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Hayward Putnam, outdoors enthusiast

Hayward Putnam, outdoors enthusiast

Hayward L. Putnam, a recreational-vehicles salesman who wrote a popular weekly Harford County outdoors column, died of pulmonary fibrosis Jan. 16 at Stella Maris Hospice. He was 75 and lived in Jarrettsville.

Born in Bel Air, he grew up on his grandparents' Jarrettsville farm, where his grandfather was a blacksmith.

"He sang Gene Autry and Roy Rogers songs while milking the cows," said his daughter, Elizabeth "Beth" Holt of Red Lion, Pa. "He grew up tending livestock."

Mr. Putnam was a 1955 North Harford High School graduate. He enlisted in the Maryland National Guard and served for six years.

"As a young man he hunted and...