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.
46 deg. Fair. W wind. Very cool. PM- Partly cloudy. SW wind & warmer. Change day:- I go on day duty at 12 o'c noon. at station. Relieve Sta. Keeper. Orders to go to tailor, fitted on blouse. Get it Sat. PM. Get grey hat Sat. PM.
46 deg. Cloudy. NW wind. Rain. Took day men out at 7:45. Showery all forenoon. 11 AM showers of snow & hail fell at 10th & N. Av. Ground was white.
44 deg. Cloudy. NE wind. Cold & disagreeable. Clearing toward noon. PM- Warm.
47 deg. Partly cloudy. SE wind. Chilly. Field day at State Fair Park. 3 men sent out there: Gutknecht, Ollrogge, & Zabel. Get clothes & hat this PM. Went to tailor, fitted on blouse. Pants not done. Left blouse till Monday. Got Stetson Hat. Pd. $5.00.
50 deg. Partly cloudy. N wins. PM- Clearing & warmer. Ptm. Al. Wegner Susp. Drunk at 2:45 AM. PM- very pleasant N wind.
48 deg. Cloudy. E wind. Rainy during the night & early morn. Get suit at tailors. Back from tailors at 4 PM. Had suit inspected by JL, Capt.
48 deg. Fair. NW wind. Cool.
52 deg. Fair. W wind. Warmer. Went to T.A. Urban, tailor, 3rd St. opp. our Sta. Ordered 2 wash vests- $4.50 ea. Visited Hutchinsons beat this PM.
52 deg. Fair. E wind.
52 deg. Fair. NE wind. Bright sunshine. Put up Ada's hammock this eve.
50 deg. Fair. NE wind. Bright sunshine. Ptm. Wagner fined 5 days pay for drunkenness.
54 deg. Fair. Variable wind. Partly cloudy. Variable wind. Rev. O.H. Chapin died last night after a lingering illness. In Sta. all PM.
60 deg. Fair. W wind. Warm. Orders for blouses on Wed. to be read off in morn. Emma Maechtle came today with Helen.
66 deg. Fair. Very warm all day.
66 deg. Fair. No wind. Warm. Rev. O.H. Chapin buried at Wauwatosa today. Change day:- I go on late shift. Blouses & Grey Hats.
66 deg. Fair. West wind. Hot. Board Meeting of Schneider Furniture Co. at Factory, 6:30 PM.
68 deg. Fair. NW wind. Warm all night. PM- Went down town to see about tickets and route for Vac, next week.
74 deg. Fair. W wind. Warm. PM- Thunder storm & high wind at 2 o'c. Cooler. Nice shower.
68 deg. Fair. Northerly wind. Coolall night. Warm at 6:30 AM. Ringling Circus in town. Hot all day.
70 deg. Fair. NW wind. Cooler in early morn. Went to Weishaupts, got my shoes fixed. To Steinborns, Got photo plates. Got my photo taken. Went to bed at noon. E wind. Cooler.
66 deg. Fair. N wind. Cool. Hot toward noon. I go on Vac.- 9:30 C&NG train for Rapid City S.D.
70 deg. Cloudy. S wind. Arrived in Huron S.D. at 8 AM. Departed for Pierre at 9:35. Went down town & got ice cream & soda. Rained during the night. Huron is a nice city.
70 deg. Fair. Warm. At Red Hill Ranch with Gottlieb & his daughters. Minnie went to Rapid City, 6 miles, Got back at 7 PM. Thunder showers passed all aroung us. Rained a little here.
64 deg. Fair. NW wind. Cool. At Red Hill Ranch, Rapid City S.D. Went down Rattle Snake Gulch & took some poictures. PM- Minnie & I went to Vandres. Ada went with George horseback riding.
64 deg. Fair. NW wind. Very warm. PM- Went to R.C. with two teams.
68 deg. Fair. Variable wind. Hot all day. Vandres came over. Spent the day quietly. Spent the eve. singing.
66 deg. Fair. Hot S wind. G.B. & I went to Deadwood & Lead. I met W.N. Todd. He showed us around. Back to Rapid, 8:30 PM.
64 deg. Fair. Went driving in the Hills. Went to the Saw Mill. Drove aound through numerous canyons & gulches.
64 deg. Fair. Very warm. Dinner at Vandres. Left G.B.'s for Rapid at 4:15. Looks like rain. Willie drove us down. Took train at 8:50 for Pierre & home.
62 deg. Cloudy. Slept considerably. Minnie & Ada got off train at Lake Preston to go to Madison S.D. Took their things to the train & was so slow I didn't give them money. Nearly got left, myself. Traveled all day through S.D. & Minn.