William Bramwell Sizer Diaries
May 1912

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 1912

44 deg. Cloudy. E wind. Chilly. In Sta. till 4 AM. Warmer toward noon. Worked at home fixing gas connection for Ed's house. 2PM- Went to the Bank & then to Ed's and connected the gas stove.

52 deg. Foggy. No wind. Fog horn blowing. Partly clearing at 7 AM. Stationed at 12th St. Car Barns the last three days from 4:45 to 7:30 AM. Have four men with me.. 8 AM. Wind E. Rode home in Ford Auto. Minnie & I went to Reinhards. Got plum tree. Walked home.

50 deg. Cloudy. E wind. Growing colder at daylight. Thunder sorm at 1:30. In Sta. till 4:15. Then to 12th St. Car Barns. St. Car Strike Over. Broke spading fork.

50 deg. Partly cloudy. Thunder storm during the night. Checks from Skerlownik. Took them to the bank. Took spading fork to Dettmans Blacksmith Shop. Art helped me all PM putting down cement floor in garage.

50 deg. Cloudy. SE wind. Rained at 4 AM. I was called to 187 Chambers, found Wm. Kohls lying on lawn drunk. Woke him & he wanted to fight. Took him to the Sta. D&D.

46 deg. Cloudy. E wind. Very foggy. 9 AM in court with Kohls. Fined $5.00 & costs. 2 PM- Went to HLD's. Got Auto. Mr. Nelson tool me out to N. Mil. Ed gave me a check for $400.00.

60 deg. Showery. Variable wind. PM- Rained & hailed. Didn't work much today.

40 deg. Fair. W wind. Ford people sent a boy up with our car at 9 AM. Minnie & I went down town, then got Emma & went to North Mil., then back home.

44 deg. S wind. Fair. Cool. Fire at 8th & Concordia at 4 AM. Out early, Linden off. Minnie & I took a spin in Auto.

50 deg. Fair. S wind. Off tonight. Minnie & I went out with the Auto to N. Mil. Got Art, Walter & Ed. Hauled two loads of fertilizer.

46 deg. E wind. cloudy. Rain all day. Art came PM & we repaired leak in auto tire.

40 deg. cloudy. NE wind. Rained all night. Partly clearing PM. Art came. I got up at 3:15. Took the auto out. Ed & Emma came with us.

38 deg. Fair. NW wind. Cool. Washed the auto. Helped Minnie & painted the screens till 3 PM. Slept till 10. Showery in PM. Very wet.

40 deg. Fair. W wind. White frost. Cold. PM- Minnie & I tookl Mrs. Elmslie & Miss Dunham over to Walters. Took Ida & the boy & went to Lake Park.

46 deg. SE wind. Cloudy. Rain- 12 to 4 AM. Minnie & I took Mrs. McElroy downtown with us. Took the machine to the garage. Had speedometer put on & the machine greased.

42 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. NE wind. Rained 4 AM to 1 PM. Art came & spent the evening with us. Ella spent PM & eve. with us.

46 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cool & pleasant. 6 PM. Minnie & I took Swartout children out in the auto. Then, Walter & I took a trip to the 7 mile house on Fond du Lac.

54 deg. Fair. SW wind. Warmer.

40 deg. NE wind. cloudy. Raw wind. Late man watch news boy on 3rd, Chris Lane. PM- Ed & Emma & Art went with us for a spin. We went to Father Busse's 16.8 miles out. 16.3 miles home. Roads very good. Specially the Blue Mound.

48 deg. Cloudy. NE wind. Thunder storm at 3 AM. Heavy rain all morn. 2:15 AM- Betts & I saw Reimer come out of Koestens Saloon, SE cor. 3rd & N. Ave. After he found out that we knew it, he came to me & tried to start an argument. He had been drinking.

48 deg. Cloudy. E wind. Rain all night. St. at Fond du Lac & RR - 5 ft. of water on St. Rain. Rain. Rain. Went to N. Mil. on 123 at 5:25.

46 deg. Cloudy. E wind. Foggy & damp. Clearing toward noon. Warm. Art came for supper & we took the auto out & gave Grandma Parker a ride. Very warm.

70 deg. SW wind. Fair. Warm all night. 5 AM- Thunder shower in NW. Hot. Neunstoeckler came out at 4 PM. We went to N. Mil. & picked out an xtension table. Minnie went to Eds. Ella went with us. Walter & Ed. rode home with us. Minnie & I staid at Eds to supper. Then took Mrs. Hinckley & Mr. & Mrs. Swartout out for a ride.

60 deg. Fair. NW wind. Cool. Very pleasant. Worked till noon. Slept to 6 PM. Art came to supper. We ran the auto out & took Stolzenfeld out for a spin.

56 deg. Fair. W wind. Coll & very pleasant. Art came at 1 PM & we worked at the garage. I took the auto out & I went to Meiers to get 5 gal. of buggy water.

60 deg. W wind. Fair. Very pleasant. at 9:15 AM Ed, Emma, Art, Minnie & I went to Port with auto. Got there at 11:30. 4:35 started for home. Minnie staid. Caught in rain bet. Port & Grafton. Rained all the eay home. I got home at 8 PM.

62 deg. Cloudy. SW wind. Showery. Thunder storm - 5 t0 6 AM. Warm.

70 deg. Partly cloudy. Variable wind. Showery all PM. Linden off. I'm out early. Off tomorrow.

46 deg. E wind. Cold. Off. Walter & I go to Pt. Got started for Pt. at 7:15. Had trouble with auto. Couldn't get started. Got man from garage. Put in spark plug. Very muddy. Rained much of the way.

42 deg. W wind. Cool. Minnie & I staid at Henrys. Took Geo & Pauline around Saukville & Waubeka. Staid to Geo's. to dinner. Took Selma & Freda to Pt. Took Jake & Lois & Herb home with us. Got home at 3 PM. Took the folks for a spin in the park.

52 deg. S wind. Fair. Warmer. Slept till 5 PM. took Art out for a spin & then went to see the boy. Took neighbor Braun & wife along. Checks tonight.

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