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.
Opening Day is almost upon us. The Milwaukee Brewers will be bringing to us exciting baseball games to watch and attend. Support our team by attending some games. We have a very beautiful baseball stadium at Miller Park. Take your family and see what major league baseball is all about. When I was younger, we used to have the Knothole Gang, and as children we got to attend the Milwaukee Braves games and sit in the bleachers. We got to see Eddie Matthews, Warren Spahn, Hank Aaron, Billy Bruton, Sid Gordon, Andy Pafko, Wes Covington, Bob Buhl, Johnny Logan, Del Crandall, Red Schoendist and many other players. In 1953, the Boston Braves became the Milwaukee Braves. Fred Miller, from Miller Brewing Company, had planned on purchasing the Braves to stay in Milwaukee, but he and his son, Fred Jr., were killed in an airplane crash at General Mitchell Field. Later on, since Fred Miller was unable to buy the Braves due to his death, the team moved to Atlanta, Georgia in about 1963. In 1970, Bud Selig was able to bring back major league baseball to Milwaukee by buying the bankrupt Seattle Pilots and renaming them the Milwaukee Brewers. In recent years, our team left the American League and joined the National League. Let's support our team and make sure that it stays in Milwaukee. We have a good owner and a good baseball facility. Take the time to come to a game and enjoy the excitement of baseball in action.
The first lending library in Bay View was inside of the home of Beulah Brinton at what is now 2590 S. Superior Street. With the help of Her cousin, Eber Brock Ward and few other people, she was able to start the lending library in her own house. She also founded the first social center in the United States in her house. Her life was dedicated to helping other people. She wrote two books in her lifetime. She would replace the church pastor in giving sermons on some Sundays at the Bay View United Methodist Church, which started in the Bay View Rolling Mill superintendent's office in 1867. People said that Beulah Brinton giving sermons was like her baking apple pies. She was very good at what she all did. When her house became to small for her teaching of the rolling mill workers and their wives, she moved her classes over to the Puddler's Hall on St. Clair Street. During the time of the year 1874, the library had gotten too large for her house and it was moved over to the Red Brick School, which was also the Village Hall and jail. When Bay View joined Milwaukee in 1887, the library became part of the Milwaukee Public Library. In 1914, a new Bay View Library was built by the family of grocer Henry Llewellyn, who was a strong financial supporter of the library, and was named after him. When Beulah Brinton ran the library in her house, she instituted a "children's hour" for the children of Bay View. She set up a circulating library for the adults in the community. Her two books were:"Man is Love" and "Behold the Woman". Both books were religious in nature. When she died in 1924 at the age of 92, the Beulah Brinton Community Center inside of the old Bay View firehouse was named after her.
In modern times, an extension was added to the LLewellyn Library, on E. Russell Avenue near Bay View High School, and greatly increased the size of the library. In very recent times, a new Bay View Library was built at 2566 S. Kinnickinnic Avenue. It has a Llewellyn Room inside of it to honor the Henry Llewellyn family who contributed so much to the old library. This new library is very large and can hold meetings inside for the public. If you have the time, pay a visit to the Bay View Library and see what a great facility it is. The Red Brick School was razed many years ago. The old Llewellyn Library is now used as part of Bay View High School for some of its academic programs. You can still see how the old library looked before its addition was added on. Please support the Bay View community.
On Sunday, May 4, 2008, Service to the Community Awards will be given to recipients and the Mary Morris Community Room will be dedicated. The doors of Beulah Brinton Community Center, at 2555 S. Bay Street, will open at 1:00 PM, and the awards program will begin at 2:00 PM. The Beulah Brinton Community Center has been serving the community since 1922 and continues to provide quality enrichment and recreation programs for all of Milwaukee"s youth, teens, adults and seniors. This community center is a continuation of the social center that Beulah Brinton started in her own house in the 1870's.
Please join us to recognize and celebrate the people who make our community a great place in which to live. During the awards celebration, Jim Gilmore will receive the Mary Martinetto Community Service Award. Linda Thomsen will receive the Volunteer to Youth Award. Angie Wothe will receive the Carvell Campbell Distinguished Instructor Award. Following the ceremony, we will honor the memory of Mary Morris by naming our game room the Mary Morris Community Room.
The Bay View Historical Society will host its annual dinner on Saturday, April 26, 2008, at the South Shore Yacht Club. The dinner will benefit the Society and honor its charter members and volunteers who have contributed to the development of the organization. The event begins with a cocktail hour and silent auction at 5:30 PM, followed by the dinner and program.
Both Society members and the general public are invited to attend and enjoy a dinner of chicken piccata or roast sirloin, The cost of the dinner is $40.00 per person, and all proceeds will benefit the Society. The deadline for reservations is April 16th. To make reservations or to get more information, call Society Annual Dinner Chairperson Craig Risser at 414-940-2933.
On Sunday, May 4, 2008, at 3 PM, at the State Historical Marker located at E. Russell Ave. and S. Superior St., we will have the 122nd anniversary of the Bay View Tragedy, that happened in 1886. Representative Gwen Moore will speak there. Other speakers are Larry Penn, Folksinger, Retired Treasurer and John Utzat, Bay View Historian
There will be a laying of a Memorial Wreath, Reading of Names, Naming Honored Dead and a welcome to dignitaries. The public is invited to attend and the event is free.
Two public walks through the Seminary Woods with Naturalist Richard Barloga are scheduled Tuesday, April 22, 2008, at 6 PM, and Saturday, May 10, 2008, at 10 AM. Walkers are to meet in the parking lot at St.Ann Center for Intergenerational Care at 2801 E. Morgan Ave.
Mr. Barloga will guide you along the trails, describe the history of the woods, reveal the flora and wildlife, and discuss efforts of local groups to protect and preserve the woods.
Before he went into politics, George Peck wrote a column called "Peck's Bad Boy". He enter the political race to battle the Bennett Law, which was one of the first laws that made children go to school and was anti-child labor in effect. The Bennett Law had a defect. It required all of the children to learn the English language in their school. German Catholic, German Lutheran and Polish Catholics did not like this part of the law and teamed up to elect George Peck Mayor of Milwaukee. Not long afterwards, he was elected governor of the State of Wisconsin and proceeded to repeal the Bennett Law. It is hard to believe that a humorist like George Peck would go into politics.
Peck's Bad Boy was about a juvenile delinquent who lived in Milwaukee during the 1870's and 1880's. The Bad Boy was always getting into trouble. One day when he was mad at the butcher in the grocery store, he placed a dead cat on a hook near the processed chickens that were hanging on the ceiling. His dad was his favorite target. One day when his dad was sitting under a tree, the Bad Boy knocked down a hornet's nest from the tree on top of his sleeping dad. The boy hid in Bay View until his dad cooled down. When the doctor was walking through the neighborhood, he saw the Bad Boy's dad and asked him if he had measles because of all of the red welts on his face. While his dad was thinking of joining a lodge, the son figured out how to help his dad get ready for the initiation. He had his dad bend over, and then had a billy goat that he had brought inside of their house give his dad a butt in the rear end. One day when he was mad at both of his parents, he loaded up their overcoats with limburger cheese in all of the linings. In those days, when you went to church you always wore your best clothes. Overcoats were part of that outfit for both parents. They loved to sit in the front pew in church. Shortly before the church service was over, the head of the church council said that a meeting was needed to figure out how to eliminate the sewer gas problem in the church. (The cheese was pretty strong smelling.) Now you have an idea of how the people lived over 100 years ago. Could you picture the author of Peck's Bad Boy going into politics?
When I was child, I got to go inside of the Manke greenhouses in North Milwaukee. This is the land where my father was born and raised. The greenhouses that I visited belonged to His uncle Fred Manke next door to his homestead. The greenhouses had a beautiful smell to them. It was like going to a florist shop, but all of the plants were alive. There were rows and rows of plants. There were hornets flying around the area. Feral cats kept the mice away from the plants. There were outhouses inside of the greenhouses. You could see spiders, flies and hornets in the area. There were steam pipes and radiators to heat the buildings when it got cold. The glass walls and roof kept a lot of sunshine inside. Some of the plants had to be pollinated by hand to create special varieties of flowers and other plants. The greenhouses had the best carnations that I know of, and they received awards for the varieties and quality of these flowers. Hot house tomatoes were grown in winter. During Christmas time, flocked Christmas trees were created here. It took hard work by Fred, Auggie, Fritz, Clem, Rudy and the girls to keep all of this working smoothly. They were kind of old fashioned in a way. Television and radio was not needed in this house. Hard work and good meals became a daily event here. Both English and German were spoken here. August Manke, the founder of the greenhouses came from near Stettin, Pommerania, Germany many years ago. His sons Fred and William divided up the land years ago after August's death. William Manke left the green house business, but his wife took care of his land and debts. Clem Manke was the main florist out here. Rudy and Auggie did most of the bull work attached to the land. There was a tractor inside of the barn and there used to also be farm animals inside. Most of the farm animals were gone when I visited there. In a way, it was like traveling to an older time when things were more simple. Hard work and smiles were seen everywhere. You would almost swear that there was no electricity inside of the house, but at night I was never inside of it. I was always at my dad's homestead at nighttime. I remember seeing my first television set inside of my Grandmother's house. Alvin Manke had brought it there during a Christmas get together of the family. It was inside of a suitcase like case and had a screen that was very small. We only watched for a short time, but it seemed like a miracle seeing people on television. It seemed like we were out in the country, as N. Teutonia Ave. (Cedarburg Road) was only two lanes then, and the house had a "Butternut Bread" advertising sign with the Manke name on it with the address number on it. On the field near the road, we used to play softball as kids during family get togethers. Across from the field was a large garage with pigeons roosting upstairs. Behind the garage, was a large field where the greenhouses used to be situated. The old power house with its tall chimney was there. There was a road there that went almost all of the way to N. 35th St., where the family also owned some land. When they made a four lane highway of N. Teutonia Avenue, the resulting new property taxes for all purpose destroyed the ownership of the greenhouses and adjoining land. Part of the family moved to Sussex, Wisconsin, while other family members moved to other areas of Milwaukee County. These buildings and lands were now a part of history that would be no more. Memories still exist, but the past is over. There is now a shopping center where the greenhouse were situated. The Milwaukee Police Department Academy is also close by that land. Now we have to live in the present time and enjoy what we have now.
On Saturday, May 24, 2008, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, at the Beulah Brinton House, located at 2590 S. Shore Drive, the Bay View Historical Society will have a rummage sale. There will be food sold at this event. Donate items. attend the event, and join us in supporting the programs of the Society and it's ownership of this historically significant landmark! Call 414-324-5690 for further details or visit http://www.bayviewhistoricalsociety.org.
Several years ago, when I was delivering mail on the north side of Milwaukee, I heard two interesting stories. One story occurred when a letter carrier was collecting mail out an east side collection box near downtown. It seemed that the carrier had to park in a tow away zone to collect his outgoing mail. A squad car pulled up and a policeman was going to write him a ticket for parking in a tow away zone. The carrier asked the policeman what the sign posted by his mail truck said. The policeman told him that all parked vehicles would be towed away. The carrier then told the policeman to tow his mail truck away. The policeman went back to his partner in the squad car and asked him what he should do. The older partner told him that if he had the mail truck towed away, that Police Chief Harold Breier would be arrested by the U.S. Postal Inspectors and taken to Federal Court to explain why he towed away a federal mail truck with U. S. Mail inside of it. Delay of the U. S. Mail is a federal crime. He told him further that he would have to appear in the police chief's office to explain why the chief was arrested on federal charges. The young policeman went back to the letter carrier and told him to continue his work and then left the scene with his partner.
The second story took place down at either the County Court House, Safety Building or Police Department headquarters. A letter carrier was delivering mail to these places and parked in a no parking zone. He received a parking ticket. and turned it over to his supervisor. The supervisor then contacted the Milwaukee Postmaster about the ticket. It was then declared that unless the postal vehicles were allowed to park at their needed location without fear of getting parking tickets, no more mail would be delivered to these government units. They would then have to pick up their own mail and get no further mail service. The County government and police department then permitted the letter carriers to deliver their mail again.
When I was looking at an old book from 1985, I was amazed at all of the businesses and major companies that are no longer here. There were photographs of men who have since passed away. There some business that existed for many years only to disappear in time. I can remember seeing some of these places when they were active. The book was a centennial book from the Tripoli Shrine that was published in 1985 to honor it's 100 years of existance. When you do historical research, one of the places that you look at is the advertisements. This gives you a time study of the time period. When looking at a 1898 yearbook from West Division High School, you can find out the history of the Milwaukee Public Schools. You can see tools and machines that no longer exist today. The classrooms were from a strict time when high school was a privilege and not mandated for all students. These students went to school because they wanted to go there, not because they had to go. The advertisements give you a window into that time period. The classroom pictures show you what advances the schools had in those days. Someday, when you have time, look back into your old school yearbooks and see what has changed over the years. Which advertisers are long gone. is one study. How many classmates are still alive now and what are they doing now. Then close your eyes and think back to when these books were new and how you felt about going to school. Think also of what your family and friends were doing then. Now in the present time, see how many are still in the area, how many have passed on, and how many you see in your daily life. Some memories are forever. Both good and bad memories will develop in your thoughts. Just keep the good ones and enjoy them. Now see if you can find the lost time between then and now. Please support the Bay View community.
On April 28, the labor movement will observe Workers Memorial Day to remember workers who have been killed or injured on the job. Black ribbons will be distributed at the National Association of Letter Carriers Pioneer Branch 2, April meeting. Other local labor unions will also distribute black ribbons at their April meetings so members can wear them in the workplace and community that week. Help make it clear that the labor movement will keep fighting for strong safety and health protections and will keep creating good safe jobs. Ask your union steward for a black ribbon to wear. Strong unions have helped to make our country safe and strong. Support your local union and also support the United States of America.
On Saturday, May 3, 2008, from 9:00 AM to 12 Noon, the Humboldt Park Watch will have a Park cleanup. People should meet in the Humboldt Park Pavilion to start. Free tickets to Milwaukee County Attractions will be given to all participants. Scouts can also earn Community Service Badges. DOG OWNERS INVITED---bring a scoop and help. This event is sponsored by Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful, Milwaukee County Parks and Humboldt Park Watch. If you have any questions, contact Ruth Simos, Park Watch Captain at 414-483-9330. This is an annual event open to all interested people. Please join us in this project. Due to lack of funding of park staff by Milwaukee County, we have to take on this task by ourselves. Please support the Bay View community.
Beulah Brinton Community Center will hold its Awards Celebration on Sunday, May 4, 2008, from 2 PM to 3 PM, at the community center located at 2555 S. Bay St. The awards being given out are:
Volunteer Service to Youth Award to: Linda Thomsen
On behalf of the Humboldt Park 4th of July Association, I am encouraging your school's participation in this year's 9:00 AM parade on Independence Day. Public schools and parochial schools will be judged separately in the "Best School" category. A trophy is presented to the winning school in each category. Please consider doing something around this year's theme which is: "Stars and Stripes Forever". Have the school wear red, white and blue or patriotic hats. Advertise your school on the parade route by handing out information about your school. Be sure to have a banner for your school in front of your group. If your school is really ambitious, consider entering a float in our morning parade. Let's show our pride in our Bay View schools!
Humboldt Park has the best 4th of July activities in the City of Milwaukee, which run from 9:00 AM to 9:15 PM. We encourage your school families to spend the whole day inside of the park. In the morning we have a 100 unit parade. After the parade we have morning games for the children. After we eat our lunch, we have the Doll Buggy, Coaster, Bicycle and Tricycle contest. While waiting for the judging to be completed, the will be a short program with "Dancers with Woofs", a non-profit organization that works with dogs and their owners. After the judging, we will have an afternoon parade with all of the participants in the Doll Buggy, Coaster, Bicycle and Tricycle contest. The parade will take them from the park pavilion to the chalet where all of the participants will appear on stage with the winners and prizes awarded. There will be a short dance contest for all to join in if they wish to. At about 2:30 PM. we will have the Talent contest for the children and young teens to participate in. Contestants must contact Carolyn Selemi before July 4th to become part of the talent contest. After we eat our supper, there will be a presentation of awards and some association members will be honored. At 7:00 PM, we will have our evening entertainment. "All of the King's Men" will appear with music from the 50's, 60's and 70's. Mike Bishop will portray Elvis Presley in the show. This will be an excellent show for all ages. At 9:15 PM, we will have fireworks in the park.