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.
Arrested a Brewer at Schllitz Brewery at 9:30 PM. The watchman took the case. PM - Took down the heating stove and rearranged the room. Pay Day. 40 degrees and clear. 5 AM, wind W.
Three new members on west side last night. Rausen transferred. Shultz and will new men. PM - Went down town with Minnie and the children. Commenced raining. Minnie and I came home on a car. Minnie went to Helens. 33 degrees and showers. 5 AM, wind W.
Daumen Verein held a May Ball at the Vorwaerts. PM - Got up at 1 o'clock and took a walk. Called on Richard Schardt. Mr. and Mrs. Pahl called on us at 5 o'clock. Helen came up this PM. 35 degrees and clear. 5:05 AM, Wind, NE.
Socialistic Mannerchoir held a dance at the Vorwaerts last night. I made an arrest at 10:00. Drew our vacations last night. I drew Aug. 12 to 19th. Traded with Kesel and got Sept. 15 to 22. Court this morning. 40 degrees and cloudy. 5 AM, wind NE to NW.
Galloway's Empire Specialized Co. is at the Vorwaert for two weeks advertising Electric Belts. Met Abe at 3rd and North at 3:30 this morning. Ada is all broke out with the measles. First baseball game played. Milw. and ..... 35 degrees and fair. 5 AM, wind N & NE.
Ada is very bad with the measles I called Dr. Grot this evening. 35 degrees and fair. 5 AM wind E.
Met Abe and Randow at the Vorweart at 10 o'clock and at 3rd and North at 3:45. Got excused on account of children being sick. Worked in the garden. Planted some peas. 40 degrees and fair. 5 AM, wind SW
Met Geo. Brot at the Vorwaert. He is the guest of H. Mohe, 695 Holton St. PM- Took my watch down to get it regulated. Went to Karkers. Met Emma Drusat and her husband Henry Voight. They were married last night. 55 degrees and clear. 5:10 AM, wind SE.
From the station went to the fire at 13th St.. and St. Paul
Ave. Got back to 3rd and Sherman at 10:30 PM. Hart took Stolzenfelds beat and Gill toiok Harts beat. 60 degrees and fair. 4:55 AM, wind SW.
Planted the garden yesterday. Minnie went to church. Weather turned cold this morning. Helen came this PM. I stayed home all day. Commenced raining at 4 PM. Wrote a letter to Ma. 70 degrees and fair. 4:55 AM, wind SW.
Arrested A. Van Hatten at 12 o'clock. Weather warmer. Went to court. Came home at 11 o'clock. Snoozed all the afternoon. 43 degrees and cloudy. 4:55 AM, wind NW.
Passed a quiet night. PM - Worked a while in the garden. Weather very fine. Wind changed to the east. 41 degrees and fair. 5 AM, wind SW.
Seven of us were detailed to report at the station at 12 o'clock last night. I go to bed. Miller, Stolzenfeld, Rucker, Sneider, Bruhus, Rissow and Sizer and be released to "get" on a moments warning. To continue until further orders. 57 degrees and fair. 9:30, wind SE
5-14-1891 Weather turned cold at 9 o'clock last night. Weather was warm all day yesterday. Got a case on the way to the station last night. Baseball in the PM. At duty at the station all day. Home to meals. 45 degrees and fair. 6:10 AM, wind NE.
Went thru the park with Abe at 11 o'clock. Station duty this afternoon. Rained a little and turned cold. Very cold this evening. Wind changed to NE. 50 degrees and fair. 5 AM, wind SW.
5-16-1891 Very cold this morning. Walter is very sick. Think he is coming down with measles. Staid home all day. 80 degrees and fair. 4;55am, wind SW.
Made an arrest last night at Island and Walnut. Attended a wedding at 126 Lloyd St. - Frank Leonard. Had a good time. Everything was frozen in the garden. Walter has broken out wit4h the measles. 28 degrees and fair. 4:55 AM, wind NE.
Show at the Vorwaerts closed last evening. Went to court. Mrs. Prahl visited this morning. 45 degrees and fair. 4:55 AM, wind SW.
Passed a very quiet night. Rev. W. J. Leek called on us and took dinner. I went and finished Walters wheelbarrow. Worked till 5:30. 52 degrees and fair. 4:50 AM, wind SW.
Passed a quiet night. Slept till 1 PM. Walter woke me up saying it was raining. We had a light shower. Helen came up this PM. 58 degrees and fair. 4:55 AM, wind S.
Commenced raining at 11:30 last night. 60 degrees and cloudy. 4:55 AM, wind SW.
Commenced raining last night at 10:30 and continued raining until 9 in the fore noon. Casme home at 12 noon and went to the circus at 7th and Meinecke. Got home at 8:30 PM. Cloudy. 12:30, wind SE.
On duty at the circus all day. Must stay till all is over at 5 PM. Fair, Wind N.
Got up at 9 AM. All went to the Washington Ave. Church. Scheibe family came up in the PM. 12:30 midnight., wind .... .
Made two arrests at 10 o'clock this morning. Weather turned very cold at 5 o'clock this morning. 4:55 AM, wind SW.
Light frost this morning. Came home by way of Scheibes. PM - Helped Scheibes move to 1717 Fond du Lac Ave. Rev. Schneider called while we were away. 32 degrees and fair. AM, wind NE.
Passed a very quiet night. The weather was very cold and damp. Slept until 2:30 PM. Got up and worked in the garden. 35 degrees and fair. 5d AM, wind NE.
Met Abe at North and Buffum at 1:20 AM. PM - Got up at 10:30 and whitewashed the bedroom. Recvd letter from JW containing $5.00. 40 degrees and fair. 5:05, wind SW.
Met Abe at 1 o'clock at 3rd and North. Got up at 2:30. Whitewashed the kitchen. Got done at 6 o'clock. 50 degrees and fair. 5 AM, wind S.
Helped Minnie put down the carpet this morning when I came home. Staid home all day. 56 degrees and fair. 5 AM, wind S.
Got breakfast at 5:30 AM. Slept till 9:30 and went to church with Minnie and the children. Went to Sherman St. Church. Had a wedding on Commerce St. Rauser was stationed on a coal boat nearby and we took in the wedding. 60 degrees and fair. 5 AM, wind SW.