My first Treasure Chest Thursday. It seems like this will replace the “Tell Me Thursday” posts I used to do. I compressed that into Wordless Wednesday. I can’t guarantee I’ll have a post for every Thursday, but I’ll try.
This is my great-grandfather, Joseph Zalewski’s, badge from when he was a Milwaukee Police Officer. He became a police officer on February 1, 1918 after returning from World War I. He served until he retired on September 21, 1951. In the recent collection of documents I received was a letter written to him from the Chief of Police about his resignation.
According to another document in the collection, his annual salary ranged from $1860 to $2160 between the years of 1922 and 1938. I paid more than that in taxes this year.
Also, there was this newspaper article mentioning his police service. Sorry for the blurriness, but it was tough to scan because of how it was stored.