Out of gallery
1208 Hobbs, Sac City, boyhood home of Bert Wayt. Originally built in the 1920s and remained in the family until ~1942, when it was sold to purchase farm machinery. (Bert entered the Army in 1941 and had planned to serve out only the obligatory year hitch, but then the U.S. formally entered the War after the attack on Pearl Harbor, so Bert was called to active duty.)
1002 Main St., Sac City, home of Leon Reginald and Mary Blaine Lamoreaux Wayt. Older home than that of Leon's siblings and father, the building has gone through a number of changes over the years. For example, it's not hard to see that the rooms on the lower level covered with ivy were added to what was once a long open porch.
Out building next to the main building of the monument company built right next to the (now gone) railroad tracks. This building was used to unload large granite slabs that Mr. W.B. Wayt would ship after personally overseeing purchases made in the United States (Vermont, the Dakotas, and Minnesota) as well as Scotland. Evidently, Scotland had the more desireable stone.
Photo of what is now known as 'Wayt Corner' in the basement of the museum. There are a number of artifacts from the old business stored here, including this wood burning stove. If you look closely on the wall next to the large painting on the right, you can see a cluster of old invoices from the company (closeup next slide).
This is the entrance to the Sac County fairgrounds. Bert ran an ice cream stand here with a friend the year he graduated high school. The fairgrounds featured a 1/2mi dirt track used for horse racing, and eventually, auto racing. Cars could reach speeds of 60mph. The track was also used for high school meets, but could get pretty muddy at times. (Bert ran a half-mile race here in high school.)
Merriman Grocery located (interestingly) directly across the street from Olson's. Bert also worked here. In addition to the grocery jobs, Bert also worked in the Civilian Conservation Corp, did a stint with his grandfather's monument company, worked at the Dekalb Seed Company (before entering the War), and even took a turn as a disc jockey at station KWEW-1490 on the 'Old Fashioned Gospel Hour' program during the 1950s.