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.
18 deg. Fair. NW wind. Sharp air. Overcoat this morn. Over shoes PM.
34 deg. Partly cloudy. NW wind. Frosty.
22 deg. Partly cloudy. N wind. Very chilly. Met Genthe at Fond du Lac RR track, 8:30. Snow flurries at 11 AM & all PM. 2 in. snow fell.
16 deg. Fair. NW wind.
20 deg. Fair. SW wind. Raw & disagreeable. Paid F. Heup for Litzows house bal. due him.
25 deg. Fair. SW wind. Chilly. Very warm at noon. Thawing very fast.
30 deg. Partly cloudy. Southerly wind. Chilly. Thawing fast toward noon.
40 deg. Cloudy. S wind. Warm & damp. Mens meeting at Kingsley this eve. 9 men spoke.
45 deg. Cloudy. Variable wind. Rained during the night & early AM. PM- Rain. Eve. turning to snow.
25 deg. Cloudy. NW wind. 1/2 in. of snow with snow flurries & colder.
10 deg. Fair. NW wind. Frosty.
15 deg. Fair. W wind. Froze hard. Met Genthe at 8:45. He went with me to Crilly's job at 30th & Burleigh. 6:45 PM. Met Minnie & Ada at 21st & Fond du Lac. Went to Gaulke's & looked at piano. Erath's & looked at watches & Nehs & B'ot watch for Helen for Christmas. Home to supper at 9:15 PM.
25 deg. Cloudy. Southerly wind. Fred Malig arrested by Ptmn. Wegner. Indec. exposure of person. I took Tillie Scholz 1236-W.24th St. to Sta. to identify him. Indentification positive.
32 deg. Cloudy. E wind. Snowing. Regular blizzard, a Nor'eater, stormed all day & eve. About 8 in. of very wet snow fell. Malig got 6 mos. H.ofC.
26 deg. Partly cloudy. NW wind. Colder. Pavilion in Sherman Park burned this 4 AM. Schroeder put at noon.
16 deg. Fair. West wind. Frosty.
22 deg. Cloudy. SW wind. 8:20 AM- Arrested Alb. Bullerjahn at his wife's home 1132-29th St. Com. Drunk. Mail at 1:45 for Louis Winkel 1262-29th St.
22 deg. NW wind. Gowing colder. In court at 9 AM with Bullerjahn. 90 days. In Mayors office at 10AM. Pension Board Meeting. Invested $4000.00 in city bonds at 4%. Discussed Sullivan Pension case & adopted a resolution rescending all previous action on the case. So Mrs. S. must see if she wants to do anything further.
21 deg. Fair. SW wind. Raw & frosty. Orders to go to tailor- fit for overcoat, about 8:45 to 9:45. 10:45- Orders to be at Secy's office at 2PM. 2 PM. Dan McEvoy, Deputy Sheriff, served writ of Certio rari on members of Police Pension Board. Application of Wm. McManus.
26 deg. Fair. Raw SW wind. Walter & I went to Rosssheft & Weinman's & bought a Knabe piano for $425.00. $200 cash & $100 April 1st., 1908. $125 July 1st '08. Two stools, scarf & cover. They also agreed to take the old piano to Hinrichs 1117-23rd.
16 deg. Partly cloudy. SW wind. Very chilly. Shorted day. PM- Our new piano came & the old one was taken to Henrichs 1177-23rd St. They pay $25.00 for some time within 6 mos. Our new piano is Knabe No. 64105.
26 deg. Cloudy. S wind. Snow at 10:30. Turned to rain & continued till night.
32 deg. Cloudy. Northerly wind. Very icy & slippery this morn. 2 PM- Pension Board Meeting at Mayors office to make arrangements for proceeding in Sullivan Case. 3:45- Went to Sta. for mail for Koepsel 1264-29th St.
24 deg. Fair. NW wind. Kunde Case from Sept. 19th. In court at 9 AM. Guilty. Sentence suspended. Back to beat at 11:20. At noon, thawing fast. 8 PM snowing. The Gordon girls came home with Ada & tried our piano.
32 deg. Cloudy. Wind chgd from SW to northerly. Snow flurries. Half hour extra for dinner. 11:15 to 12:45. We have lots of presents but no money.
24 deg. Cloudy. SE wind. Very raw & damp. Wind chgd to SW toward noon. Christmas entertainment at Miss 2 this eve. Home at 10 PM. Crowded house.
44 deg. Cloudy. SW wind. Warm. Clearing toward noon. Very warm. Snow going fast. Eve.- Went to N. Mil. at 6:45. Met Walter & went to the factory, looked over the plant.
24 deg. Fair. NW wind. Much colder. Got my new shoes from Weishaupt this eve.
24 deg. Cloudy. Chilly. 10:30 AM commenced snowing. Snowed all day turning to rain in the eve. Went to Kngsley with Minnie this eve. Sergt Schneider came up to see me this morn.
32 deg. Cloudy. Snowing, Wind NE. Bo't new pr. overshoes.
16 deg. Fair. West wind. Very chilly. Av. Min Temp for Mo 22.5 deg. Chacks at 2:45 PM. Met Stolzenfeld at 32nd & Fond du Lac, 5:30 PM. Went to Eng. Room of Wis. Furn. Co. for a few minutes.