|The old gnarly black walnut tree that still stands on the property reminding me of my childhood.|
In the 1920's, the Sladky Bee House became a 28 by 12 foot, 1 ½ story, building that was erected by Frank and Julia Sladky to house their beehives and honey collecting equipment.
The beehives were kept in the vaulted cellar during the winter.
Insulation between the cellar ceiling and the first floor was sawdust
gathered from the Holly Mill in Shoto. The honey was rendered on the first
floor and the attic was used for storage. The Sladky Honey was sold for
many years to people from Shoto, Manitowoc, Two Rivers and all the
surrounding areas. The Sladky Bee House, as it became known as, was
donated to the Pinecreast Historical Village by Dorothy and the late Bill
W, and was moved in 1988 to Pinecrest Village. It was opened to the
public in July 1990. Frank and Julia Sladky was Dorothy Krause's
great-aunt and uncle. And they were remembered by my mother.
|Pic found on this website and not my own|
What resurrected the bee house? Sadly, my Grandpa died in the late 80's at the young age of 57. My grandmother no longer could care for the two large properties (which included the dyke) by herself. She didn't want to get rid of the bee house but she didn't want to live in the same place that held all of the family memories of the past. Instead, the Pinecrest Historical Society came and did an investigation on the property which included research on the authenticity of the building. After the work was done, the aged building would have to be carefully taken apart and brought back to the Pinecrest grounds where it would undergo the restoration process.
People live. They breathe. And they die. Nothing signifies the passage of time like an old building passed from one generation to the next in a family. The older I get; the more appreciation I have for the past. Today others can walk through these old buildings and relive life as it was over a century ago.