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.
Many people today have relatives or friends who have Alzheimer's disease or senile dementia. This disease is one of the saddests things to occur to a person. A loving intelligent person turns into a shell of a human unable to care for themselves or to recognize friends and relatives.
I can remember this happening to my aunt and uncle. Both people used to be very knowledgeable, caring and loving people. Once they were very good at sheepshead, then they could no longer recognize what this card game was. Near the end, when we would take my aunt to church special services, we would ask her if she knew who I was. She could no longer remember who I was and called me a fat person who she knew but did not know my name. Before my uncle was placed in a nursing home for Alzheimer's disease, he used to take a walk around the block. He sometime would get lost, but we always know which route he took. He would always look out the front door looking for his car, which had been sold a while ago. He aways had a smile on his face. He loved ice cream and candy very much. When he was younger, he used to play a banjo. His love for music stayed with him until the end of his life. One time while my aunt was in the nursing home, she spoke to me in German intead of English. It turned out that they had given her the wrong amount of medicine and it caused her to be delusional. I can remember how each one of them went down this path to the end. You could only rejoice when it was over, because they no longer were suffering.
Each of my children own dogs. Mary, Mark, Kurt and David are the children. It is fun visiting each house and playing with the various dogs. Each has its own temperament. Most of them are very good with children. One is a little cautious with strangers and children. Dogs are like little children. They need a lot of attention, besides their time with the family and children. Many of them are lap dogs who like to come up to you and come into your lap.
Puppies are a different story. If they are untrained with potty training, they can be quite a bit of work. Cleaning up after a dog mess is not a lot of fun, but you still love the dog all the same. You have to be patient with each of them, as they are all individual in their activities. All of them look for any food or dog biscuits that you might have with you. If you take the time to play with them, they might give you a kiss. They all like to be petted as you play with them. It is fun to roughhouse with them, and later to lay down or sit down with them. Treat a dog like a little child, and you will have a great time with them. Treat them as you would like to be treated. Kindness to them results in love being returned to you.
It is not every auto service center that has a pug dog lounging in his own snug chair, or a Hammond organ behind the counter.
Jim's Auto Center, 4264 S. Packard Avenue, has both. "Solomon", the dog, is usually quiet and the organ is too, unless owner Jim Neldner get a notion to play a few bars.
Recently a letter was sent to Carolyn Selemi, President of the Humboldt Park 4th of July Association concerning our budget for this year. I find that the contents are hard to believe.
Dear Ms. Selimi:
Have you ever noticed that when you leave Wisconsin, you will have a great difficulty finding a fish fry place to eat at. Our Friday fish fry is standard her in Milwaukee where we have all kinds of neighborhood bars that serve them. In other states, the neighborhood bar is rare and few of them will serve a fish fry unless it is Lent. We should be happy to have this here. We have neighborhood stores and bakeries that are unheard of elsewhere. Everyone has to go to a big store for bakery, meats, specialites and other such things. Also, if you ask for a soda, people won't know what you are talking about. You have to ask for a pop, Pepsi, Coke or other name brand for them to understand. If you ask for a bubbler or a bathroom, they will think that you are crazy.
Milwaukee has a heavy German influence on its phrases. The German makes everything. A person makes a cake, makes coffee, makes the window or door closed, and other such phrases. We are so used to this that we say it naturally as we speak. Little wonder then that some out of staters do not understand us. When we speak of a restroom, we call it a bathroom, latrine, the office, the head, the watercloset, men's room, women's room, visiting management. There is a saying: All Navy men know how to use the head. Sometimes when a person is indisposed, we say he is in his office doing personal business or using his head. It is always fun to hear which term is used when people need the restroom.
Humboldt Park 4th of July Association - Celebrating 99 Years
2009 Theme: "America - A Land of Beauty"
During World War II, no citizens were safe. Under the Nazi's Gestapo control, all citizens had to follow party lines or face consequences. Sometimes their own children could betray their own parents. The Nazi SS units did a lot of dirty and murderous damage to the people that they conquered. Many people were murdered for no reason at all except that they might interfere with Nazi plans. As the Germans entered Russia, many civilians and soldiers were slaughtered by the SS units. As the Russian army was defeating the German army, they also fought a dirty war with no mercy on anybody. Many of these soldiers raped and robbed the German civilians as they came through the area.
At the end of World War II, the Russians decided to occupy part of Polish territory that they had taken before the German army turned on Russia. The displaced Polish people were pushed into Pomerania and Eastern Germany. Stettin and Danzig were two cities involved in this area. The Russian army gave the old German population orders to pack all that they could carry in one bag and to head to the train station to be deported to German territory. These people lost all of their property at this time, but they were still alive. Some of these people were permitted to come to the United States, if they had relatives or friends who would sponsor them to come here.
My doctor has told me that I have to lose some weight. I have tried many diets, but usually end up gaining more weight than I lose. I have an allergy to the acid in Vitamin C. Liquids with Vitamin C, tomatoes, lemons, pineapples, oranges, cranberries, tropical fruit and othe items are off limits to me. If I drink KoolAid, soda with lemon juice inside of it, jello with citrus fruit inside of it, dried oranges or pineapple, I get a very painful mouth. If I take larger amounts, I break out in hives. Many diets request that you eat a lot of fruit. This makes it very difficult for me to diet. Gravy is avoided because of its fat content. Reduced amounts of desserts are eaten. I eat very little bread or rolls. My weak spot is that I love to eat nuts and corn. If I eat any form of pepper, my stomach gives me trouble. My candy supply has greatly diminished. Slowly but surely, I am fighting a losing battle to reduce my weight. If you have any suggestions, I would be glad to hear them. As a cook at home, I get tempted every time I make a meal to indulge in the food. This also makes it harder on me. I do not drink any alcoholic beverages or smoke.
I wish a happy St. Patrick's Day to you all. Today is the time for corned beef and cabbage. You can't forget the green beer. It is good day to dance and have a good time. We can't forget our Irish and Scotish friends. The Irish came to our country during a severe potato famine. They have served in distinction in military service, political service, and many other ways. They are and were very independent people. They have fought hard to get where they are now. They have a right to be proud. In the past and present times, they have made a good name for themselves. So today, take a little time and celebrate with them their St. Patrick's Day holiday. Please do not wake up with a hangover the next day. Celebrate with limits on the amount you drink to be social. Honor our Irish and Scotish friends.
It won't be long before warmer weather arrives here. The children will want to play outside more. Softball, basketball, volleyball and other sports will become more common. This will be the time to start your family garden if you have not done so yet. Take the family out for a ride and view Spring in all of its glory. Daylight Savings time has started. This is a good time to take a long walk with your dog, if you have one. Now that the long nights are ending, you will have more time for outdoor activities. Enjoy doing things together as a family, for this strengthens family bonds. Easter is coming soon, and you must prepare for that. Most of all try to relax and be yourself. Go to the park and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Take a long walk and enjoy some fresh air. Drive out into the country and watch the young farm animals as they roam on the land. Treat each day as if it was your last. Hug your loved ones and enjoy Spring. Please support the Bay View community.
On Sunday, March 29, 2009, we are having "Breakfast with the Easter Bunny" at the Beulah Brinton Community Center. The location is 2555 S. Bay Street. The time of the event is from 9:30 AM to 12:00 Noon.
The cost is $4.00 for adults and $3.00 for children. Children 2 and under are free. The pancakes are all you can eat.
Now enrolling !
At 7 PM, on Wednesday, April 1, 2009, we will a meeting of the Humboldt Park 4th of July Association. The meeting will be located in the park pavilion. All interested people are invited to attend. We will be discussing the planning of the Independence Day celebration this year. There will be planning the celebration on a reduced budget discussed. All of the people in attendance will be able to discuss this year's event. In spite of the recent poor economy, we will attempt to design a full day of activities, providing that we have the stage and electricity. If those two elements are missing, we will have to eliminate most of the afternoon and evening schedule. Let's hope for the best and try to plan these activities anyway. Our hope before we heard the news of our park allowance reduction was to plan a wonderful day of activities for the entire family to safely enjoy Independence Day at Humboldt Park. Please join us as we try to resolve this situation. The meeting is open to all interested people.
On Saturday, August 25, 1979, at the South Shore Park Pavilion, at 5:30 PM, assembled were Milwaukee County Executive Bill O'Donnell, County Supervisor Daniel Cupertino, Alderman Clifford Draeger and Daniel Zilokowski along with a host of many other elected officials and dignitaries who accompanied the Bay View Centennial Walking Tour of 1979 at its forefront. The massive crowd was greeted by John Utzat and Ray Bethke. A plaque located in the park dedicated to the people of Bay View's past and its present residents. Looking south from the top of the bluff at E. Russell Avenue across from what is now Cupertino Park was a mass of humanity. At times sections of the tour were escorted by police department motorcycles with red lights. At the triangle on St. Clair Street, the site of the original Beulah Brinton Community Center and the Puddler's Hall, that ws open to the centennial tour. The triangle streets were filled by many people. The estimates of tour attendance came from the Milwaukee Police Department and from Milwaukee County personnel. They estimated that 8,000 people were at the tour and 5,000 at the St. Clair triangle.
A steering committee was to form a Bay View Historical Society in 1979. The steering committee was chaired by Ray Ropel and had many members of the local community involved. At the meeting, John Utzat, then a very popular historical columnist for the South Side Urban News, "The Sun", proposed his idea for a centennial walking tour. His suggestion was championed by Ray Bethke, Norm Hundt, Vern and Lee Markussen, Floyd Boyce, Daisy Estes Tucker and John Utzat was formed.
Marzanna was a Slavic goddess of death or winter. Her name is connected to the Polish name for the month of March which is "marznac" or to freeze. Winters in Poland were long and hard, and when the first day of spring finally arrived, people were more than ready to celebrate. And what better way to do that than by getting rid of Marzanna once and for all? And what better way to get rid of her than by burning her? Or by drowning her? Or both?
On the first day of spring, a Marzanna doll is made from old rags or from straw, dressed in an old woman's clothes, and then placed on a pole and carried through the village or city streets. People gather and march behind Marzanna, escorting her as she is carried to the end of the village or to the outskirts of a city or town. There the doll is set on fire and then doused with water or drowned in a river or stream, as people join in singing and dancing to celebrate her demise. They want to be doubly sure that there will be no chance of having the goddess of winter come back after the first day of spring.