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.
One night, Josie was walking home from her girl friend's house. It was very dark outside with only a few street lights on. It was kind of scary, but Josie wasn't worried about walking alone at night. While she was walking, a man came besides her. He looked familiar, and they started talking together. She became very relaxed as she walked with him. They talked about the weather and the scenery. They talked for a while and then she arrived home. The man kept on walking after she left him. It dawned on her that she had forgot to ask his name. She went back to the spot where she left him but he was nowhere in sight. She thought very little about this. She happened to look at an old photo album. She saw the picture of the man who walked with her. It was a picture of her great-uncle who was killed in combat in World War I. This is why he looked so familiar to her. She had seen his picture in the past but had never been able to see him when he was still alive. A smile came to her as she knew she had seen a friendly ghost. He had caused no fear in her. You can imagine what her mind thought of whenever she took a walk again.