William Bramwell Sizer Diaries
October 1894

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.

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Rag Pedler, about 5'8" tall, black beard, black slouch hat, dark grey coat.

Christina Krueger 929 Center St. complains of H. Hammann 1029 - 9th fencing a public alley south of center between 9th & 10th.

Wm. Sahl, 1179 16th hanged himself in his barn. Was found by his son at about 7 PM Oct.13th. Wm. Sahl Jr. says hew thinks his father had been dead about 2 hrs. when he was found. Dog to be shot at at 1154-21st. Mrs. Covill 901 Senter St. complains of boys 12 to 16 yrs. of age making such a noise around her house evenings that people can't sleep. Says they disturb the whole neighborhood.

1221 Lee St. Truck obstruction in alley 1029-9th. New house between Wright and Clark. Mrs. Peters 1017-18th complains of cows destroying trees. Cows belong to parties living on 19th St. Fire Dept. called to 1154-18th St. Chimney fire No damage done. House owned by Geo. Mills. Occupied by Max Wainbold and Chas. Williams. Anton Neumann 1510-24 1/2 St. has a wife in child bed. One child dead lying in vault at Union Cemetary. One child 2 1/2 yrs old died Nov. 12 at 6:00 o'clock PM. Says it had they whooping cough.


Carol Schill 1078 Maiden Lane wants to see the day officer.

Bill Freeman 1144-30th cpmplains of a man living on 24th and Fond du Lac exposing himself to his 12 yr. old daughter this morning. Ella Raasch 1138-30th says he exposed himself to her some time ago.

Stolzenfeld brought me a warrant for John Fraundorf for indecent exposure of person. Complaintant- B.H. Freeman. Witnesses, Ella Raasch, Laura Freeman and Mrs. Augusta Kaiser. Arrested Fraundorf at his home 1111-29th St.

Hole in side walk, lot east of 1808 Wright St. Dead dog, 2201 Center, Reported per Telephone.

Fraundorf fined $25.00 and costs by Justice Neilin.

Arrested Chas. Braasch. Charge - Grand Larceny on complaint of
Geo. Meyers, 808 Teutonia,

Braach continued one week. Got warrant for Adolph Scholz, Mike Sebold and Chas. Knoch.

Arrested Adolph Scholz at his home, 1003 Galena at 7:20 AM. Thanksgiving day, No Court.

Adolph Scholz fined $10.00 and costs by Justice Nielin. Complaint by Pauline Haas. Geo. Dworak, Louis Jolass and Augusta Dresen witnesses. Knoch and Sebold still a large.


W.H. Groeling complains of C.N. Shaw (who was can washing for him) collecting and embeseling $8.00 in cash. I told G. to go to the station and report it.

Mike Sebold gave himself up at the west side station last night. Took him to court today. Case continued till tomorrow. Subpoenaed John Ketchman for defense. Prosecution supoenaed Chas. Dres as witness.

Court suspended sentence on Sebold on payment of $10.15 costs. Knock still at large.

Case of Chas. Braasch, grand larceny, continued till tomorrow.

Braasch pleaded guilty and Judge Wallber requested me to subpoena his mother for 2 PM today.

12-17-1894 Dead horse, 1208 18th St. Dead dog, 1160-22nd.

Albert Plato, 1529 Teutonia complains of some body stealing 12 chickens(11hens and 1 rooster), 4 white hens, white rooster, and 7 of different colors. Chickens heads were torn off.

Sylvester Wabershefsky, contractor, 891 Grant complains of someone stealing about 800 bricks from 17th and Chambers where he is putting up a building for Schlitz Brewing Co. Bricks were taken sometime between Sat. night and Monday morning.

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