William Bramwell Sizer Diaries
Milwaukee County Police Department
These diaries are a mixture of work and family affairs of William Bramwell Sizer. William was on the Milwaukee Police Department and a member of the Sherman Street Methodist Episcopal Church, later transferring their membership to Kingsley Methodist Episcopal Church and died in 1916. The diaries give a pretty good view of life in the years involved. The diaries were given to me for presentation on this site by family members see contributors page.
Very chilly. Cloudy all day. Geo's. friend from Lowell came and stayed with him over Sunday. Talks of getting work. Katie Laubenstein came this P.M.. 36 degrees and fair. 4:45 AM wind W.
Started the heater yesterday morning. Went downtown this P.M.. Paid several bills. Timed my watch - 10 seconds slow. Fair. 4:45 AM wind NW.
Went to a fire at 10th and Lloyd St. at 2:15 AM. Tinkered around home all the afternoon. Went to Droegkamps and got an axe and a sawbuck. 25 degrees and fair. 4:45 AM wind W.
Cloudy all day. I laid the bedroom carpet. and put up the shades in the front room. Cut some wood. Quite warm this evening. Commenced raining at 9PM but cleared up soon. 35 degrees and cloudy. 4:45 AM wind SW.
Drill day. Colder again. Met Mrs. Winshife on my way downtown this P.M.. 32 degrees and fair. 4:45 Wind NW.
Fire at 10th and St. Paul Ave. at 1:30 AM. Home all day. 39 degrees and fair. 4:45 AM wind E.
Light showers the fore part of the night. Johnnie and Dora came to-day. Minnie went down to the station to meet them. 58 degrees and cloudy. 4:45 wind S.
Dance at the Vorwaerts - Phoenix Pleasure Club. Helen came up to supper. 48 degrees and cloudy. 4:40 wind S.
Biehls benefit at the Vorwaert last night. Rained nearly all day. Sina and Mrs. Boehm came from Mukwanago at 11:10 PM. 48 degrees and cloudy. 4:45 AM wind - still.
Sina and Mrs. Boehm and the children Johnnie and Dora went home to-day. Randows trial came off today. No results given.
First snow of the season to-day. Went to Freds this PM. Cut wood and tinkered around. 32 degrees and cloudy. 4:45 wind W.
Drill day. Cold and cloudy. Went to drill and came home as fast as I could. Got a letter from Ma. 32 degrees and cloudy. 4:45 wind SW.
Home all day. Washed windows while Minnie was gone. 28 degrees and cloudy. 4:45 wind NW.
Put on my overcoat for the first time last night. 24 degrees and cloudy. 4:45 wind SW.
Home all day. Rainy. Rained all day till 10 PM. 24 degrees and cloudy. 4:45 wind E.
Turned colder. Went down town this P.M.. Walter started school this P.M.. Got him some books. 34 degrees and rainy. 4:45 AM wind W.
Cold. Went down and bought a wreath for my hat. Wore my cap to the station without orders. 10 degrees and cloudy. 4:45 wind NW.
Cold. Station duty for me to-day. Geo. Jr. went to Port to-day. Fair. 4:45 wind NW.
Drill today. No clubs or belts on our drill days till further orders. 20 degrees and fair. 4:45 AM wind S.
Home all day. 24 degrees and fair. 4:45 wind W.
Rained hard during the night and all forenoon today. Got up at 3:30 P.M.. M. ..... dining room. 40 degrees and cloudy. 4:45 wind SE.
Got up at 1;30 P.M.. Charlie Keller and family came to see us and staid to supper. We sang all the P.M.. 40 degrees and cloudy. 4:45 AM wind W.
Dance at the Vorwaerts last night. Home all day. Cut some wood and went to the grocers this P.M.. Jimmie called on us a while. 35 degrees and cloudy. 4:45 AM wind N.
Snowing at 2 AM. Went to Freds and then to the Butchers and got a turkey. Made an arrest at on the way home. 20 degrees and cloudy. 4:45 AM wind W.
Went to court this morning. Light snow last night. 30 degrees and cloudy. 4:45 wind W.
Thanksgiving. Had a turkey for dinner. Enjoyed it very much. Helen came up in the evening. 24 degrees and cloudy. 4:45 wind SW.
Light snow. Commenced snowing at 4:30 AM and continues flurries most of the day. Kommers at the Vorwaert last night. 20 degrees and cloudy. 4:50 AM wind W.
Cut some wood and took my saw to the "Dr." to get filed. Weather clears up and grows cold. 10 degrees and cloudy. 4:45 wind NW.
Dance at the Vorwaert. T,.V. Bahn Frei. Slept nearly all day. Helen came up at 3 P.M.. Fahls Bakery burned at 11 P.M. last night. 2 degrees and fair. 4:45 AM wind NW.
Dance at the Vorweart. Slept nearly all day. Took Walter down in the afternoon and had a tooth pulled. 10 degrees and fair. 4:45 AM wind SW.