William Bramwell Sizer Diaries
May 1909

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.

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MAY 1909

32 deg. Partly cloudy. Vac. begins. Snow flurries all day. Carpenters came to work on Auto Shed & Balcony. Had to quit on acct. of snow.

30 deg. Partly cloudy. W wind. Went to church with Minnie. PM.- Ada & I went to Museum & Layton Art Gallery. Snow squalls all PM.

30 deg. Fair. Rising temp. W wind. Carpenters came & I helped them all day. Hugo Jala worked on our balcony. Henry Phippen on Helen's Auto Shed.

32 deg. Fair. SE wind. White frost. Carpenters worked all day. I helped them.

50 deg. Fair. W wind. Very warm all day. Worked with the carpenters. P.F. Jewett called & took dinner with us.

66 deg. Fair. W wind. Very warm. Carpenters finished Auto Shed & walk at noon. PM- Minnie & I took 3:35 train for Elkhorn, arriving at 5:20.

34 deg. Fair. W wind. Cool. At Elkhorn. Minnie & I drove to Delevan in forenoon. PM- Ladies Aid Soc.

46 deg. Southerly wind. Cool. JL & family took us driving to
Williams Bay & around Lake Geneva. Home at 3:30. Took 6:38 train gor Burlington. Had hard work finding Sprowels place because we had forgotten St. & No.

40 deg. Cloudy. NE wind. Cool. Rained during the night. At Burlington. Quite cool. Went to church with Sprowls & wife. Eve.- I sang with the Choir. Also sang solo, "Cross of Love".

32 deg. Fair. NE wind. Cold. Left Burlington- 7:26 AM. Home at 9:45. Had dinner & painted auto barn. Cleaned up around yard. Edwin Hyde died.

38 deg. Fair. NE wind. PM- chgd to SE. Chilly. On duty for another yr. Pension Board meeting at 10 AM. Bo't West Allis Bonds, 5%, $14,000 worth. Saloon books.

48 deg. Fair. SE wind. Cool. Finished Saloon Book. Carpenter worked all day on Helens Porch.

58 deg. Fair. SW wind. Thunder shower early morn. Warm & pleasant. Very warm all day. Carpenter worked all day at our house.

54 deg. Cloudy. NE wind. Cooler. Rain during the night & early morn. Shower- 9:30 to 10:30 AM.

60 deg. Fair. W wind. Warm. Heavy thuder storm suring the night. PM- Partly cloudy. High SW wind to NW, colder. Change day:- Genther PM. Mail at 2:30.

42 deg. Partly cloudy. Hugh NW wind. Cold. Schnell Com. from Sta. 5 to see Chief in regard to shorter hours.

44 deg. Fair. NW wind. Cool. Signed contract for Tel. till Dec. 31st. Pd. Jala $5.00. Subscribed $ 25.00 for Resue Mission via Hollenbeck.

48 Deg. Fair. E wind. Cool & pleasant.

54 deg. Fair. E wind. Cool all day.

5-20-2909 50 deg. Fair. NE wind. Cool.

48 deg. NE wind. Cool. Schnell goes on Vac. Rawson & Smudde cover his beat. Mail at 2:30 - R. A. Edwards 2913 Meinecke Av.

50 deg. Partly cloudy. NE wind. Growing colder.

50 deg. Fair. NE wind. Eve: Went to Church Dedication, 35th & Elm.

50 deg. Fair. NE wind.

52 deg. Partly cloudy. NE wind. Very chilly all day. Choir reheardal at Fellowhip & Brotherhood meeting at Kingsley. I attended both.

50 deg. Cloudy. NE wind. Cold. Rain during the night. Rain at noon & thunder showers all PM.

64 deg. Partly cloudy. W wind. At noon Minnie made a bargain with Mrs. Billings to work her garden on shares. I commenced spading.

54 deg. Fair. Variable wind - W to N at 8 AM. Finished spading this morn. Social at Fellowship Mission. Home at 11:40 PM.

60 deg. Fair. Southerly wind.

60 deg. Fair. SE wind.

60 deg. Fair. Southerly wind. Av Min Temp for Mo - 48 deg. Went to Schroeders house with his check. 8:30, Went to Tailors & got pants & vest-$9.50. Had them inspected & back at 10:20. Went to Mil. Lbr. Co., Pd. $50.00 on acct.

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