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On Wednesday evening, October 12th from 5pm until 7 pm, the Sayre Historical Society will host the 2nd Annual Oktoberfest craft beer tasting event to be held upstairs at the Museum location, 103 South Lehigh Avenue, Sayre.

Caption: Oktoberfest at Oktoberfest – Bluestone Brewing Co.’s Head Brewer Thad York (right) with P. J. Kennedy (left) holds their newly brewed Oktoberfest which will be highlighted at the Society’s Oktoberfest Event.

Skerpon Beverages of Sayre will offer their craft beers with a fall flavor for tastings and this year Blue Stone Brewery will be joining the fun with their locally made craft brews. There will be “small bites” available for guests to enjoy including meatballs and sauce, bratwurst and sauerkraut, beer nuts, pretzels, potato chips and other snacks.  The cost will be $10 and will include a Sayre Historical Society signature beer glass.

There will be special Oktoberfest music which will help set the tone for this fun-filled event. In addition, the new revolving exhibit on Milltown USA is on display, as well as a display on Smokey Joe Kennedy and the recently opened Centennial Time Capsule items are also on display.

Come to Oktoberfest at the Sayre Historical Society Museum for food, drink and fellowship with a bit of history included. The Sayre Historical Society is a non-profit historic preservation organization staffed by volunteers. The group is membership-supported and a recipient of United Way funding. The Sayre museum received the 2015 Clement F. Heverly Outstanding Service Award presented by the Bradford County Historical Society. Be sure to check the Society out at or “Like us” on Facebook.

Sayre prisoner of war featured in latest Sayre Quarterly

SAYRE – A story about a Sayre man captured by the Germans during World War II highlights the Fall issue of the Sayre Historical Society’s Quarterly.

Photo Caption: Cpl. Glenn Sutton, who was a prisoner of war during World War II, is recalled by his daughter in the Sayre Historical Society’s Fall Quarterly.

Glenn Sutton, an employee of the Bell Knitting Co. before he was drafted, was captured in Belgium in December of 1944 and imprisoned in a German prisoner of war camp. The account, written by his daughter, Nancy Fassett, includes a number of photographs, copies of telegrams announcing his capture and even a letter written by Nancy when she was eight years old. After he was liberated from the camp in May of 1945, he later was discharged from the Army and returned to the Valley. He was known as “one of the best mechanics” in the area, according to his daughter. He passed away on November 1, 1973 at the age of 62.

Along with the interesting account of Mr. Sutton, the Quarterly includes a story on a 1905 ordinance in Sayre Borough limiting motor vehicles to no more than 10 miles per hour. Another item is an early 1960’s brochure on the Donald Guthrie Foundation for Medical Research. Formed in 1942 by Dr. Guthrie, the Foundation supported research activities of the Robert Packer Hospital and Guthrie Clinic.

Gracing the center section of the publication is a photograph of the Lehigh Valley Railroad station in Sayre from 1966. The photo was made from an original color slide made by an unknown photographer.

The final feature in the Quarterly is an account of the recent “Sayre at 125” exhibit presented by the museum in its second story Rotating Exhibit Room. Commemorating the 125th anniversary of the founding of Sayre Borough, the exhibit examined the first borough council meeting on March 2, 1891 as well as the death of Sayre’s visionary founder, Howard Elmer, on September 9, 1892. The exhibit, which ran from April 2 to September 1, also included photographs and historical information on the 1893 railroad strike, the new railroad shops in Sayre, Keystone Park and “hometown hero” Tom Worthington, who starred in the 1949 Rose Bowl for Northwestern. Some recall the television broadcaster announcing the heroics of the young athlete from “Say-ree.”

The exhibit also included panels on World War II, the Sayre Canteen, the opening of the Valley War Memorial Swimming Pool in 1948 along with the last run of the Black Diamond Express train on May 12, 1959.

Other highlights were the dedication of Guthrie Square in 1957, major league baseball player Jeff Terpko, the Valley Railroad Museum which opened in 1985 and the Guthrie One helicopter crash on January 29, 1991 near Sonestown, Pa.

The exhibit closed with memories of the Century II building program at Guthrie Healthcare System, the Sayre Centennial Celebration in 1991 and the infamous Flood of 2011.

The back page of the publication includes a classic photograph of Joe Kennedy, affectionately known as “Smokey Joe,” peddling newspapers near the Robert Packer Hospital. The photograph taken by the late Luke Hutter of Sayre, was loaned to the Sayre Historical Society by John Lucy for an exhibit in the museum’s lobby.

The Quarterly is mailed four times per year to members of the Sayre Historical Society as part of their membership benefits. Individual copies are available at the museum on Saturdays from 10 to 4 and Wednesdays from 5 to 7 p.m., and at Carl’s Newsstand in Sayre.

The museum will be hosting Oktoberfest on Wednesday, October 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. featuring craft beers from Bluestone Brewing Co. and Skerpon’s Beverage and a sampling of food including meatballs, bratwurst, sauerkraut, and more. Tickets are available at the museum, from any board member, or at the door.

The Sayre Historical Society is a non-profit historic preservation organization staffed by volunteers and supported by funding from the United Way.

Be sure to check the Society out at or “Like us” on Facebook.