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John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.

Reminder of "Southwest Border Walk" of Bay View Historical Society

                                SOUTHWEST BORDER WALK

                        9:30 AM, SATURDAY,  AUGUST 6, 2011

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Early memories

Do you remember the time before we had television, computers, portable radios, wringer type washing machines, hanging wet clothes on the line with clothespins after you washed them, playing games outdoors with your friends and neighbors, pushing a hand lawn mower and raking up the grass, going into your backyard garden and pulling out the weeds, getting gas for your car and the attendant checking your oil and washing your windshield, taking out a row boat at Humboldt Park Lagoon and many other things we did in the past?

People don't believe that we did these green things back then. We reusued empty bottles from milk and soda. We used no gasolene when cutting the grass. Some of our garbage was buried to get new soil and to bring up worms for fishing. City employees used to use shovels to empty out our ashboxes once a week. Inner tubes from old tires were used for swimming at a lake. People did a lot more walking to their local neighborhood store, where they many times got credit, and avoided some of the large grocery store. The store owner would put aside bones for our dogs. The city libraries were used more then. You either took the bus or streetcar, walked or took your bike to go places. Your car was saved for special occasions.

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Wine & Beer Tasting Night

                                          WINE   & BEER TASTING NIGHT

                      THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH, 2011   -- 5:30 - 8:30 PM

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Back to School Time will soon be here

  Now is a good time to to check on your children's clothes and school supplies to determine what you must purchase before your children return to school this fall. Check all of the store ads to find bargains. Try to purchase quality goods at the lowest poissible price. By shopping early, you will find the greatest amount of items to choose from. Over the summer vacation, your children may have out grown their clothes and shoes. Now is the time to find out just what you need to buy. Please support the Bay View community.

Take your last minute summer vacation before school begins in fall

  It is advisable to take your summer vacation before school begins again. Your children will appreciate the opportunity to be able to relax with the family.  Take the time to be with your children and do what they want if possible.  When school starts again, there will be little time for vacations. What you do now, will be remembered for a lifetime. Create sweet memories for your family and enjoy yourselves. Find somewhere or something that all will appreciate and remember in later years. Remember, your children are only young once. As they grow up, other things will be on their mind. Enjoy them while you can. Please support the Bay View community.

T.E. Stemper Company

The T.E. Stemper Company is 100 years old this year. The present building stands at 1125 E. Potter Ave. in Bay View.  Thomas Stemper purchased the 1894 bankrupt "European Statuary & Art Co." from Simon Rosenblatt in 1911.  He also owned the "Milwaukee Church and Supply Co." that was located next door to his other business. This business made church altars.  He was also active as an organist at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church. His company made and sold church supplies for over 100 years. In 1971, they had a great fire, that destroyed most of the molds for the statues.  In 1971, the building was rebuilt with a new front. Statues were now ordered on consignment from Italy as needed. Repairs on the old ones were made if possible in his store. Many local churches purchase their specialized  needs from Stemper Co.


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The Meredith family of Bay View

  John Utzat lived on E. Lincoln Ave. for over 50 years. He knew Lois Meredith, the last Meredith family member to live on E. Lincoln Ave. The family owned several homes next ot each other there. Lois never married and most people called her Miss Meredith or the "Lady in Red" because of her like for the color. Her father, James Meredith, was a railroad worker. Lois(Olivia) was born in the home built in 1871, located three house to the west of the red house. John never spoke to her about George, the president of Meredith Brothers. He came home from work one day during the Great Depression, and went upstairs. (The orginal Meredith home on E. Lincoln Ave.) His housekeeper heard what she thought was an explosion. George had placed a 12 guage shot gun in his mouth and pulled the trigger.  It is interesting to note that the company was in good financial shape at the time. St. Luke's Episcopal Church was founded and held their first church services at the John Meredith home with 8 people in attendance. John Meredith died in 1911 of senile complications. John Utzat had made an offer to purchase the John Meredith home when it was for sale, however the owner then thought it was worth more.

Infromation from this article came from John Utzat's book Red Skies over Bay View.

Remembering a life

  Just a short time ago, one of my neighbors passed away. She had a heart of gold and had a wonderful husband. They were soul mates. They lived for each other. The love between them glowed about in their action for others. It is so sad to see this death happen. Terminal cancer was found only a few weeks before she died. All of their memories of their life together were revisited as she lay dying. Their children returned to see her before she passed on, and to cheer her on. She had one last party the week before she died at her request. When she passed away, it was very pleasant. She was in peace. I will miss her. I feel terrible for her husband, who has suffered so much while trying to make her last days as good as they could be. I hope that only good will come his way now that she is gone. May she rest in peace with the Lord at her side.

Football season is now upon us

  The NFL will be starting a new season of football soon. It will be a pleasure to be able to watch these games again. College football also will be starting soon. Now is the time to finish getting ready for winter. If we wait too long, it will be cold and windly outside and hard to work outside weather. Get this work done before football begins. This way you can relax while watching football and not have to worry about going out in the cold weather to do your work. You can have plenty of beer when the season begins, but don't over do it. Remeber, your family comes first to you. Please support the Bay View community.

Come to the South Shore Farmers Market

  On Saturday, August 20th, the Bay View Arts Guild will have an exhibition at the South Shore Farmers Market, located in South Shore Park, 2900 S. Shore Drive in Bay View. The market is open from 8 AM to 12 Noon on Saturdays. Everybody is welcome to attend this great event. There are oiver 40 vendors to serve you. Come and join us.

Special person is coming to the Polish Center of Wisconsin

   You are cordially invited to meet Jakub Nowakowski, Director of the Galicia Jewish Museum in Krakow, Poland.  He will be at the Polish Center of Wisconsin, 6900 S.68th St. in Franklin, Wisconsin on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011, at 7 PM.  Mr. Nowakowski will give a short presentation about the Galicia Jewish Museum in Krakow, Poland, and its efforts to preserve Jewish history during and after the Holocaust of World War II. This will be a very interesting program and all interested people are invited to attend. Please contact the Polish Center of Wisconsin for more infromation on this interesting program.

We have a rich history of successful schools in Bay View

We have a rich history of successful schools in Bay View -- want to help in renewal process for the high school? Please join us here  -- parents and interested community members all welcome :)  The Parents for Bay View Schools Organization is dedicted to workin with Milwaukee Public Schools.

(Carol Voss posted this in the Bay View Historical Society site.)

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The Bay View Bash is coming on Saturday, September 17, 2011

  Get ready to attend the Bay View Bash.  It will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2011 on S. Kinnickinnic Ave. from E. Potter Ave. south to S. Clement Ave.  The web site for the Bash is:   There will be five stages with music and other entertainment and a children's and teen area. Representatives from the Bay View community will have booths set up.  The Children's and Teen Area will have games, mascots and a magic show by Julie Sobanski.  This area will be located on the parking lot of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, located near E. Russell Ave. and S. Kinnickinnic Ave.  Food and drink vendors will be at various locations on the Bash grounds. Local politicians will also be present. The event starts about 11 AM and ends at about 10 PM. This event is free and open to all interested people.  This is an annual  event in Bay View.  Most of the proceeds from this event will be presented to non-profit groups as designated by the Bash Committee.

The mailing address:

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Watch out for children running into the street

At this time of year, children are trying to get in their last days of summer vacation from school. They like to play outdoors. While doing this, many of them run out into the street.  If you are driving your car, a child might run out in front of you with no warning. Please be careful when children are present. The life you save many be your own child, friend's child or a relative. Drive safely. Please support the Bay View community.

Bay View Neighborhood Association

The Bay View Neighborhood Association is currently purchasing and waiting on:

**  New decking for the dock at the Humboldt Park Lagoon

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