The reservoir building was situated on a relatively large piece of property whose usage was questionable. I remember one time being there with my pal, Tom Lewicky, doing who knows what on the grassy area. We used to head through the grassy area and then go south toward the creek that ran to the south of the property. There, we used to check out the nature, find minute little clams and crayfish and do boy-things. I remember one time being run off by bigger kids, interested in showing their machismo by scaring others for no apparent reason.
The reservoir was just a couple of blocks from my house and the area was easy to get into since there really were no fences and barricades. It was not possible to enter the building, from what I recall. I don’t believe that entry was allowed, and the property itself was just a flat, grassy area bordered by the woods that were supposedly there before settlers arrived. Judging by the age of the trees in the creek area, I would guess that it would have to have been cleared and then taken over again by trees.
Nature-wise, we never saw or had any evidence of raccoons, possums, skunks, or deer, the only thing I remember seeing, back in the day, were the squirrels and rabbits. Chipmunks were seen once in a while as well. Hawks and predator birds like them were not seen, nor were the deer that are now so common.
One memorable event was the time Tom Lewicky and I were on the reservoir grass and minding our own business, when someone hit a golf ball which unfortunately connected with Tom, hitting him in the rib area. We were stunned and I remember Tom freaking out, as anyone would, fortunately not really hurt by it but angry as all get out at the person who had hit it, not caring to think that there were people standing there.
The reservoir was kind of like a park of sorts, for kids. A bit wild and not really open for play like a park, but I don’t recall any signs saying that you could not be there. I also remember that, in general, we were among the few who actually went there.
I just did a small bit of research and came up with a few photos of this structure from the 1930s. My memory serves me well and it did resemble a castle and was apparently made to look like a 14th century fortress, of all things. It was even built by workers from the WPA. It is also to be found as something to ‘like’ on Facebook!
I wonder why I started thinking of the ‘Reservoir.’ I wonder what ever happened to Tom Lewicky. I know his brother lived in Milwaukee and a statement he always made, “Can’t afford a car? Buy a Ford.” Perhaps I should have listened to him, but that is another story.