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.
65 deg. Southerly wind. Partly cloudy. Some warmer. Light shower in the night. Geo. Pinter arrested last night. 2-D's by Seehawer. Went to Sherman St. Church with Ada this Eve. Office of Roundsman done away with. All R'd'sm. advanced to Serg'ts.
70 deg. Southerly wind. Partly cloudy. Warm & damp. Shower this morn. Aug. Gruett 975-24 1/2 St. quit saloon. Rain 1 PM & 6:30 PM. J. L. came last night at 8 o'c. from Chicago.
75 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Warm. PM Very hot. 90 in shade. J.L. went to Port this morn on 7 o'c. train. PM- John Blaick, 55 yrs. old, lives at 2nd & Concordia, a teamster, Married, works at Froemming Bros. Contractors & Graders was over come by heat at noon at 20th & Hadley at 1:40 PM. I called the West Side Patrol and had him taken home.
75 deg. SW wind. Fair. Warmer. 9 o'c. Hot. 90 in shade. Orders to go to Zingers Park to Picnic & stay there. Staid till Seehawer came at 7:40. Then went home J.L. went home this morn. Got left on the 6:20 train. Took 9:40 train.
80 deg. SW wind. Fair. Hot. PM- 90 in shade. Shower at 6:45 PM. Very pleasant all eve.
80 deg. W. wind. Fair. Cool wind. Hot PM 90 in shade at 1:45 PM. Warr. for Geo. Birnbach 947-23rd St. Augusta Besch, Comp. Thunder storm at 6:20. Lasted till nearly 8 o'c.
65 deg. SW wind. Cloudy. Heavy rain during the night & all morn. Went to Birnbachs house. Arrested him & went to Sta. Missed 8:45 rept. Hugo Pinter & Ahmert's kid was arrested by Seehawer on Warr. Sentence susp. Minnie & Helen went to Port on 9:55 train this morn.
60 deg. NW wind. cloudy. Cool. Clearing & some warmer towards Eve.
55 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cool. Warming toward noon. Court with Birnbach. Case cont. till JUly 16th. Back to beat at 10:30 AM. Minnie, Helen & Ada came home this noon from Port where they had been over Sunday. Helen went to Oconomowoc on 5 PM train. Wrote to Sprowls.
65 deg. Variable wind. Some warmer. Shower at 6 AM. Lasted till 8:30. PM- Cleared up and wind changed to west..
60 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cool. Wind changed to E. Orders to be at 22nd & Grand Ave. at 2PM. Bicycle races. 2 PM Ata. 22nd & Gd. Ave. Got back to beat at 4:00.
55 deg. W. Wind. Fair. Cool. Warm towards noon. 1:45 PM. Mail for E.B. 1121-22nd.
65 deg. Cloudy. Warmer, looks like rain. Notice this morn. of Exam for Sergt. July 21st-10 AM. 8:40 AM- Walter started for the country a wheel. Got as far as RR track beyond N. Mil. when the steering head broke. He went to the N. Mil. Sta. & came home on the train.
70 deg. W. wind. Fair. Warm. Fresh wind. Orders to be at the Expo at 7:45 PM. Bicycle races. Got home at 11:30 PM.
80 deg. W. wind. Fair. Wheel. Hot. Brisk wind. Rode wheel to Sta. this morn. Orders per tel. at 9:45 to go to Circus, 23rd & Vliet. Staid there all day. Hot. Light shower at 5PM. 90 in shade. Wilde was with me at circus in PM.
75 deg. W. wind. Cloudy. Light shower at 5 AM. Went to Sts. Got bail money. Went back to circus. 8:30 Went to court with Birnbach. Found guilty. Paid costs-$7.90. Got back to Sts. at 11:40. Went home to dinner & then to Circus. Rained hard nearly all PM. Went to supper at 7 PM. Went back at 8 PM. Ordered home by Lt. JK. Sudden change in wind to NE at 8:30 AM. Cold & chilly.
70 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Cool. Letter for Jos. Kern 1246-28th St. Kern jhas moved away & is supposed to live at 716 Winnebago St.
60 deg. Northerly wind. Fair. Cool. Warmer towards noon. Wind changed to SE. Emmaus Picnic at North Park.
60 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Cool. Met Sergt. Schneider, 9:45, 27th & Fond du Lac Ave.
60 deg. E. wind. Cloudy. Car. Rainy. Handed letter to Lieut. JK addressed to Chief applying for exam for position of Sergt. 1:45 PM- Warr. for Herman Riemer 1263-22nd. He was not at home. His father went after him. Charge- A&B Comp. Franz Vollmer 1274-22nd St.
50 deg. SE wind. Fair. Cool. Growing warmer toward noon. Court with Riemer. Found guilty. Paid cost-$7.40. Atty Koenitze defended R. Got back to beat at 10:20. Got a roasting from Lieut JK for allowing Riemer to go to Station alone. 2 PM. Went to City Hall. Took Sergt. Exam. Got back to beat at 3:40.
Fire at Bidtel Chemical Works, 30th & North Ave. at 6:25 PM on the way home. I stopped there to help Stolzenfeld. At 7:45 I arrested Fred Tates at N. A. RR crossing on chg. of drunk.
65 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Warm. Wind changed to E. at 10 AM. Sent from Sta. to Commerce St. with 6 others to prevent St. Paul RR Co. from laying tracks for the purpose of keeping C&NW RR out. Stationed at Schroeders Lunber Yard N. of Walnut St. Went to dinner at 12:20. Got back at 1:40 PM.
65 deg. SW wind. Fair. Warm. Court with Fred Tates or Teets. Found guilty. Fined $5.oo & cost. Went up for 15 days. Got back to beat at 9:40 AM. Got my new shoes from Lippold- $4.00.
75 deg. Variable wind. Cloudy. Sultry. Rain all morn. Went to Tac Commisioners office. Met the Board of Review in regard to assesment on Helen's house. Missed 9:45 Rept. on that acct. Whirligig- Foerster & Wobst, SW cor. 23rd & Center. App. OK.
70 deg. E. wind. Fair. Warm. Cool toward Eve. PM- shot horse for Doege 936-23rd St. Carl Heller, 24th & Hadley, garbage collector Drunk. Did not unload his garbage. Reported him to Health office. Minnie & I went to Zillmers tonight.
60 deg. NE wind. Fair. Cool. 11:15. Called to Kreiters. Man there wanted to sell Bicylce cheap. Pritzlaff Banner No. 140791. Tel. to Sta. No call for such wheel. Let the man go. Went to dinner 15 min. late. Got back on time. Went wheeling with M. this Eve. to West Park & from there to 24th & Wells.
60 deg. E. wind. Fair. Cool. Michael Miller applies for saloon license at 978-24th St. Walter & Ada came home this morn. PM- Ada went with me to Meiers drug store to get medicine for her face.
70 deg. SW wind. Fair. Warm. 8 yrs to the day since I came up here on day duty. Then the 10th now the 20th wd. Mich Miller applies for saloon license at 978 24 1/2 St. OK'd the app; but shall investigate further. Forster & Wobst Pd. License for "Great Ocean Wave" Carrousol at 23rd & Center from July 26 to Aug. 2nd.
70 deg. W wind. Fair. Warm. Orders to go to Bricklayers Picnic at Shlitz Park this PM. Staid at Schlitz Park with Dettman until the night men came.
50 deg. SW changing to NW wind. Warm, turning cooler at 10 AM. 1 PM- Found Rheinhold Wagner at 21st & Center looking for his father who cooks. Then took him to 30th & Wright. His father had gone home. I took him home to 700 4th St. He is 7 yrs. old & had been wandering around since 11 AM.