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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.

Winter Wonderland in Bay View

When it snows outside,  I think of that small snow storm that we had in 1947,  that crippled the City of Milwaukee. It seems that in 1947,  World War II was over,  but Milwaukee did not have enough snow plows to handle all of the snow that came down.  Streetcars were stranded due to unplowed streets.  Some people had to climb out upstairs windows to get out of their house.  The few cars that made it to the street were abandoned when their drivers became stuck in the snow.  Grocery stores ran short on food supplies.  It was
difficult for anybody to make it to a hospital.  I stated that it was a small snow storm,  because Milwaukee does not ever have any BIG problems,  or do they?  After the small storm,  the City of Milwaukee went out and purchased some snow plows and garbage trucks to prevent a small storm like that from crippling the city again.  

In Bay View,  the people helped out each other.  Neighbors were like family members to all.  As a team many
streets were taken care of with hard manual labor.  People checked on elderly people to see if they needed any assistance.  There were plenty of ashes and clinkers from coal furnaces to melt some of the snow and ice.  One by one,  cars were freed from their trapped locations. People shared food with their neighbors due to the food shortages at the local grocery stores.  It took a while for delivery trucks to resume bring needed supplies to the neighborhoods.  Now you have an idea why I like the Bay View area so much.  With people like these living in the area,  you knew that you were safe.  No area is perfect,  but I like the Bay View area.
By St. Lucas Evangelical Lutheran Church at 2605 S. Kinnickinnic Avenue,  many streetcars were unable to climb the steep hill nearby.  Now in the present time we use salt to clear the roads of ice and snow.  If we still had coal furnaces,  the coal ashes and clinkers would  do less environment damage than the salt does now.
A mixture of salt and sand is needed to really protect us from icey conditions.  Remember that if it snows outside,  we won't have to relive the "small" snow storm of 1947.  Take the time to visit your neighbor and try to work together as we did in the past.  Not all old things are bad.  

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