Sayre history highlighted in Summer Quarterly

Sayre history highlighted in Summer QuarterlyYoungsters enjoy the Sayre swimming pool under the watchful eye of a lifeguard in a 1960 photograph from a collection of items recently donated by Sandra Paluzzi to the Sayre Historical Society. The photograph is one of several item included in the Summer issue of the Sayre Historical Society’s Quarterly. (Sandra Paluzzi Collection)

The Summer Quarterly from the Sayre Historical Society has an illustrated cover story on Wayne Howland, a former railroad engineer, artist and writer. The 20-page booklet also includes a program from the 1892 Sayre High School graduation, early 1960’s photographs from the Sandra Paluzzi Collection, the “fallen hero” Murphy brothers from World War I, and a unique artifact of history relating to the honorable discharge of Robert Hall from the U.S. Marines in 1974.

The Quarterly is a member benefit of the Sayre Historical Society and copies are delivered by mail to members four times per year. Individual copies are available from the Sayre Historical Society and Carl’s News Stand in Sayre.

Wayne Howland was a Lehigh Valley Railroad engineer who documented the railroad era of the middle 20th Century in both words and pictures. Two of his detailed paintings were featured on calendars of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers in 1965 and 1966. Howland also authored a number of articles for Railroad Magazine. An excerpt from “Mother Hubbard and Muzzleloaders” is included in the Quarterly.

Howland was born in Mansfield in 1899, the son of William C. and Leaphy A. Tomlinson Howland. According to his obituary in the Sept. 17, 1976 Evening Times newspaper, Howland was a talented mechanic, self-taught artist and longtime employee of the railroad until he retired in 1966.

Three photographs from a donation of items from Sandra Paluzzi, daughter of the late Eugene Paluzzi, shows swimmers at the Sayre High School swimming pool in 1960 as well as committee members of the Knights of Columbus and the 1960 “Catholic Man of the Year” Nicholas Alteri. Individuals depicted in the photographs include Michael Skerpon, Gene Paluzzi, Joseph Burkhart, Robert Landy, Richard Lynch and Mr. Alteri.

Other items in the Quarterly are the Murphy brothers who died in service of their country during World War I, two of 12 Sayre men who died in the war. The young men, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Murphy of Stevenson Street, were reported deceased only weeks apart in June of 1918, exactly 100 years ago. A display on “The Fight for Liberty: Sayre in World War I” is currently on display at the Sayre Historical Society until Sept. 5.

Another story covers the unique experience of Pvt. Robert P. Hall of Sayre who was discharged from the military on August 9, 1974 on the same day President Richard Nixon resigned from office.

“The First Sergeant said President Nixon has resigned at noon today and to hang on to your discharge papers because they may be worth something,” Hall recalled.

He later had the discharge papers signed by President Gerald Ford, who succeeded President Nixon in office. The discharge paper and Hall’s service photograph are included in the story as well as on display at the Sayre Historical Society.

The Quarterly also includes a family picture of the Wayman family of Sayre provided by Lavern Chandler. The nine members of the family include Sarah (Sally) Wayman Chandler, Florence (Flo) Wayman, Aliza Wayman Gorman, Clara Wayman Wright, Richard Wayman, Mose Wayman, David Wayman, Willard Wayman and Ross Wayman.

In researching his family history, Chandler also discovered information about his grandfather, Ross Wayman, Sr., who was born Dec. 1, 1894 in New Albany, Pa. and served with the Wagoner Supply Company, 50th infantry, 20th Division during World War I.

The Sayre Historical Society is member-supported and staffed by volunteers. It is funded in part by the Bradford County United Way and the Bradford County Tourism Promotion Agency. Visit or Facebook for additional information.

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