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.
63 deg. Partly cloudy. Variable wind. Cloudy. Pleasant. Went to the Bank at 9 AM, bo't dft for $100.00 & sent it to Ada. Minnie & I went down town. I went to the garage, she to the store. Art came at 1 PM & painted the garage. Walter came later & we went out & look at some lots. Took W. home. & after supper took Art home. Mr. & Mrs. Miller went along for ride. Rained while we were out.
54 deg. Fair. Variable wind. Showery in morn. Blouses & Gray Hats. Took Ed & Emma out for a spin.
62 deg. Fair. NW wind. Cool & pleasant. Warm towards noon. Took auto out. Went to Fuller & Warren, paid for Eds stove. Got Stolzenfeld. Went to S. John Hahn. Went to Meiers, paid bill. Went to N. Mil, got Walter, took him to City. Emma went with us.
54 deg. SW wind. Fair. Minnie & I went to Eds. Got some fertilizer. Went to Bank, got dft. for Helen. Sent it to Ada. Then to home. Went to Lbr. yard, got lbr made box on porch for flowers.
52 deg. Fair. SE wind. Pleasant. Worked on Walters plan until I got tired. Then went to bed. Got up at 3 o'c. Worked on garage.
55 deg. NW wind. Cool. Fair. Finished painting the garage, first coat. Eve- Took Ella & Ernst, Minnie & Art out for a ride. Went 22 miles to Granville Sta. & around the country.
42 deg. Fair. N wind. Cool. Went to the garage, got electric light put in. Eve. Art came & we took a spin.
52 deg. SW wind. Fair. Warmer. Ida's birthday. Went out to N. Mil. Got Walter. Went home with him. got Ida & the boy. Went to 1303 -7th Ave on bus. for W. Went to West Park & back home with them.
54 deg. W wind. Fair. Linden sent word that he would be off tonight so I go out early. Walter, Ida, Art & Edw. took me to the Sta. Art drove down & Walter home.
54 deg. SE wind. Fair. Got home at 3 AM. Slept 2 1/2 hrs. Got up & glued two window sash together. Got Paint from Wendt. Painted the garage roof & all.
60 deg. S wind. Fair. Minnie & I expect to go to Pt. today. Off tonight. Chas. Towsely came up & we, Minnie, & & Chas Towsley started at 9:20 for Port. PM- Took Nettie & Eunice & Freda & Little John & the baby out on a 24 mile spin.
52 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Cold, clearing toward noon. Staid at Liebensteins. Went to Franks Took him & Emma to the cematary & around the section and home again. Went to the Cedar Swamp with Henry. PM- Henry, Lina, Emma & baby came home with us to help surprize Ed & wife. Jake & Lois came later in eve.
50 deg. E wind. Fair. Got stuck with auto at Ed's & left it there all night. On the way home at 8:30, I got a man from garage at 32nd & N. & took the car home on 3 cylinders. Put in spark plug & adjusted the coil. Went to N. Mil. with Henry & Lina. Took Emma to 3rd St. Got baby's picture taken. Ate dinner at Ed's & took H. L. & Emma thru the park. Went to bed at 2 PM.
52 deg. Cloudy. E wind. Chilly. Rained last eve. Slept till 5 PM. Minnie & I went to Sherman St. Church for last supper there, the church having been sold. Lost my badge. Betts & Tyre found it where I cranked the auto in front of the church.
56 deg. SE wind. Fair. Fog during the night. Warmer. Took auto to HLD's. Mr. Hickman took "Charlie" down to see the auto & took up stairs & ground the valves. I helped what I could. Got the auto out at 4 PM. Walter & I went to N. Mil.
65 deg. W wind. Fair. Warmer. Went to bed at 10:45. Got up at 3 PM. Took auto out. Went to Walters. Took Ida & Mrs. Freye to Eds. Walter & I walked & wheeled the boy. Took Mr. & Mrs. Freye to Engelsma's, 24th & Burleigh. Took Mr. & Mrs. Lockin out for spin. Art went with us.
53 deg. Fair. W wind. Cool. Fair. 22 yrs as a policeman in Milwaukee. Sworn at 10:30 AM June 17, 1890 with 8 others: Joe Kaomarts, James, Somers, Severin, Rygh, & others. Minnie & I took a run to Walters this eve. Went to Meiers & got 5 gal. gasoline.
52 deg. N wind. Cool. Fair. Cased windows on garage. Eunice came & went with us to N. Mil. Went to Wauwatosa. got Ida & the boy. Took them home.
60 deg. W wind. Cloudy. Rainy. Took Eunice to the car at 5th & N. Av. Took Grandma Taft to the carpet weaver. Went out on Sercombe Road & gathered rose petals. Emma went with us. Got caught in rain. Home at noon. Washed auto. Rec'd notice of the death of R.C. Williams in Cal.
56 deg. W wind. Fair. Walter took the auto & went to Pewaukee & Waukesha & took Minnie & Emma with him. After they came back I took W. over on the east side. Altogether 90 miles.
50 deg. Fair. W wind. Summer begins. Took Betts, wife & mother out for a ride. Ran out of gasoline in Wauwatosa. Bo't 3 gal. of a man at a private house to get home. Bo't 5 gls. of Freirlube & a funnel. Funnel cost 40 cts.
52 deg. W wind. Fair. PM- Art & his sisters came at 1 o'c. We had them to dinner & got Emma & went after rose leaves.
60 deg. SE wind. Warmer. Fair. PM- Walter, Ida and the boy, Ed., Art., & I went to Muskego Lake where Kopfs & Lindows are camping. Got there at 5 PM. Left before 6 PM.
62 deg. SW wind. Fair. Warmer. Staid home all day. Painted on garage & varnished kitchen floor.
64 deg. W wind. Fair. Warmer. Finished painting garage. Varnished kitchen floor again. Set up hammock on the lawn. Hot all day.
60 deg. NE wind. Fair. Wind chgd to N at 2:45. Shower in forenoon. Went to N. Mil. Got can of gasoline.
54 deg. NE wind. Cool. Fair. Linden off. I go out early. Went to see the Boy. Met Rev. Goldthorp going to 1672 Hopkins to hold first service for Auer Av. ME Church.
60 deg. SW wind. Fair. Off. Warmer. Home at 2:55. Changed clothes. Ran auto out. Started for Theinsville. Geyer, F. Kiegels & I went to T. fishing. Caught 5 PIckeral and a lot of small Bullheads.
60 deg. W wind. Fair. Warm. Ada & Helen came home at 6:50 PM, C & NW Ry. At 3 PM, Minnie & I took 3 Deaconesses out & I got some daisies. Checks this eve.
66 deg. Southeast wind. Fair. Warm.