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.
-14 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold. Water closet froze some. Thawed it out on 5 min. No snow, very dusty.
-2 deg. NW wind. Fair. Slowly rising Temp. Ground Hog day. Sun shines.
20 deg. SW wind. Cloudy. Snow flurries. PM- Rising temperatures. Snow toward eve. Snowed about an inch.
20 deg. Northerly Wind. Growing colder. Clearing toward noon. Fine all PM.
16 deg. Southerly wind. Cloudy. Raw wind. Commenced snowing at 3 PM. Snowed until 10 PM. Wind SW. Rev. Sprowls of Tomahawk Wis. came at 10 PM to stay the night with us. J. Oestreicher, Eng. 22 goes to repair shop. Robt. Scott takes his place.
10 deg. Westerly wind. Fair. Very pleasant this morn. 3 inches of snow. Thawed some. Wind changing to Southerly.
36 deg. Southerly wind. Foggy. Thawing, looks like rain. Aug. Gruett applies for Saloon License at 978-24 1/2,
40 deg. Variable wind. Cloudy. Rain all night. Growing colder at 8 AM. PM- Snow all PM. High NW wind. growing very cold. Sprowels and Miss Rutherford spent the evening with us.
-3 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold.
16 deg. Southerly wind. Cloudy. Looks like snow. Ex
amination for Roundsmen at 1 PM. Went to Reilleys. Ordered a pr. of lite pants. Then to Sec'ys office. Make pay't of $100.00 on mortgage. Missed 8:45 Rept. Got back to beat at 9:30 AM.
30 deg. Southerly wind. Partly cloudy. Warmer. Fred Albicker ( Silver King) 1093-20 St. died at 11 o'c. last night. His wife called me and asked me to notify the Fuller & Warren people, I telephoned to Gregg. 4:45 PM Carl Timm, 40th & Burleigh, Milkman, was stabbed in the left cheek by Al. Zebolski at Horns Saloon, 1415 Fond du Lac Ave. at 3:15 PM. I was sent to investigate. Not dangerous. Dr. Ballard attending. Did not go to church. Zebolski lives 718-31st.
36 deg. Southerly wind. Partly cloudy. Looks like rain. 5:15 PM commenced snowing. Wind NE.
4 deg. High NW wind. Fair. Growing colder. About 1 inch of snow fell, drifting badly. 9:45 AM went to City Hall. Met C. Timm, went to Clerks Office. Got warr. for Alb. Zebolski (alias) on charge of A&B. 1:45 PM. went to Sta. Got letter for Aug. Equitz & warr. for Z. Albicker buried this PM.
3 deg. Westerly wind. Cloudy. Snow flurries this AM. Wind changed to NE. Light snow today. Mrs. Schmitt & Mrs. Dietrich came up to inquire if I heard anything from Schmitt this eve.
-6 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold, frosty. About 1 inch of snow yesterday. Saw notice in Sentinel of the death of J.F. Lutfring. Died Feb. 13th. Walter and Ada sick. W. has tonsilitis, Ada has measles. Sent Dr. Boerner over & he telephoned Pres. to Meier for Walter. C.A. Lapp went home this morn.
10 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold & frosty but very pleasant. Warming up toward noon. Sent copy of the Sentinel to Clara this morn with J.W.L.'s death notice in it. Met Lieut. JK at 27th & Fond du Lac at 3:40 PM
Zero. NW wind. Fair. Cold. Warming up toward noon.
10 deg. NW wind. Fair. Warmer. B. Lutfring returned from his fathers funeral. Dopke & Stolzenfeld arrested Emil Zebolski at 718-31st St. this morn. for A&B on V Timm at 1412 Fond du Lac last Sunday.
11 deg. NW wind. Partly cloudy. Looks like snow. Dead dog, 927-22nd.
28 deg. SE wind. Looks like snow.
26 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Snow. Heavy North East Storm all day & continuing until 9 PM. 2:45 PM went to Sta. for mail. Cars off time. Walked most of the way.
24 deg. Northerly wind. Fair. Snow Badly drifted. Got up at 5 AM. Shoveled snow till 6 o'c. 6:45 PM While on the way home I attended a fire at 817-28th in a barn belonging to Carl Koerner. Cause unknown. Loss trifling. Harrington of Eng. 22 put the fire out with pails before Dept. arrived.
20 deg. W. wind. Cloudy. Looks like snow. 1 PM- mail for Winkel. Commenced snowing. 7PM stopped snowing.
2-24-1890 -8 deg. High NW wind. Fair. Apparently growing colder. Light snow drifting badly. 2 PM -4 deg. 8PM 8 below.
-5 dedg. High NW wind. Fair. Piercing wind. Rising Temp. No cars- had to walk to Sta.
8 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold with promise of rising temps.
-3 deg. Variable winds. Fair. Rising Temp, becoming cloudy.
20 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Snow. About 2 in. fell. Stolzenfeld & Jaunke held back this morn. on acct. of going to Schmidt's, 21st & North Ave.