William Bramwell Sizer Diaries
September 1913

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.

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70 deg. SW wind. Cloudy. 2 AM, thunderstorm. Labor Day. Up at noon. Worked in garage. Labor day picnic at Pabst Park.

76 deg. Fair. W wind. Hot. Go to court with Pahlow & Lambrecht. Lambrecht pleaded guilty & paid cost. $1.33. Pahlow pleaded not guilty. Fined $5.00 & cost & went back to Central. PM- Went to West Alice with Lois, Nettie & Eunice.

72 deg. N wind. Fair. 55 yrs. old. Wind chgd to N at 1:20 AM. Cooler. Linden returns from Vac. Walter, & Ida & Milton, Art & Ada were here to supper. I got up at noon. Worked on the lawn all PM. Cooler. Out late tonight.

66 deg. E wind. Fair. Cooler. C.C. Bedding Co. Factory burned at 4:45 AM. I staid till Genthe came at 7:30 AM. Then went home. Beck came, PM. Organ recital - Kingsley.

70 deg. E wind. Cloudy. Worked on lawn till noon. Got hair cut & shave on way home. Gerhard fixed my suspenders on the way home. Went to Ada's to supper. Took spin to Mem'n. Falls, Granville Sta., Brown Deer via Hopkins Rd. Home at 9:30.

66 deg. Variable wind. Fair. Slept during the day. Got up towards eve, fixed the auto & went to work on the lawn. Dug hole so plumber wouldn't have so much to do Monday. Took bath & went to bed again.

70 deg. S wind. Fair. Warm. Got breakfast & read till 11:30. Went to bed till 6 PM. Eve- went to church. Took Art & Ada, also Ed & Emma. Shower at 8 PM.

70 deg. E wind. Cooler. Partly cloudy. Shower, 3:30 AM. State Fair Opens. Back came & his man. Worked till 3 PM. The Plumber made 2 joints & fixed water pipe. I went to bed at 3:30 PM.

56 deg. E wind. Cool. Fair. Went to the market with Minnie. Bo't tomatoes, beans, onions & got ice. H. Peat came today on his way home to Calif.

62 deg. S wind. Fair. Chilly. Slept till 1:30 PM. Got up ate dinner. Went to Ada's with things for her. Went around looking up candidates for police service. H. Peat went with me.

56 deg. S wind. Fair. chilly. Rain during PM. H. Peat left for Chi. on 4 PM train. & at 10 PM from Chi. to Fresno where he will arrive at 10:40 AM Monday.

50 deg. W wind. Fair. Cool. Out early tonight. Walter, Ida & Milton left this 9 AM for Beloit. We expect to go tomorrow.

50 deg. W wind. Fair. Cool. Off tonight. Art, Ada, Minnie & I started for Beloit. Stopped at E Troy, 2 1/2 hrs. Got to Beloit at 4 PM. Stay overnight at 423 Harrison Ave. Conf.

50 deg. S wind. Fair. At Beloit. Bishop Quayle preached. Got breakfast at church. Started for Aurora at 1 PM. Engine trouble at Rockford. Got to Elgin, 6 PM. Steering gear broke 2 miles N. of St. Chas. Ran into corn field. Tipped over. No one hurt. Two men from Aurora helped us. F. O. Johnson Farm.

40 deg. E wind. Fair. At Aurora. Stallman's. Took Lydia out & drove around town. Came home at noon & we went to Meyer's & then to Willie, to Naperville. Shipped Art home. Back to Aurora. Rain in eve.

60 deg. SE wind. Cloudy. Rainy. At Stallman's. 8 AM, left for Naperville. Left Naperville at 1:30. Got to Chigo at 4:30. Rain all the way.

60 deg. E wind. Cloudy. Made trip via Boulevards to Chgo Parks on S side. Came back via Jackson Park, Drexel Blvd. 28 miles. PM- Ed Young went with us up to the N. side via Boul'vd's & Parks. 27 mi. Total days ride, 56 miles. Eve. Ed & I went down town.

60 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Cool. Started for home at 7:50 AM. Ed went with us to HIghland Park. Had dinner at Streiber's. Had tire trouble north of Racine. One blow out on Clinton St. Came home on rim.

62 deg. E wind. Partly cloudy. Went to HDL's with auto. Got it fixed. No charge as steering rod was defective. Got auto at 5 PM. Sprowls & family came at noon. Walter, Ida & Milton, Art & Ada were here to supper. On duty at 12 M.

62 deg. E wind. Rainy. Slept from 9 AM to 3 PM. Rainy. Went to Walters with Mrs. Sprowls & called at Ada's. Went to Gavens Store. Bo't some things etc. Rainy. Equinoxcial storm.

40 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Damp. Slept till 3:30 PM. 4 PM - Went to Ada's with Minnie. Cold. Looks like frost. Sprowls went to Chgo. Mrs. Sprowls went to West Allis.

32 deg. Variable wind. Fair. White frost. Slept till 1:30. Went out with Helen, Minnie & Mrs. Sprowls for a ride. Went 19 miles. Mr. Sprowls came back from Chgo at 8 PM.

60 deg. SW wind. Fair. Cool. Light shower 5:30 AM. Slept in morn. Went to Lake Park with Sprowl's. PM- very warm.

62 deg. S wind. Fair. Out early tonight. Linden Off. Light shower 5 PM. Cooler. W wind.

50 deg. W wind. Fair. Cool. Off tonight. Took sprowls & wife to Public Service Bldg to go to Burlington on 12:15 car. PM- Went three miles N of Granville with Minnie,
Ada, & Ed & Emma. Picked wild grapes.

40 deg. SW wind. Fair. Took Walter, Ida & boy to /Wauwatosa. to 7:14 train to Madison. W. to get his auto from Sun Prarie. Went to N. Mil. Got Art & Ed. PM- Took Ed & Emma to Waukesha. Picked wild grapes. Home at 6 PM.

50 deg. SW wind. Fair. Warmer. Dress Coats. Went to church. Listened to Rev. Patterson of Ireland. PM- Slept 2:30 to 6:30. Walter, Ida & Milton, Art & Ada came to dinner. Eve. Went to church again. Took Ida home with the auto.

60 deg. S wind. Cloudy. Rain at 3 AM. Slept till 3 PM. Sprowl's came from Burlington today. Go to Chgo tomorrow. Got pump from Liddle's.

60 deg. S wind. Fair. Foggy, Took Sprowls trunk to CMSTP Depot. PM- Took Ada, Ethel S. & Sprowl's to the train. Went to Goodyear Rubber Co. Got 2 - 30x3 tires. One costs $5.60. Thunder shower. Went to Ford Garage. Had tire put on.

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