William Bramwell Sizer Diaries
February 1899

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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4 deg. SW wind. Snow flurry. Cloudy. Warmer looks like snow.

4 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Ground Hog Day. ( Candlemass). Indication of cold wave. Drill day:- Got check as I came back from drill. Got it cashed at Winkels.

8 deg. Northerly wind. Snow flurries. Cloudy. 4:45 PM. Rev. J.J. Hartley, Jackson Mich. came to see me by appointment at 21st & Center. Went to Meiers Drug Store, had a good visit and he took Fond du Lac Car downtown at 6 PM.

-2 deg. NW wind. Fair. Trauner. 30th & Center taken to Insane Asylum. Met P.P. Kelley at 3:30 PM, 27th & Center. He was working on Casper case- Till tapping.

-4 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold frosty air. 2:30 PM Henry Wieber committed suicide by shooting himself in the eye with a revolver this morn.

Zero deg. Westerly wind. Fair. John Maechtle came from Minn. Got us out of bed at 10:30 last night.. Met Wd. Supt. at 8:30 AM. Told him to have ice removed from walk at 20th & Hoplins. Cold all day. Rode my wheel over after dinner. Dead dog, 1256-21st. Dead cat, NE cor. 23rd & Clark.(on lot).

-10deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold & dry. Dust flies so one can hardly see at times.

-16 deg. NW wind. Clear. High wind & very dusty. Stolzenfeld came out this morning. Henry Wieber to be buried today. -9 deg. all day. cloudy and frost. PM. -12 at 7 PM. High NW wind.

-24 deg. High NW wind. Fair. Grew steadily colder all night. Had to build fire in laundry. -12 below at noon. Colder toward eve.

-24 deg. Westerly wind. Fair. Not quite so windy but cold. Ranson & Wilde sick. -6 deg. all day.

-14 deg. NW wind. Fair. Shedler arrested Edw. Samp'1508-241/2 St. Booked disorderly. Insane. Indications of breakin. Temperature therm. rising. Zero weather at noon. Rode wheel to dinner.

-20 deg. NW wind. Fair. Very severe weather.

-6 deg. Westerly wind. Fair. Warmer. Frosty on lake, fog horn bloeing. Ressel sick. Temperature rising. 18 above at 2 PM. Rode wheel this noon.

8 deg. Southerly wind. Snow fluries. Cloudy. St. Valentines Day. Raw wind, chilly.

30 deg. Westerly Wind. Cloudy. About 1 inch of snow fell yesterday. Thawing out today. A.J.B. (our Abe) came back from City Hall (tax office) this Morn. Fire at 1041 Humboldt Ave., 3:15 AM. Drug Store. 2nd Alarm.

28 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Very pleasant. Drill day:- Met Sergt Schneider at 9:30, 12st & Center. Thawing. Letter for Ald. Winkel.

0 Deg. SW wind. Clear. Cloudy and commenced raining at 6:30 AM. Clearing up at 7:30 AM. Dead dog, 1018-21st St. PM. threatening weather. Shower at 4:45.

32 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cool & Pleasant. Met Chas. Schroeder at 3:30 PM.

30 deg. SW wind. Cloudy. Dead horse, 1902 Hadley. Dead horse at 24th & Auer Ave. Rep'd per tel. L. Heidner from Parkston S. Dak. came to see us at 7PM. Went to Church and will stay all night.

40 deg. SW wind. Fair. Subpeonaed by Deputy Sheriff to be in Jdge Johnson's court at 10:00 AM in Sherrer forclosure case of 943-16th St. Port 'washington Chair Factory & half the town burned last night. Co's 4 & 10 from here were sent out. Got back from court at dinner time. Case settled out of court.

32 deg. Threatening. SW wind. Partly cloudy, looks like rain. Rauser came out this morn. Mike Hackett, the fireman injured at Port Washington died at 2:30 this morn. Riesens Barn and shop burned at 3 PM.

32 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Snow. Snowed about 1/2 in. in the night. Commenced snowing again at 8:45, let up soon after. New bldgs. at:- 21st bet. Center & Hadley; 24 1/2 & Clark; & 26th & Hadley.

20 deg. Northerly wind. Cloudy. Snow flurries. Growing rapidly colder. Drill day:- 2nd quarterly conf. Kingsley last night. Officer H. A. Bruhns very sick with Pneumonia. Minnie sick this morn. Sore throat.

8 deg. Westerly wind. Fair. Cold this morn. H. A. Bruhns died last night at 6 o'c of Pneumonia, aged 37 yrs. Leaves wife & 8 children. Subscribed to floral design for Bruhns.

32 deg. SE wind. Cloudy. Snow flurries. High wind. Dust blowing in clouds. PM About 1 in. of snow fell during PM & Eve.

40 Deg. High southerly wind. Cloudy. Rain and snow during the night. Growing colder toward Evening. NW wind. Freesing wind blowing a gale.

6 deg. High NW wind. Fair. Cold Bruhns will be buried at 2 PM. Pall bearers, Bock, Reuter, Dettman, Tyre, G. Schultz & Burmeister. Miller takes 21st wd. I take 20th wd. this PM. Met Otto Dollert & John Schultz, his brother inlaw at the cemetary.

30 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Snow. Commenced snowing at 7 AM. Officer Hammer arrested Ernst Mai, Drunk. Sudden death:- Mrs. Justina Seitz, 1209-30th St/, wife of Geo. Seitz, 27 yrs. old, dies at 11 AM. Has laid in fits and cramps for 3 days. Seitz called Dr. Boerner at 10:30 & when he returned his wife was dead. Dr. B. notified the coroner. Leaves one child 5 yrs. old.

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