Joe Putman

Pea Ridge High School 1932-33

Located in the Northwest corner of Arkansas' Ozark Mountains, Pea Ridge has a population of approximately 5,000. It is the site of the 4,300 acre National Military Park which preserves the location of the Civil War "Battle of Pea Ridge" fought in 1862. The Battle of Pea Ridge is considered the largest Civil War battle fought west of the Mississippi. With the Union troops emerging victorious at the battle, the Confederate Army's move to occupy Missouri was halted there. A portion of the historic Cherokee "Trail of Tears" (Northern Route) passes through the park.

Pea Ridge, Arkansas, 1930's

Pea Ridge, Arkansas, 1930's.

Photo Courtesy of Butch Putman

The three photos below are thought to capture the scene in Pea Ridge during the run on banks of the 1930's. Joe's grandfather, J. M. Putman, was a banker in town, and Joe's father, Albert Putman, was an avid photo hobbyist. Both had an interest in the events of the Great Depression. These photos were thought to be taken by Albert Putman. In the distance can be seen a crowd of people surrounding a business on the main street of town which is thought to be a bank. J. M. Putman also sat on the Bank Board and was well informed about which banks in the area were in difficulty.

Pea Ridge, Arkansas, 1930's.

Photo Courtesy of Butch Putman

Pea Ridge Arkansas 1930's.

Joe Putman attended Pea Ridge High School, as did his brother, Rex, and Joe's future wife. During his high school years, when Joe's chores on the family farm were completed, he made extra money painting signs in the windows of the shops and stores in Pea Ridge. These signs advertised sales events and decorated the windows for the holidays. He would later attend Woodbury College and Bisttram School of Fine Arts in Southern California studying Art with an interest in entering the field of Advertising.

At the time these photos were taken, Pea Ridge was primarily a small, family-farming community and many of the students depicted worked after school and summers on the family farm harvesting crops and caring for the livestock. The high school photo shows all grades attending Pea Ridge High School during the 1932-33 school year.

Pea Ridge High School 1932-33

Photo and Legend courtesy of Jessie Putman

Each student in the photo is numbered and each number corresponds to the Legend listed below. Also attending but not present when the photo was taken are: Onita Easley, Lucille Patterson, Irene Mount, Lynn "Chicken" Ricketts, John Black, Hugh Patterson, Marie Patterson, and _______ Hardy (Nelson Hardy's brother). If you are able to identify anyone in this photo who is not named, please contact: art@carolputman.com

LEGEND

1.

2. Joe Watson

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4. Prior Armstrong

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6. Forrest Mason

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10. Rex Mabry Putman (Joe's younger brother)

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13. Alta Harris

14. _____Gardner

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17. Beatrice Hart

18. Pauline ________

19. Louise Broadhurst (married Nelson Hardy)

20. Joleen Patterson

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22. Clorine Stevens

23. ______ Beaver

24. Gene Butrey

25. Carlos Lee

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29. Joe Putman

30. Joe Price

31. Clyce Walker

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33. Don Price

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36. Mrs. Hattie Miller, Home Economics

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38. Maxine Smith

39. Irene Messer

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46. ______ Littlefield

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49. Elizabeth Hickman

50. Mr. Sampier, Principal

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52. Anna Mabel Harris

53. ______ Kline

54. Jessie Jane Harris

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59. Paul Broadhurst

60. Pauline Sampier (Mr. Sampier's sister)

61. Maurine "Maxine" Mount

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63. Edra Fay Warren

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65. Flo Woods

66. Zoe Carden

67. Aileen Evans

68. _____Gardner (brother to #14)

69. Maxine Gramling

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72. Mr. Walker History and Basketball Coach

73. Mr. Woods, Argiculture