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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.

Yard Sale to Benefit Bay View Historical Society

  The Bay View Historical Society will hold a benefit yard sale at 2590 S. Superior St. on Saturday, May 21st.  Located on the lawn and inside the house at the Society's headquarters, the Beulah Brinton House, the sale will be held from 9 AM til 3 PM and is open to the public. Society members and other generous donors are cleaning out their attics and basements to offer a wide variety of goods for sale, including furniture, antiques and collectibles, books, toys and other household items. There will be a boutique and book shop as well as refreshments available for purchase. The Society's second floor gift shop will be open, featuring Bay View Historical Society logo items, note cards and reproductions of vintage post cards depicting familiar Bay View scenes.

  The Society is accepting pre-priced donations of all items except clothing, shoes and holiday items. Donations can be dropped off at the garage behind the house between Monday, May 16th and Friday, May 20th or on the morning of the sale.  The Society also offers pick-up service for large or heavy items. Call 414-324-5690 to make arrangements or for further information. 

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What ever happened to smelt fishing on Lake Michigan?

  When I was younger, I used to go down to the Russell Ave. piers to watch the people go smelt fishing. On Jones Island there were also smelt fishermen. I also remember the Cobia being docked at the Russell Ave. piers. In Spring, when it started to warm up a bit, the smelt fishermen would set up their nets and pull in a lot of smelt. The Deer Creek stream that is in our water system, drains at the Russell Ave. piers into Lake Michigan. In recent times, nothing is ever said about smelt fishing. Maybe the Coho Salmon are eating up all of the smelt and there is no longer a smelt run. At least the alewife population is diminished by the big game fish. Some day, go to the library and read about the smelt fishing on the shores of Lake Michigan.  Please support the Bay View community.

Report on Bay View Historical Society"s Annual Dinner

  On Saturday, April 30th, 2011,  the Bay View Historical Society held its Annual Dinner at the South Shore Yacht Club, 2300 E. Nock St. in Bay View.  Nancy Tawney, Society President, gave the welcome and thank you introduction.  Matt Jarosz, of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, gave a report on the house study of the Beulah Brinton House and explained about other historical developments in progress.  Julie Alonzo-Calteaux, who portrayed Beulah Brinton, gave a short talk and then presented the Bay View Historical Society's awards.

  Volunteers of the Year:

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Bay View Historical Society dedicates the William's House as a historical landmark

  On Saturday, June 4th, 2011, at 2 PM, the Bay View Historical Society will dedicate the William's House, located at 606 E. Homer St. in Bay View, as an historical landmark. The home is an Italianate mansion built by an early Bay View pioneer, who came to Bay View in 1836 from Albany, New York.  Joseph Williams and Catherine Shields Williams are the original owners of this historic house. He purchased 160 acres at $1.25 per acre in 1836 at a cost of $700.00. His land was bounded by what is today, S. Williams St., S. Greeley St., E. Russell Ave. and E. Lincoln Ave. This beautiful two story Italianate mansion was built in 1865 on the top of a hill on his property that has a good view of Lake Michigan. As the years went on, he sold parts of his land. In the early 1920's, the front portion of his land was sold in order to build the Avalon Theater.  The current owners are Curt Schroeder and Susan Scaffidi. They purchased the building in 1998.

 Everybody is welcome to attend this free landmark dedication of the William's House, 606 E. Homer St, at 2 PM on Saturday, June 4th, 2011. Refreshments will served. Take a tour of the house.                                                                                           

June meeting of Bay View Historical Society -- "The Kaszubes of Jones Island: The People that Nobody Knew"

  On Monday, June 6th, 2011,  the Bay View Historical Society will hold its June membership meeting at  7 PM in the Beulah Brinton  Community Center, located at 2555 S. Bay St. The topic of the day will be "The Kaszubes of Jones Island: The People that Nobody Knew". All interested people are invited to attend this free meeting. Refreshments will be served after the meeting.

Beautiful days are here again

  The sun is finally starting to make an appearance in the sky.  After all of the rain, we need some sunshine. Now we could use some warmer weather to relax more.  This is a good time to start a garden or prepare your yard for the upcoming summer. Your dog will really appreciate being able to enjoy more daylight time for its walks. Take your family out for a long walk to enjoy our beautiful spring weather.  Please support the Bay View community.

Bay View Historical Society Benefit -- 6th Annual Wine and Beer Tasting

  6th Annual WINE AND BEER TASTING , a specila benefit of the Bay View Historical Society, will be held on Saturday, June 18th, from 5 to 8 PM, at the historic Beulah Brinton House, located at 2590 S. Superior St., in Bay View.

                                      6th Annual       WINE AND BEER TASTING

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Play in the Park

  Come and join us at a park near you for an engaging, active experience for the entire family!

  This new program offered at convenient park locations throughout Milwaukee is free and offers families a chance to get out and play this summer!

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Reminder of Benefit Yard Sale at the Beulah Brinton House for the Bay View Historical Society

  The Bay View Historical Society will hold a benefit yard sale at 2590 S. Superior  St. from 9 AM to 3 PM, on Saturday, May 21st. Located on the lawn and inside the house atnthe Society's headquarters, the Beulah Brinton House, the sale will be held from 9 AM to # PM and is open to the general public. Society members and other generous donors are cleaning out their attics and basements to offer a wide variety of goods for sale, including furniture, antiques and collectibles, books, toys and other household items. There will be a boutique and book shop as well as refreshments available for purchase. The Society's second floor gift shop will be open, featuring Bay View Historical Society logo items, note cards and reproductions of vintage post cards depicting familiarBay View scenes.

  The Society is accepting pre-priced donations of all items except clothing, shoes and holiday items. Donations can be dropped off  at the garage behind the house between Monday, May 16th and Friday, May 20th or on the morning of the sale. The Society will pick up large or heavy items.  Call 414-324-5690 to make arrangements or for further information.

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What happened to our warm days?

  It seems like winter is trying to keep active this year. We have had wet, windy and cold days lately. When is the warmer weather coming?  It would be nice to be able to go outside in warm weather and without the rain. Where is the global warming?  It certainly is not here now. Try to enjoy yourselves while you can. Take the entire family out for a walk and then barbeque some brats and hot dogs for your family. Please support the Bay View community.

An Appeal to Preserve a Polish Hero's Monument

  On Milwaukee's South Side stands a great monument to an extraordinary hero in America's War of Independence, Poland's struggle for freedom, and the idea of liberty and human rights everywhere. This monument honors Thaddeus Kosciuszko (pronounced kosh-CHOO-shko).

  Thaddeus Kosciuszko was born in Poland in 1747 and led an eventful life in service to our country and Poland. Kosciuszko came to America in 1776. A trained military engineer, he volunteered in our country's fight for independence and was sent to New york under General Horatio Gates. There in October, 1777, Kosciuszko contributed enormously to the first American military victory, at Saratoga, by planning and erecting the fortifications that were crutial to the battle's outcome. General Burgoyne's British army was forced to surrender and this news led France to enter the War on our side!

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We finally got some warm weather

  Today, Sunday, May 22, 2011, we finally got a warm sunny day.  If only more warm days would come so we can enjoy some outdoor activities. Enjoy yourselves. Make the best of our fine weather. Please support the Bay View community.

We had a wonderful yard sale at the Beulah Brinton House

  On Saturday, May 21st, we had a yard sale at the historic Beulah Brinton House, 2590 S. Superior St., in Bay View.  All proceeds went to benefit the Bay View Historical Society and its needs. There was food, jewelry, books, records, boutiques, furniture, small appliances, toys, blankets, cooking utensels, lawn equipment, and many other things available to purchase. The hot dogs went great with the German style sauerkraut and the other condiments.  When the rain came, then the sale began to lose customers. There were many volunteers from the Bay View Historical Society to help you and show you the inside of the Beulah Brinton House. One item that was unusual was a three wheel large bicycle that was sold. The variety of goods was excellent and the amount of volunteers was large. A great time was had by all who came to this event.

Happy Anniversary to my wife and myself.

  On May 28th, 1966,  Penny Kielas and I were married at St. John Kanty's Catholic Church in the morning. There was one funeral before and one after our wedding.  We have enjoyed 45 years of wedded bliss together.  I am very happy that I was able to marry Penny.  She has been the joy of my life.  45 years ago, Memorial Day was situated the same way that it is this year. Sweet memories come when I think of the time that we have spent together. Happy Anniversary, Penny.

Today is Memorial Day

  Today we should remember all of the members of our armed forces who have given their all that we might be free. When you see a veteran or a member of our armed forces, please say thank you for all that they have done for us.  Many have died that we might be able to live. Let us honor those who have honored us with their service to our country.  God Bless the United States of America.

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