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.
56 deg. Fair. Pleasant. Took auto. Went to hospital. Got Ada. Took Alice & Grandma Parker for a ride. Watered Ada's garden. Reichert working at Ada's sidewalk.
62 deg. S wind. Fair. Pleasant. Put screen on front door & hung it. Took Ida & Boy to see Art. Then home. Went back for Ada. Then got gal. oil from Wendt. Went to Walters, painted east & north sides of garage. Went to bed at 3:30 PM.
62 deg. SW wind. Fair. Went to Ada's. Sprinkled her garden. Fixed lawn sprinkler. Went to Walters. Used up the rest of the paint. Went to Grunewalds. Got 12 1/2 # white lead. Rained. Went to hospital. Got Ada. PM- Sylvester, Sr & I went to Hawks. Got shade trees.
64 deg. Variable wind. Cloudy. Showery. Took Ada & Mrs. Ebbott to hosp. at 2 PM. Got Helen from Hamiltons. Called at Walter's. John Maechtle came to see his girl.
66 deg. Southerly wind. Partly cloudy. Warm. Rain all day. Day off.
48 deg. W wind. Fair. 5 days vacation. Went to Ada's houise. Spaded & planted. Walter Sylvester & his father came PM and helped. Took them to see Art at the hosp. Then home. Fixed 9 screens for Helen. Went to Bank for Ada & Helen.
32 deg. E wind. Fair. Light frost. Cherry trees white with blossoms. Minnie & I went to Ada's. Planted in the garden. PM- Minnie went to dentist. I went to Walters & painted garage. Went to hospital at 7 PM. Art is feeling good. Mrs. Ebbott came with Ada to dinner.
46 deg. E wind. Fair. Painted Walters garage. W. Syl came & we worked at Ada's garden. Ada got frightened abou Art. and tel. Minnie & Minnie called Dr. Bauch. Went to hospital and found him all right. Mrs. Ebbott came to dinner. Eve.- Looks like rain. Wind NE.
36 deg. NE wind. Fair. Got up at 3 AM. Minnie & I went to Port. Took Henry to cemetary, fixed graves. Went to the woods, got flowers & ferns. Went to Dora's to dinner. Took Henry & Lina to Cedarburg. Left them there. At N. Mil. I ran into an auto truck. Bent radius rods & fender. Took Auto to HDL Co.
32 deg. Fair. Heavy frost. Beat carpets for Minnie all morn. PM- Went to Walters, finished trimming his garage. Went down & got Auto. Visited Art a while & came home. Cherry trees don't seem to be damaged much.
32 deg. E wind. Fair. Light frost. Went to hosp. with Ada. Brought Mrs. Ebbott to church. Got Ada for dinner. Took her back. Adela Wehe went. Got Mrs. Schuman. Go on duty at midnight.
44 deg. S wind. Fair. Warmer. 6 AM- showery. Vulcanized 3 innertubes. Minnie & I went to Ada's & worked at her garden. Went to bed at 3 PM. Slept till 10:30.
54 deg. W wind. Fair. Commenced raining at 10 AM. Rained all day & eve. Linden off. I go out early. Home at 3:30.
40 deg. N wind. Cloudy. Cool. Got up at noon. Art not so well. Minnie & I went to see him. Minnie got her teeth. I got hose & coupling at Goodyear, also things from Frankfurth. Mr. Ebbott came to stay all night with us. They go home tomorrow. Rain in eve.
46 deg. Variable wind. Cloudy. Some warmer. Quite warm during the day. Art not well. Has fever & pleurisy or pneumonia. Ebbotts go home today. Minnie, I & Ed's Emma went to hospital. I went to bed at 1 PM.
48 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cool. Took Ada to hosp[ital. Went to her house & worked on her garden. Helped Mrs. Fitz plant her seeds. Went to bed at 1:30 PM. Up at 5. Spaded our garden. Took Mr. & Mrs. Shobert out for a spin. Got Ada from hosp. Saw Dr. Bauch. Walter came home today.
55 deg. S wind. Fair. Cool for walking. Went to the Bankk for Ada & Helen. Home, finshed spading planting in our garden. Slept from 1:30 to 5 PM. Got up & went to Ada's. Syl. Sr. finished spading. Then took him to hospital & then to West Park. Bro't Ada home.
52 deg. W wind. Fair. Cool. Took Ada to hopital. Walter came & took Minnie to Ada's & went after her & sprinkled Ada's garden. Went to Hospital at 12:45. Got Ada. Went after Helen, then home & to bed after taking Ada back to Hospital. Art some better.
46 deg. Nw wind. Fair. Cool. Helped Minnie fix curtain hangers. Painted screen & went to bed at 1 PM. Up at 5. Went to hospital for Ada. Art better.
46 deg. E wind. Cloudy. Rainy. Read all forenoon. Slept all PM. Read all eve. Thunder showers in eve.
46 deg. Variable wind. Cloudy. Warmer. Went to liumber yard , got lbr. for screens. Showers during the day. Went to bed at noon. Got up at 3:30. Put up our screens. Warm.
52 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Took Ada & Minnie to Espenhaines. Got 17 gals of motor spirits at Filling Sta. on Wells bet. 3rd & 4th. Went to Ada's house & put up 4 screens for Fitzpatricks. Went to bed at 2 PM.
48 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Cool. Worked in basement, making screens. Went to bed at 3:30.
50 deg. Variable wind. Partly cloudy. Warmer. Took Grandma Parker out for a ride. Took Ida & Boy to see Art. Tried to sleep. to warm. Got up & painted screens. Eve- cooler. Check for $25.00 Int. from S. Fur. Co.
36 deg. NE wind. cloudy. Cold. Slept 2 hrs. Woke up & couldn't sleep. Got up & after dinner Minnie & I went to Ed's. They were not home. Then to Geo. Killian's. Took him and wife out for a spin. Linden off. I out early.
44 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Rain after midnight. Off tonight. Slept till 1 PM. Rain all morning. PM- I finished off screens for Ada's house. Got screen moulding.
40 deg. SW wind. Fair. Warm. Got up at 6 AM. Washed auto. Went to Hospital. Got Art. Took him home. Worked there fitting screens etc. all day. Kohlstedt called in PM. Art was in the Hospital just 4 weeks & their bill was $55.65.
62 deg. SW wind. Fair. Thunderstorm after midnight. Clearing at 3 AM. Finished off screens & made screen door for Ada's house. Minnie & I went to Ada's & hung front door screen. Went to Grunewalds, got netting for back door screen. Went to bed at 2:30. Minnie staid to help Ada.
56 deg. Variable winf. Sloudy. Thunder storm & heavy rain from midnight till 4 AM. Went to bed at 10 AM. Got up at 3 PM. Went to Walters & hung screen door. & 4 more screens to Ada's.
54 deg. N wind. Cloudy. Decoration day. Went to tailor. Tried on my blouse. Had it inspected. Took it back to have it changed. Paid $16.00 for it. Left it at the tailors till Teus. Went Home. Worked a while in basement. Went to Ada's to dinner. Got Helen. Took Art & Ada out for a spin. Went to bed at 5 PM.
56 deg. S wind. Fair. Pleasant. 23 yrs. ago today I took Police exam for Ptm.
On the way home I met Wm. Peters looking for a location for shoe shop. Took him out to 48th & North. Then to Ada's. I fit 4 screens. Then home. Put screen on Ada's back door. Took bath & went to bed at 2 PM.