Bessie Ely Gunstream was born in the year of Frisco's beginnings - 1902. Her family came to Texas in 1904 and planted their roots in Frisco in 1917. Her father was the first resident dentist in Frisco. Bessie graduated from Frisco High School in 1919; she and her brother Lawrence then obtained their teaching certificates and their first jobs were at the Bush school, a county school about seven miles east of Frisco. Bessie taught the first three grades and Lawrence taught the upper five grades. They made the daily 14-mile round trip from Frisco by a two-wheel open cart drawn by a horse! Bessie continued teaching and futhering her own education and in 1927 she married Alfred Gunstream. A year later, she became a primary grade teacher in the Frisco schools, a position she held for 14 years. During that time, Mrs. Gunstream was the first grade teacher to many of today's long-time residents and is remembered fondly for her role in their lives. She died in 1993.