged in general farming and stock raising and was the owner of a well
improved farm of 150 acres in Jefferson County. Both he and his wife were born at Alexandria. He was a Democrat
and served as assessor of Alexandria, being very active in local affairs. He was a trustee of the Methodist Church.
He and his wife are buried at Plessis, N. Y. Their children were: Charles Utley, the subject of this sketch; Frank
M., who lives on the Putnam homestead; and Lulu, married Dr. Byron Haskin, lives at Theresa, N. Y.
Squire Utley Putnam was the son of John A. and Marietta (Keech) Putnam, who were natives of Oneida County, N. Y.
Both are buried at Plessis. Nancy (Townsend) Putnam was the daughter of George W. and Harriet A. (Hoyt) Townsend.
The former was born at Brownsville, Jefferson County, and the latter at Plessis. He was a farmer and also owned
and operated a wagon, carriage, and sleigh shop.
Charles Utley Putnam received his early education in the Plessis public school. In 1894 he was graduated from Potsdam
Normal School and the following year completed a course of study at Eastman College. Before entering normal school
he had spent some time in the employ of W. H. Thompson & Son, hardware dealers, of Alexandria Bay, and after
his graduation from Eastman College he continued with the company as bookkeeper. He became bookkeeper in 1896 for
the Exchange Bank of Clayton, and in April, 1900, came to Alexandria Bay as one of the organizers of the First
National Bank of the Thousand Islands, being its first cashier. The bank's first deposit is dated April 16, 1900.
Upon the death of A. C. Cornwall, president of the institution, Mr. Putnam became president.
In 1897 Mr. Putnam was united in marriage with Miss Georgia Dillon, the daughter of James and Corintha (Augsbury)
Dillon, natives of Alexandria. Mr. Dillon, who lives retired at Alexandria Bay, is a Civil War veteran and the
only surviving member of the James A. Campbell Post, G. A. R. His wife is deceased.
Mr. Putnam is a Democrat, and for 20 years held the office of treasurer of the Methodist Church. He belongs to
the Kiwanis Club and Chamber of Commerce, and has the following lodge affiliations: Alexandria Bay Lodge, F. and
A. M., No. 297, Past Master; Theresa Chapter, R. A. M. No. 149, Past High Priest; Watertown Commandery, K. T. No.
11, Media Temple; and Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He also belongs to the Alexandria Bay Sportsman's Association.
The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932
Jefferson County, NY
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