William Bramwell Sizer Diaries
September 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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70 deg. Easterly wind. Cloudy. Warmer. Shower last night. with lightning & thunder. PM Wind NE , cooler. Checks at 1:40 o'c. Winkle cashed mine. Letter for Ald Winkel.

75 deg. Westerly wind. Fair. 92 deg. in shade. Very warm. Orders to be at Expo at 7 PM.

60 deg. N. Wind. Fair. Cool. My birthday, 41 yrs, old. Cover off Gas Co's stop box opp. 2515 Fon du Lac, dangerous. P. Kirchens boy got his foot in it and had hard work to get it out.

55 deg. NE wind. Fair. Cool. Labor Day Parade & Picnic at Schlitz Park. Orders to be at S. Park at 10:30 & Dettman & I to be sta. at entrance in PM. 7PM we were relieved by F.Giencke & C. Hanson.

70 deg. W. wind. Fair. Warm. 90 in shade at 12:30. Thunder shower at 5 AM. Hot.

60 deg. NE wind. Fair. Cool. Light shower at 6 AM. Dead cat, 2017-Hadley. Cool all day. E. wind.

70 deg. W. Wind. Fair. Warm. PM Arrested Herman Schwane at his home, 1083-20th St. Charge- Common drunkard at 5:45 PM. Schwane was drunk, has been drunk since Monday. Smashed everything in the house.

60 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Cool. Light rain all night & this morn. Went to court with Schwane. He pleaded guilty & was sent out for 60 days.

50 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Cool all night. Warm toward noon.

55 deg. southerly wind. Cool. Dead dog, 2455 Center. Night soil dumped, 30th & Burleigh. Winkelmanns land.

60 deg. Westerly wind. Fair. Cool. Public Schools open today. 4:30 PM. Kellers house, 939-21st came very near catching fire. Suppose the old man dropped a match while lighting his pipe. Window sill scorched a little.

60 deg. Westerly wind. Fair. Cool. Stolzenfeld went to State Fair this PM. I covered his beat.

44 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cool. Judge Sutherland died at Chicago last night.

40 deg. NW wind. Fair. Very cool, warming up toward noon. PM W. wind changing to SE.

55 deg. southerly wind. Cloudy. Warmer. Looks like rain. Asked permission to go to State Fair in Citizens dress this PM. Perm. granted. PM. Minnie Ada & I went to the fair. Walked to 30th & Wells, took the car there via Catholic Cemetary. Came back via North Ave.

55 deg. SW wind. Fair. Warmer. Hoppe 996-21st comp. of Strauss's dog. PM High wind & very dusty.

65 deg. Northerly wind. Rain. Wheel. Warm all night. Shower towards morn. & rain in forenoon. PM. NW wind & rain all day.

50 deg. NE wind. Rainy. Cool. Rained all night. Cloudy & cool all day.

50 deg. NE wind. Fair. Cool. Appointments of Election Inspectors this morn..

50 deg. Northerly wind. Fair. Cool. Shower last night. Roads quite muddy. PM. Orders at 12:30 to take in Dopke's Beat.

46 deg. SW wind. Fair. Cold. Warming towards noon.

45 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Cool. Showers last night. Looks like rain. 9 AM rain. Rain all day.

40 deg. E. wind. Fair. Cool. Grandpa Wolfenden fell in a fainting spell & now lies at the point of death. Met Lieut. JK at 27th & Fond du Lac, 2:30 PM.

45 deg. Easterly wind. Rain. Thunder storms and rain from the NE. Rained hard till 4 PM. Dress coats today. Wore rubber boots this PM.

45 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cool. Growing colder. PM. Orders at 1:45 to go to the station. Lieut. JK told me to me to take in Lutfrings beat., East 1/2 of 10th wd. for the PM., also cover Rausers beat after 4 PM. & get mail at 6 PM.

36 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold. Very nearly cold enough to freeze. A. Wolfenden Sr. died at his home, 2101 Center St. at 7 PM yesterday of paralysis. Age nearly 81 yrs. PM wind going down, warmer. Rev, Houghton & wife came to dinner today.

32 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold. White frost. Wind changing to South. M.E. Conf. begins at Waukesha today.

38 deg. High NW wind. Cloudy. Cool-growing colder. Stormy. Mrs. Bertha Fleslage, 1202-27th St. 30 yrs old, Insane, was killed by the cars. Lois, Laura & Roolo came on 6:45 train this Eve..

30 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold. Heavy frost. Lois & Laura went to Waukesha om 6:30 car. Eddie took them down. Snow fell today.

28 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold. Report circulated that Shedler was stripped at the Central yesterday.9:30- Met Sergt. S. said he was going to get Shedlers city property. Officer John Kassow murdered with his own club at 20th Ave & Orchard at noon today. Herman Miller, the murderer, was arrested by Markey & Moths at 29th & Grand Ave.

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