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.
On Saturday, September 29th, the Bay View Historical Society presented the T.H. Stemper Company with a landmark plaque. They are over 100 years old and are in the fifth generation of the Stemper family. T.H. Stemper purchased a bankrupt statue company at 1125 E. Potter Ave. and brought it back to financial success. He then purchased a bankrupt religious goods company and moved it next door to his other company. The brought both companies together with great success. They were eventually named the T.H. Stemper Company. This company has gone through a great fire that cost them 1 1/2 stories of the building and all of the statue molds. Everything possible was rebuilt and the company rebounded with gusto. Dan Stemper, the son of the original owner passed away suddenly at the age of 52. His wife Jean took over the company and restored it. After she retired, five of her sons took over management of the company. The T.H. Stemper Company is recognized world wide as an outstanding religious goods store. They serve many denominations of the Christian faith and supply them with needed things for their churches. Quality is a key element of this company. I wish them great success in their future.
Thank you for attending the Bay View Historical Society Landmark presentation. It was great to see the people who came to this event. The Stemper family was outstanding in their help in this event. Special thanks should go th the people who helped with this event. Nancy Tawney, John Utzat, Ilona Bauer, John Sternkopf , my wife, Penny and Frank and Kathy Mulvey helped out with great effort on their part. Thank you very much. Thank you also, Carol Kurtzhalt, for getting us the Bay View Community Center for serving refreshments after the award presentation. If I have forgotten anybody, I apologize to you. Thank you everybody.