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.
60 deg. SE wind. Cloudy. Damp, light rain at 8 AM. Blouses & white helmets. Report of Police Relief Assn. read. Total Resource $61.900.00. Membership 244. About $257 per member. Checks at 4 PM. Light shower south of Meinecke Ave. No rain North of that st.
50 deg. High NW wind. Fair. Cool. Change came in the night,quite suddenly. Paid Relief Ass'n dues this morn. Sergt. S. not at Sta. this morn. Wilde took the men out.
60 deg. NE wind. Fair. Cool. Went to Tabor Church this Eve. Heard C.W.Willis on famine in India.
58 deg. NE wind. Fair. Cool. Warming up toward noon.
65 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Warm. Taxes- Anna Freitag. 475- 6th Ave. 8th Wd. 94 cts. Minnie Ada & I went out on our wheels to Merrill Park, 34th & Wells & rounded up at Notbohms at 9 o'c.
70 deg. Southerly wins. Cloudy. Car. Rain, partial clearing at 10 AM.
gentle warm shower from 5 AM to 9:30 AM. Warm. Wedding at 943-21st St. Martha Schirpich getting married.
70 deg. Southerly wind. Partly cloudy. Warm, sultry. Thunder this morn.
60 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cooler. Bicycle trip to Wauwatosa this Eve. via. Vliet St. Ret. on North Ave. Minnie, Walter, Ada & myself.
60 deg. NE wind. Fair. Cool. PM warming up some.
70 deg. W. wind. Cloudy. Rain at 6 AM. Heavy shower 7:30 to 9 AM. Stolzenfeld goes on vacation. I take his beat with mine. Shower at noon, clearing at 4 PM. Very fair & bright. Cool in Eve.
50 deg. NE wind. Fair. Cool. Warming up toward noon. Brott Bros. application for license to hold show at 24th & North Ave. Went to Sta. at 11 AM to get their App. Returned it OK at 1:45 PM.
50 deg. Easterly wind. Fair. Cool. Peterson on Trial for conduct unbecoming an Officer.
55 deg. SE wind. Cloudy. Looks like rain. Rain from 9 AM till 1 PM, then clearing & warmer. Wind changing to westerly. Saw Rev. Chapin about Center St. & 23rd for Mission. Brott Bros. Show, 24th & North Ave. No. 47.
60 deg. High Northerly Wind. Fair. Very pleasant. Saloon books this morn. Met Sergt. S. at 27th & Fond du Lac. Took Stolzenfelds book to his house so he could make it out himself. Mail at 1:45 PM/ Comp. of Jennie Kelber vs. Louise Rossmann, 23rd & Wright Sts.
60 deg. Northerly wind. Fair. Cool. 6 AM called to 3118 Brown St. Found two boys sleeping in Raines manure box. Sent them to Sta. Charge-disorderly. Their names are John Kenny & James Condon. Claim to live in Chicago. Back from court at 9:50 AM. Boys got $5.00 each or 15 days.
60 deg. Easterly wind. Fair. Cool. Went to Reilleys after my vest & pants.
Had to wait there a half hour. Missed 9:45 report on that acct. At 11 AM met Geo. Leupold, 460 Wash. St. Went with him to 1078-24th St. Got bicycle.
60 deg. E. wind. Partly cloudy. Sta. on wheel. Growing warmer. Just 10 yrs in the Police Dept.
50 deg. NE wind. Fair. Car. Quite cool. Went to Sec's Office and made payment on mortgage of $200.00. Edw. lent us $150.00 on note at 5%. 1 PM- Went to Br. Boerner. Got prescription for Bronchitis. %:30 PM. Met Joe Johnson with the Ambulance taking Robt. Schochow home from the Emergency Hospital. S. lives at 1165-22nd. Went with him & helped carry S. in & put him to bed. S. broke his collar bone a few days ago.
60 deg. E. wind. Fair. Car. Warmer. 1:45 PM went to Sta. Got Warr. for F. Weisenberg. 1134-22nd St. Chrg.- Disorderly. H. Heuer, 1138 - 22nd, Comp. Arrested him and missed 3:45 rep't on account of taking him to the Sta.
65 deg. SE wind. Fair. Warmer. Pharmacists applications. Notbohm's moving to 1195-12th. Stolzenfeld comes out this PM. Court with Weisenberg. Margaret Beck, 12523-24 complains that a certain woman went through her house & stole a dollar out of her pocketbook. Weisenberg case con. till 22nd.
65 deg. SW wind. Partly cloudy. Warmer. Looks like rain. Sprinkling at 8:30 AM. Went to Frazers last night. Got home at 12 M. Rain at 3:30 PM.
65 deg. Northerly wind. Cloudy. Car. Rainy & colder. Court with Weisenberg. Found guilty, paid costs-$7.32. Got back to beat at 11 o'c.
60 deg. High NE wind. Fair. Car. Warming up some. Minnie & Ada went to Menomonee Falls on their wheels. 19th Wd. School Picnic- West Park. Minnie and ada got home at 7 PM. I met them at 32nd & Fond du Lac. They had a good time.
75 deg. NW wind. Fair. Very warm. Very quiet all day. Got Warr. for Robt. Birnbach 947-23rd. Found mistake in the name and couldn't serve the Warr. The mans name is Geo. Birnbach. Mrs. Besch, his landlady swore out the Warr. on charge of disorderly.
70 deg. SE wind. Fair. Warm. Orders to rept. at 10th & Grand Ave. tomorrow morning at 8 o'c. Warr. at 2:45 PM for Hy, alias, Chas or Jess Becker. Arrested him at 6 PM at his home, 1027-22nd St. Charge- Disorderly. Warr. by J. Giencke. Attended fire at Walnut & Fond du Lac Ave. in Butcher Muellers Shop.
75 deg. SE wind. Fair. Hot. First day of Carnival. Stationed at 11th & G'd Ave. Dinner from 11 to 12M. Supper from 5 to 6 PM. A team belonging to Steinman Lbr. Co. ran away from 11th & Cedar. Ran in on one of the pillars at 11th & Gd. Ave. Knocked the pillar down. Horses injured some. Time 5:45 PM. Teamsters name, Alb. Mundt. Went to Sta at 6:30 PM. Ret'd Warr. for Robt. Birnbach stating that after diligent search I could not find within named def. Got excused from duty to attend Walter's graduation exercises at 19th Dist. School.
70 deg. NW wind. Partly cloudy. Some cooler. Back to 11th & Gd. at 8 AM. Dinner at 11. Floral parade at 4 PM. Supper at 6. Promenade at Court of Honor all eve. Got home at 11:30 PM.
70 deg. W. wind. Fair. Warm. Rept'd at 11th & the Ave. at 11:36. Fire run at 2:30 PM. Automobile parade, 3:30 PM. Electric pageant at 8 PM. Got home at 11:30 PM.
60 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cool. Rept'd at 11th & Gd. Ave. at 8:30 AM. Minnie & Ada got home at 12:30 AM. They went to see parade & couldn't get a car home. Colder NE wind at 6 PM.
50 deg. SE wind. Cold. Fair. Got home last night at 12 o'c. Rept'd from beat at 12:50 PM. Got orders to call at PIcnic, 32nd & Fond du Lac. Checks at 2:40. Got mine cashed at Winkels. Grass caught fire on 28th bet. Hadley & Locust. Eng. 22 put it out at 3:40 PM.