Niseley Elementary School
543 28 3/4 Rd Grand Junction, CO 81501 ~ Phone (970) 254-5900 ~ Fax (970) 243-3065
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History of Frank Nisley
Mr. Nisley taught for more than half a century. He was county superintendent of schools from 1933 to 1937. He was born February 27, 1878, at Blairstown, Iowa. His parents were John and Emily Nisley. He graduated from Blairstown High School. He then attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he received a bachelor of philosophy degree. He began his teaching career in Linn County, Iowa, and later became superintendent at Shueyville, Iowa. He married Sara Delvena Kephart August 30, 1905 at Shueyville. Mr. Nisley was high school principal at Tipton, Iowa, and superintendent at Springvale, Iowa before moving to Colbran, CO in 1909. Mr. Nisley served as superintendent of Collbran High School for four years. Mr. and Mrs. Nisley and family moved to Fruitvale in 1918 and lived there until his death. He served as superintendent of Fruitvale schools for 14 years. For a short time, Frank was an educational adviser for the Civilian Conservation Corps, and he was secretary for Ross Business College. He was also engaged in vanadium processing in association with his son, Frank Jr.

He returned to the classroom as a teacher at Clifton in 1941 and taught in Fruitvale and Clifton schools until January of 1953. Mr. Frank Nisley passed away February 23, 1956. Nisley Elementary was build and dedicated October 16, 1958. Contrary to some beliefs, Frank Nisley never owned the land where the school is located. His home was 1/4 mile west on 28 1/2 Rd. The home was where the Nisley Apartments are now located.

 
He returned to the classroom as a teacher at Clifton in 1941 and taught in Fruitvale and Clifton schools until January of 1953.