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.
This will be the last chance that you have to have a mini-vacation for your family. This will be a three day hoilday in which we honor labor accomplishments. Thanks to labor, we have 8 hour work days, overtime pay, sick days, Workman's Compensation for on-the-job injuries, Unemployment Compensation in case you lose your job, vacation time, holiday pay and many other good things. In the old days, if your boss disliked you or if you missed work for any reason (including injuries on-the-job) you could be fired. The normal work day was 11 or 12 hours with no overtime pay. You had to work 6 days a week on your job. If you would complain about your job for any reason, you could be fired. You had no rights then. Management always was looking for new workers to replace somebody they disliked or had some faults. Our labor unions fought hard to obtain the rights that we enjoy now. Do not take these rights for granted, for some politicians would like to eliminate labor unions and all of the benefits that we have obtained thanks to them. Be glad that your ancestors took the time to fight for your rights and benefits,
Soon all of your younger children will be attending school. This is the time to watch out for children playing near the road not watching out what is happening around them. It is too easy to accidently hit a child. You must adapt your driving patterns to allow for this. In the afternoon and after school lets out, there will be many children walking home from school. Be wise and drive carefully to avoid hitting them. Soon Autumn leaves will be falling down. The roads will be extra slippery on rainy days. Your time for braking and stopping will be reduced then. I hope that everybody has a safe time and that all of your children are safe at home.
September 1st, 2015, is almost here. Labor Day Weekend will be held next week. This will be your last chance to be at a summer's vacation. Fall will soon be here. Take the time to relax with your family. School will have begun in some cases. We have some wonderful parks in Milwaukee. We have beer gardens in 2 of our parks now. South Shore Park and Humboldt Park. This is family time. A family that plays together, stays together. Enjoy some relaxation with your family.
Saturday mornings, from 8 am to 12 noon, South Shore Park holds our South Shore Farmers Market. South Shore Park is located at 2900 S. Shore Drive in Bay View. We have over 40 vendors to serve you. We have 4 bakeries, 2 coffee shops, many farmers, fresh mushrooms, fresh eggs and frozen chicken, egg rolls and bubble tea, crepes, fresh beef on the grill, homemade candy, maple syrup, fresh flowers and plants, fresh fruit from Door County, and many more items at the market. We have the best farmers market in Milwaukee. Come down one Saturday, buy some bakery and coffee and sit down at a picnic table to listen to our musical program for the day. You can be the judge as to why our market is considered the best in Milwaukee. Y'all come and enjoy the South Shore Farmers Market.
During the time of State Fair, in Auguist of 1986, we had a massive rain storm that literally flooded Milwaukee streets. It was impossible to keep my mailman uniform dry. I had to change clothes early that day. My wife and children were at State Fair during this rainstorm. When I went home after work that day, the roads were full of water. I was praying that my car motor would not be affected by all the water. When I got home, there was some water in my basement, but not that much. Many people had flooded basements that day. This was a rainstorm to remember. One of our letter carriers was unable to drive back to our postal station due to flooded roads. He was forced to turn in his collectables and keys to another postal station. This was the only time in my postal career that I could remember a letter carrier like myself being unable to return to his regular postal station.