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.
My father was born in the Town of Granville, North Milwaukee, on December 18, 1909. If he would be alive now, he would be 104 years old. He passed away suddenly in 1962 of a cerebreal hemorrhage at the age of 52. He started work in his family's greenhouses. Then, during the Great Depression, he helped build the water tower on the lakefront. He then went to work in the malt house. Following that, he went to work at Pabst Brewery. It is while working at Pabst, and he had just finished his vaction in Three Lakes, Wisconsin, that he started getting headaches. He got new dentures thinking that this might help him. While he was at home all alone, that the cerebreal hemorrhage began to kill him. As he lay there dying, he called out to my sister in his mind, but reached another sister instead. I was living away from home and my landlord slipped a note under my door saying :"Call home, your father is dead." This is how I learned of his death. It is too sad to think of such a short life for the man who was my father. I have many fond memories of him. R.I.P. dad.