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.
While traveling between White Bear Lake, Minnesota and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, it was very interesting to see the older buildings that still existed. The windmills were in large quanity in the middle of the state. Looking at old cream city brick on buildings takes you on a trip through time when the early settlers came to Wisconsin. You could see corn stalks in the various farm fields. I never saw any deer in the corn fields, but at night there are supposed to be plenty of them. Raccoons also like to go into corn fields. Many farms were large and had fancy newer farm equipment. Some farms had buildings in such disrepairs that it was imminent that they would collaspe at any time. Some buildings stood there with no windows left on them. You could always spot the original farm house near the newer farm houses. Some barns were converted for other purposes. What I failed to see was lots of outhouses on the land. Some land had horses and others had cows on the land. You could see the old pathways to the farm fields. The two lane highway brought back many memories of when you only had two lane highways to travel on. On some land, you could see streams or creeks flowing. Some of the trees were very old. It seemed like we were traveling in time while we drove on the small two lane highways. The road trip was a lot of fun and we got to see two of our grandchildren and my son and his wife and my daughter and her husband (who did all of the driving on out trip) together again. The best part was returning home again. Visiting is fun, but home is where the heart is and you can relax and be yourself again.
Thank you Kevin and Mary for driving us to White Bear Lake, Minnesota and home again. Thank you Kurt and Olivia for recieving us at your home. Happy birthday to Sam and Zach.