Tour of Sac City
with Bert Wayt

by Gregory J Winters
June 2009

Although our families originated in the West VIrginia Panhandle area (upon arrival to America from Europe), there were a number of folks who decided that they didn't want to farm on rocky hillsides at 45-degree angle, or later, work in the dreaded mines, so they headed for points west and south.  One branch ended up in Arkansas, another in Indiana, yet another moved to Illinois, another to Kansas and the Oklanhoma Territory, and still another to Minnesota.

There was another branch of Wayts who didn't bother stopping off 'early' in the Midwest and instead migrated all the way out to Iowa and eventually to Montana, Oregon, and California.  William Chalfant and Elizabeth McCallister Wayt bore almost their entire family in Western Pennsylvania, but many of the offspring did not survive beyond childhood.  Those that remained were toted off in the ol' family sedan, er...wagon and headed for points West.

After a number of important stops along the way (including Brookville, Indiana where son Benjamin Franklin was born), the family eventually ended up in Iowa - slowly working their way across the state until one of of them - Wooster Beach Wayt - ended up in Sac City, Iowa.

I was fortunate to catch up with W.B. Wayt's last surviving grandson, Mr. Wooster Bertram 'Bert' Wayt (photo below), in his home town of Sac City, and he graciously and expertly performed the role of historian and tourguide for the day.  Bert was born right in Sac County and worked at the monument company that his grandfather established in Sac City in 1890.

Below is a link to a nice Gallery of photos with information about Bert's life and town accompanying them.  We hope you enjoy this priceless piece of Wayt family heritage and join me in thanking Bert, his wife Helen, and their good friends Jim and Mary Kinkade in making this all possible.  Special thanks to Ms. Wilma Fort of the Sac City Museum who kindly came down to open the building on off-hours especially for Bert and myself to tour.  She was a wonderful and informative host!