Local man has collection of yearbooks

A local man possesses another copy of the 1936 Tigerlaire, the first yearbook from Frenship High School published during the district’s first year in existence.

Royce Pruett contacted Frenship Today after seeing an article about the 1936 yearbook. Pruett’s copy has two names and titles handwritten on the front, including Eleanor Moore, Senior, and L.M. Hargrave, Voc. Ag. Teacher. Moore is not mentioned inside the yearbook, but Hargrave is in photographs with other teachers.

His mother, Addie Pruett, was a janitor in the district during the early 1970s, he said, and when several yearbooks were being thrown out, he said she rescued those from several years.

“When they started to throw those away, she grabbed some,” said Pruett.

Addie Pruett died in 2004, but left her house to her son, who has kept the yearbooks because he said they really did not take up much space.

Pruett said his mother probably did not keep the yearbooks out of any particular interest in history.

“It was just the type of person she was,” said Pruett, noting that his mother did not like to see anything thrown away.

Some of the 15 Frenship yearbooks he possesses are from his own and his brother’s time in Frenship, and one is a yearbook for elementary and middle school ages. The years that he has include the original 1936 yearbook, as well as non-sequential yearbooks from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

Although Pruett said he did not graduate from Frenship, he attended school there until eighth grade. He would have been a member of the class of 1958.

Not only does Pruett already have a sizable collection of Frenship history in the form of the yearbooks, he would like to expand his collection to include the books from 1947 to 1951.

Pruett served in the Navy for four years and retired from maintenance at Hillcrest Country Club in 2002.

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