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City Council creating display to honor all Lock Haven mayors

PHOTO PROVIDED Multiple members of council favored this example of a city seal that would be placed behind the mayor’s seat in the council chambers. The designs were created by Phil Urlacher of SpeedPro Imaging, Lock Haven.

By LAURA JAMESON

ljameson@lockhaven.com

LOCK HAVEN — The walls in the city’s council chambers will soon recognize all mayors who have served the city of Lock Haven.

The project — which includes improvements to the portraits of former mayors that hang in council chamber as well as the addition of photographs of mayors not previously known — was a project that began under former Mayor Jonathan Bravard.

Councilman Douglas Byerly recently proposed the continuation of the project that began a few years ago.

Through research conducted by Lock Haven University librarian Joby Topper and local historian Lou Bernard, three mayors were discovered to be missing from the wall.

They are:

– John Wynne who served from 1891 to 1893,

– William H. Mayer who served from 1893 to 1944.

– Winfield Scott Clawatter who served from 1881 to 1882.

Topper was able to find photos for both Wynne and Mayer, but Bernard said they were unable to find one of Clawatter.

The photos of Wynne and Mayer will be hung and for Clawatter, a plaque will be hung so that he still receives recognition for his service, Byerly said.

“They really did all the work,” Byerly said of Topper and Bernard.

Also included in this project will be a plaque commemorating all former mayors.

Addie’s Awards has offered to create the plaque which will include the name, years served and party affiliation of each mayor from 1870 until present, Byerly said.

The cost for this project is estimated at $702.60, he said.

That would include updates to the frames for the mayoral portraits and include the framing of the two missing mayors’ portraits.

Another part of the project includes the creation of a large city seal to hang behind the mayor’s seat.

Currently, the city does not display the seal in the council chambers.

“We need to promote our city in a positive way,” Byerly said.

Phil Urlacher of SpeedPro Imaging in the city created four sample designs that could be used. Although the designs vary, two things remain the same — the words “City of Lock Haven” and the seal.

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