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.
26 deg, NW wind. Cloudy. Looks like snow. PM- Went to Sta. at 12:30. Got check. Went to Reilleys & got my pants & had them inspected. Went to Sec'y & pad. $100.00 on 2nd mortgage with int. amt'g to $3.60. Went to W. Side Sta. Got Warr. for Julius Levin 1519-24 1/2 St. Comp. Ammanda Kallies, 1517-24th. Comp. Arrested Levin at his home at 5 PM. Sent him down from 17th & Chambers. Subpeonaed witnesses. Case ready for trial.
22 deg. NW wind. Fair. Very pleasant. Went to court with Levin. Fined $5.00 & cost. Total-$9.16. Got back to beat at 9:50. 1:45 PM- Went to Sta. Got mail for Winkel & Warr. for Julius Levin. Albert Kallies, Comp. Chge- Threatning to kill. Watched for him all PM but did not come home. Left Warr. in Box at 21st & Center for night officer.
18 deg. W. Wind. Fair. Very pleasant. 12:30 PM- Orders to bring Warr. for Levin to Sta. as he had given himself up. Went there, read warr. to hime & "returned it". Subpeonaed witnesses & have case ready for court. Ada went to Notbohms.
22 deg. High NE wind. Cloudy. Snowing heavily. Rubber boots. Blowing from NE all day. Levin was taken to Co. Jail. Saloon application of Aug. Gruett came up again. Returned it with the remark that I had reported on same on 7th of Feb.
14 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Got up at 5 AM & shoveled snow. Went to court with Levin. Comp. wanted to settle so case was dismissed without cost. Got back to beat at 10:30 AM. 7 PM. Heavy storm of sleet from NE.
20 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Growing colder. 1st. registration day. 5:45 PM- Arrested Ernst Radtke, Wright & Fond du Lac. Common drunkard.
4 deg. Westerly wind. Fair. Cold, growing warmer toward noon. Went to court with Radtke. Found guilty. Sent out for 90 days. Got back to beat at 9:56 AM.
22 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Very pleasant. PM- Thawing very fast. Met Sergt. Schneider at 21st & Center at 2:30 PM.
40 deg. Rained from 10 AM till noon. Orders to be at West Side Turn Hall at 7:45 PM. PM very fine & fair with bright sunshine. Turned cold at 4:45 PM
28 deg. W. Wind. Cloudy. Colder. Got home at 11:10 PM. State St. Car. Dem. Caucus, 17th & Center this PM.
28 deg. E. wind. Cloudy. Damp, turning cold toward evening. Democratic Blow out at Krause's Hall, 21st & Center. Mayor Rose and all the candidates were there.
20 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Cold. Thawed considerable PM. Met Sergt. S. at 21st & Center, 2:30 PM.
24 deg. High NW wind. Fair. Cold.
18 deg. Northerly wind. Fair. Cold. Froze hard. Snow flurried during night.
Snow flurry at 1 PM. Ada's birthday- 12 yrs. old. Ernst Mai Hung himself at the Central Sta. this PM. Ada had a party. All the little girls from the neighborhood came in.
3 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold. New bldg. NE cor. 23rd & Chambers.
4 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold. Rep. caucus- 22nd & Locust from 12 noon till 8 PM. I am to stay there until relieved ny night officer. Tax bills this morn. Went to dinner at 10:40 AM. Reported at Caucus booth at 22nd & Locust. Staid there till 7:30 when I was relieved by John Giencke. Zero weather all day. West wind, frost flying.
-2 deg. Fair. Cold. Mrs. Buchweitz - a raving maniac this morn - is topping at Pergande's, 1114-24th St. Baumgaertner Delegates & Dettman & Schilling nominated for Aldermen of the 20th Wd. St. Patricks day in the morning. Martin Kreiter tax, 20th wd. $2.49. L. Weissinger 1099-23 Tax-$1.14.
22 deg. SW wind. Fair. 8 AM- Mussfeldt, living on Fond du Lac Rd. Rept'd to S & myself that a man was at his place in an unconcious condition. S. tel. Central. They notified Sherriff. 4 PM- Dr. Boerner Bro't the man to Greunewalds & called the Patrol Wagon & had him taken to the Emergency Hospital.
22 deg. NW wind. Fair. Froze quite hard. Orders to go to W. Side Turn Hall. Rep. Conventions. Judicial this morn. at 9:30. Cith Conv. at 1:30. Miller covers 20th wd. Conventionn closed at 5 PM. Told to go home by Sergt. Schneider. Snow flurry this PM. City ticket nominated- Mayor, H.J. Baumgaertner; Treas. W. H. Stevens; Comptroller, A. T. Renning.
14 deg. High NW wind. Fair. Colder, cold all day. Spring begins.
10 deg. W. Wind. Fair. Quite cold. Fire at F&W Stove Wks last night. New bldg., 24 1/2 & Hopkins.
30 deg. High W. wind. Fair. Warmer. Terrible pain in my back. PM- went to Dr. Boerner to get prescription. Thawing very fast. Gustav Muehlenberg, 404-13th. 2nd ward, $1.27.
32 deg. SW wind. Fair. Very pleasant. Didn't go to work this morn. Too much pain. Sent word to Stolzenfeld to Rept. me sick. Stolzenfeld called in the forenoon.
32 deg. East wind. Fair. Home sick. Minnie & Ada went to Port on 1:50 train. Grandmother sick. Helen came up in the eve. Brought her satchel & a bundle.
30 deg NE wind. Cloudy. Chilly. Snow flurries. 4PM- Heavy snow storm from
32 deg. Northerly wind. Fair. 3 inches of snow. Pleasant. Minnie and Ada came on 10:20 train. Helen came at 11:30. PM- Went to Cappons. Had talk with her on church affairs.
24 deg. Northerly wind. Fair. Pleasant-warming up. Reported for duty this morn. Met Sergt. at 24th & Wright. Last day for registering. Met Walter at 27th & North at 6 PM. Went to Bleisner Bros. Bicycle Shop to get W's Bicycle fixed up.
30 deg. NW wind. Fair. Chilly and unpleasant. Wendlaut, 3016 Cauker Place reports that Roy Stolz exposed his person to his daughter. I told him to get a warrant for him. Mrs. Niemann came up this Eve. Talked about the lot we want to buy on 32nd & Elm Sts. She asked $750.00. I offered $700.00. She came down $25.00 & let the matter rest there until some other day.
30 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Chilly. Wm. Schwertfeger, 1164-23rd. Paid Tax. $1.14. Snow flurry at noon, lasted until 2 PM. H. Schwane, 1083-20th on a drunk again. Making trouble for his family. Calling me names. Snow this eve. about 1/2 in. fell.
32 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Chilly. 1/2 in. snow, hard walking. Turned my tax money over to Lieut. Kranich. Amt. $6.54. Dispatch at 11:30 AM from Jake saying his mother was dead. Minnie got a letter from Helen with particulars. Eddie went out on 1:50 train.
22 deg. Northerly wind. Fair. Very pleasant. Minnie & Ada went to Port on 7 AM train, Lake Shore RR. Left home before 6 AM to get flowers from Valoni's. Miss Bloomer called this eve. Letter from Sprowls.