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.
On Saturday, November 29, 2008, a group of my wife's friends and a few members of our family set up a surprise birthday party for my wife. They did not tell me about it until about 15 minutes before the party started. My daughter, Mary, then told me about it, before we left her house to go to the party. It was a big surprise for her, as she had no knowledge that anything this big had been planned behind her back, without her gaining any hint of it. We got to see many of her friends and relatives of ours. We got to see our grandchildren. It was a pot luck dinner with everyone bringing at least one dish. There was enough food to feed an army there. We had a great "Elvis" impersonator there who gave an outstanding show. We were at Club Garibaldi in the back room. It was a great party. The last time they held a party like this on her was when she turned 59. People had a chance to visit with each other and an opportunity to have a great meal with a birthday cake. Thank you Kathy Krause, LuRae Brower, Mary Manke and all of the other people who put together this wonderful party. What a way to celebrate your birthday. Many of your best friends and your relatives attended. Once more, thank you to everyone who made this party possible. You made this into a great party for Penny.