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.
Hopefully, we are soon going to get some warmer weather. This long winter has been a terrible burden on all of us. Now we can take our dogs for a walk and not freeze outside. The grass is starting to turn green again. Buds are on the tree limbs, so leaves will soon be there. As the ground warms up, worms will come for the birds to eat. Thank the Lord that warmer weather is on its way. Our Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Team is doing the impossible, they are actually winning a lot of games early in the season. The Milwaukee Bucks have finished their season with new hope, with new owners. Now is the time for spring cleaning. Have fun doing this work.
Even though it is now spring, snow storms can still develop. If you are not aware of the black ice out there, you could have an accident. Black ice is amost invisable to your eye. It can come in a very small spot on the sidewalk, or on a small area on the highway. When you come upon it, if you are not careful, You could lose control of your car and be involved in an auto accident. Seeing is believing. If something is almost invisable to your eye, it can still be a major problem for you. Please be careful outside. Walk and drive with caution.
Today we remember that Christ, our Savior, rose from the dead on Easter. Go to church to celebrate His Resurrection. He died for our sins that we might be able to go to Heaven. All that we do today reflects on our faith. Do things in a Christian way. We don't need to get drunk. Our family is the most important thing for us at this time. Thank the Lord for all that he has done for us and thank Him for our food and drink. Love your family as He has loved us. Have a very Happy Easter.
We are now on the verge of celebrating Easter. On Holy Week, we go to Maundy Thursday services and Good Friday services. On Sunday, we celebrate Easter. During Holy Week we must prepare for Easter. We most likely will have family of friends over or will go out to eat at a restaurant. Make sure that you have enough food for guests. Kielbasa in the morning with eggs are a good start. Ham makes for an excellent meat course for Easter. Choose your vegetables and serve boiled eggs. Make sure your children do not eat too much candy in the morning. Hoid off on Easter baskets for the children until after church. Today is good day to get in touch with your family members that you do not normally visit during the year. This is a family occasion, so relax and talk to your family and friends during the day. I hope that you and your family have a very happy Easter.
Many people have asked why the Village of Bay View merged in the City of Milwaukee. By 1886, there was quite a large population in the Village, and they all had outhouses. They would pay people called "scavengers" to empty their latrines. When the population of any location exceeds the safety element of outhouse use, then cholera and typhoid epidemics could develop in the Village. The Village had no indoor plumbing, no electricity (only gas lighting), gas street lights, and no sewers. An attempt was made to make the Iron Well as the main supply of water for the Village. The state government in Madison, Wisconsin stated that the iron Well was insufficient to use as a Village water supply. With people living near E. Lincoln Ave. looking north could see electric light posts, homes with electricity and indoor plumbing with sewers. Many people were jealous of this.