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.
MAY 1914 1
40 deg. SE wind. Cloudy. Cool. Pay day. Clearing PM. 2 o'c. Minnie & I went down town. Paid int. & $50.00 on acct at Central Sta. Got my check. Went to the bank. Dep. $40.00. Didn't have my Bank Book with me so took cr. slip.
40 deg. E wind. Fair. Went to N. Mil. Talked over route & business with Walter. Went to Marquardts. Minnie took me to Schmidt Bros. Co. I agrees to wait until Tues. & look over S. Bed line with view to taking it along. Went to Bank, drew $40. I dep. & got ready for trip on Tues. PM- 1:10, Minnie & I went to Pt. Got flowers. Staid at Jakes.
40 deg. Fair. SE wind. Cool. Staid at Jakes. Bro't Rollo with us. Got home in time for church. Mrs. Carrie Busse & family came at 10:15. Went to church & staid to dinner. PM- We went to the park & Busse's went home. Dell goes to her school. Thunder storm in eve.
50 deg. W wind. Fair. Bright sunshine. Cut the grass this morn. Go out at 1:15 PM for 2 weeks. 1:15 PM.- Off on Lake Shore Line via Pt.. Sheb. etc. Very pleasant after the rain. Am taking Schmidt Bedding line along.
45 deg. N wind. Fair. Warm toward PM. Went from Hortonville to New London. Sold E.C. Heuer. 4:18 PM, went to Shiocton. Back to New London & Clintonville. Stopped at Ward House.
38 deg. Fair. W wind. Cool. Worked Clintonville, went to Shawano at 10:15. Met R. H. Schultz & wife on train. Sold to M. C. Korth at S. Back to Clintonville at 7:01 PM. Went through Marion. Stopped at Sattler Hotel.
40 deg. Variable wind. Fair. Cool. Went from Marion to Tigerton. Called on Badger Lbr. Co. store. Nothing doing. Dinner at Hoffman, 35 cts. PM- To Wittenberg. Eve. to Antigo. 8:29. Rain PM. No Biz.
34 deg. W wind. Fair. Cool. Slept at the Butterfield, Antigo. Go to Mattoon. Back to Antigo, noon. Saw the trade & spent the PM with Wallie Herbst, shoe man. Go to Rhinelander at 9:40.
45 deg. Variable wind. Fair. Cool, rising temp. Rhinelander. Arrived 2:15 AM. Got orders this morn & go to Minocqua at 1:52. SW warmer. At Minocqua, went to Woodruff & down to M. on Stage. Went to Tennants. Sold Beds & cots to Min. Hdw. Co. Shower this eve.
45 deg. W wind. Cloudy. Cool & pleasant. Sun rose, clear. Went into cloud. At M. Met Peter LaPorte, SS Missionary. At Tennants, went to church in morn. & outside appointment with T. & LaPorte. Organized SS 6 miles NW of Woodruff. Cold. cloudy all PM.
32 deg. N wind. Cloudy. Cold at Minocqua. Leave for Tomahawk on 7:30 train. Arrive T. after 11 AM. Cold icicles on water tank at Goodnow Sta. Rain, hail & sleet at T. during the day. Took 5:50 for Merrill. Arriving went to Larkin Hotel. Cold & freezing all day.
32 deg. E wind. Fair. Worked Merrill. No way out. Stay till 7 PM.
40 deg. NW wind. Fair. Warmer. At Wausau. Went to Marathon City at 2:40. got there at 3:10. 3 dealers. Sold two. Prehn & Stieber. Heinman Hdw. Co. Sauer is an old man. "Bracht Nichts" Go to Edgar on 10:15.
40 deg. NE wind. Fair. At Edgar. Stopped at John Kaas Hotel. Bom place. Went to Marshfield. got dinner at Juneau. Took 1:37 to Abbbotsford. Got mail. Went back to Colby. Got small order. Went back to Hotel.
32 deg. White frost at Phillips. Fair. Left Colby on 3:55 train for Phillips. Got to Phillips before 6. AM- Sold $62.10 worth to M. Christiason. 10:18 to Medford. Sold L.H. Latton, & Pflughoeft & Hartig. Missed train to Rib Lake. Go at 4:08 tomorrow.
32 deg. W wind. Fair. Left Medford at 4:08 AM. Went to Prentice. Sold Prentice Merc. Met Rev. F.O. Carlson. Went to Bruce. Got turned down. Went to Ladysmith. Got mail & check from Walter. Card from Ada. Sold J.P. Pederson. Went to Gerard Hotel.
50 deg. Fair. SW wind. At Ladysmith. Went to M.E. Church. Rev. Hocking. Met Blanchard & wife, Druggist. They are here now. Warm. Smoky. Settlers burning & clearing. Christian Church, 7:30 PM, Rev. Hoe. Left Ladysmith at 5:40 AM for Barron.
50 deg. Sw wind. Fair. Warm. At Barron, 7:20 AM. Rice Lake. 10:30. Warm. Got two orders at Rice Lake. High S wind. Very dusty. Go to Spooner 5:17 PM. Met Tony Bayer at S.
50 deg. S wind. Fair. Very dusty. Went to Cumberland. Sick. Couldn't work. Saw the dealers. No. Biz. Went to hotel & went to bed. 1:27, went to New Richmond. Got $8.00 order from M.J. Casey. Went to Chip at 8:47. Stopped at Stanley. Got in at 11 PM.
50 deg. S wind. Cloudy. Showers. Got 3 letters from home. Saw 3 dealers in Chip. Went to Eau Claire. Got $141 order from A. Larson. Got 4 orders in EauC. 246 altogether.
60 deg. W wind. Cloudy. Warm. Thunder storm during the night and early morn. Didn't sleep a wink all last night. Dirty bed. S. Rygh lives here in Menomonie. Went to Durand at 7:30 AM. Rained all day. Am sick. going home.
50 deg. SW wind. Very pleasant. Left Chip. at 10:45. Rode all night. Home 7 AM. Went to bed. Sick all day.
50 deg. Fair. Went to N. Mil. Talked matters over with Walter. PM- Started painting. Walter got me tire, 30x3 1/2 for left hind wheel.
48 deg. Fair. Went to SS & Church. PM - Rained. Staid home with Minnie in eve.
60 deg. Went to N. Mil. with Peters. Sold him a table. Home PM - Finished painting porch.
70 deg. Got up early. Got ready to go out. Left on 9:50 train for Lake Mills. Very Hot. Eve. at Jefferson.
65 deg. Variable wind. cloudy. Showers, cooler. At Jefferaon. Went to Johnsons Creek to see E. C. Stiehen. He chased me out. Got to Ft. A. at 11:23. Saw Bammel Bros. Went to Stoughton. 8 PM- at Dallmeyer.
65 deg. SE wind. Cloudy. Stoughton. Rain during the night. Stpughton to Edgerton. Hot. Went from Edgerton to Palmyra. Pal. to Whitewater. Went to Lima Center at 6:01 to see VanHorns.
60 deg. W wind. Fair. cool. At Lima Center. Fresh breeze blowing. Went to Palmyra on 7:14 train. Called on A.E. Smith. No. Biz. Went to Eagle. Sold table to J. W. Stead. Went to Elkhorn, sold Reed Delevan. "Nothin Doing", Clinton Junc. Sylvan Hotel. Phoned home.
60 deg. Nw wind. Fair. At Clinton Juc. Cool. Decoration day. Bright & clear in southern Wisonsin & northern Ill. Reached Aurora 8 PM. Staid at Bishop Hotel. Stallmans not at home.
60 deg. W wind. Fair. Very pleasant. Stopped at Bishop Hotel. First M.E. Church. Eve. - Went to Galena St. Church. Thunder storm came up. I went to hotel before service was over. Went to Stallmans twice. They were away.