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.
One of the things I saw on an e-mail sent to me was a senior citizen using a walker to push a hand made snow plow made of wood and looking like the letter "A". When we were kids, my dad made us one of those "A" shaped snow plows made of wood to plow through light snow in the front of the house and in the back yard. It was a little heavy to pull, but we always liked the results. Instead of having to shovel the back yard to get to the ash box, we would use this wooden plow to make a wide path the size of our main sidewalk in the front of our house. The plow was made up of 2" by 6" lumber. A piece of wood was attached to make the inner bar of the "A". A piece of metal was placed at the tip of the plow to make it easier to pull. We sometimes made a game of this and had more than one person pull the plow. If we wanted it to plow deeper, we would add some weight on the plow. If you were doing the front sidewalk, you still had to shovel out the bottom layer of the snow on the ground. In the back yard, you did not have to go that deep. Just deep enough to be able to walk on the path with shoes on instead of winter boots. When we moved from the old family home, we thew that old wooden plow into the trash. It still brings back memories when I think of that old wooden plow. Nobody today would even think of making such a device. Maybe I am just getting old and reminiscing too much about the old days.