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.
65 deg. Cloudy. Warm. Rain at 8 to 10AM. Ernst Adelberg, 556-2nd Ave. . 2328 Center St. pd. personal tax, $2.60. Turned same over to Lieut JK at 2:15 PM at W, Side Sta. when I went down to get my check. Winkel cashed my check.
70 deg. NE wind. Fair. Warm all night. Cooler this morn. Wind changed to SE. Cooler. Ostendorfs moved today.
70 deg. Southerly wind. Cloudy. Rain 3:30 to 7:30 AM. Rode down on car. Walked all day.
70 deg. NW wind. Fair. Warm. Cool breeze. Sun very hot. Notice from Bldg. Inspector to John A/ Janson, 939-22nd St. in regard to Bldgs. on Barth Pl.
70 deg. Northerly wind. Cloudy. Warm all night. Cooler this morn. PM wind changed to E. Cool. L. W. Boyce Rept. to be in St. Paul.
60 deg. NE wind. Fair. Cool. George Maechtle, wife and 3 children came at 9 o'clock AM. Walter went with them to the West Side Church. They drove in Melius carriage. Dead cat, 1082-27th St.
60 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cool.
65 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Warmer. Clerks Office complaint for Kunde, 1117 Clarkes Pl. Grafin comp.
8-9-1889 70 deg. SW wind. Fair. Warm. Thunder storm went south this morn. PM Hot. 5 yrs. since Arthur died.
75 deg. SE wind. Fair. Hot. Very sultry. Fog this morn. PM Thunder storms at 3:30. Lasted till 5:30. House at 851-25th set on fire from lightning. Eng. 22 called out.
At home water crowded post out of N. side of House causing ground to settle and leaving a hole. Engel coming to look at it.
70 deg. Cloudy. Warm. 8 AM. Thunder storm & wind from NW. Not much rain. All over at 9 AM. Cooler. Engel working at house. Rain 3:30 to 5:45 PM.
60 deg. Northewest wind. Fair. Cool breeze. Took car down this morn. Got Clerks Office complaint:- Leuflebein, 1244-23rd vs. Oelke, 1242-23rd St. Complains that
Emma Oelke stole canned meat out of cellar. Not sufficient evidence. PM- went to Clerks office and told Clerk I had no doubt about guilt of Oeklke but could not find additional evidence. Mrs. Sutter being the only witness was to far away.Arrested Geo. Tappendorf at Potratz's saloon, 1160-20th St. 2 D's. He and Dan Schramm went there to make trouble. Threw stones though the window.
60 deg. NE wind. Fair. Cool. Tappendorf got bail.
55 deg. NE wind. Fair. Cool. Went to court in Tappendorf case, 2 D's. T. had case continued till tomorrow. We subpeonaed Potratz & wife & Chas. Schmidt. Got back to beat at 10:10.
70 deg. Easterly wind. Fair. Warmer. Case vs. Tappendorf, 2 D's. Atty. Runkel defended him. Sentence susp. Got back at 11:15. Took my wheel to the office of the Puncture Proof Tire Co. & got a new tire in place of my rear tire which was badly worn. Lieut. Kranich brought me a Warr. for E. Bauer, B. Lutfring, Comp. Met him at 21st & Center. Walter went to Port. Left here on his wheel at 2:40 PM. Met me at 21st & Center at 2:47.
70 deg. Easterly wind. Fair. Warmer. Found Bauer at home at 8:45 PM last night. Read warr to him and told him to be in court this morn. at 9 0'c., which he promised to do. Met Sergt. at 10:15, 21st & Center. Left him at 10:40, Wright & Fon du Lac. Bauer pd. costs.
70 deg. SE wind. Fair. Warm. Edwin Young came to dinner. Told stories of Copper River country while we ate. Was very interesting. Is on his way from Port to Chicago on wheel.
75 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Warmer. Went out with Stolzenfeld, Dopke & Reese bicycling to West Park & back last night. New bl;dg., 23rd & Clark. New bldg., 27th N. of Center.
70 deg. SW wind. Fair. Hot. 90 in the shade at noon. 10:45 AM. Irish Picnic, Schlitz Park. Orders to go there after dinner. PM. Went to Irish Picnic with Koge & Boerner. Staid till night men came. Everett & Nettie came on the 6:40 train to stay over Sunday.
8-20-1898 80 deg. Hot all night. East wind. Wind changed to NE at 5:30AM. & turned colder. PM. Wind changed to SW Hot again.
60 deg. High West wind. Fair. Cool. High west wind all night. Stolzenfeld rode his wheel to the sta.- first time this morn. Got a card from Ma from Barton. Aunt Em. died last night. Buried this PM. Letter from J.L. answrd. it at once.
70 deg. NEwind. Fair. Warm. Aug. Michaels 1245-29th left money with C. Dressel for me to get his dog license. Mrs. Dettman 1518-24 1/2 complains of her daughter Rosa. Met Sergt S. at 21st & Center, 10:50. Everett & Nellie went home this morn.
70 deg. SW wind. Fair. Warm. PM clouding up- thunder. 3:30 PM. Fire at Uhrigs Coal Yard. 3rd alarm.
75 deg. NW wind. Fair. Warm. Dopke & I were called to 1918 Fond du Lac. A dog ran in the house and would not go out. We tried to get him out but he wouldn't go. I shot him & threw him out. PM-wind changed to E. Cooler. Fire on 27th. Started 11 AM. at no. 1877.
60 deg. E. Wind. Fair. Cool. Stolzenfeld goes to Bd. of PW office as witness for F. Schomann.
65 deg. S. wind. Fair. Warmer. Met Sergt Schneider, 21st & Center, 10 AM. Staid with me till 10:30 AM.
70 deg. SE wind. Fair. Warm. Warr. for And. Berliner, Louisa Rossmann, Comp. Went to his house at 944-23rd. Got him out of bed and walked him to the Sta. Chg. disorderly. Subp. witnesses, H. Radue and two children & Chas. Stover. Dead dog,944-24th St.
75 deg. Easterly wind. Fair. Hot with cool breeze. Buffalo Bills W.W. Show at Cold spring Park. Boermer and I sta. there. Went to court with And. Berliner. Found guilty. $1.00 & cost. $8.98. Got book at W. Side Sta at 11:30 AM. Show after dinner. Went to supper at 5:40. Got home at 10 PM.
75 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Hot. Met Sergt. S., 21st & Center 10:15 AM.
75 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Hot. Cool breeze toward eve. F. Schoman, 19th Wd. Foreman discharged because he is a Rep. Stolzenfeld did not report at usual place at 3:30 PM.
75 deg. SW wind. Fair. Sultry. PM- wind changed to NE. 5 PM quite cool & cloudy.