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.
10 deg. W wind. Fair. Cold. 2 in. fresh snow. Went to church alone. Everett came in PM.
8 deg. W wind. fair. Cold. Went to N. Mil. with Walter. Walter forgot package. I went to his house after it. Then to Voigt's & got photos.
after dinner I went to Central. got my first pension check $24.78. Went to the Bank. Dep. it & my last pay check $64.99. $89.75 total.
22 deg. Sw wind. Fair. Got up early. Met Walter at 35th & N. Went to N. Mil. Took two sandwiches. Didn't go out to dinner. Went to Geo. Munz's to supper, 39th N of Meinecke. Home 10 PM.
28 deg. E to variable wind. Fair. Out at the Factory all day.
32 deg. S wind. cloudy. Went down town to collect some bills for Walter. Collected $37.00. Went to West Allis. Went to Everetts to dinner.
32 deg. Cloudy. S wind. PM chgd to NE. Snow flurries. Went to Everetts & helped him set up garage. Home at 5:40 PM.
28 deg. N wind. cloudy. Snowflurries. Home all AM. PM- Minnie & I went to Ada's. Called at Walter's. Called at W. C. Wehe's. Home at 7:10. Cold.
20 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold. Went to church with Minnie. Miss Marie Wiegand spoke on "Why I go to Burma." PM - Minnie & I called on Porters.
16 deg. W wind. Fair. Cold. Went to N. Mil. with Walter.
20 deg. NW wind. Fair. Rode out with Ed on the truck. Took my dinner along. Onloaded car of oak. Rode home with Walter in eve.
20 deg. Variable wind. Fair. Cold. Took my new blouse to Gavens to have it made into citizens coat. Went to Bank.. Went to Ada's.
22 deg. W wind. Fair. chilly. Minnie & I go to Pt. to stay over Sunday. Went to Henry's to supper & to Jake's overnight.
28 deg. W wind. Fair. Called on Thill Furniture. One 320 Drop Leaf Table, defective leg. Want new one. PM- Took Jakes auto out. Took the folks for a ride. Went to Dora's to supper.
36 deg. W wind. Fair. Warmer. Went downtown. Wrote to Walter. C.F. Eckel fixed my watch. Went to Henry's to dinner. Met Rev's. Fritsche & Raddatz. PM- Went to Laura's. Went to Netties to supper. Back to Jakes to sleep. Ada's birthday. 26. Reubus Cheese Factory burned.
32 deg. SW wind. Fair. Chilly, thawing very fast all day. Went to Ev. Church. Home with Walter & Monroe. Eve. Walter & wife & Minnie started for church when it commenced to rain. They got as far as Liebesteins & came home at 8:45 PM.
32 deg.High NW wind. Fair. Cool. We are at Walter's & Monroe's. Go to Geo's. to dinner. Geo. took us to Franks. We staid there.
32 deg. W wind. cloudy. snow flurries. We staid at Franks all night. Got 13 doz. eggs. Rode to Liebensteins with there Boy. Went with Reuben & Elmer to see the ruins of factory burned Sat. Eve: Went to Pt. with John. Home on 7:40 train. Home 9:15 PM.
3-18-194 16 deg. W wind. Cloudy. Got up at 6:50. Went to Ed's. Got pkg. for Walter. Went to N. Mil. Got to Ada's 2:55 PM. Walter gave me check for work done at factory $12.75. Pd. for Polarine, 5 gals. $.62.
16 deg. W wind. Cold. Fair. Went to Marquardts for dinner. PM- Went to the Library. Got 2 new books. Read all PM. Minnie came home at 6 o'c. Went to Ed's in eve.
14 deg. W wind. Fair. Took off rear tire & tried to fix it. Took Minnies watch to Spreater. Had a talk with Ptm. W. C. Maass. Exchanged books at library.
22 deg. W wind. Cloudy. Went to N. Mil. There all day. Monday I take the line out on the road.
32 deg. W wind. Partly cloudy. Warmer. PM- Went to N. Mil. with Walter. Snow flurries all day. Went to Kingsley this eve.
22 deg. Fair. W wind. Got up at 2:50 AM. Took 3:30 car down to C&NW. Took 5 o'c. train to Lake Mills. Got one order. Went to Jefferson. Got 2 orders. Stop at Jefferson House, E. Mueller, prop.
32 deg. SW wind. Fair. Wamer. Went to Johnsons Creek on 7:20 train. Saw E.G. Stiehm. J.C. to F.A. 2:35. Arrived at Edgerton after 3 PM. Supper at the Carlton. 50 cts. E to Stoughton. Stopped at the Dallmeys.
40 deg. Variable winf\d. Partly cloudy. Heavy rain during the night. at Stoughton. 9:45 - Went to Milton Jct., then to Eagle, then to Whitewater. Wotrked Whitewater & ret. to Palmyra on evening train. Stop at Tisch House. Saw A.E. Smith. Got am orddr. 8:30 to 8:45.
42 deg. S wind. Cloudy. Rain - First thunder storm. Clearing at 9 AM. At Eagle waiting Elkhorn train. Elkhorn on time. Called on A.J. Reed. No business. Took lunch at lunch room. 35 cts. Leave E for Delevan at 2:15 PM. Looks like more rain. Left D., 5:27 PM for Clinton Jct.
32 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Cold. Ice on trees. Thunder storm during the night at Clinton Jct. Stopped at Clinton House. Irish. Met W.C. Schnell at Clinton Jct. Went to Sharon to see R. Brown. He went to Chgo. Called on Ada Sizer. Staid for dinner. Went to Harvard.\, Ill. on 1:12 train. Sold O.L. Putnam. Went to Walworth.
40 deg. E wind. Cloudy. Foggy & damp. At Harvard, Ill. stopped at Ayers Hotel. Went to Walworth last night. Off for Geneva Jct. 6:05 AM. Left G. Junc. 10:34. Geneva at 11 AM. Left Geneva for Springfield 12:20. Took 1:20 train home. Home at 3:45. Raining.
40 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Rain all night & all day. Went to church with Minnie. Geo. Munz & wife came to dinner & staid PM.
34 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. chilly & damp. Went to N. Mil. Worked at my new route. Got it worked out, then Ische came in & started to dictate. Then Walter changed it & gave me another route.
40 deg. East Wind. Cloudy. Chilly. Went to Western States Envelope Co. Ordered some envelopes for photos. Went to Central Sta. Made paym't of $600.00 on Mtge. Got my check. Went to the Bank. Went to Mil. Woven Wire. Home to dinner. Back to Mil. W.W. & to N. Mil. Rain in eve.