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.
60 deg. Fair. W wind. Went to N. Mil. Got Walter. Went down town. Bo't U.S. tire, 30 x 3 at Goodyear Co. Speedometer shows 6800 miles. Went to garage. Had door lock put on. PM- Ada, Helen, Minnie & I went to Bucks, 4 mi. S. of Waukesha. Picked 2 quarts of black berries.
60 deg. NW wind. Fair. Started at 10 AM. Went with Helen & Minnie to Reeseville. Hot. I got badly sunburned. Got to R. at 2:30., 4 1/2 hrs. Eve. Took Henry Reinhard & family out for ride.
60 deg. NW wind. Fair. Mrs. Reinhard went with us to Waupun vis Beaver Dam. Visited Chas. Lapp. Back via Juneau. Got to W. at 8:30 AM. Back at 6:30 PM.
56 deg. NE wind. Fair. Got up at 5:30. Took Alvin R. to Wm. Breyer to work. 8:20- started for home. Mrs. Runkel (Aunt Kate) came as far as Waukesha. Picked Choke Cherries along the road. Go to work at midnight.
56 deg. Variable wind. Fair. Cool. Got ice for us & Ada. Got electric light bulb at garage, 20th & N. Av. Fixed ice box.
70 deg. Variable wind. Partly cloudy. Warm. Orders to be at Lake Front at 7:30 PM. Showery. Slept till 1 PM. A man came to look for board. Went to the Parade on Gd. Av. Minnie Young came this PM. At Lake Front all eve.
62 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Looks like rain. Cool and damp. Slept all day. Vulcanized 4 tires toward eve. At Juneau Park & Lake Front 7:30 PM. Thunderstorm with drizzling rain spoiled most of fireworks of the Perry Centenial Celebration.
72 deg. SE wind. Showery. Warm. Went to harness maker & had fan belt made. Got an extra one made. Went to Bank for Ada. Went to Weishaupts, got Helen's shoes fixed.
68 deg. SE wind. Fair. sultry. Took Tinner up to the house to fix ice bax. Got Ice for us & Ada. Vulcanized inner tube for Walter. Slept 2 hrs. after dinner. Art & Ada washed & polished the auto.
8-10-193 70 deg. E wind. cloudy. Rain during the night & early morn. Slept all day. Minnie Young went home this PM. Went to church this eve. Walter & Ida & Milton came to supper.
60 deg. E wind. Cool. Fair. Went home chaged clothes & took auto apart & cleaned the carbon out. Worked till 2 PM. Then couldn't sleep. Linden off. I'm out early. Home at 2:20 PM.
64 deg. E wind. Fair. Cool. Off. Minnie, Ada & I went to Pt. via Cedarburg, Line road to Saukville to Liebensteins. PM- to cemetary, to Pt. Left Pt at 8:12 for home. Jake came with us. Home at 10:40.
62 deg. SE wind. Partly cloudy. Got up at 7 AM. After breakfast Jake & I got ice for us & Ada. Took Ada with us, Jake, Minnie, Helen, Ada & I went to Waukesha & looked at Farnes home. Home at 5 PM via Menomonee Falls. Bo't potatoes of Birkhahn, old Fond du Lac Rd. Took Jake to Mil. Northern Depot- 6:47 car.
70 deg. Variable wind. Cloudy. Sultry. showers.
70 deg. S wind. Cloudy. Thunderstorm AM. Slept till 2 PM. Minnie & I went & got Ada & took a spin around looking for a farm.
74 deg. No wind. Hot. Fair. Sultry. Found Henry Reinhard, Reeseville waiting for me when I got home. Got some ice for us & Ada & took H.R. out for a spin. Went to bed after noon. Showery.
72 deg. W wind. Cloudy. Showers. Got up at 1:30 PM. After dinner, Art & Ada, Minnie & I went for a ride to Cudahy, S. Mil., Carrolville & would have made Racine only the roads were bad.
72 deg. NE wind. Fair. Warm. Massino 1347 Holton came to Sta at 8 AM & went with me to Mundt's to see what he did in the gas fitting line. Went to the Bank. Deposited $40.00. Went to bed at noon. PM- Cooler.
70 deg. N wind. Fair. Growing colder. Off tonight.
62 deg. E wind. Partly cloudy. Minnie Ada & I went to Buck's. Took Mrs. B. & child, went to Palmyra, passed through Genesse, N. Prarie, Eagle. Home at 7:45 loaded with Plums, Black Berries, Sweet Crabs, Green Corn, Wild cherries etc.
70 deg. No wind, 5 AM. Fair. Linden goes on Vac. Out early.
68 deg. NW wind. Cooler. Got up at 9:30. Ate a little. Minnie, Ada & I went to Kienzle & Family, out to Finks at Mequon. Left Mrs. K & Ruthie out there. Came home. Got ice & slept an hour before time to go to work.
58 deg. E wind. Fair. Cool. Linden on Vac. Got up at 10:30 AM. After dinner Minnie I went to Ada's, took Art & Ada out for a ride. Went out in Town of Brookfield to see a farm.
62 deg. No wind, 2 AM. Fair. Cool. Linden vac. Got up at 10 o'c. Went to church. After dinner we went to Crossman's on Loomis Road.
62 deg. E wind. Fair. Cool. Linden Vac. Got up at noon. Worked at the auto. Ada came & after lunch took Grandma Parker out for a ride.
73 deg. W wind. Fair. Warmer. Linden Vac. PM- Minnie Ada & I took Mrs. Andrecht & Carrie out for a ride. Got ice.
65 deg. W wind. Fair. Warmer. Slept till noon. Went to 20th & N. Av. Got electric bulb on auto. Minnie & I went to Ada's.
66 deg. S wind. Fair. Warmer. Slept till n oon. PM- Ada, Minnie & I called on Mrs. Munz 872-16th St.. Took her to see Ada's house.
60 deg. W wind. Fair. Cool Slept till noon. Went to Harness Shop. Fixed fan belts. Mrs. Towsley came to spend PM & eve. Mrs. Fredrichs called.
58 deg. W wind. Fair. Got up at 6:30. Went with Minnie & Mrs. Kohlstedt to the market, 5th & Vliet. Got a few things. Got ice for us & Ada. Went back to bed & had a few hours sleep.. Checks.
68 deg. S wind. Cloudy. Rain, 1:30 AM. Frank & I arrested Henry Pahlow & Walter Lambrecht at Center & Fond du Lac Av. at 1 AM. Fighting. Got home at 3 AM via Center St. Walked from Center & Fond du Lac. Up at 12:30. After dinner went to W. Allis. Called on Everett. Rain, eve.