The Logan County Genealogical Society, Inc.
Established In 1981
submitted by Nelda Brown Alkadimi
|It struck me one day not long ago that I knew so little about many of
my teachers. There was an aura of mysterious wonderment surrounding them.
I felt in awe of their status as "teacher." I thought of Miss McClellan.
As a high school
student, it seemed as if she came with the building and its fixtures. She was part of the scene, an important part of the goings-on of the Guthrie High School. She was a caring and loving teacher.
I guess we all knew Miss McClellan's first name was Myra and that she loved
to teach, that she was well respected
Here is what I now know about Miss McClellan. Born in Mount Pleasant, Iowa
in 1898, Myra was the eldest child
In the Logan County History, Volume I, pages 450 & 451, it is written
that Miss McClellan and her brothers attended
Upon graduation, Myra borrowed money from her father to attend Central State
at Edmond for summer school,
Miss McClellan taught her first school at Banner near Pleasant Valley, between
Crescent and Lovell. She roomed and boarded with the Stearnes family for
$4.00 per week and her salary was $45 per month. Her next school was at Fair
Myra attended summer school every year to earn her A.B. degree in 1927 from
Central State and later earned her
Among Miss McClellan's achievements are little known facts. She helped organize
the first FFA class, and along with
During World War II, Myra was principal of Cotteral School, taking Clifford
Wright's place while he served in the
Miss McClellan served her community in so many ways. She was Worthy Matron,
Guthrie Eastern Star Chapter #12, volunteer at the Logan County Hospital,
director of Teen Town, Mobile Meals, and a Docent at the Oklahoma
Myra McClellan believed that teaching a country school gave her good experience
since she bore all the responsibility.
At age 93, Miss McClellan died in late October 1991, and is buried in the
lot with her parents at Guthrie's Summit
After her death, there was an estate sale whereupon my sister purchased Miss
McClellan's rolling pin for my collection.