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.
8-1-1891 Pay Day. Got Walter a suit of clothes. 60 degrees and fair. 4:55 AM, wind SW.
Went to the Methodist Tent Meeting this PM. 63 degrees and fair. 5AM, wind N.
Went downtown and paid out all my money. 60 degrees and fair. 5 AM, wind E.
Stayed home all day. Went to the picnic at Mitchell Park in the PM. Minnie and Ada and Walter went along. 60 degrees and fair. 5 AM wind N.
Went to court this AM. Had my watch regulated. About 2 seconds slow. 65 degrees and fair. 5 AM wind SW.
Got up at 2 o'clock and wrote letters. Cut weeds around the house. Got a letter from Ma that the wheat was ready to cut. 68 degres and fair. 5 AM wind SW.
Very hot during the day. Wrote a letter to Jason. 75 degrees and fair. 5 AM wind SW.
Very hot all day. Went to court this morning. Had my case continued till Monday. The boys were held on $100.00 bail until monday for driving one of Meyers Bros. Delivery company horses to death. The horse fell at 4th and Sherman. 80 degrees and fair. 5 AM wind SW.
Made an arrest with Stolzenfeld on the way. Also one with Junhke at 3 AM.
At home all day. Minnie went to church and left the children at home. 85 degrees and fair. 5:30 AM wind SW.
Went to court. Got back at 12:45 PM. Jaunkes case was continued, also my case with Wendelburgs. Minnie Young came to see us this afternoon. 84 degrees and fair. 5 AM wind SW.
Went to court this morning. Old Wendelburg shot himself this yesterday PM. Was taken to Trinity Hospital. Jauke won his case against Herman Vogt and Robert Maas. Youngs went back to Chicago to-day. 80 degrees and fair. 5 AM wind SW.
Cooler to-day. Went to the south side to settle with Dr. Grof. Mrs. Pesch called on Minnie this PM. Bought a new pair of socks. 68 degrees and fair. 5 AM wind NW.
Very cool and nice. Got up at 12:30 PM. Ressel came up and we went out to look at the lots. 60 degrees and fair. 5 AM wind SE.
Commenced sprinkling at 2:30 AM. Showers all the forenoon. Returned the warrant I had. Wendelburg case continued until the 28th of Aug. 63 degrees and cloudy. Wind SW.
Slept all day. Went to the .... toward evening. 70 degrees and fair. 5 AM wind S.
Went to the west side church with Minnie and the children this PM. Weather was very warm. Christie Rader came home with us. 65 degrees and fair. 5 AM wind S.
Walter went to Sheibes. Minnie and Ada went to Helens. I staid home and wrote a letter to cousin Meta. 70 degrees and fair. 5 AM wind SE.
Went to court this morning. Got back at 10:30. 75 degrees and fair. 5 AM wind S.
Went down to see Lake in the afternoon. 70 degrees and fair. 4:55 AM wind SW.
Got up at 1 o'clock. Had a nice shower this PM. Cleared up and the moon shown brightly all n ight. 72 degrees and fair. 5 AM wind SE.
Home all day. 70 degrees and fair. 5 AM wind N.
Home all day. Cut some wood in the PM. 65 degrees and cloudy. 5 AM wind NE.
Very chilly. commenced raining at 2 AM. Rained till noon. Went down in dress suit and white gloves. 11 of us msrched in the front of the Bohemian Parade. Got back at 3:30. 55 degrees and fair. 5 AM wind NE.
At home all day. Very cool weather for this time of year. Went to the Barbers and got a hair cut. 55 degrees and fair. 5 AM wind NE.
Went down to see Lake. On the way back I arrested three tramps. Pulled the box at 24th and Vliet. A special deputy sheriff helped me. 54 degrees and fair. 5 AM wind NE.
Went to court, got back early. Went to bed and got up at 3 PM and went down to see Lake about my mason. 65 degrees and fair. 4:44 AM wind S.
Rained all the forenoon. I got up at 3PM. Fixed Walters wheel barrow.. Got a letter from Alma. 62 degrees and rainy. 5 AM wind SW.
Went to court. Had Wendelburgs case continued two weeks till Spt 11th. 50 degrees and fair. 5 AM wind NW.
Showery all day. Went downtown. Saw Mrs. Buggs and got $2.00. 55 degrees and fair. 5 AM wind S.
Showery last night. Home all day. Rather cool. 50 degrees and fair. 5 AM wind SW.
Went to court this morning. Saw the circus parade on the way home. Minnie, I and the children went to the circus at 3o'clock. 52 degrees and cloudy. 5 AM wind NW.