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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.

What a winter we have had this year

 I can't remember when we last had such a mild winter.  It has been many years. Remembering below zero weather, heavy snow falls, large amounts of ice on the sidewalks and roads, and how this year we have missed most of this. We should be happy to be able to enjoy such beautiful weather. It is almost like early spring outdoors. We should give a prayer of thanksgiving for this winter. We just don't know how lucky we are today. Please support the Bay View community.

Driving on the highways years ago

  Most of the highways were two lane roads where passing another car was difficult.  Sometimes as you came to an address there was a Butternut Coffee sign with the name of the home owner on it next to their mail box.  You would pass some bushes and finally see an openning in the road for a private driveway. Traffic moved slowly back then. If you drove too fast, then you had a good chance of having an accident. There were no directional signals on cars, so you had to use hand signalx to indicate a turn. Cars did not have seatbelts and some cars had a bumper seat in back. There was no air conditioning and poor heaters back then. Not all cars had radios.  Some old cars were very heavy and could travel through ice and snow rather easily. Sometime we would load the car full of people while going for a drive. Tires with inner tubes were difficult to change. Many cars had manual chokes for easy starting. If you had a very slow driver in front of you, there was nothing you could do unless you took a chance and passed him. There were few warnings at railroad crossings, so you took a chance every time you crossed the tracks.  Gas stations were not that common then. If you were traveling for a distance, you had to be prepared for any emergency that would occur on the road. The years that I am referring to is the 1920's and 1930's. Imagine driving a car back then.

Flying a kite

  March is a good month for kite flying. There is usually a lot of wind to help raise your kite up high in the sky. It used to be fun trying to get a kite to fly.  If you did not have enough string, you would fail to go very high. If your kite was damaged, it would lose its abilty to stay in the air. It was always fun to build and set up a kite for flying. There were more failures than successes. Many times your kite would get caught on a tree branch and tear.  Sometimes the string would break and you would lose your kite. It took a lot of patience to be able to fly a kite. Maybe someday, you can show your children how to fly a kite. They would really enjoy that.  Please support the Bay View community.

Falling down on ice

  When the ground is wet and the temperature is near freezing, watch out for hidden ice. When and if you would fall on ice, try to relax as you fall to reduce injuries. Soon the danger of ice on the sidewalks and driveways will be over due to warmer temperatures.  When you go for a walk or walk your dog, there still may be hidden patches of ice out there. Relax and enjoy yourself. Take it easy and you will live longer. Please support the Bay View community.

Remembering an old car of mine

  A long time ago, my uncle Fritz gave me his old car, a 1949 Chevrolet with a long body. This car was an excellent car. Parts were easily obtained due to the fact that Chevrolet kept the same 6 cylinder engine from about 1949 until 1955, I think. When I went to work one day, the temperature was below zero outside.  After work, as I was about to go home, I started the car.  It had a manual choke and started beautifully.  Many other cars of other workers did not start. I really have to thank my uncle Fritz for giving me a good used car.  He passed away many years ago.  He served in the U.S. Army with the Corps of Engineers and was involved with crossing of the railroad bridge on the Rhine River at Remagen in Germany.  He also served as a person with the abilty to speak fluent German and would go undercover to learn of German troop movements. He never spoke of the war, but lived a quiet life after World War II.  It was many years later that I found out about what he had done during the war. He was a wonderfull person.  When I was baptized, he was one of my sponsors, so I was his godchild.  It is too bad that he is gone now. I wish that I could have talked more with him.

Politicians today

  Have you noticed all of the campaigning being done by politicians today?  How many tell us the truth. Mayor Damiel Hoan set a fine example of what a politician should be like. Mayor Zeidler also set a good example. Daniel Hoan cleaned up Milwaukee of major prositutes, saved Milwaukee during the Great Depression of 1929, established our park system, and was active in getting workman's compensation and unemployment benefits for the people. Mayor Zeidler showed us how to run a mayor's office with minimum staffing costs. Both men were honest men and socialists. You don't have to be a socialist to be honest. We have done well with our Democratic mayors since then. Why can't political candidates do what they promise to do when elected to office?  When Scott Walker got to be Governor of Wisconsin, he never warned the people that he wanted to destroy our union movement. How many of his office staff are being charged with illegal election work while being on the job?  In the past, we had several politicians removed from office for doing illegal things. Why can't more politicians be honest to the people when in office? We need honest hardworking people to run our government.  We will have an election coming up soon in April. Please take the time to study the candidates that you will be voting for. Remember, they will work for you, not you for them. Your vote is very important. Please vote in April for the person that you think is best for any political offices.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny -- Sunday, March 25, 2012 -- 9:30 AM to 12 Noon

                                 BREAKFAST WITH THE EASTER BUNNY

                                        Date: Sunday, March 25, 2012

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Author of Bay View Book to Speak at Tippecanoe Library

 Ron Winkler, author of "Images of America: Bay View" will give a slide presentation on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at 6:30 PM at the Tippecanoe Libary, 3912 S. Howell Ave. This event is free and open to the public. Copies of his 128 page book and photo aerchive, available since early December and printed by Arfcadia Publishing, will be available for purchase for $ 21.99, with profits benefiting the Bay View Historical Society.

 He recently retired from the Aldrich Chemical Company.  He was born in Bay View, attended Dover Street Elementary School, Burdick Elementary School, and graduated from Bay View High School. A trained  guide through Historic Milwaukee Incorporated, Ron leads tours of Bay View, Walker's Point and the North Point neighborhoods. He has written articles for Echo, Historic Milwaukee's newsletter, Bay View Compass, Bay View's community newspaper and is a historian for the Bay View Historical Society's newsletter.

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Happy St. Patrick's Day

  To my Irish and Scot friends, I wish you a happy St. Patrick's Day.  As you know, all Scots are Irish and all Irish are Scots. Ireland was first settled by the Scots many years ago. They are brothers in all traditions. I hope that too much green beer and Irish whiskey don't overcome you. Your hangover or "Katzenjammer" (German for hangover) will keep you company the next day if you don't watch yourself. Have yourself some good corned beef and cabbage and relax. I hope that everyone has a happy St. Patrick's Day.

Wisconsin Historical Society is offering Genealogy Workshops

  Workshops are available for staff and volunteers of l;ocal historical societies and museums. This spring we are offering workshops for both local history organizations and genealogists. Local History Workshops from the Wisconsin Historical Society.

Having too much to drink

  One time we were celebrating a softball victory after the game. We were told to have a beer, and I had a whole pitcher of beer downed in a short time. My wife had to drive me home that night. I only had one beer, a whole pitcher of beer. I grew up on beer. My dad said that he would rather have us have beer than soda when we were kids. It saved on the dentist bill. We were limited to just one beer at a time and had to drink it in the house. My dad said that if you work like a man, then you are intitled to drink like a man. Many years ago, I gave up on all alcohol as it interfered with my medicine. I don't need to drink any alcohol. A good bottle of water will replace the urge to drink alcohol.

Many years ago I gave up on smoking, because it was banned at work, and it was not that important to me to smoke a pipe anymore. Cigarettes never appealed to me. They tasted like tissue paper when smoked. Cigars were alright, but it was hard to keep them lit, much as a pipe did. Smoking was easy to give up. It was too expensive to buy pipes and tobacco. I would get a sore mouth while smoking a pipe.  I am glad that smoking was banned at work.

Reminder of "Breakfast with the Easter Bunny" this Sunday from 9:30 AM to 12 Noon

  The Polish Women's Alliance Council #1 is sponsoring "Breakfast with the Easter Bunny" on Sunday, March 25, 2012 from 9:30 AM to 12 Noon at the Beulah Brinton Community Center, 2555 S. Bay St. in Bay View.  The cost will be $4.50 for Adults, $3.00 for Children, with Children Under 2 Free.  There will be sausages, pancakes, applesauce as the main menu. You will have a choice of coffee, milk or orange juice as a beverage. There will be free games for the children to play. Pictures with the Easter Bunny will be available for purchase. You may pay at the door when you arrive.

 This event is sponsored by the Polish Women's Alliance of America--Council # 1 and all profit will be used towards  youth scholarships.

Going for a drive

  One day, Scott Walker was going for a drive on a state highway.  He had to use the rest stop on the highway. He could not remember if he had appropiated enough money to supply toilet paper for state restrooms.  When he was Milwaukee County Executuve, one year he did not allow the Milwaukee County Parks enough money to buy toilet paper. The park managers had to barter with each other to find enough of it to go around. Apparently he figures that he had to save Milwaukee County from spending too much money. The county parks were only about 10 or 20 million dollars behind in maintenence costs. The very next year he laid off over 60% of the park staff so he could have enough money for toilet paper. These things are real and actually happened. Talk to some of our park managers to confirm this story.  This only tells us part of the character of Scott Walker. We never knew that he hated the union movement of our area. He hired some  people to work for Milwaukee County who were not qualified to do their jobs. Some of his staff are facing criminal charges. When he became governor, he again tried to appoint some unqualified people to jobs. Our Christian Church teaches us to help the poor and needy, but Scott Walker only like to serve the rich and corporate friends of his. The Koch Brothers are examples of this. It is hard to believe that his dad is a Christian clergyman. His teachings sure did not effect Scott.  He wonders why people want to recall him from office.

126th Anniversary Commemoration Bay View Tragedy

 When workers died for the 8-hour day!

  On May 5, 1886, on the grounds of the Bay View Rolling Mills in Milwaukee, workers marching for the 8-hour day and carrying banners, were fired upon by the state militia. Seven were killed in the state's bloddiest event involving working people.

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You are welcome to come to the Humboldt Park 4th of July Association April Meeting

  We welcome all interested peope who wish to give their input and suggestions to our April Humboldt Park 4th of July Association Meeting on Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at 7 PM in the Humboldt Park pavilion.  We are planning the celebration of Independence Day at Humboldt Park for this year. We could use some more interested members to share in our volunteer work. We have done this since 1910, and are the first 4th of July association in Milwaukee to exist. Become part of a great history and help us keep this celebration going for a least another generation of children to enjoy. Y'all come and join in the fun.

 If you have any questions, please contact me at 414-304-5039 or

April Fool's Day is tomorrow

  April Fool's Day is when I love to honor some politicians.


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