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.
30 deg. Partly cloudy. SW wind to variable. Bishop Quayle at Kingslet for 10 min. last night. Very quiet generally. Whistles blew about 15 min. Walter, Ida & Milton came to dinner. Art & Ada took the auto out. Minnie, Helen & I went to Zion's Church. We bro't Ed & Emma Home.
35 deg. S wind. Cloudy. Moderate. Rain at 4 AM. Clearing at 5. Slept all day. Grace Pruggy came & spent the evening with us. Colder. Snowflurries.
24 deg. Cloudy. W wind. Snow flurries. Colder. 8 AM, snowing. 9 AM- Partly clearing. Took auto out & went to Bank. Went to Weishaupt's & bo't overshoes. Went to Bed at 12:15 PM.
10 deg. Fair. W wind. Cold. Slept from noon to 9 PM.
12 deg. Cloudy, Variable wind. Cold. Wind chgd to N. Snow PM & eve. Went to church after dinner. Went to bed. Slept till 9:30.
14 deg. N wind. Cloudy. Took auto to Modern Garage, had primer put on. Walter, Ida & the Boy came to supper. I painted Boy's sleigh box.
24 deg. N wind. Cloudy. Snowing. Blowing all night. Walters Birthday. 29 yrs. old at 11:40 AM. Snowed all day.
9 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Growing colder. Clearing toward daylight. Very nearly overcome with gas in the garage. Using ehter for priming. Went to bed at 12:30. Didn't sleep all PM. Got up at 9:45 PM.
8 deg. SW wind. Fair. Frost. Clouding up after daylight. At 9 AM Ada & I went to Frankfurth's & got kitchen ware ect. with auto. Snow too deep. I won't go out with the auto till the snow is gone.
20 deg. SW wind. Partly cloudy. Damp. Minnie & I went to Walter's. Took Boys sled to him. Went to Ada's house. No sleep.
32 deg. S wind. cloudy. Slept in two parts, 10 to 2 & 7 to 10. PM - Carried out ashes.
-6 deg. W wind. Cold. Fair. Out early for Linden.
4 deg. Variable wind. Fair. Frosty. Off tonight.
8 deg. S wind. Fair. Worked in basement all day. Ida & Boy came down for a while. Fixed Art's violin. Ed bro't check for $1000.00
34 deg. SW wind. Cloudy. Warmer. Sprinkled at 3 AM. Slept all day.
38 deg. S wind. Cloudy. Damp. thawing. Slewpt all day.
44 deg. W wind. Fair. Clearing at daylight. Went to the house with Minnie & Ada & made arrangements to have rooms tinted. PM- Walter & I went to the Auto Show at the Auditorium.
20 deg. NW wind. cloudy. Colder. Snow at 4 AM. Clearing at 8 AM.
27 deg. S wind. Partly cloudy. Raw. Bahn Frei Hall closed at 2:45 AM. Dance by B.F. Turners. 15 couples on floor at 1:30 AM.
26 deg. NW wind. Fair. Chilly. Worked till noon on storm sash. Trustees meeting at Kingsley.
4 deg. W wind. Fair. PM- Went to Fond du Lac Fuel, paid bill & ordered coke & coal for Art. Went to Meiers, got paint.
20 deg. W wind. Fair. Full moon. Slept till 4 o'c.
34 deg. SE wind. Cloudy. Snowing all night. About 2 in. of wet snow fell. Got Auto out & moved 3 loads of things for Ada up to her house. Reported Ptm. Kiehl for being in Engine House with his coat off.
12 deg. W wind. Fair. Frostry. Got up at noon. Art came home & we got Behnke's horse & wagon & moved their things out ot their house. Walter, Ida & the Boy came to supper.
24 deg. S wind. Cloudy. Our new gas range came & I connected it. Went to Hahns & got some fittings. Went up & connected Ada's stove. Took bath. Went to bed at 4 PM.
36 deg. W to S wind. Cloudy. Looks like snow. Went to church. Walter & Ida joined the church & Boy, Milton Arthur was baptized Ed & Emma & Mr. & Mrs. Griesel came to dinner. I took them for a little auto ride. Rained during that time. Went to bed at 3:30. Slept till 10 o'c.
16 deg. W wind. Fair. Frosty. Snow PM & eve.
6 deg. N wind. Fair. Frosty. Out early. Linden off.
20 deg. S wind. Cloudy. Off tonight. Went to Ada's at noon & worked all PM. Staid there to supper. They staid there tonight for the first time.
32 deg. E wind. Cloudy. Foggy. Partly clearing during the day. Went to Ada's. Helped clean up & arrange things. Ada came home with us. Art came to supper. Judge Backus at Brotherhood Meeting tonight.
20 deg. NW wind. Colder. Cloudy. Snow flurries in the fore part o the night. Slept all day.