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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.

Before you talk politics, show us that you have voted in this election

Many people tak about politics, but are unwilling to take the time to vote in an election. This election is very important, as we are electing our next President of the United States. What would happen if everybody took the time to vote this election? Maybe we could have a good person elected to office. I am not telling you who to vote for. You must decide by yourself who you think is the best person for any elected office. If you do not vote, then you have no right to complain about how somebody you did not like got into office. We as citizens of these United States have the right to vote in any election, not like people in some countries who can only chose one political party and one candidate that the government offers for you to vote for. Freedom is not cheap. Many of our citizens have served their country and paid the extreme price for this. They did this so that we can have the right to enjoy our freedom. You should take the time to thank the men and women who have given their time to serve their country, in both war and peace. I can only hope that as many people as possible take the time to vote on this election day. God bless the United States of America.

South Shore Park Pavilion will recieve landmark status from Bay View Historical Society

On Monday, November 10, 2008, at 7:00 PM, the Bay View Historical Society will present the South Shore Park Pavilion with a landmark plaque, during the County Historical Society's Annual Meeting at the South Shore Park Pavilion. It was felt that our Society should also honor the South Shore Park Pavilion as Milwaukee County will do this night.

In 1835, Elijah Estes, who walked over 1,000 miles from North Carolina to get to Bay View, established his land claim on the land that was to become South Shore Park in the future. His wife, Zebadiah Wentworth Estes, who was the daughter of the Mayor of Chicago, Illinois, was said to be the person who named this area "Bay View".

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Bay View Christmas Tree Lighting -- Monday, December 1, 2008



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Now that the election is over are you happy?

After hearing all of the advertisements of the various candidates to polical office, are you satisfied with the results?  If you did not vote, you have no right to complain. The will of the people has shown itself through this election. We have elections for the purpose of having people vote for us while holding down a political office. If we do not like the candidate chosen, then we have the right to elect somebody new to that office the next election. Voting should not be taken for granted. Many people who have served our country in the military service have given up their lives that we might have the right to vote. Be happy that you live here in the United States where we have free  elections, without the government ordering us to vote for only one candidate of their party. Remember not all people have the same freedom that we have here. It will help in future elections, if you register to vote before the election and not on election day at the polls. Now you have the right to complain that your candidate did not make it into political office, if you have voted at this election. Do not vote and you deserve no right to complain. Feel proud to be an American citizen who has the right to vote. God bless the United States of America.

Here is a web site to view:   Enjoy this song as you relax.

"Lost" Members of the Family

Recently, I recived a letter from my cousin Marjorie Manke, from Sussex, Wisconsin informing me about some relatives of our family that we were not knowledgeable about. My great-grandfather, August Manke, came from Pomerania, Germany, many years ago. We were told that he had a step-brother or brother living in the Brookfield, Wisconsin area. The other family  never made contact with us, even though my great-grandfather August Manke made an attempt at contact. The Sussex Sun and the Waukesha Freeman wrote some articles about this other family.

"Former Lisbon farmboy, Leon Manke recently donated more than 60 photos and newspaper clippings of the extended Manke-Stier family to the Sussex-Lisbon Area Historical society. The photos are now in a three ring binder so researchers can study that once-mighty Lisbon farming family, which is down to only three Manke and two Stier entries in the most recent local telephone book. Once, though, in about the first one-third of the 20th century, Lisbon boasted five Manke farms and three Stier farms.

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Today is Veteran's Day.

Take some time out to thank our men and women who have served our country in both war and peace. Many of them have never returned and payed the extreme sacrifice for our freedom and the priviledges that come with this. Even today, many men and women are serving in areas of the world like Iraq and Afganistan, and placing their lives in jeopardy for us. Freedom does not come cheaply. Many lives are lost in these efforts. Please take the time to thank and honor our veterans, both now and always. Please support efforts to get better benefits for our veterans. Lately they have been on the short end of the stick on government policies. Please write or call your member of the House of Representatives or your U.S. Senator and ask that better health care and provisions be given to the members of our armed forces when they return home. They have served us in honor and deserve great respect from all of us. God bless the United States of America.

Go web site:   Here is a song dedicated to our honored veterans who have served our country.

Cry the Beloved Country

On November 11, 1918, the day that World War I ended on the Western Front, General Jozef Pitsudski declared Poland's independence. His action was the first step in bringing about  Poland's national rebirth after 123 years of foreign domination. Indeed, Poland's borders were only secured in 1921, after nearly three years of war. But thanks to the courage and sacrifices for the independence cause made by countless thousands -  in Poland and in the  emigration, Poland was restored. Leading the work abroad, both diplomatically and policically, were virtuoso pianist I. J. Paderewski and patriot-activist Roman Dmowski. Their efforts were backed in many ways by people of Polish origin, in America and elsewhere. Thus, a 100,000 man Polish army was formed, whose voluteers dedicated themselves to Poland's freedom. Led by Jozef Haller, this army, which included more than 22,000 men from the U.S.A., took part in battles, in France and in Poland, from 1918 to 1921. More than a thousand of these volunteers came from Wisconsin alone.

With Poland's rebirth in 1918, the principle of Polish independence has never been forgotten - despite the horrific World War II Nazi German and Soviet Russia's to destroy the Nation and the imposition of Soviet rule over Poland between 1944 and 1989.

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Deer Creek Pond

When I hear about new buildings being constructed where the U.S. Army had its Bay View Reserve location, I wonder what kind of people are doing the planning of these buildings. Many years ago Deer Creek was the fourth Milwaukee River. After many years it dwindled down to be a creek. It started on the grounds of the Major Seminary at 3257 S. Lake Drive, and worked its way north and west until it got to the area near where Beulah Brinton Community Center is now. When they started building the Bay View Rolling Mill in 1866, they cut off  the entrance of Deer Creek into Lake Michigan. The water then formed into a 200 foot wide pond from about what is now E. Otjen Street north to E. Lincoln Avenue. Its west end was S. Logan Avenue (then Mitchell Street) and S. Bay Street (then S. Ward Street). If you look at certain old photographs of the Bay View Rolling Mill, you can see the Red Brick School and lots of water behind the mill. During the time of the Village of Bay View, the Village Board was told that the Deer Creek Pond was condemned as being too mucky. A decision was made to fill in the pond, as it represented a bad health hazard to the Village. When the pond was filled in by the Village, much garbage and old bottles ended up in the site. In later years after Bay View merged into Milwaukee, this land was left idle. During World War II, quonset huts were placed on the land to find homes for the returning servicemen and women from the war effort. Many of these quonset huts ended up having water come inside due to the unstable ground that they rested on.  When the old Beulah Brinton Community Center on S. St. Clair Street was razed, a new building was erected at 2555 S. Bay Street. Today if you go inside of the building, you can se where the building is sinking and the walls and floor are being disturbed. If you drive on S. Bay Street, you will notice that the road actually bounces as you ride on it. The same  thing is true of S. Delaware Avenue from E. Oklahoma Avenue to E. Trowbridge Street. An order had to be given to only allow light weight buses to travel there, due to the house fondations bouncing up and down when the buses came by. Now if this is what happened on the bed of Deer Creek ( Delaware Avenue ), imagine what will happen when new buildings are constructed on the old army base. This land was unfit for any buildings throughout the years, so why is it fit now? You are just wasting your money by doing construction on this land. Let it remain as park land for the area families to enjoy. Take the time to tour the Beulah Brinton Community Center on the north side of the building. You will get a real education then.

Taking the Amtrak Empire Builder to Minneapolis, Minnesota

When we took the train to Minneapolis, Minnesota, we had an interesting time. We left Milwaukee about 3:55 PM on a Thursday. The seats in the railroad car were all facing the wrong direction. When we asked why this was so, we were told that it was for safety reasons. When the regular conductor came into our car, he corrected the situation and changed  the direction of the seats inside. He told us that in Chicago, before the train took off towards Milwaukee, they were supposed to change the seats into the correct position. Since the first woman who told us that this was caused for safety reasons, we wondered how the food would be in the diner car where she worked regularly. Probably,  if we had found a fly or mouse in our food, that it was done for safety purposes. We therefore did not eat in the diner car. The train trip was wonderful, but because it was getting dark outside, we could not see much of the scenery. Minneapolis, Minnesota is wonderful city. The train depot was spacious, but like the Milwaukee Amtrak station, there was no restaurant inside of the station. Our son, Kurt, picked us up and drove us to his home in White Bear Lake, near St. Paul. We had a wonderful time there. Kurt gave us a tour of downtown St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis. Because Minnesota does not have many fish fry locations, we went to Appleby's to get some fish to eat for lunch. We had a chance to play with our grandson, Sam, who was celebrating his 2nd birthday while we were there. Olivia, Kurt's wife made a good homemade supper for us to enjoy. The next day, Saturday, we had a birthday party for Sam with many of his cousins, his grandparents on both sides of the family, his great-grandmother, and many of Olivia's cousins. The day went well until it started to rain outside. After all of the birthday guests left, we cleaned up the area and ate a meal together. We all wanted to watch the Wisconsin Badger Football game against Penn State, but that game was a complete wipeout for the Badgers. Both Kurt and Olivia graduated from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. After giving up on the Badgers, my wife and I went to bed, and got up at 5:15 AM, in order to catch the train back to Milwaukee. The trip back started at 7:50 AM. The scenery on the trip back was breathtaking. The leaves on the trees were turning colors and the river looked beautiful as we rode by it. All of the things that we missed on the way there were now visable to us to enjoy. It was nice not having to drive all of the way there. The handicap bathrooms were decent in size, however the the other ones were fat man's folly to enter and use. The seats on the train were very comfortable. All of the trains are non-smoking. If anybody wants to smoke, there are certain train stops where people can take a smoking break. If you smoke on the train, you could leave the train at an unannounced stop and find your own way, minus the train, of getting anyplace. The people on the train were very cordial. If you don't like to drive, then the train is an excellent means of travel. If you start in Chicago. at about 2 PM on a Thursday, you could end up in Portland, Oregon on a Saturday morning. If you are going to travel that distance, you might want to reserve a sleeping car for your trip. We arrived back in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at about 2 PM on Sunday afternoon. It is always nice to return to your home and to relax there. It is nice to travel. but there is no place like home to rest your feet and be yourself. I would not mind taking this train trip again. I would recommend it to anyone.

Learning how to do research on local history

If you want to learn about local history, you must begin with your own family records if possible. From there you must go to your local library and look into their local history section for books on the subject matter. When you need more information, you must go to the Main Library Downtown and go to the second floor to visit the Local History Room. From the clues  that you gain at the library, you must then go on-line on your computer to do deeper studies of the subject matter. If you are working on genealogy, you must check the U.S. Census reports for names and dates. If you can get to look at some old city directories, you may gain more information than on the U.S. Census reports. The Church of the Latter Day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah, will have the best genealogy information. Warning !   You can become addicted to this kind of research. Once you begin to research, you will never want to stop. There is always more information at the end of the rainbow, but you never can find it all. Once you achieve your goals, you will feel very refreshed. Knowledge can be a great awakener. Open your minds and let the new knowledge flow inside. Now you know how to do any type of research or studies. The skills that you learn doing research will help you all the rest of your life.

Special Meeting: City of Milwaukee July 4th Commission

We the 4th of July volunteers are dedicated to preserve and keep patriotism alive in the Bay View community with celebrations now and into the future.

An invitation was sent to all active city park Presidents to attend a special DCD meeting on Saturday, December 6, at 9 AM. The intent of the meeting is to come up with creative ways to continue 4th of July events with less funding for city park committees!  Yes, there will be flags, ice cream and fireworks, NOT AS MANY, but less funds presumed to distribute to park volunteer committees and as well other paid coordination positions. (Possibly paid positions funds could be reduced and/or tasks combined or reassigned to maintain parks funding levels.)

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Merck's 1899 Manual

Here is some material from Merck's 1899 Manual.

All Analyses at these laboratories are so conducted to assure the best service attainable on the basis of the latest scientific developments. The laboratories are amply supplied with a perfect quality of reagent materials, and only with the most efficient constructions of modern apparatus and instruments. The probable cost for some of the frequently needed researches is approximately indicated below:

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Merck's 1899 Manual --- Part 2 --- "Acne"

Prescriptions for Acne:

Adepts Lanse: topically            Alkaline lotions: when skin is greasy and follicles are black and prominent       Aristol

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Happy Thanksgiving to everyone

Today is the day that we take time off to give thanks for all that we have. It does not matter what church you go to, but going to church is very important today. It is the least that we can do for all that we have received. We should be thankful for our families, our homes, our jobs and other things that are important to us. Even though you will probally have roast turkey today, don't  over do it with your eating. Relax with your family and do something together. If you have nothing else to do, then watch football on television or basketball. This is a day for the whole family to get together as a unit and a chance to talk over the events that happened to each other this year. This is also a chance for the children to learn about how Thanksgiving Day came into existance and why. Have a happy Thanksgiving Day.

Merck's 1899 Manual --- Part # 3 --- Alcoholism

Here are the recommended prescriptions for alcoholism in 1899:

Actaea Racemosa: in irritative dyspedsia  --- Ammonia: Aromatic spirit of, as a substitute for alcohol when the craving                                                                    comes on.

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