One of our former teachers who probably taught a majority of students returning for Homecoming is Elsie Gassiot. Elsie is loved by all her former students and they will be delighted to see her again. Along with her late husband. Cleg, they taught at least 26 years in the Pear Valley and Lohn Schools. With each passing year exact dates and places become a little less clear. Elsie can’t remember what year she and Mr. Gassiot came to Pear Valley, but a classmate of mine remembers that Elsie was her first grade teacher when started school at Pear Valley in 1929. Sarah Elsie Bible was born on May 28, 1907 at Whon, Texas in Coleman County. Her parents, Elijah and Cassie Moore Bible were the parents of two boys and five daughters. They were farmers. Elsie attended school at Whon. She graduated from Melvin High School in 1925. Elsie enrolled at Howard Payne College as did most of the high school graduates from this area. She took courses a few at a time and went to summer school. Her first teaching position was in a small one-teacher country school north of Santa Anna in 1927. She moved to a school south of Santa Anna which had two teachers. There she met and married Cleg Thomas Gassiot from Holley, Texas in Trinity County. They married on May 16, 1928 in Coleman. The Gassiots began a life together teaching in a small school near Ballinger. From there they moved to McCulloch County which would always be home to them. While at Pear Valley their only child, a son, Ronnie was born on May 10, 1937. In 1941 the Gassiots moved to Lohn after 12 years in Pear Valley. Mr. Ben Grant was superintendent replacing Jess Petty who had been at Lohn since 1927. Mr. Grant left to enlist in the armed forces after World War II began and Mr. Gassiot moved into the Superintendent job. Elsie always taught first grade. When their son, Ronnie, graduated in 1955 the Gassiots moved to San Antonio where they taught until retiring. They moved back to Brady in 1975. The Gassiots had and still have farming and ranching interests at Lohn. Mr. Gassiot passed away on Nov. 23, 1980. Elsie continued to live in Brady and made frequent trips to Lohn to check on the stock and keep and eye on things. She has turned all of that over to Ronnie, as he and his wife, Carol, moved back to Brady. Elsie has one granddaughter, Laurie, and grand son-in-law and two great grandchildren, a boy and a girl. They live in Jasper, Texas. Laurie and her husband, Rick are both teachers. Mike Griffice suffered a heart attack last week and was admitted to the Odessa Medical Center where the cardiologist found the right artery to his heart clogged. They were able to correct the problem and he was dismissed on Sunday, May 14. According to his brother, Jerry, he is doing okay. Margaret Bloomer enjoyed having her children home for Mother’s Day. Lavon and Imogene came earlier in the week to take her to the doctor. They spent the night on Tuesday and were not here on Sunday. Those who were here over the weekend were Buddy and Billie from Dallas, Jack and Linda from San Antonio, Gary and Cheryl Bryan from Winters, and Lowell, Garrett, Jeremy and Jason visited their maternal grandmother. Imogene and Wilson telephoned and everyone enjoyed a spirited game of Skip-Bo. Nadine Browning had lunch with her sister, Bill Brock, in Brady after church on Sunday. Larry Lohn came from San Marcos Saturday and stayed overnight at the farm. Bill and Betty Tedder came from Abilene Sunday and they all visited with Buna Lohn at the nursing home. Visiting with E.D. and Lottie Solsbery this weekend were Kay Gage and Molly from Rochelle, Fowler and Linda Solsbery from Brady. E.D. spent quite awhile in the hospital at Brady and has been back home for about a week. All of his many friends are hoping he will get to feeling better. We miss seeing him at the Post Office. Derrick Bobo came home from San Angelo where he attends Angelo State. He will be at his grandparents until summer school begins. Mike and Charolette Caldwell enjoyed having their son, Michael and wife Michele here for the weekend. Melissa Caldwell came home also. They celebrated Mother’s Day, and Melissa’s birthday with a cook-out and a birthday cake.

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