Monday, October 27, 2014
“Sayre’s Ponds – Past and Present” By Jim Nobles Tuesday, November 4th
Sayre historian Jim Nobles will present the program. He is a life-long resident of the Valley and has a longtime interest in local history and especially the history of Sayre. In preparing the program, Jim made use of the writings of long-time local newsman Paul Seibel, the edited memories of Ruth Tozer Bixby of the Sayre High School science department, Elizabeth Wilcox’s book, Sayre and Early Valley History, and his own collection of photographs.
Only Island Pond and Packer Pond, of all of Sayre’s ponds, located on opposite sides of West Lockhart Street, remain today. Island Pond and surrounding area has become an attractive park after many years of neglect. On the other side of the street, Packer Pond has been reduced in size significantly over the years between efforts at filling it in and claiming portions of it for parking at the medical facility. Both ponds have been part of Sayre’s landscape throughout the borough’s history.
But Sayre had four additional ponds. All have disappeared from the scene and are now fading from memory, although at one time they were well-known features of the town. Jim's presentation will tell the story of these ponds and show rare pictures of each as he takes us all down memory lane, Sayre, PA.
Caption – Round Pond was located along Hayden Street in Sayre as part of the recreation complex of Coleman Field At one time a water fountain was placed in the center of the pond with water spraying to its edges. Playground equipment surrounded the pond.