Many young girls enjoyed keeping scrapbooks of their school days as seen in a previous post about Catherine Donnell. Another such student who kept a recording of her time at Franklin Academy was Sarah E. Fant.
Her book is titled “School-Girl Days: A Memory Book” and includes newspaper clippings, photographs of fellow students, invitations, sketches, and much more.
Her memory book also includes her account of the first day of high school and what she encountered with other students, teachers, and school work.
Sarah was born November 12, 1899 to Joe L. and Minnie Lee Fant. Her siblings included Gordon Preston, Joe Louis, and John. Her father, Joe L., was an engineer for the local railroad.
After graduating from Franklin Academy in 1917, Sarah went on to marry James D. Poindexter on April 28, 1921. James worked as a clerk for the Columbus and Greenville Rail Road. In 1925, they were living at 1209 North Second Avenue in Columbus.
Sometime after 1925, James and Sarah moved to Milan, Tennessee where they lived with her in-laws Robert D. and Sallie B. Poindexter. They had one five year old son in 1930 named James.
According to the Social Security Death Index, Sarah died in Tennessee on November 14, 1990.
Her memories of Franklin Academy, however, survive in her scrapbook at the Billups-Garth Archives at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library.