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.
The school building that I attended was the same one that my mother and her father attended as youths. Imagine three generations going to the same school building. There was a bowling alley in the bsement. There was a stage in the auditorium. Upstairs in the attic were old out of date desks and other things. The first thing that we were asked on Monday morning was whether we or our parents had gone to church yesterday. If not, why not. We had to learn the hymnal, Bible verses, catechism, geography, math, music, social studies, history and an early study of some art. In our last years in grade school we had special studies of the Bible, catechisim and how it related to our faith. We were confirmed after 8th grade.
The old building was razed and replaced with a new one. In recent time that building too was razed and replaced with the current building, all on the same site. I can remember when they built the church basement. In later years they remodeled the church upstairs. Now they are remodeling it again. I am happy to see that they have more outgoing pastors than they had in the past. It used to be that you could not play cards, dance, or drink, but that did not apply to the pastor. You were critized if you tried to bring new people to services or church functions. After being in the military, I lost some of that thinking and went my own way. I still have many friends in the old church.