1886 Bay View ball club—city and state champions

September 28, 2009

By Dennis Pajot

Bay View baseball club general manager William Sisson. Sisson was also a salesman. From the 1898 Milwaukee Sentinel. ~courtesy Dennis Pajot

Bay View baseball club general manager William Sisson. Sisson was also a salesman. From the 1898 Milwaukee Sentinel. ~courtesy Dennis Pajot

Baseball had been played in Milwaukee since the 1860s, but local amateur interest really took off in 1884, with over 200 local baseball teams receiving coverage in Milwaukee’s newspapers. These impressive numbers continued throughout the decade. Most major companies, and many smaller companies, sponsored a team. Groups of men, boys-and occasionally girls-from neighborhoods throughout the city also formed teams. Bay View was no exception, and one team would stand out, winning both the city and state championships in 1886.

The Bay Views

The amateur baseball club of Bay View first appeared in 1884 and became a major local force in 1885. Playing in the newly formed amateur four-team City League, the Bay Views compiled a record of 14-6. A team sponsored by James Morgan, a large downtown clothier, put together a record of 11-4 in the league. Although the Bay View team won more games, the Morgans thought they should be the champions, having beaten Bay View in three of five games played. These two clubs set out to decide the City League championship with a three-game series in October and November. Rain cancelled the games, leaving the matter unsettled.

In August 1885, Bay View club general manager William Sisson, a salesman, and field manager Felix McIver, a Bay View saloon owner, announced they would “support a paid nine” for the next season. The two men leased grounds in Bay View and built a “first-class baseball park,” complete with a grandstand and enclosed by a high board fence. They also set out to subscribe $1,000 in stock for building purposes. According to Milwaukee city directories, these grounds were at Kinnickinnic and Garfield (today, Garfield Street is known as Pine Avenue and no longer connects with KK, but then would have between Dover Street and Potter Avenue). The park was completed in May 1886 at an estimated cost of $4,500.

Ready for 1886

New men were involved in the club in 1886. Anton Stollenwerk, who owned a saloon and boarding house on S. Bay Street, and Richard M. Moore, listed as a “heater” in the 1886 city directory, formed a partnership with Felix McIver to run the park and club for the upcoming season.  »Read more

Coalition to Save the Hoan meets Sept. 21 at South Shore Park Pavilion

September 18, 2009

Public invited to testify

Public figures opposed to removing the Hoan Bridge, including 20th District state Representative Christine Sinicki and Fourth and 14th District Milwaukee County Supervisors Marina Dimitrijevic and Chris Larson, will be at the Monday, Sept. 21 town hall meeting of the Coalition to Save the Hoan at the South Shore Park Pavilion, 2900 S. Shore Dr., starting at 5:30pm. The public is invited to testify.

For more information, visit www.county.milwaukee.gov/Jursik/SavetheHoanBridge.htm or contact Supervisor Patricia Jursik, 414-278-4231 or patricia.jursik@milwcnty.com.

One of many concepts illustrated for an at-grade replacement of the Hoan Bridge, from HNTB report submitted to WisDOT, courtesy County Supervisor Patricia Jursik, via her open records request.

One of many concepts illustrated for an at-grade replacement of the Hoan Bridge, from HNTB report submitted to WisDOT, courtesy County Supervisor Patricia Jursik, via her open records request.

Hearing on Kinnickinnic BID Monday, Sept. 21

September 18, 2009

The City Plan Commission Public Hearing on proposed BID #44 (for Kinnickinnic Avenue from Morgan Avenue to Becher Street, sponsored by 14th District Alderman Tony Zielinski) is  Monday, Sept. 21, at 2:10pm, First Floor Board Room at 809 N. Broadway.

According to the city’s website, “In Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), property owners in designated geographic areas voluntarily collect annual assessments that are spent on projects that enhance the local business environment. These may include improvements to the streetscape, marketing efforts, business recruitment activity, and security programs.”

Zielinski told the Sept. 16 meeting of the Bay View Business Association that BID fees could go to graffiti removal, security cameras, or security guards. He said for a property assessed at $100,000, there would be approximately a $100 annual fee.

According to city documents, expected revenue for the BID #44 special purpose account is $46,659.

Committee wants dog park in Warnimont Park

September 17, 2009

On Sept. 15 the Milwaukee County Parks Energy Environment Committee voted unanimously to approve construction of a dog park in Warnimont Park, just south of the Kelly Senior Center and just north of the Lakeshore Tower Apartments.

Dog park proposed for Warnimont Park

An off-leash dog exercise area was earlier proposed several miles north in Bay View Park, but faced public opposition when area residents and parks advocates argued the lakeside site was not compatible with a fenced-in area. Lack of parking was also considered.

Eighth District Milwaukee County Supervisor Patricia Jursik, who represents the area,  sponsored the resolution to support the dog park in Warnimont Park at the far south end of the city of Cudahy. Her resolution cites support for the site from the Friends of Sheridan Park, who represent Sheridan Park at Cudahy’s north end. Fourth District County Supervisor Marina Dimitrijevic said she became a sponsor to Jursik’s resolution.

The county committee’s recommendation will come before the whole County Board Sept. 24.

The proposed dog park would encompass most of the area between the Kelly Senior Center, 6100 S. Lake Dr., and the Lakeshore Tower Apartments, 6260 S. Lake Dr., west of the bike trail that cuts through Warnimont Park. The area is currently wooded, home to deer, and also includes an old fenced-in tennis court.

The county’s 2009 Recommended Capital Improvements Budget included an appropriation of $248,400 for the construction of two or three dog exercise areas. The Bay View Park site was to be 1.5 acres, include a 10-by-16-foot shelter, and was estimated to cost $49,000.

New school, new name: Bay View Middle and High School

September 16, 2009

By Jay Bullock

A September 15 joint session of Bay View High School’s and Fritsche Middle School’s Governance Councils recommended that when the two schools merge into one 6-12 program housed in the current high school building, that program be called Bay View Middle and High School.

At the meeting, nearly 20 speakers, including 10 BVHS alumni, teachers, neighbors, and Fritsche Middle School’s student council vice president, all favored keeping the name of the community, either Bay View or South Shore, in the name.

Speakers associated with both schools said it was important to include all students, those in the middle grades as well as the high school grades, in the name of the new program.

An informal show of hands among all present, prompted by a Bay View alumna’s question, suggested broad support for the name Bay View Middle and High School, and the schools’ governance councils later voted to submit that name to the Milwaukee Board of School Directors, which has the final say on the new school’s name.

100 Telescopes in the Park, September 25-26

September 14, 2009

Source: Wisconsin Astronomy

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100 Telescopes in the Park

A Celebration of the International Year of Astronomy

Get ready for a stargazing extravaganza on the nights of September 25 and 26! Planetariums, astronomy clubs and stellar enthusiasts all across southeast Wisconsin will come together with 100 telescopes in celebration of the International Year of Astronomy.

Why now? Four hundred years ago in 1609, on some warm autumn nights in Italy, a passionate and brilliant man named Galileo Galilei first turned his telescope toward the heavens. What he saw astounded not only him, but many people across many lands.

Galileo was the first person to gain insight into the workings of distant worlds. He observed mountains and valleys on the Moon. He witnessed moons circling Jupiter, proving not everything orbits planet Earth. His drawings of spots on the Sun revealed that even this heavenly sphere is not the perfect place once imagined. It is Galileo who provided the momentum in changing how we view the universe.

Calling All Telescopes

Celebrate Galileo and the 400th anniversary of the telescope by bringing your own to this stellar event. The goal is have 100 telescopes spread across Greenfield Park in West Allis on both Friday and Saturday nights. Night sky telescope targets include our Moon, the planet Jupiter, the Andromeda Galaxy, the Hercules Cluster and many more celestial delights!

Telescope Clinic & Workshop

Have a telescope, but not sure how it works? There will be a telescope clinic each night from 6:00pm to 7:00pm before it gets dark. You must sign up for the clinic at www.wisconsinastronomy.org <http://www.wisconsinastronomy.org> There will also be a “Galileoscope” workshop on Friday night!

WHAT: 100 Telescopes in the Park: A Celebration of the International Year of Astronomy.

FREE event. Bring your own telescope!

WHO: Wisconsin Astronomy, a group of planetariums, astronomy clubs and stargazers.

WHERE: Greenfield Park, West Allis. On 124th Street, between Lincoln & National Avenues

WHEN: Friday & Saturday Nights, September 25 & 26; 6:00pm to 11:00pm.

WHY: To enjoy the wonders of our universe & honor Mr. Galileo who started it all.

About Wisconsin Astronomy

Wisconsin Astronomy is a volunteer group of astronomy leaders. We come from universities, planetariums, and local telescope observing clubs. Our goal is to teach the wonders of the universe through collaborative events and to promote each other educational programs. Find out more here.

BVHS School Governance Council meeting Sept. 15

September 14, 2009

The School Governance Council of Bay View High School meets Tuesday, September 15 in Room 230 (Mary Morris Hall) at 5pm. The meeting is an open meeting but members of the public who are not governance council meetings should not automatically assume that they will be permitted to speak, according to Terry Falk, MPS School Director. He added that the public should not assume that they will not be permitted to speak.

Grant Park beach cleanup Sept. 26

September 11, 2009

Saturday Sept 26th
Grant Park Beach Cleanup
Meet at the Beach house at 9am.
Bring “Wellington” boots if you have them since some volunteers will need to wade in the water.
Our goal is to not only pick up the loose trash, but also to remove two tires that have been stuck in the beach sand for several years.
I’ll be bringing a wheelbarrow and shovels for removing the tires.
If you can bring along a wheelbarrow with a very fat tire, we can probably use it.
If you have questions, please call me (Don Lawson) at 764-0612
or send an e-mail to:  FoGP@copper.net

Source: Friends of Grant Park.

Equinox hike in Cudahy Sept. 20

September 11, 2009

Dear Friends:

Welcome autumn with a free ceremony in Sheridan Park!  The Sheridan Park Friends group invites everyone to explore a lakeside walking path, recently designed and constructed by a local Eagle Scout with the support of friends and Parks department staff.  We will meet at Sheridan Pavilion (Area 1, S. Sheridan Dr. & E. Layton Ave. in Cudahy) at 3:30 p.m. (or after the Packers game) on Sunday, September 20, 2009.

Patricia Jursik

Representing the 8th District (St. Francis, South Milwaukee, Cudahy, and 2 wards in Oak Creek)

Source: Patricia Jursik.

Salmon facility open house in Racine Oct. 17

September 11, 2009


Root River Steelhead Facility Open House – Saturday, October 17, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Lincoln Park, Racine – The Root River Steelhead Facility will be holding its first public open house to showcase the facility’s operations and promote Lake Michigan fishing opportunities.

Stop on by to get a guided tour of the facility and see hands on demonstrations of fish spawning procedures by DNR staff.

Other activities include fish and fishing information stations, interactive fishing, rod-casting lessons, knot tying, fly tying, boating safety presentations, and an on-site fishing boat used on Lake Michigan for targeting salmon and trout.

Root River Steelhead Facility, 2200 Domanik Dr. in Racine, (262) 594-6218.

For more information contact: Pradeep Hirethota (414) 382-7928

Source: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Kid’s Event: Bug Day at Wehr Nature Center, Sept. 20

September 8, 2009

The 4th Annual Bug Day will take place at Wehr Nature Center, 9701 W. College Avenue in Franklin on Sunday, September 20th from 1pm to 4pm.

A listing of events and attractions at this creepy-crawly day follow:

Jumping Contest – Enter a grasshopper in the Jump-off or
borrow one of Wehr’s hoppers.
Creepy Crawly Cuisine – Chef Bill prepares some tasty bugs
treats for sampling
Bee Keeping – Meet the Keeper of the Colonies
Insect Zoo – View beetles, walking sticks and hissing cockroaches

Larva Land Area – Explore and learn about arthropods

Dr. Artha Poda, Insects 101 – Children ages 6 and up learn from an expert
Dipping for Critters – Discover the insects living in Mallard Lake

No pre-registration is required for Bug Day. For more information go to countyparks.com or call Wehr Nature Center at (414) 425-8550.

Source: Milwaukee County Parks

Orchid show at Domes September 19 & 20

September 8, 2009

The Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory is proud to host Southeastern Wisconsin’s largest Orchid Show, Fall in Love with Orchids 2009, on the weekend of September 19th & 20th from 9am to 4pm.

Visitors will glimpse in awe hundreds of rare and exotic award-winning orchids from around the world. Professional growers from around the country will be on hand to share their knowledge and offer attendees the opportunity to purchase a wide variety of plants and supplies.

In addition, classes in corsage making and potting a variety of orchids will be offered. Opportunities to attend lectures and watch videos giving the latest up-to-date information will be offered along with world-class orchid displays showcased in the Show Dome. Finish up your visit with a walking tour of the Arid and Tropical Domes to experience other botanical wonders!

Fall in Love with Orchids 2009 is sponsored by the Wisconsin Orchid Society (wisconsinorchidsociety.com) and the Milwaukee County Parks Department. Parking is free. Regular admission rates apply – adults $6.50, children ages 6-17 $5.00 and children 5 & under are free. Milwaukee County seniors with proof of residency are $5.00. For further information call the Mitchell Park Domes at (414) 649-9830.

Source: Milwaukee County Parks

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