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 I was delivering mail in August of 1886, we got hit by huge thunderstorm. The streets in Milwaukee were like rivers. My wife and my kids were at State Fair that day. After work, I barely made it home from the Bay View Postal Station due to deep water in all of the underpasses on the way home. I had to take a round about way home to avoid one of the deepest underpass on S. Kinnickinnic Ave. near Outpost and Sijan Field. In my basement, I found almost an inch of water from the storm. My wife and children made it home safe from State Fair Park. One of my fellow letter carriers, could not make it back to our postal station in his work vehicle. He had too many deep underpasses in his route back. He went To Layton Park Postal Station to turn in his postal keys and accountables. The boss at that station did not believe him about him being unable to return to his own station, and returned with him back to his route. After a short while, this boss agreed with him that it was impossible to get to Bay View Station from his route. His route was west of the Freeway near S. 3rd, 4th, 5th Pl and 5th St. His own home was west of his route, but he was responsible for his keys, mail, vehicle and accountable mail. By l;aw, he had to turn them in to the nearest Postal Station, which he did do. I would say that that day in August, we had one of the largest amount of rainfall that I can ever remember. My mail uniform was soaking wet and I had to change into dry clothes when I got home. This is the only time that I can ever remember a letter carrier being unable to return to his own Postal Station during any rain storm.