Another item from the collection at the Billups-Garth Archives created by a local woman is the scrapbook of Catherine E. Donnell from 1916. It is titled “School Friendship Book” and chronicles Catherine’s time at Franklin Academy, the first public school in Mississippi.
The scrapbook includes photographs of other students, family members, and teachers; a roll of the 1916 class; signatures and sayings by her fellow students; newspaper clippings; invitations to concerts, celebrations, and events around Columbus; sketches; and much more.
Catherine also included a section, completed ten years following her time at Franklin Academy, that records what has happened to her fellow classmates since graduation!
Catherine grew up in Columbus and lived at 515 Military Road. Her house still stands today. She went on to work as a bookkeeper for the Columbus Marble Works.
A photograph of Catherine was also included in the recent book “Images of America: Columbus” by Mona K. Vance. The image is of Catherine and her sister Margeretha playing with dolls in front of their house in 1910.
Additional images from the Franklin Academy Scrapbook below: