William Bramwell Sizer Diaries
January 1911

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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32 deg. cloudy. southerly wind. Looks like snow. Stood in front of 951 Teutonia when the new year came in. On the late shift. Rain neatly all day. Minnie came gone at 3:30.

20 deg. Fair. High W wind. Growing colder. Fell case from Dec. 2nd. No court today. Snow during the day. About 1 in. fell. Colder towards eve.

Zero. Fair. W wind, cold. Fell case from Dec. 2nd. Fell case cont. till Mar. 3rd. Went to court at 9 AM. Got tax bills. Home:43.38. 20th Wd. $77.01; Total $120.39. Zero weather at 9 PM.

-2 deg. Fair. Sharp W wind. Snow flurries PM & eve.

-6 deg. Fair. Sharp W wind. Snow all PM & eve. Asked for an hour off. Went to N. Mil. Annual Meeting of Stockholders, S. Furn. Co. Old officers elected.

18 deg. Cloudy. E wind. snowed all night. About 8 In. of snow. John Maechtle died at 7:45 AM. Lois tel. us at 9 AM.

6 deg. Fair. Southerly wind. Rising temp. Chilly. Drill day:- Walter's birthday - 27 yrs. Took some things to Walter.

32 deg. Cloudy. E wind. Rain & snow at 3:30 AM. Colder towards noon. PM- High W wind. Colder.

6 deg. Fait. W wind. Cold. Minnie, Helen & I going to Pt. to John's Funeral. Minnie Helen & I went out on 8:30 car. Wittenweyler & Rev. Crawford conducted the funeral service. I came home alone at 9:30 PM.

32 deg. Fair. southerly wind. James C. McHenry died last night at 11 o'c. Drusa tel. me. I went to her house, then called on Sizer family, 29th & Mt. Vernon Av.

38 deg. W wind. Thawing all night. Got up ay 2:30. Went to McHenry's at 3:00. Minnie came home while I was gone. Bro. JL came this eve. to stay all night.

28 deg. Cloudy. NE wind. J. McH will be buried at 2 PM. Minnie & I went to Mc's. funeral. Rev. Lean officiated. Home at 4:15. Rainy. Neime Billiard Co. burned, 10:50 PM. Total loss.

30 deg. Cloudy. W wind. Snow flurriies, damp. Went to the BAnk. Got our books & Pd. for my overshoes at Weishaupts.

28 deg. Cloudy. W wind. Chgd to N. Very damp all night. Drill Dat:

6 Deg. Fair. W wind. Linden off. I come on early.

4 deg. Fair. W wind. Frosty.

10 deg. Cloudy. W wind. Very raw & chilly. Snow flurries. Got up at 1:45. Went to Bank. Got two checks certified. Went to City Hall. Pd. our & Helen's taxes. Helens - $72.03. Ours - $43.38. 20th Wd. - $77.01. Total $192.42.

20 deg. Fair. South East Wind. becoming variable. Linden went to Iowa to attend the funeral of his Bro. I come on early.

24 deg. Cloudy. W wind. Very damp. Eve.- Burmeister & I arrested a woman at 1121 - Weil St.

32 deg. Cloudy. S wind. Damp, almost rain. Minnie went downtown & met Mrs. Reinhard & Mrs. Moore & bro't them home with her.

22 deg. Partly cloudy. High W wind. Growing colder. Mrs. R &M went away after dinner. Helen & Ella came & Monroe & Frank came in the eve. Linden returned. I go out late.

2 deg. Fair. W wind. Cold. Got up at 2 PM. Sat around till supper time & went to church.

18 deg. Fair. W wind. Cold but pleasant.

28 deg. Fair. S wind. Frosty. Pleasant.

36 deg. Cloudy. S wind. Rain at intervals after 1 AM.

40 deg. Cloudy. S wind. Rainy. Off tonight. E. Zillmer & wife came up to supper. I went to Kingsley with Minnie to Brotherhood Meeting - listened to E.T. Fairchild talk on Industrial Insurance.

38 deg. cloudy. S wind. Rainy. Frida & little John came this PM.

24 deg. Fair. W wind. Little Arthur's birthday. would have been19 yrs old had he lived.

36 deg. cloudy. Southerly wind. Damp. A wild night. Masquerade dances everywhere. Linden off. I come out early.

12 deg. Fair. High W wind. Growing colder, fast. 10:15 PM.- Arrested Tjos. Sheehan, a drunken Mick at 8th & Clark.

26 deg. SE wind. Snow at 2 AM. In court 9 AM with Sheehan. Sentence suspended. Home at 10:30. Went to bed at 11:30. Slept till dark. Went to Public Service Bldg. Got our umbella that Minnie left on car.

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