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.
34 deg. N. Wind. cloudy. Interest due from Skerlownik $38.50. Snow flakes flying. Minnie & Ada went down town. I slept all day. Freezing nearly all day.
26 deg. W wind. Fair. Cold. AM- Went to the Bank. Deposited $ 100. got 13.70 cash. Went to new house. Called at Walters. Went to bed at 12 o'c. Louis Goehring came at 3 PM. I got up at 3 PM. Minnie,
Ada & I took him out for a spin. Then to 5:25 train for Random Lake.
28 deg. Fair. Skerlownik called last ight. Paid int. & paym't. I made him an ofer of $100.00 if he would get the whole of the money by Christmas. Haukohl sent papers to be signed for loan. 6:15- Went to 8th & Walnut, helped Walter get his auto to garage. Steering gear broke.
38 deg. S wind. Fair. Home all day. Worked in the garden. Helped nieighbor Braun trim his cherry tree. Ida & the Boy came towards eve. Check for $1800.00 loan from Police Relief Assn.
42 deg. W wind. Fair. Election day, both National & State. Slept all day.
50 deg. Cloudy. N wind. Rain all night. Went to the Bank at 10 o'c. Paid note of $950 & int. $3.00. Went to Butcher, bo't 18# of round steak for Mince Meat & to make corned beef. Home at 12:30.
34 deg. W wind. Fair. White frost. Vulcanized inner tube. Slept all day. Josie Maechtle came. Went to Ed's. Made arrangement for a Loan. Tel. Koller Bros. to thst effect.
44 deg. W wind. Cloudy. Sprinkled at 3:30 AM. Sister Libbies Birthday. 57 yrs. old. Eve. Ed Maechtle came up & gave me check for $1000.00. I gave him a note for it & will make out mtge as soon as he gets blank etc.
34 deg. W wind. Fair. Chilly. Art gave me a check for $3.00 for interest at the Bank. Went to the Bank with the $1000.00 check. Went to Kollers Office. It was closed. Went to House & walked to Walters to see the Boy. He was asleep.
42 deg. E wind. Fair. Went to church with Minnie. PM- We all went to Waukesha vis West Allis, Mukwanago Road. Called on Sydow's. Home at 7:00 o'c. Minnie & I went to bed.
48 deg. SW wind. Fair. Minnie, Ada & I started for Sussex. Got near Templeton, had 3 blow outs. Walter came & helped us home. Home at 6:10. Minnie, Ada & Helen rode in with an agnt. for machinery. Tel. 2 times to Pt. on acct. of Geo. & Pauline coming to hospital with Pauline.
50 deg. E wind. cloudy. Rainy. 8 AM- Went to Gross Hdw. Got new 3 1/2 x 30 tire & tube. Went home. vulcanized front tube. Minnie & I went to C&NW Depot. Got Geo. & Pauline, Ella & Everett & took them to Milwaukee Hospital. Went back to Chapmans. Got Minnie & Helen. Went home.
40 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Rainy. 8 AM growing colder. Rain turning to snow at day break. Rained all day. Snow in eve. Pauline operated on, found gall stones.
32 deg. NW wind. Cloidy. Snow during the night. Took Minnie, Ada & Helen to Mil. Hospital to see Pauline.
26 deg. W wind. Fair. Frosty. Slept all day. Went to Boeck's 617 40th - Banquet Com. meeting.
32 deg. W wind. Fair. Frostry. Linden off. I go in early. Otto Schumacker & Wm. Kanitz transferred from No. 3 to No. 5.
32 deg. NW wind. Fair. Walk home at 2 AM. Got up at 9:45. Went to church. PM- Went with Moss & Barnett to look up church site, NW side. Took auto to S. side. went to bed at 6 PM.
26 deg. W wind. Fair. Frosty. Warming during the morning. Fixed ash box for Elmslie's. Cleaned up back yeard. Went to bed at 12:30 PM.
40 deg. W wind. Fair. Warmer. Went to N Mil., got some gasoline. Eve.- Went to N. Mil. - Directors Meeting.
36 deg. SW wind. Fair. Light frost during the night. Slept all day.
48 deg. W wind. Fair. Quite warm. Off tonight. 8 AM- Growing colder. Brotherhood Banquet tonight. I took tickets. 86 including couples.
40 deg. W wind. Fair. Took the woman folks to the hospital to see Pauline. Rev. Wiegand died last night.
40 deg. W wind. Fair. Lois came this eve. Tomorrow is Milton's birthday. We all spent the eve. with him. 1 yr. old.
36 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Snowed all night. About an inch of snow at 2:30 AM.
28 deg. W wind. Fair. Frosty. Slept all day.
30 deg. W wind. Fair. Cold. Slept all day. Wedding at Bardenwerpers this eve.
30 deg. NW wind. cloudy. Snow flurries. Got up at 2:30. Skelownik came shortly after & gave me check for $160.00. Later Koller called up and asked us to come to Armitage's office. Minnie & I went - deeded the place 1403-34th St. & lots to Skerlownik & got check for $2200.00.
24 deg. W wind. Fair. Frostry. Thanksgiving day. I go out early. Linden off. Walter, Ida & the Boy came to dinner at 2 PM.
36 deg. SW wind. cloudy. Raw wind. Snow fluuty this morn. Slept till noon. Got up & got the auto out & went to 300-25th with Helen, then to the Bank.. Deposited $2360.00 recv'd from Skerlownik Went out to the house & home again. Reported sick at 4:30 PM.
30 deg. SW wind. Fair. Pleasant. Sick all night. Shall stay home a day or two. PM- Art went with our folks & took Pauline to the 2:05 train.