Very interesting and moving posts regarding Pruetts.I basically just happened upon this site / discussion board this evening.What luck...
I am James Pruett from St. Louis, MO currently living in Chicago.My grandfather, Hubert Shelby Pruett (b Sep 2, 1900 in or near Kennett, MO; mother:Grace Shelby, b?) served in WWI, but did not see action.My grandfather's two sons (my father H. Shelby Pruett Jr. and my uncle Don Shelby Pruett, now also a doctor) both served in the military during the Korean War.Both were stateside ready to go, but were never called.
My brother and I were also either too young or now too old to serve in recent conflicts, but certainly feel strongly about our country, what it represents and our need to preserve our way of life.(Must be those Pruett blood lines!)I am feeling the support from our country for the actions it is taking and am happy to see it.I only regret (as does everyone) that it took a horrible event to bring such patriotism back to life.
Anyway, I enjoyed reading about the interesting events and the heroic military service of past Pruetts.I would love to know more, or find additional internet resources that would help me trace the lines.Also, it would be very interesting to view the military records if / where available.I have a long time interest in the Civil War.As I am a neophyte geneologist, I'm not really sure where to go.Any suggestions or additional family info?My address:firstname.lastname@example.org.Thanks, and again I enjoyed reading everyones comments on line.
PSHere is some interesting Pruett history about my grandfather.As a young man in the early 1900's, Hubert Shelby Pruett ended up at the Univ of MO to get his college degree.He played baseball for the Tigers and was noted as a real talent, and in fact, moved to St.Louis to play professional baseball after being recruited as a pitcher.As the story goes, while he intended to sign with the Cardinals, he went to the wrong office and ended up signing with the St Louis Browns!!In his rookie year (1922) he bested Babe Ruth 15 out of 17 times, and made a name by becoming known as Ruth's greatest nemesis - article in Sports Illustrated in 1989.After playing for several teams, he had earned enough money to go back to school at U of MO to become a doctor.He earned his MD and practiced medicine in St. Louis for nearly 40 years.He passed away in the early 80's.He loved jazz, as do I, and made recordings in his basement of many of the musicians that would travel through St. Louis playing gigs.My father remembers waking up for school hearing the basement jam sessions still going from the night before!He did not play an instrument, but certainly had a passion for the music.I am lucky enough to have inherited the last few remaining reel to reel audio tapes he held on to, as basically his entire collection of piano rolls and recordings have been donated to jazz societies or sold to collectors.Quite a slice of history, and I feel fortunate to be a part of it.