I have the death record for Ernest Putnam and you're right..his last name is spelled incorrectly on the record. It should be Putnam, not Putman. The informant for his d.c. was his son Herschel, so the error must have been created by the recording secretary or whatever. Part of the name problem was that Ernest's mother and step-mother had the surname of Putman and his father's surname was, of course, Putnam. His mother and step-mother were sisters. His mother, Julia Cordelia Putman died in childbirth. The father, Elmer Eugene Putnam, then married her sister, Viola Putman and together they had six more children. Altogether in this blended family there were 10 children, one infant from the second marriage having died as an infant. But, the Putmans in the Big Lake / Silver Creek area went by the name Putnam and so the surnames became all mixed up.
Also, on Ernest's death record, his date of birth is different then that in his obituary. The death record lists his date of birth as 1885 and the obit gives his birth yr as 1883. I think the 1900 census also has 1883 as his yr of birth.
Ernest worked as a druggist in Idaho for a number of years. Later he moved his family to Lindstrom, MN., and then to Elk River where he operated the Phillips gas station. At his death, he had lived in Elk River for 30 yrs.