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Sunday, July 28, 2013

A Friend of Wesley: I.M. Putnam

When Wesley built its first wooden structure in 1910 at NW 32 and Military they were helped by the donation of chairs by I.M.Putnam.  

The astute ladies also salvaged some chairs from a pavilon that had burned in Putnam Park.  Applying elbow grease and some fresh paint they augmented the rough plank seating in the wooden building with sawdust on the floor.

Putnam was one of the architects of residential planning in early day Oklahoma City. He promoted home ownership and boostered Oklahoma City via his company Putnam Real Estate.  His chief competitors where named Shartel and Classen.

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Become a Friend of Wesley

A special "Friends of Wesley" group is made of individuals, organizations, and businesses who wish to support the historic preservation of the century old and historically significant Wesley Methodist Church (Wesley United Methodist Church) founded in 1910.

The inspiring windows dating to 1928 honored people significant to local Oklahoma City history but also to the history of Oklahoma Methodism.

The church founding and development was guided by lay people who were leaders in Oklahoma City development in real estate, banking, business, and education.

It stands as a rare remaining example of Methodist Churches in the English Gothic style and as work by a significant early architectural firm.

Donations may be sent to:

Church Treasurer
Wesley United Methodist Church
1401 NW 25th
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma