Wednesday is the birthday of Henry W. Putnam, a local working farmer who worked equipment, plowed, got dirty and helped other farmers less fortunate than him. He lived on Rt. 22 where Dale Bigelow now lives.
Mr. Putnam is the richest man who ever lived, worked and earned his excessive wealth in Essex township. He was known for his honesty, integrity, and generousness. During his life, Mr. Putnam was considered one of the richest men in the United States. While it's not necessarily a big deal for our area, no one has ever eclipsed his stature in our town. Next week I talk about the Essex man financing the Union.
Now we all know that Gertrude Everly, a U.S. citizen, is generally credited with the honor of being the first woman to swim the English Channel. She went on to continue swimming a wide variety of point to point locations. One point to point swim she never was able to accomplish was the swim from the Essex Shoreline to Vermont. "Sister" Mock of Essex who accomplished this task in the late forties was joined in the pantheon of swimmers last week by Deb Sue Miller who is the daughter of Dianne and David Lansing. Accompanying her during this feat was a flotilla of boats. Well, actually, the flotilla was her mother Dianne who paddled along side of Deb Sue in her canoe whilst singing "Row, Row, Your Boat." Hats off to them both. I know Deb Sue didn't swallow any Lake Champlain water cause she is still alive.
Did I tell you that on Oct. 11, at 5 p.m., Connie Fee and some of her voice students will be giving a free concert of Sacred Music in the Essex Community Church? Maybe for an encore we might get her to sing "Putsy, Putsy, Who Wants a Barrel of Cement?"
Finally, next week I will rant and rave about a letter from the RNC which has to be the most infantile, asinine, and intellectually insulting fund raising letter ever sent.