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.
36 deg. SE wind. Cloudy. Off to Beloit on 9 o'c train, Mil. Road. Beloit 11:40. 25 ct. dinner. Worked Beloit. Took electric car to Janesville. 7:10 train to Orfordville. Furniture dealer at O. out of business Stopped at Reeders.
40 deg. cloudy. N wind. Chilly. At Orfordville over night. Went to Brodhead, New Glarus, Monticello, Monroe. the sun shone part of the day.
30 deg. NW wind. cloudy. At Monroe, Hotel Monroe Wis. Got orders from both dealers. Left M. at 12:10 PM for Darlington. D. at 1:30. Went to see Rass. found him angry about some tables he had bo't. Sold him two. Left on 9:38 to Mineral Point arriving at 10:15. Hotel Royal.
32 deg. Variable wind. Cloudy. Snow flurries all forenoon at Mineral Point. Saw 3 dealers. Sold 2 of them. Dinner at Royal. Leave 1:20 for Platteville. Arr. at P. 2:30. Visited the trade. Stop over Sunday at Columbia Hotel. Met Mr. Schmidt of Mayhew Co.
40 deg. E wind. Fair. Bright sunshine. Went to SS & Church. Communium Service. with Rev. Condert, pastor. Went to church in the eve. with J.D. Laughlin, Appelton Salt Satesman for Petit. Rev. Hardcastle & Geo. Fox spoke. Raining as we came out of church.
30 deg. Vasriable wind. Fair. Call for mail at Boscobel. Got to Monfort at 12 M. Routed out the Hotel Prop. Slept with a hardware salesman I never had seen before. Fine fellow. Mr. A.W. Turner. At Lancaster. Must stay over night.
28 deg. NW wind. Fair. Froze hard at Lancaster. Leave L. at 8:30 AM. Fennimore, 9:30 AM. Snowflurries. Sold to J.T. Thompson. Minnies Birthday. 53 yrs. Drove to Boscobel.
20 deg. NW wind. Fair. Froze hard. 6:30 train from Boscobel to Muscoda. Got an order from J.H. Radquin. Travelling in company of Wiegell Bedding man. Drove to Gotham. Met Mr. Kearney, Janesville. He inquired about table. Left R.C. at 3:45 to Mazomani to P. du Sac.
32 deg. SE wind. Fair. At Prairie du Sac. Chilly. Leave 7:30 for Mazomanie. Commercial Hotel, Prairie du Sac. M at 8 o'c. Cloudy & snow flurries at 9:30 AM. Dinner, S. Green. Order, Sherwood Bros. Milw. 9:45. Rain & snow all day.
32 deg. Fair. Cold. Home. Went to N. Mil & to Milw. W.W. & home. chilly.
40 deg. W wind. Fair. Warmer. Called on Betts. Church morning & eve. Everett & wife & Mr. & Mrs. Thorn called.
32 deg. W wind. Fair. Went to N. Mil. with Walter. Went to Mil. W.W. talked to RGM. Left on 1:40 train for Waunakee via Madison.
32 deg. Variable wind. Fair. Warmer. At Waunakee, Com. Hotel. Called on Schultz. Left on 8:03 for Lodi. Called for mail at Wonewoc. Very warm Letter from Walter. Two orders in Lodi. Nothing in Baraboo.
44 deg. SW wind. Fair. Sw wind. Fair. Warm. Hotel Stolte, Reedsburg. Visited with both dealers. No Biz. Went to Wonewoc, 9:30. Got order from Mealy Bros. Walked to Union Center, 3 miles, on way to Hillsboro Hotel. 4PM order from Hart. Hotel Hillsboro. Shower 5 PM.
40 deg. Variable wind. Fair. Pleasant at Hillsboro. Leave 9:15 for main line. Worked LaValle & Cazenovia & got to Norwalk. Leave N at 9:15. Got to Kendall & Wilton & back to Elroy.
40 deg. Fair. SE wind. Cooler. At Norwalk. Leave here at 9:15 AM. Warm toward eve. Went to Kendall, back to Wilton, then to Elroy, then to Sparta at 5:30. Lewis House.
60 deg. SW wind. Cloudy. Very sultry. Shower 7 AM. Showery all day. Went to Westby. Saw Sveen & Son. No. Bus. Back to Cashton. Barth, no bus. 3:30 to V. Sold $22.00 table to Ed. Vig. He was drunk.
32 deg. W wind. Cloudy. Rain turning to snow. At Viroqua, Fortney Hotel. go to Sparta at 11:55. Don't like to travel on Sunday. but don't like this drunken town. Virocqua. Met Mr. Schmitt of Am. Mfg., Sheb. Chairs. Left V. at 11:55 for Sparta. Dinner at S. Went to church, 6:30 PM. with A.G. Lewis, Westboro, Wis.
36 deg. N wind. Fair. At Sparta. Left for Tomah at 1:27. Sold Butts Furn. Co. $40.39. Went to Camp Douglas, 10:42.
40 deg. E wind. Fair. Cool. At Camp Douglas. Go to Blk. Riv. Falls 10:48, Omaha Line. Arrived at Black River Falls at 11:30. Got order from F. E. Keefe. Went to Merrillan. Stopped at Hotel Campbell. Rickard Furn. Co.
40 deg. E wind. Fair. Cool. Went to Alma Center. Sold table to C.B. VanGorden. Back to Merrillan at noon. Off to Neillsville at 1 PM. Neillsville 1:40. Visited J.B. Lowe & H.H. Ebergard. Nothing doing. Ticket to Marshfield. In depot waiting for way freight. Marshfield. Blodgett. Sold Kennal & Sturm.
32 deg. Fair. NE wind. Cold. Sold two tables to Geo. W. Upham. Went to Presbyterian Church. Met F. Uphm last night. this morn. visited the Upham Factory. 12:05 over C & NW to Gr. Rapids. Met J. Normington. worked the town & took the electric car to Nekoosa at 4:30. Went to Logans Church, Grand Rapids this eve.
40 deg. SE wind. cloudy. Rain. Julien Hotel. Leave Gd. Rapids 6:45 AM for Waupaca. Arrived 10:10 Am. Sold Carl Brunn $68.00 order. Leave Waupaca 2:45 PM. Train one hour late at Scandinavia. Seymour, 40 min. late. Thunder storm
45 deg. W wind. Cloudy. Left Seymour 10:30 for home via Green Bay. At 5 called on Rev. Adams. Got order from Muehl. Got home at 4:45. Tired out. Weather fair & fine all PM.
50 deg. W wind. Fair. Went to church with Minnie. PM.- Took Ed & Emma out for a ride. First time we had auto out this year. Ed & Emma went to church with us in the eve.
40 deg. Damp & showery. Cloudy. AM- Went to N. Mil. with Walter. PM - Tore the front porch down.
50 deg. W wind. Cloudy. Warm. Behnke sent me a carpenter. Worked on the porch all day. Went to Ada's to supper.
44 deg. N wind. cloudy. Growing colder. Rainy. capenter came & we worked at the porch. Finished the porch at 3:15. Minnie & I cleaned up & leveled down the front lawn. Sowed grass seed.
40 deg. NE Wind. Fair. Cold & chilly. Painted the porch & cut up wood in basement.