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.
When the Village of Bay View was incorporated, land was donated by the Bay View Rolling Mill for churches to build on. On the east side of the corner, Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Roman Catholic Church was built. Directly across the street on what is now 2701 S. KK Ave, the first St. Lucas Evangelical Lutheran Church was built. A few years later, this building was moved to 2605 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. On the site of this church, after it was moved, the Village Hall of Bay View was moved here from the triangle next to Bay View United Methodist Church at S. Clement Ave., E. Pryor Ave and S. KK Ave. After this building was razed, a new A & P Grocery chain store was built. In later years after the A & P store closed, the building was modifed to become the Bay View State Bank; which is now called M & I Bank of Bay View. On the third corner on E. Russell Ave. and S. Logan Ave., Bay View Baptist Church was built. When the congregation built a new church at 3800 S. Howell Ave., the old building was razed and an apartment building was constructed. At what is now 2699 S. KK Ave., Francis "Smitty" Smith had a Standard Oil Service Station next door to Paul Gruneau Plumbing. This service station was there until Smitty retired. The building then became a Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel sub-station for newspaper carriers. The next use of this building was as a restaurant called "Sven's". This is the current use of that building. In the triangle near all of these buildings is the Bay View Monument honoring the men who died in World War II in the service of their country. One block away is the old Llewellyn Library (now used by Bay View High School and Bay View High School itself. For a small corner, there sure was a lot of history involved the land. Please support the Bay View Community.
See picture at:http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/whi/fullimmage.asp?id=47553