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.
41 deg. Cloudy. NE wind. Cool. PM. Clearing & warmer.
42 deg. Cloudy. NE wind. Rainy. Orders to be at Central Sta. at 9 AM to be sworn in as Sergt. Myself, Betts, Jake Heyer, Mich. Regan, Ole Hafsoos, Ed. Solverson, & Rooney sworn in. All got badges but Betts & I. There wern't enough to go around. Betts goes to No. 3. I go to No. 5 this eve. at 5:30. 5:30 Lieut Joe told me to go home & come back at 9:45.
36 deg. Fair. NE wind. Went out on late shift. Had a hard night - cold & disagreeable. Home at 6:40 AM. Slept about 3 1/2 hours.
32 deg. Fair. NW wind. White frost. Saw Haleu's Comet this 3:15 AM. PM- went to N. Mil. Came home with Ada. Slept about 4 hrs.
32 deg. Fair. Variable wind. Cold. White frost. Everything freezable froze. Ollrogge goes on day duty. Went to Barnes & collected rent. Slept about 4 hrs.
32 deg. Fair. Southerly wind. Chgd to E. Chilly all day. Slept 3 1/2 hrs in morn. - 2 hours in PM. King Edward of England dies.
42 deg. Fair. Variable wind. Demann reported sick at 12:30 AM. Demann reported for duty at 9:45. Minnie & Ada went to Fredonia Sta. to stay over Sunday.
48 deg. Cloudy. E wind. Rain from 10 PM all night. Clearing at noon. Warm towards eve. Growing cooler.
47 deg. Fair. West wind. Slept better today.
42 deg. Fair. NE wind, very chilly. Cloudy couldn't see Haleys Comet.
32 deg. Fair. Variable wind. Frost. Partly cloudy. Coudn't see the Comet. Cool all day. Minnie went to Zillmers & I took a walk & met Stolzenfeld.
32 deg. Fair. E wind. To hazy to see comet. PM- Minnie, Helen & I went to Walters for supper. I left on 8:20 car. The rest staid for the eve.
32 deg. Fair. Variable wind. Heavy frost. To hazy to see Comet. Went to N. Mil. on No. 7. Directors meeting. Moss bro't us home in his auto. Left there at 5:58. Home at 6:18.
40 deg. Fair. Southerly wind. Slept till 1 PM. Change day:- I take early shift. Linden late. Genthe days.
50 deg. Fair. Southerly wind. Warmer. Minnie & I went to Carpet Weavers & Weishaupts & got Minnie a pair of shoes.
54 deg. cloudy. SE wind. & warmer. Heavy shower at 6 AM. PM- Showery. Went to tailors, ordered 4th stripe on blouse. Went to Grams & bo't some violin music.
50 deg. Fair. West wind. Cool. Very warm toward eve.
54 deg. Fair. W wind. Warmer. Slept till noon. Very warm PM. Southwest wind.
63 deg. Cloudy. Southerly wind. Showers in early morn. PM- Went to Union Cemetary to attend funeral of Grandma Litzkow. Rained, would have got wet but Mrs. Wood shared her umbrella with me. Minnie not well. Dr. Hollenbeck called at 9 PM.
54 deg. Fair/ W wind. Foggy all night. PM- thunder storm from 2:30 on.
54 deg. Fair. NE wind. PM- Rain & very disagreeable.
44 deg. cloudy. NE wind. Rainy. Clearing toward 3 PM. Slept till 1:45. Went to Drs. office at 4 PM. Warmer toward eve. W wind. Eclipse of the moon.
47 deg. Fair. W wind. Very pleasant all day.
44 deg. Fair. E eind, very chilly. Pension Bd. Meeting 10 AM. Bo't $24,000 Sheboygan Bonds to net 4.2%. Went to tailor, tried on blouse.
42 deg. Fair. NE wind, very cool. Very cool all night. PM- Went to N. Mil. at 12:08. Back at 3:15.
44 deg. Fair. SE wind. Cool. Fair all day. Everett came from Chicago on his way home from Med. School.
50 deg. Fair. Southerly wind. Rainy during the day.
62 deg. Cloudy. Southerly wind. Rain all night.
46 deg. Fair. W wind. Very cool. Decoration Day. Showers in the morn.
44 deg. Fair. W wind. Very cool.