Mike Frantz is a life-long resident of the Valley and a 1977 graduate of Sayre High School. He graduated from Bloomsburg University in 1981 and received his Masters Degree in Education from Elmira College. He has been an English teacher at Sayre since 1995 and lives in Litchfield with his wife, Yesim, and their son, Altan. Mike is the current editor of the Sayre Historical Society’s Quarterly publication and chairman of the Collections Committee. He formerly worked as a reporter and photographer for the Towanda Daily Review and was a volunteer with the Valley Railroad Museum in Sayre.


Past President

Ken is a lifelong Sayre resident. He resides in the home his grandparents purchased on Bradford Street in the early 1900s. His mother was born in the house; Ken was born at the Robert Packet Hospital in 1934 and has made the Bradford Street address his home most of his life. Ken and his wife Jeannette raised their three children there and are now enjoying their retirement years at the old homestead.

A member of Sayre Historical Society for 15 years, Ken is now serving a second term as President. He has been elected as the society’s Vice President and has served on numerous committees.

Since the acquisition of the former Lehigh Valley Passenger Station, he has devoted much of his society efforts in writing grants to fund the creation of the Sayre Historical Society Museum. Ken has secured grant and project funds amounting to over $400,000 for such projects as installation of new Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning system, installation of an elevator to provide handicap access to the entire building, several grants to provide for exhibits design and fabrication, restoration of the Black Diamond Express oil painting, as well as Technical Assistance grants to obtain expert guidance on creating well-designed museum exhibits and protection and storage of museum archives and artifacts.

Ken chairs the Administrative, Building & Grounds and Grants Committees and serves on several other society committees.

Since retirement in 1994, Ken has divided his volunteer hours between the Sayre Historical Society and the Robert Packer Hospital Volunteers. Ken, his wife Jeannette, and their son Kevin have each received the Robert Packer Hospital Volunteer of the Year Award; Jeannette in 2000, Kevin in 2003 and Ken in 2005. Ken has also been awarded the Presidential Service Award by President Bush and Lifetime Presidential Service Award by the Presidents Council on Service and Civic Participation.


Mary Lou Palmer has been involved with the Sayre Historical Society since 1990.

She is presently the secretary of the Sayre Historical Society, serves on the Administration Committee and is on the Board of Directors.

In the past, she has served as secretary, treasurer, editor of “The Quarterly,” and has served on the Board of Directors and the “Century of Memories” staff. She is the maker of the Sayre Centennial Quilt which has been displayed at the Society’s History Fairs.

Mary Lou resides in Waverly, NY and is one of the owners of the Friendship Star Quilt Shop in Sayre. She is a lifelong resident of the Valley, attended and graduated from Sayre Area Schools. She is a member of the Endless Mountain Quilt Guild and the Valley Business Women’s Network.

Her interests include traveling, theater, reading, and quilting


Nancy H. Brittain was born and raised in Bradford County, spending the majority of her life in Athens and Sayre. She has traveled to many places in and outside the United States, but she always looks forward to seeing the hills surrounding her home in the Valley where she lives with her husband Ed.

Nancy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Elmira College, which she earned while working full time at Ajax X-Ray, Inc. in Sayre. She has been with Ajax X-Ray, Inc. for over 25 years, is part owner of the business and serves as President and Business Manager.

Very active in the Sayre Rotary Club, Nancy recently completed a term as the President. During that time, she was instrumental in overseeing the renovation of the Sayre Historical Society Museum’s office and meeting rooms on the second floor—a very generous Sayre Rotary project. She also serves at the District Level as the Area Representative for the Rotary Foundation.

Nancy serves as the Chair for the NY-Penn Leadership Advisory Committee and is a member of the Board of the Foundrymen’s Group Trust and the Tioga State Bank’s Business Development Board.

A Board Member of the Sayre Historical Society since 2008, Nancy currently serves the Society as Treasurer, Chair for the Publicity Committee and the Finance Committee and as a member of the Administrative Committee and Arts in the Park Committee.

Assistant Secretary and Treasurer

Scott Chaffee, a sixth generation resident of Bradford County, is a native of Sayre with a longstanding interest in Sayre history. A 1981 graduate of Sayre Area High School, Scott was the Class Valedictorian.

Scott received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Geology from Juniata College and his PhD from Texas A & M University. He had teaching assignments at West Virginia State College, Lockhaven University of Pennsylvania, Grinnell College and Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas.

Over the years, Scott has served the Sayre Historical Society on several committees: Administration; Building and Grounds; Museum Collections, of which he had been chairperson; Finance; and the annual calendar. He also was involved with the “Save Sayre’s Past” campaign to acquire artifacts, documents and memorabilia for preservation.

Scott presently chairs the Computers and the Membership Committees. He also serves the society as Assistant Secretary and Treasurer.

He is a member of the Valley Chorus, the Che-hanna Rock and Mineral Club and the Reed Organ Society, and is a member and Treasurer of the Susquehanna Valley Audubon Society.


Carol Allen
Kenneth Bracken
Nancy Brittain
Scott Chaffee
Thomas Collins
Valerie Crocker
Michael Frantz
Thomas King
Maryanne Mader
Dr. Kenneth Meyer
Meade Murtland
Ted Pinkard
Mary Sargent
Gregory Deibler, Member-at-Large