Putnam Hunkie Reunion Held Saturday

by Josh Overholser on June 28, 2014 at 11:56 am

Those from Putnam, both young and old, turned out Saturday to celebrate being a Putnam Hunkie.

The second Putnam Hunkie Reunion was held from noon to 4:00 p.m. Saturday at the VFW in Putnam. The "Hunkie" name originated from the large Hungarian population who lived and worked in the area in the early 1900s, and the name has stuck ever since. Donna Totten Stotts came up with the idea for a reunion last year as a way to reconnect with friends she had created such great memories with from a friendly little neighborhood.

"You had eye-to-eye contact with the people," Stotts said. "You knew who someone was. It wasn’t just a voice. It was actually getting to know your neighbors, and that’s what I loved about it."

Bill and Linda Houston currently live in Florence, Kentucky, but both grew up in Putnam. They made the drive back to Zanesville Saturday on their 50th wedding anniversary to show their Hunkie pride.

"We were kind of like hoodlums, what some people would call us," Bill Houston joked. "We considered ourselves Putnam Hunkies then, and we consider ourselves Hunkies today. Always will be a Hunkie."

Over 400 people were in attendance to enjoy food, drinks, and of course, good friends. Stotts said they do not plan to have a reunion next year but do hope to have more in the future.