Harry Whitehorse Art
Bayview Community Foundation Sculpture

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TIMELINE

How an unusual tree planted in the 1930s survives the Greenbush neighborhood's physical demolition when every other bit of flora, bushes, trees, and grapevines were destroyed. The tree flourishes through the Bayview neighborhood's construction and is eventually carved by Harry Whitehorse into a beautiful sculpture. A special thanks from this webmaster to Professor Carol Goroff for her efforts with insuring accuracy, correcting punctuation, and offering helpful suggestions in the writing of this timeline.

1905:

Salvatore Raimondo arrives in Madison, Wisconsin's
Greenbush neighborhood from San Cipirello, Sicily.



1912:

Antonino Raimondo joins his father in Madison, Wisconsin





1912:

The remaining family members join them when Sam and Tony earn enough money to pay their passage.

Photo Courtesy of the Raimondo Family
This photo taken c. 1914
From the left: Rose (b 1902),  Salvatore (b. 1864), Joseph (b 1910), Vincenza Terrazi Raimondo (b 1873),  she is holding baby Mary (b 1914),  Antonino (b 1896), Anna R. (b 1906),  Lucia (b 1897) Not pictured Providence, b 1916, their only child born in America.



April 22, 1922:

Antonio and Providenza Manderino marry in the old St. Joseph’s Church.



circa 1923:

Antonio and Providenza are living in their first home at  22 South Frances Street in Madison, WI.



circa 1938:

 An avid gardener, Tony twists together and plants a female and a male Osage Orange tree in the front yard of his house at 22 South Frances Street. Oldest son Sam recalls his father twisting the trees together. Speculation is that Tony, a forty-eight year City of Madison Engineering Department employee, retrieved the discarded trees from a brush pile. Under his care, the trees grow together and flourish.


Photo courtesy of Sam Raimondo: Tony Raimondo poses in front of a prize pear tree to which he grafted five different varieties.



circa 1954:

Tony and Providenza sell the house to Joseph & Mamie Amato and move to Lakeside Street in Madison.

Photo Courtesy- Wisconsin State Historical Society. The house at 22 South Frances St sometime in the 1950s when it was owned by Joseph and Mamie Amato. The twisted Osage Orange stands prominently in the yard.



circa 1963:

In the name of urban renewal, the city of Madison implements the Triangle Redevelopment Project and demolishes the Greenbush Neighborhood








1966

Fifteen Madisonians create the Bayview Foundation in 1966 to build the Bayview Townhouses. Francis Scoll Remeika is one of the founding officers of the foundation and is instrumental in getting the grants to build the townhouses.. The mission of Bayview Foundation is to provide housing, human service, arts appreciation and cultural awareness.

At the behest of Fran Remeika, consultant to the Madison Homeowner's Association and staunch advocate for the Greenbush residents, Sol Levin, the second director of the Madison Redevelopment Authority and UW Botany Professor Edward Hasselkus transplant the famous Brasci grapevine, now sold as King of the North exclusively through Jung's Nursery. They most likely spot the Osage Orange tree at this time.



circa 1970:

Fran Remeika insists that the architectural plans allow for the preservation of the Osage Orange during construction of the Bayview townhouses.



1971:

The Bayview Foundation completes 102 units of low-income family housing. The tree now stands in front of townhouse number 313.

Professor Hasselkus nominates the tree as Wisconsin’s second largest Osage Orange, Maclura pomifera, tree for inclusion into R. Bruce Allison’s Book, Wisconsin Champion Trees, 1980 p44.

Photo Courtesy of Iza & Carol Goroff: The Brasci Grapevine Excerpted from The Spirit of the Greenbush,2000, p19, written by Carol Goodwin Goroff, Iza Goroff, Catherine Tripalin Murray: "Grown from a rooted cutting that her husband Giorgio, brought from Piana dei Greci, Sicily, in 1910, Josephine Casara Brasci's beautiful grapevine took on great sentimental value following the loss of her husband. With its trunk as thick as a man's arm, this was no ordinary vine. When Josephine was faced with losing the family home-as well as the irreplaceable grapevine-to Urban Renewal she cried to her friend, Fran Remeika. She knew that Josephine couldn't bear to lose that grapevine, and as a consultant to the newly organized Madison Homeowner's Association that fought further Greenbush demolition, Fran arranged for a pleasant surprise. When Mrs. Brasci moved to the Braxton Apartments, Fran's plan was set into motion. She arranged for UW-Madison Professor of Horticulture Edward R. Hasselkus to oversee transplanting the vine. Sol Levin, the second Director of the Madison Redevelopment Authority, provided a bobcat and workers to move the plant ot her new home two blocks away. Concerned that fall was the wrong season to uproot the plant, Hasselkus rooted two cuttings at the university greenhouse as insurance. One was given to Olbrich Gardens where it covers a pergola over a Greenbush memorial area. The other was given to J.W. Jung, founder of Jung's Garden Center. He sent that cutting to Holland, Michigan, for propagation. Horticulturists at Jung's still marvel at the astonishingly prolific grape vine. Known in their catalog as 'King of the North', it remains a Jung's exclusive."



1974:

Arborist R. Bruce Allison measures the tree’s circumference at 4’ 3”. The tree is the state's second largest of three Osage Orange with that honor. Mr. Allison recommends that a special cement retaining wall be built around the tree for protection. He periodically checks in on the Osage Orange and oversees it's care.

Photo Courtesy of the Raimondo Family Tony and Providenza Raimondo
visit the Osage Orange tree he planted in the 1930s.






circa 1987:

Like most of his siblings, Tony lives into his 90s. Eventually, failing health makes is necessary that he go in to a nursing home. The nursing home is within walking distance of Bayview and his beloved Osage Orange and with the help of his children, Tony often visits the tree.

Photo Courtesy of the Raimondo Family
Tony and Providenza Raimondo visit the Osage Orange tree he planted in the 1930s. 

 





1985:

Construction is completed on the Bayview Community Foundation Community Center and becomes a vibrant gathering place for Bayview and Madison residents.









June 9, 1988:

At the age of 93,Tony Raimondo passes away. His five children continue to live in the Madison area.
Photo Courtesy of the Raimondo Family
Tony and his Italian gourds and tomatoes.






circa 2000:

Although some Osage Orange trees in the south live to 350 to 400 years, the northern climate and "civilization" takes it toll. Beyond its limit in terms of climate, the Osage Orange dies. Bayview Foundation Executive Director David Haas laments the loss of the special tree and is hesitant to cut it down.



July 11, 2001:

Dave Haas remarks to Art Shegonee that it would be wonderful if sculptor Harry Whitehorse could create something special to the Bayview community from the Osage Orange. After a phone call from Art, Harry looks over the tree and submits a proposal. He imagines a piece filled with symbols from the cultures that have made the Bayview area their home.

July 11, 2001 Art Shegonee, Harry, and Dave Haas  meet to discuss the tree.





July 23, 2001:

After researching the history of the area and consulting with some Bayview residents, Harry submits a proposal and sketches detailing his vision for the sculpture. The sketch is filled with animals, people, and plants symbolic to the many groups that have made the Greenbush and Bayview their home. Harry explains that the sketch is only a rough guide and that the tree will ultimately determine what will be sculpted on the tree.




July 24, 2001

The tree is carefully cut down with the hopes that Harry will create a statue from the trunk.





August 2001:

The Bayview Foundation applies for funding grants from the Madison Community Foundation and the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission



August 6, 2001

The trunk is delivered to Harry's studio in Monona, WI.




November 200

The Madison Community Foundation and the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission each award a grant to the Bayview Community Foundation for the commission of the sculpture




December 2001:

Harry begins sculpting the Osage Orange. The identity of the person responsible for planting the tree remains a mystery.








August 1, 2002:

At the suggestion of Dave Haas, Debbie Whitehorse contacts Fran Remeika. Fran asks UW Whitewater Professors Carol and Iza Goroff, Greenbush researchers, for their assistance in finding the person who planted the tree. The Goroffs in turn contact Frank Rane. Frank emails to his Greenbush contacts and John Raimond, son of Tony Raimondo, responds to Frank's email query.



August 2, 2002:

Sam Raimond, eldest son of Tony and Providenza Raimondo, visits Whitehorse studio and the tree that his father planted over sixty-five years ago. Within the next few days, Sam's brother John and sister Teresa also visit the statue.

August 2 , 2002 Sam Raimondo 






August 12, 2002:

With help during the summer from his grandson Max, Harry completes the statue, "One Child Spinning Through Mother Sky".






August 18, 2002:

 Over 1000 people attend the sculpture dedication held in conjunction with Bayview's 18th Annual Ethnic Fest. The sculpture is installed at the Bayview Community Center and is filled with symbols from the many cultures that have made the area their home







Surrounded by various cultural symbols, the American Indian woman in the middle symbolizes nature. In her hands she clutches two objects important to American Indians. One is a Medicine Wheel, symbolizing the sacred four directions and the four colors of humanity. The other is an eagle feather fan reminding us among other things that the eagle carries our prayers to the Creator.