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Dear Editor:
I wanted to express my thanks for your re-print of the article about Marilyn and me. We feel very fortunate to have spent a lifetime working with young people. Our story is not that unique–your own Perkins County High has had its share of long-time, dedicated educators to celebrate.
I did want to do just a little clarifying and supplementing. My mother, Mildred (Nelson) McGahan, was the first kindergarten teacher at Elsie in the early 1950s. After she left Elsie to come to North Platte, she was a special education teacher in the North Platte Public Schools for 25 years. Prior to her marriage to Bill McGahan in 1942, she taught country school in the canyons near Wauneta and at Kneble school north of Grant.
It is worth noting that my sister, Beth, is retiring from St.Pat’s business-technology classroom after 40 years in education. She taught 20 years at St. Patrick Academy Sidney and 20 years at St. Pat’s North Platte.
My brother, Jim, and his wife Martha both taught for 35 years in the Grand Island Northwest district.
My sister, Teri, taught a number of places as a member of the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville, Ky.
Perkins County will always be “home.” Five generations of our family have a place in the Elsie cemetery–our brother, John, both our parents, four grandparents, four great-grandparents and a great-great-grandfather. Our family has farmed the same ground for 125 years–since William J. McGahan homesteaded it in 1886. John and Jane Culver now farm the “homestead.”
We greatly value our Elsie heritage.
Thank you again,
Bill McGahan
North Platte