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.
50 deg. E. Wind. Fair. Cool & very dry & dusty. B. Ball again this PM at 3:15. W. Gueume ( Abe), Milw. wins from K.C. 11 to 1. Two little boys lost on Center St. Took them home 846-31. Found Della Musey at 22's. Took her home to 889-22nd. Checks at noon. Winkel cashed check.
60 deg. W. Wind. Partly cloudy. Shower at 6:30 AM. Very pleasant. Looks like more rain. Go to Secy's office to pay int. at 8:45. Mike Schaffner, 1202-23rd missing since 11 AM. Went to school, 22nd & Center, didn't come home. 5 yrs. old, blue cap. blue jacket, corduroy pants. B.B. KC vs Mil. KC wins 9 to 5.
28 deg. NW wind. Fair. Fair. Cold. Heavy frost. Warming some towards noon. B. Ball 3:15. Mil vs KC. Mil wins 11 to 10. Went home after game. Went to Expo at 7:15. Mil. Music Soc. Concert.
28 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold. Shower last night. Got home from Expo at 11:50 PM.
28 deg. SW wind. Fair. Wheel. Cold. Heavy frost. Warming up at 9 AM. Cars didn't come so I rode wheel to Sta. Went to Bleisner, got a spoke put in. Went home changed my pants. Had bad luck, stooped over & tore may pants so I couldn'twear them. Wm. Mellis 1618 Hopkins St. applies for saloon license.
40 deg. NW wind. Fair. Growing colder toward noon. Koge & I were sent to Schlitz Park after dinner. Stationed at 8th & Walnut all PM. Labor Picnic.
40 deg. NE wind. Partly cloudy. Chilly. Light shower at noon and again in eve.
60 deg. Variable wind. Cloudy. Car. Warmer. Showers this morn. Rain all PM. Warr. A&B for John Weber 1212-27th St. Told his wife to have hime come down down to W. Side Sta. at 7 o'c. tomorrow morn.
50 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cool. Met Weber at Sta. Served Warr. & went to subp. witnesses. Comp. Robt. Mai 2512 Hadley. Witnesses Chas Teich & his wife & Mrs. Luedtke. Weber fined $1.00 and cost. Total-7.32. Got back to beat at 11 o'c.
5-10-1900 45 deg. NW wind. Partly cloudy. Cold. 1:30 PM.- Mrs. Amelia Weiss 1026-26th St., 42 yrs. old. Married, two sons, 23 & 17 yrs of age, committed suicide by turning on gas jets & closing doors. Left note saying she was tired of living. Was found by her son when he came home to dinner. Coroner notified.
Met Det. Peck with Rob Haas 1119-21st under arrest. Haas stole suits of clothes from Adler Co. Went to Hausers & also to 27th & Wright. Got 9 suits. Hauser came to see me this eve.
60 deg. Westerly wind. Fair. Warmer. Went to Sauerbergs, found two suits bo't of R. Hass. Also to H. Zastrow, found one suit bo't about 3 mo's. ago. for $8.00.
65 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Warm. PM- Very warm. Went to Stellers & got Walters watch fixed.
65 deg. High SW wind. Warm, Fair. Very hot all day.
75 deg. SW wind. Fair. Hot. Very warm all night. Slept with windows wide open last two nights. Hot all day. About 90 in shade.
70 deg. W. wind. Fair. Shower early this morn. Cooler. Very pleasant. Turned suddenly cold a 1:20 PM. Wind changing to N. NE. Rain at 3 PM.
60 deg. Northerly wind. Cloudy. Wet. Rain during the night. Pleasant all day.
42 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Rainy. Cold all day. Wore gloves all PM. Orders to wear Blouses & Grey Helmets June 1st.
August Graebner, 1308-29th St. was killed last night at 6 o'c. by train at Keefe Ave. Was trying to jump off Freight- fell under cars. Killed instantly. Went up to see body this morn.
Robt. Hartman, 1083-25th, 31 yrs old. Smooth face, light hair, 5 ft-11. 200 #, brown soft hat- brown coat, blue vest, black shirt,drew his money at Nat'l Distillery Tues & has not been home since. Family destitute.
42 deg. NE wind. Rainy. Rain & cold. Furnace fire feels good.
40 deg. High NE wind. Chilly, some warmer at noon.
55 deg. NE wind. Fair. Very pleasant. Warmer. Ordered to be at B B Park at 2 0'c. Ind. vs. Mil. Ind. won 11 to 8. Got back to beat at 5:15.
50 deg. Northerly wind. Fair. Pleasant. Quiet all day.
55 deg. W. wind. Fair. Warmer. Went to Reilleys, ordered vest & pants. Got White Helmet from Kautkes. 15 min late at 9:45 AM on that account.
60 deg. Southerly wind. Partly cloudy. Warm, looks like rain.
50 deg. NE wind. Partly cloudy. Warm. Ascension day. Orders from Mayor to report manure boxes not removed. 1:45 PM- Warr, for Mina Huelsen 2427 Bismark A&B. Florentine Bgkowski, Comp.
60 deg. SW wind. Fair. Warm. Went to 2427 Bismark, serv'd warr on Mina Huelse. Went to court. Case cont. till Monday on motion of defense. Got back to beat at 10:10 AM
65 deg. SE wind. Fair. Warm. Got up at 4:30 & commenced painting the kitchen. 2:15 PM- Found two boys at Neuberts, 27th St. & took them home to 25th & Lloyd St. Shower at 3:30. Warm wind, west.
70 deg. West wind. Fair. Very warm. Thunder shower & hail at 5 PM. Very warm all day.
50 deg. NE wind. Partly cloudy. Car. Cool. Thunder showers with hail during the night. Eclipse of the sun this morn. Went to court in the Huelse case. Case dismissed by the Court with the admonition to go home & behave themselves. Got back from court in time for dinner. Base Ball at 3:30 PM. Mil vs Minn. Minn wins 5 to 3. Cold & chilly.
50 deg. SE wind. Partly cloudy. Cool & damp. Foggy early this morn. Clearing & warmer at 9 AM.
65 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Warm. Decoration Day. Wind changed to E. Minnie, Walter & Ada went to Brookfield on their wheels this morn. Got back about 3:30.
60 deg. NE wind. Fair. Some cooler. Wind changed to NE in the night.