Sac City Historical Society celebrates building’s past

SAC CITY – Sac City honored the Fourth of July by celebrating its community and its history.

The Sac County Historical Society celebrated the centennial anniversary of its museum. Built in 1913, the building was originally W.B. Wayt & Son Monument Co.

David Wayt, whose grandfather started the business which bears his name, was present with his daughter Marissa Wayt.

“I used to sandblast monuments, and then me and my brother would travel across the state with the truck setting monuments up at cemeteries,” he said. “I used to wash the windows here and mow the grass and clean the showroom.”

Wayt said he was proud to be a part of Sac City’s history.

“It’s pretty amazing,” he said. “I had the chance to take the business over when I was 18 but I declined. I told my dad I wanted to make it on my own. But, in hindsight, I should have taken it over.”

According to Wilma Fort, volunteer, the museum still has the original crane the business used to load granite into the building. The showroom and its lower level, where a tombstone would be ground, is now all part of the museum, which has since expanded.

“It was just this building when we started,” she said. “As you can see, we just got more and more things and didn’t have room, so we decided to build our village. We’ve got a general store. And then we brought the schoolhouse in. And worked our way around the whole court, moving the things in here out there.”

The museum is well-attended, Fort said.

“Even the younger people are beginning to get interested in, mostly genealogy,” she said. “They also like to see, and we have a lot of people. A lot of schoolkids, we entertain.”

In 1977, Kallin-Johnson Monument Co. of Fort Dodge purchased the business and its building. The Sac County Historical Society assumed ownership of the building in 1982 and opened it as a museum in July 1985, precisely 28 years ago.

Fred Bruns, president of the museum board, said the building inspires pride.

“I’m a believer in the past, and you see the architecture in this building and the way it’s withstood the years,” he said. “We’ve preserved a fantastic building.”

Eight blocks down Main Street, the community turned out for a car and tractor show.

“We’re going crazy with the car show today. We’ve got 86 entries and we have tractors and all sorts of cars,” Mona Schulte, co-organizer, said. “I have been involved with it for three years now, but the car show has been going on for several years.”

Schulte said she enjoys the car show.

“My husband got me started because he has several cars,” she said. “When we first started going together we would go all around to car shows. And then the lady that was doing this moved out of town a few years ago so we just kind of stepped in and have been doing this ever since.”

The event also served as a fundraiser, with T-shirt sales benefiting the Loring Family Hospice in honor of Marc Dettmann.