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Fred Lynch

Audio Slideshow: Frony talks about his early career

Posted Monday, November 8, 2010, at 7:30 AM

Garland D. Fronabarger began his career at the Southeast Missourian in 1927 as a general news reporter. He had earned a degree in journalism from the University of Missouri from 1926-27.

Local photographs were seldom used at the time, so Frony reported on crime, sports, county fairs, floods and anything else that was happening. When the "photo bug" bit him in the mid-1930s, he became the newspaper's first staff photographer.

He took thousands of pictures over the decades, most of them with a 4x5 Speed Graphic. In 1964 he began a business column, the Metro Report, at The Missourian. He retired in 1986.

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  • EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!

    -- Posted by pmstewert420 on Mon, Nov 8, 2010, at 5:00 PM
  • Fred thank you!! What a blessing to have a sound clip of him!

    -- Posted by Ryan_K on Wed, Nov 10, 2010, at 1:02 AM
  • I'd recognize that gravelly voice anywhere. He was a man of few words, most of them gruff.

    This is my favorite shot of One-Shot Frony


    I was always more comfortable when he was at a distance.

    -- Posted by ksteinhoff on Fri, Nov 12, 2010, at 9:14 PM