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.
Zero. NW wind. Fair. Wheel. Cold & frosty. Less than half inch of snow. Good wheeling. Rode bicycle every day since Christmas. Zero weather all day yesterday. Watch night services at Kingsley. Got home 12:30 AM. Ada is still in the country. Half an hour extra for dinner today. 11 to 12:30. Edw. & Ada came home this PM. These observations, i.e. weather records are taken generally in the morn. Especially Temps. Dead dog, 1242-21st St. Dead Cat, 21st & Hadley. Dead Turkey, rear, of 1161-21st. Reprt in morn.
10 deg. High NW wind. Fair. Wheel. Moderating, dry & dusty. 8:40 reported at Wright & Fond du Lac. Took car for City Hall. Paid taxes. Ours $48.66 of which $24.30 was for sewer. Helen's $45.18. Got back to beat at 9:50 o'c.
10 deg. Westerly wind. fair, wheel. Moderating towsrd noon. St. car ordinance passed last night & this morn. some of our men rode free. Quite warm toward eve. Wind changed to S. SE. Dry & dusty. Pinter prefers charges against Capt. Moschgau.
24 deg. Southerly wind. Partly cloudy. Wheel. Looks like snow or rain. Pinter tells Hahn that either Moschgau & I must go or he must go. The wd. isn't large enough for all three of us. Dry & dustry.
28 deg. SW wind. Partly cloudy. Wheel. Looks like rain or snow. Clearing towards noon. Warm all day. Dry & dusty.
26 deg. SW wind. Fair. Wheel. Smoky & foggy this morn. Very dry & dusty since Dec. 24th. Clouding up PM. & wind changed to South.
42 deg. wind. air. Wheel. Cloudy & rainy during the night. Cooler today. Walter's birthday. 16 yrs. old. Eng. Co. 22 ran to 844 - 29th at 11:00 o'c. AM. & to 12th & Lee at 1 PM.
24 deg. SW wind. Fair. Wheel. White frost. Fog horn blowing. Met Sergt Schneider at 9:35 AM on 21st near Burleigh. Mrs, Leudolph complains that the husband drew his pension and hasn't been home since. Has a child sock with Pneumonia. I tel. to Frellson. 5:45 PM- John Dickert, 25th & Hopkins complains about his father abusing him and his mother. Went out there, found old man in bed & quiet when I talked to him.
32 deg. Southerly wind. Cloudy. Wheel. Shower at 6 :45 AM. Wind changing to SE. Rain shower after noon. Ma's birthday. 66 yrs old.
32 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Car. Colder, looks like snow. Growing colder.
32 deg. No wind. Cloudy. Car. Looks like snow. Wind sprang up from NW at 9 AM. Mail in box at 21 st & Center at 2:40 PM for Ald. Winkel.
26 deg. Northerly wind. Coudy. Car. A few flakes of snow falling. Wheel this afternoon. Rep't of holdup on Kilbourn & Tamarack. Mrs. Bertha Lauterbach, 1441-21 complains that E. Koeller, Ins. Agt. for Prud. Ins. Co. came to her house Jan. 10th & demanded admittance. Pounded on door & frightened her and made her sick. She is "en scienke" & has been for 4 1/2 mo. Prud. Ins. Co., 307 Germ. Bldg.
30 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Car. Snowed about 1 1/inches early this morn. Clouds breaking at 9 AM. Fire at 7 AM, 2217 Kilbourn. Went to Sta. at 1:45. Got mail for Ald. Winkel. Snowing again this Eve. Wind changed to SW.
32 deg. NW wind. Partly cloudy. One inch of snow last night. Thawing away today.
36 deg. East wind. Cloudy. Rain & snow. 7:45 AM. Stolzenfeld & I found a drunk at "Kreuz" Church. Fond du Lac & Brown. S. took case Turned out to be Ernst Radtke (Mathilda deck me Tau) Snowed and thawed all day. 2 inches of snow at night fall.
32 deg. Northerly wind. Cloudy. Looks like more snow. Walks very slippery.
1-17-1890 32 deg. E. wind. Cloudy. Rain commenced at 7 AM. Went home and got Rain coat, black helmet & Rubber boots. Tax bills for C. Krause, 29th & Burleigh. Stopped raining awhile at noon. Commenced again toward Eve. Koch & Ostreicher of Eng. 22 reduced to rank of pipeman. Koch goes to repair shop. A Big Mick by the name of Sullivan takes the Eng.
36 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Rained all night. Growing colder. Jakes Birthday- 41 yrs. Rain forenoon. Rubber boots, Black Helmet & rain coat all day.
32 deg. Variable wind. Cloudy. Cool this morn. Clearing & warmer toward noon. Bo't Pr. Rubbers at Zillmers. Dead dog, 2650 Fon du Lac.
26 deg. NW wind. Fair. Colder. Froze quite hard. Warmer at noon. Schwane drunk again.
26 deg. SW wind. Fair. Pleasant. White frost. Quiet all day.
32 deg. SW wind. Fair. Very pleasant & Spring like. Waissow appointed Station Keeper. Braun goes out nights. Met Whitehead going to Banz's 1088-24th St. looking after a case of incest.
36 deg. Northerly wind. Cloudy. Growing colder. Clouding up at 8:30 AM. Freezing toward Eve. Met Sergt at 27th & Fond du Lac at 3:30 PM.
34 deg. SE wind. Cloudy. Foggy & damp. Clearing towards noon. Complaint- Mrs. Buchweitz vs. Mrs. Kurth, 24th & Locust. Mrs. B. admits she had no cause for complaint.
8 deg. NW wind. Fair. Turned cold in the night. Growing colder very fast.
2 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold. Officer Burmeister Dismissed.
8 deg. Raw southerly wind. Partly cloudy. Car. Looks like snow. Roads very rough.
-6 deg. NW wind. Fair. Growing rapidly colder. Called to 947-23rd. Family trouble. Father & son quarreling. Caught a runaway team at 4 PM. Belonging to Milkman, Timan. They were running west on Wright St. I caught up with them at 24th St.
- 4 deg. SW wind. Fair. -4 deg. all night. Prospects of warming up to-day. PM- Snow flurries from 2:30 to 4 o'c. High SW wind. Uncle C. F. Taylor came this PM to stay all night.
8 deg. High NW wind. Fair. Growing colder. &:30 AM- John Werner, 537-10th St. while walking on St. at 30th & Wright threw up his right arm and got it out of joint at the shoulder. Stolzenfeld & I took him to Dr. Boermer office. Chloroformed him & after replacing his arm sent him home with the patrol wagon. Zero all day. Uncle Frank went away this PM.
-12 deg. High NW wind. Fair. Cold. 5 PM- fire broke put in the barn of Aug. Kurth, 1166-27th St. Total loss. 3 goats & one sheep nurned. $150.00 damage. insured. Stolzenfeld was with me there. I saw smoke from 22nd & Center. Tel. alarm from Eng. 22.