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.
10 deg. NW wind. Fair. Architect Roth to see me last night bout plans for Helens house.
22 deg. Easterly wind. Cloudy. Damp Drill day:-H. F. Becker, Chicago confesses to having killed his wife. F.A. Miller & Wilde sent to Plankington House to keep order while 4th Reg. Soldiers dined.
32 deg. N. Easterly wind. Cloudy. Growing colder. John Menze, architest, came up last night & I gave him the job of making plans for Helens house. for $30.00. Suspicious:- A man, 45 yrs. old, 170 lbs, 6 ft., dark comp., gray mustache, carries cane, walks lame, drives a single horse two seated canopy top surrey, Boy 17 driving. goes around contacting Lutheran Ministers, tries to sell Dry goods. Said he stopped at the Rep. House. Called on Rev. Rubel 1108-23rd. R. went to Rep. House & they said no such person had been there. Card- J. Jacobs, Importer of German Linens. 211 Montgomery, San Francisco, Cal.
26 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Cold chilly wind. Dead dog at Eng. 22, Center bet. 26 & 27.
20 deg. Northerly wind. Cold chilly wind. Quiet all day.
Zero deg. NW wind. Clear. Very cold. Bd. of Stewards of Kingsley Church met at our house. Transacted business & ate ice cream until !! PM.
Zero deg. NW wind. Clear. Cold. Went to Clerks office 8:45 to 9:45 on account of complaint of Mrs,. Louis Olsen complaining about her husband, Investigated & find woman has most fault.
18 deg. Southerly wind. Cloudy. Threatening weather. Damp chilly wind.
24 deg. SW wind. Fair. Warmer. Comp. from Cerks office, Tillie Kisch vs. Geo. Kirsch 1280-27th. Mrs. Chas. Jeske, 1096-21st left her husband, moved to 1242-21st to live with her parents. Drill day:- Jos. Schweitzer, 1160-23rd complains about his girls staying out nights.
34 deg. E eind. Cloudy. Trying hard to rain. Only sleet at intervals this morn. 8:30. Lentz, 1053-25th comp. of Pigeons being stolen.
40 deg. SW wind. Cloudy. Warmer this morn. Light shower at noon.
28 deg. Westerly wind. Cloudy. Rain last night. Snow this morn, colder. Snow flurries all day. NW wind PM. Cooler. At 7PM ewhen I got home I found Wm. Reinhardt & wife, 1247 Columbus St. there with Wm. Reinhardt & wife from Reeseville. They staid the eve. I didn't go to church.
14 deg. Westerly wind. Fair. Cold this morn. Tax bills. I got 9. Wind changed to East. Chilly.
28 deg. East wind. Cloudy. Ada's birthday. 11 yrs old. I bought her a pencil box and ordered her a bicycle. to be delivered at 1 PM. A '98 of Wilters & Mueller for $ 18.00.
34 deg. Northerly wind. Cloudy. Rain & snow. A.F. Becker confesses he killed his wife with hatchet. PM Much colder, W. wind.
28 deg. NE wind. Partly cloudy. Snow flurry this morn. Drill day:- Snow flurries all day.
32 deg. East wind. Cloudy, St. Patricks day in the morn. Sidewalks vey slippery. Menge was up last night. PM snow. NE wind.
28 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Snow. About 6 in. of snow fell yesterday PM & Eve. PM clearing and colder. Snow flurries through the forenoon.
14 deg. NW wind. Clear. Cold. Warming up toward noon. Served notices on Inspectors & Clerks of Election.
7 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold wind.
24 deg. East Wind. Cloudy. 3 in. of snow fell during the night. Ostendorf came over last night and talked over plans for House.
32 deg. Northerly wind. Cloudy. Somewhat colder this morn. Met Chas. Hautze. Sub. $2.00 for Epworth Church repairs. Met Lindow 1:45 PM sent him to Hautzes house, 1241-11th to trade property.
8 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold. Ostendorf came in, talked over plans on hose & partly agreed on rent. Drill day:- Stolzenfeld reported sick. Ressel takes his beat.
10 deg. Southerly wind. Partly cloudy. Warmer toward noon. Frosty over lake. Fog horn blowing..
34 deg. South Easterly wind. Cloudy. 6 inches of snow fell last night. Thawing this noon. Rauser came out this morn. Colder towards Eve. Freezing again.
32 deg. NW wind. Partly cloudy. Cold this morn. but pleasant. New builg, 24 1/2 & Auer Ave.
32 deg. W. wind. Fair. Cold froze hard. Warming up toward noon. Took in Stolzenfelds beat this PM. Ressel went to a funeral. Thawing very fast all PM.
18 deg. Northerly wind. Cloudy. Minnie & I went to Ostendorf's & saw their new stairs & made a bargain with them to rent Helens house for two yrs at $25 a month,
14 deg. Westerly wind. Fair. Cold & disagresble. Menge was up last night. Gets plans ready for Saturday.
30 deg. NW wind. Partly cloudy. Drill day:- Froze hard last night. 5:45 PM Arrested Oscar Scholz for disorderly. He was hanging around Pinters place and P. charged him with stealing money out of the drawer. In the fight that ensued several windows were broken. I was at the Engine House & was called. Oscar's hands were cut by glass.
16 deg. NW wind. Fair. Good Friday:- Cold. Went to court with Oscar Scholz. Found guilty & fined $5.00 & cost. Got back at 9 :45. 5:50 PM fire broke out in 1 story frame cottage No. 1140-30th St. Owned by John Benz & occupied by Paul Kunsch. $150.00 damage. Cause unknown. 2 large packages of matches were found in clothes closet where fire was started. a 3rd package partly burned. The renters were not at home. Fire discovered by Mrs. Teske. Emil Raasch notified fire Dept.