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.
16 geg. Cloudy. NW wind. Partly clearing at 8 AM. Growing colder. 1 foot more snow. Checks, cashed mine at Weishaupts. Got new pr. of rubber boots. Noon- High NW wind. Drifting.
-8 deg. Fair. W wind. Frosty air. Bright sunshine. Ground Hog Day. Clear & cold all day.
10 deg. Fair. Sharp NW wind. Asked Perm. to go to tailor & get O'coat- $27.00. Berner came back to duty after 314 days absence recovering from injury. Missed 9:45 rept. on acct. of going to tailor. Back to beat at 10:50.
6 deg. Increasing clouds. SW wind. Frosty. Asked perm. to go & pay taxes- 8:40 AM. Back to beat at 9:55. Our tax $49.91. Helens $ 65. 41. Tax on home $38.48. On lots in 20th wd. $11.43- Total ax $49.91.
26 deg. Cloudy. Snow storm. SE wind, blowing hard. Stormed all night. 6 in. snow fell. Snow turning to rain at 5 PM. Partly clearing & colder. Jake took Herbert home this PM. Schnell sick. Smudde & I cover his beat.
18 deg. Fair. High NW wind, growing colder. Very icy & walks slippery.
10 deg. Partly cloudy. NW wind. Very chilly. PM- Cloudy. Wind NE. Thawing at noon.
14 deg. Cloudy. E wind. Chilly. 27 yrs. ago today I left Haylette for home after working there 10 mos. Horace took me to Thiensville. I took train to Saukville. Pa met me. Snowed all day. 18yrs. today I took Civil Service exam for letter carrier.
22 deg. Fair. SE wind. Rising Temp. Fred Schneider called on me on the beat this morn. Thawing fast at noon. Wore new overcoat this PM for the first time. Otto C. preached at No. 2 for the first time in over a year.
24 deg. Partly cloudy. Wind chgd from SE to Westerly. Fog Horn blowing. Rain, 9:30 to 10:30 AM. Met Genthe, 30th & Meinecke. 9:25 AM.
24 deg. Cloudy. SE wind. Thawing all day.
38 deg. Cloudy. SW wind. Rain at 6:30 PM. Schnell reported for duty. PM- Partly clearing. Wind SW. Rubber boots.
34 deg. Cloudy. W wind. Cooler. Appointments for Election Inspectors.
32 deg. Cloudy. NE wind. Damp. Snowflurries. 1:45PM. Walter called up home & said he had been to Dr. Rohr & R said he had appendicitis. I told him to come go home & I went to Dr. Hollenbecks office & he said he would fo over as soon as W. came home.
36 deg. Fair. High NW wind. Growing colder.
18 deg. Fair. High NW wind. Colder. Got attachment for body of Chas. Riebe 2422 Hadley St. on charge of being a defaulting witness. Took him to the Sta. on car. $35.00 bail. Back to beat at 9:45.
10 deg. Fair. NW wind. Frosty. In court at 9 AM with Riebe. Sen. susp. Took bail money to Sta. & went home to dinner. Walter went to work today.
18 deg. Cloudy. NE wind. Damp air. PM- Snbowing & E wind. 10:45 AM- Orders per tel. to go to 3008 Clark St. & help Jos. Johnston with the ambulance. No such no. Went to 3208 Clark St. & helped J.J. carry Tony Rempter in from the ambulance. He is a boy who had both feet & left arm taken off while "hitching" on a freight train.
24 deg. Cloudy. NE wind. Snowing. Snowed all night. Drifting badley. Partly clearing at 3 PM. N wind, blowing quite hard.
8 deg. Fair. SW wind. Sharp, frosty air. Signed payroll. My no. is 23.
18 deg. Partly cloudy. Westerly wind. Frosty.
8 deg. Cloudy. Southerly wind. Very frosty.
24 deg. Cloudy. NW wind. Snow flurries. Thawing fast at noon. NE wind. Kingsley Church this eve. with Minnie.
20 deg. Cloudy. Southerly wind. Chilly.
34 deg. Cloudy. S wind & rain & snow all day. Rubber Boots & Rain Coat.
22 deg. Fair. Northerly wind. Cold. Snow flurries all day.
8 deg. Fair. High NW wind. Cold.
16 deg. Cloudy. NE wind. Looks like snow.
28 deg. Cloudy. NE wind. Looks like snow. Av min temp for Mo. 19 deg. Orders to order down all signs projecting over 3 feet from Bldg. Checks at 1:45.