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Rose and Joe Folsom

Rose and Joe Folsom

Joe and Rose Folsom of Lincoln keep in touch with their alma mater at the western end of the state and are pleased they were able to designate that a portion of their estate will go to Chadron State College.

Rose moved to Chadron following graduation from Sidney High School in May 1949 and soon met Joe Folsom, an all-around athlete at Chadron State. They were married in July 1950, just prior to the start of his senior year when he earned his third letter in football and fourth letter in basketball with the Eagles.

Following graduation, Joe taught business, economics and world history and coached basketball for 40 years in Nebraska high schools. His first stop was in Ogallala, where he took two of his teams to the state tournament. The 1957-58 team went 18-2 and was the Class A runner-up. In 1980 when the late Jerry Mathers published his "Nebraska High School Sports," Joe was selected as the all-class Coach of the Year.

After the stint in Ogallala, the Folsoms moved to North Platte High, where Joe led another team to the state tourney. He went to Lincoln High School in 1968 and spent 15 years as an assistant coach for the Links. He continued to teach until retiring in 1991.

After staying home to raise their four children, Rose enjoyed working 17 years as assistant manager of a Russell Stover candy store and 10 years as a sales clerk at a B. Dalton bookstore. She shares her husband’s passion for athletics and the Folsoms' planned gift will create a scholarship for a student majoring in physical education.

To learn more about ways you, like the Folsoms, can support your passions and Chadron State, contact Ben Watson at or 308-432-7007.