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.
In 1860, the main group in the 3rd Ward of Milwaukee, were the Irish. Because women were unable to vote, the men did all of the voting. The Irish men took the Lady Elgin ship to go to Chicago for a political convention. For the most part, the Irish were Democrats. When the Lady Elgin sank with all of these Irish folk on board, the Democrats lost a lot of voters. When the Irish disappeared in the sinking of the Lady Elgin, the Germans took over the main portion of politics in Wisconsin, and most of them were Republicans. Abraham Lincoln was elected President of the United States in 1860. He was a Republican. After the Lady Elgin disaster, the Democrats were no longer in power.
It is sad to read the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and read about the games that the Milwaukee Brewers lost this season. Will they be able to come back again? With a new manager they have a chance, but it all depends on how the players do their job. I am not sure if new players will solve the problem that they are having. It all depends on the attitude of our baseball players. A new day is coming, but when I do not know.
Can you remember when you were a child, and rainy days came? We used to moan when we were stuck inside the house and unable to play outdoors. Television did not exist then. If our parents were home, we would end up scrubbing the steps, bathrooms and cleaning the house in general. When our work was done, we could play indoor games. Our telephone line was shared with at least one other family. Telephones were a luxury in those days. A private line cost extra money. Playing hide and seek with our friends who happened to come over was one way to have fun. Playing school was another way. Reading a book was enjoyable also.
At this time of year, we are known to have many thunderstorms. Most of them will be harmless. A few could be very dangerous. If a major thunderstorm comes, a tornado could come with it, We have seen on the news what damage could occur during a tornado. Each family should set up a procedure of what to do if a tornado approaches the area. Planning ahead could save your life. When storms approach the area, keep tuned to your radio for weather updates. Let's hope that we never get a tornado here. It is better to be safe than to be sorry.
We are in great need for more members and volunteers to help us continue a great tradition that began in 1910. Due to the many injuries suffered by families playing with fireworks, a program was set up in Humboldt Park in 1910 to provide a full day of activities concluding with a professional display of fireworks to celebrate Independence Day.