William Bramwell Sizer Diaries
May 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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MAY 1899

60 deg. High SW wind. Fair. Warm. No more drill until further notice. Miller goes on vac.

45 deg. E. wind. Fair. Pleasant, cool. 6:40 AM fire broke out in 2 story frame dwelling, 927-22nd, owned by Adam Freis, occupied by Ed.Bornemann as grocery & saloon. Cause unknown. Freis lives below Grand Ave. viaduct. Fire started bet. partition & a small refrig erator. Loss $50.00. Got down to the Sta. at 7:25 aft. the men had gone out. PM. Heavy thundershower. Rain nearly all PM. Wind NE. Clander & men came up signed off claims. (waive right of lien) & I paid them for excavating.

38 deg. SE wind. Foggy. Cloudy & cool. Clearing toward noon. Went downtown to see Pautke about my helmet & to Reilleys. 15 min. late at 9:45. PM. Clearing, warmer, E wind. Dallman commenced laying footing. Ed. Player works for Hirschsteiner, 810 Winnebago. Shower PM with thunder at 6:45.

50 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cool & pleasant. PM. warm wind changed to SE. Dallman commenced brick work this AM. Beck puts in conductter pipes. Sent plans, detasils & specifications down to Stuerewald. Went to Sta. at 2:45 PM. Got letter for Ald. Winkel.

5-5-1899 48 deg. Variable wind. Fair. WArming up toward noon. Met Lt. Kranich, 26th & Center at 3:10 PM. Went south on 27th St. He told me I could get the money. Masons had to stop work on account of not being able to get bricks.

50 deg. SE wind. Fair. Warm. Clerks Office Comp. Nancy Quehl, 1071-21st complains of boys stoning her boys. Reported to clerks office there was a good case for disorderly conduct. Bertl. 1181-21st threatened to shoot himself this morn. Went up and talked to him & advised his wife to stick close together & get along as best they could, which they promised to do. Too much "Schwieger Mutter". Dead dog, 1160-21st St.

40 deg. Easterly wind. Partly cloudy. Rode to Fond du Lac & 27th and then to Sta. Marquardt changed to night duty. Nic. Bermel gets his beat. Henry Weber goes down on cor. 3rd & Chestnut. W.J. Kulliman, Registrars Office. 1:15 PM J. Woelky, 35th & Burleigh called me. Said two men fought near his place & one got his leg broke. I called the wagon & went out there. Found Gruber, 1827 Walnut St. with his left leg broken just above the ankle. Said Louis Altman did it. Wagon took Gruber home. 5:15 PM. Arrested Frank Voetsch or Fish at 20th & Hopkins, drunk with a bottle in his pocket.

45 deg. Northerly wind. Fair. Cool. Went to court with Frank Voertsch alias Fish. Found guilty. $5.00 & cost.

50 deg. Northerly wind. Fair. Warming up towards noon. (Bohemian) John Marck got the snakes & was locked up on charge of of Disorderly by Geo. Boerner. Taken to Co. Hospital.

60 deg. Southerly wind. Partly cloudy. Looks like rain. $1.00 City order for election expenses. Shower from 9 o'c till 12M. Warm after the rain. Bo't shaving ticket at Jungmanns.

65 deg. High SW wind. Fair. Warm summer heat at 1:30 PM. Went to Bow's, 36th & State to see their new house this eve.

65 deg. High SW wind. Fair. Warm. Steuerwald commenced laying joists this PM. Thuder storm at 9 PM, lasted about 1/2 hr.

40 deg. High NW wind. Fair. Cold

40 deg. Easterly wind. Fair. Cold. Oscar Sholz arrested by Shedler, at 3:45 AM. Charge:- Dis. Supposed to be the party that smashed Pinters window at 3:30 AM.

38 deg. East wind. Cloudy. Cold & disagreeable. Dead Cat, 2513 Center. Light shower at noon. Sick headache.

50 deg. SE wind. Rainy. Thunder. Commenced raining at 6:30 AM. Rode down on car, paid fare for the first time when in uniform. Sent abstract to Secy's office to have
Mortgage made out for loan of $500.00. Dead cat, 2513 Center Dead rabbit & chicken. 2639 Fond du Lac. Rept'd to Harry Kiehl. Clearing towards noon. Cold NE wind.

45 deg. Southerly wind. cloudy. Some warmer this morn. Foggy. PM Clearing, wind changed to NW, warmer. Oscar Sholz found guilty of breaking Pinters window. Sent out for 60 days in default of $20.00 & cost.

50 deg. W. wind. Fair. Cool this morn. Sent Mortgage & Note to Sec'y.
gave Lieut. JK order for money & asked him to bring up check. Some body drove nail thjrough my puncture proof tire. Took it to Wilters & Mueller.

45 deg. N. wind. Fair. Cool. Bo't a new puncture proof tire of Wilters & Mueller. Lieut. Kranich brought my check for $500.00 from P.M.R. Assn. Mrs. Lina M. Hallowes, 47-7th St. Fond du Lac, Wisc. came and staid with us last night. This PM she went home.

45 deg. NE wind. Fair. Wheel. Cold. Books for Miscellaneous Licenses this morn.

40 deg. E wind. Fair. Wheel. Cold wind. Penticost. Minnie & the children went to Notbohms this PM. Chas Duerr had two deaf mutes arrested for assaulting him ay his home, 1163-20th. Meier telephoned for the wagon.

40 deg. Easterly wind. Fair. Some warmer. "Whitmonday"

45 deg. E. wind. Fair. Wheel. Warmer:- Cantata tonight. Dead dog, on 20th near Auer Ave. 2 new bldgs on 21st near Keefe Ave. 1 new bldg.on 26th near Hopkins. "Schweitzer Fritz" is digging hole for porch piers.

55 deg. SE wind. Fair. Wheel. Warmer. Stolzenfeld came at 6 AM.
went with him to 35th & North, Staegers with warr. for P. Kimmier. No arrest. Got check from Jake for Helen for $300.00. Went to Wis. Nat. Bank. Got H. Bell to endorse my check from P.R. Ass'n for $500.00. Got money, went to Second Wd. Bank, got Settgast to endorse check from JFM. Pd. Steuerwald $300.00 Chas. Buetow, 2315 Center St. Express No. 12.

60 deg. SW wind. Fair. Much warmer. Dead dog, 1120-22nd.

60 deg. Southerly wind. Cloudy. Wheel. Light showers this morn, Mr. & Mrs.
ramaker from 18th St. called last Eve. Dead horse, Fond du Lac& 32nd. Paid Wm. Dallmann $200.00 this forenoon at 11 o'c. at Jungmanns Barber Shop, 25th & Center.

60 deg. Easterly wind. Cloudy. Th8under showers this morn. Rode down on car. Got wet through on way up from Sta. Got up at 4:30 & worked on sidewalk around the house. PM clearing & warm. 5:30 PM Cold wave from NE.

50 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Car. Foggy, rain all night. Showery till noon. Clearing in the PM. Warm.

60 deg. High SW wind. Fair. Warm. Met Sergt. Schneider at 2:30 PM.

60 deg. SW wind. Fair. Wheel. Warm. Stolzenfeld on Vac. I take his beat today. Shedler arr. J Miles, suspect had lead pipe at 1 PM. Took it from 2504 Hadley. Lives at 2506 Hadley, was arr. at Tamarack & Fond du Lac, Scholls house. Says S. gave him pipe. S. says no. Arrested Adolph Rolaff, 2302 Brown St. Milk warr. H. Kiehl, comp. Have another warr. for Wolter. Traveled nearly all day on wheel. Pd. Steuerwald $400.00. Went to Ramakers after a pleasant spin on our wheels. Decoration day.

65 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Wheel. Warm. Thunder shower at 4 AM. Court with Rolaff. He paid cost of $3.66. John Miles, 2506 Hadley pleaded not guilty to charge of vagarency. Had his case continued till June 2nd. Continue in Stolzenfelds beat. Mrs. Wolter came to Sta. Deposited bail, $25.00. Mrs. Wolfenden Sr. died suddenly this forenoon.

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