Featured Historical Story
From Jim and Kathy Groszczyk of 3142 S. Pine Av
My family has lived in this home starting in 1922. My grandparents. my parents and now my family.
I have lived in Bay View all my live. Way before it became fashionable to be here. I was born here, raised here, went to school here. Does anyone else know that Clement AV.was a brick road for many, many years. From the time of horses and carriages. It was there well into the mid 60's before they tore up the bricks and put in the asphalt we have now. We both remember when they tore out the bricks there were street car rails under the brick.I think it surprised them because the holes they had to dig down on Clement Av was so deep, with huge piles of brick and old bent rails. Unbelievable to see.
The #15 bus was an electrical bus, with the electrical pickup arms which ran over head connected to the electrical wires old poles. We had many late days for school, when the wire poles came off the lines and the driver had to get out an pull the poles back on to the lines. The bus was literally shut down until he got the pole lines back on the over head electrical wires. There were times when a few young lads would give those poles help coming of the overhead wires when the bus would stop for a light. Those were the days. There were old trolley rails running down KK to Pryor rd to Delaware and it ended on Oklahoma and Delaware. It was murder to get your car tires stuck in them, especially in winter whey they became extremely slippery, to even walk on them.
The #11 was the old trolley car. It came to a stop on Howell and Bolivar where driver had to walk to the other end of the trolley to drive it back to go downtown. During his walk to the other side of the car he would flip the backs of the seats the other directions so you could see you were now facing downtown, forward. It stopped on Howell and Howard across the street for the old five and Dime store with wood floors that creaked as you walked on them it had a nice smell of Maple hardwood floors. Such old memories.
There was an old horse drawn fire house, which is now someones home, down on the triangle road of Bennett street, Mabbett rd and Meredich St. It is still there, a red brick building, someone's home now, but you can still see where the upper hay loft was and the doors where the horses came out with the fire engine.
My husband went to his first Milwaukee Braves game on the #10 Wells street car which went above the Miller Brewing company to the stadium. It was paralleled the the Wisconsin Av via dock. Being a child this ride to the ball game cost 5 cents. At the game he sat in the old wood bleachers where they let themselves known by the stomping of their feet on wood seats. What noise that made. His game ticket for wooden bleachers seat cost 50 cents for this Major League Baseball game.
He remembers the guys that would come down the alley with wagons drawn by horses. They would shovel out the old ash boxes from the coal burning stove that heat the houses and his mother would give him carrots to feed the horses. The innocence of the times. What very fond memories.