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.
68 deg.Southerly wind. Fair. Very warm this morn. Showers this PM. Checks ast `1:45. Sergts Heinemann & Linden went on day duty this morn. for two weeks.
65 deg. HIgh SW wind. Fair. Cool Breeze. Sunshine warm. Sergts Heinemann & Linden in the sta. this morn. Met Linden at 23rd & Center at 11 AM. First S,S, at Hall, 20th & Chambers. 201 present. Rain at 6:45 PM with thunder & lightning. Got wet going home.
58 deg. W wind. Fair. Cool. My birthday- 42 yrs. old. Orders to be at 3rd & State at 9 AM. Labor day parade, Staid at 3rd & State till the parade from the South Side passed & then went to 8th & Walnut, staid there till 1:45 PM. Then went to dinner. Got back to 8th & Walnut at 3:05 PM. Staid till relieved by Night Officers.
54 deg. SW wind. Fair. Very cool in the night & early this morn. but growing very warmer toward noon. Wind changed to E Orders to take in Millers beat this PM.
60 deg. southerly wind. Fair. Growing warmer. Meirer gave me $5.00 for Faith Mission No. 2. Attended Tent Meeting at 12th & Center this Eve.
70 deg. Westerly wind. Growing colder toward 9 AM. Fair. !! am wind changed to NE. Quite cold & cloudy.
55 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Cool. 1:20 PM- Arrested Wm. Betine for till tappinmg at C. Ledebuhr;s Butcher shop. When detected by Minie Springer he commenced looking on the floor as though he had lost something. When Ledebuhr came in he ran out and threw away the money as he ran. We found $4.75 & then sent him down & notified his mother. L. & I went to the Clerks Office & got Warr. for Larceny of $ 7.00. Went to Faith Miss. No. 2. Worked with J. Cappon till 11:15 making benches.
56 deg. SE wind. Fair. Foggy. PM, warmer & clearing. Went to court with Bentine. Sent back to Reform School. Orders to be at Expo at 7:30 PM. Back from court - 10:45. Went to Expo at 7:30 o'c. Got home at 11:30.
65 deg. Vairable wind. Fair. Warmer. 201 present at Miss.Faith No. 2 today. Same No. as last week.
60 deg. SW wind. Fair. PM- 90 deg in shade. Pleasant. Growing warmer. Ordered to beat. State Fair tomorrow at 8AM. & Rept to Sergt. Schneider. Boerner goes there too.
65 deg. High SW wind. Fair. Warmer. Went to State Fair with Sergt. Schneider & Boerner. 10 men there including Sergt. Had dinner at Baptist Dining Hall. Commenced raining about 1 o'c. Rained all PM. Came home at 5 o'c. High wind all evening.
50 deg. Westerly wind. Fair. Cool & Bright sunshine. Started for the fair at 8 0'c. Ret. 6 PM. Jake came on evening train.
50 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Cold. Put on underware this morn. Went to the fair - Jake, Walter, Ada & Louise Ostendorf. I stood at the Race track all day. Got home at 8 PM via Jahr Market. Jake went home on 5:20 train, North Ave. Depot.
60 deg. South East wind. Fair. Warmer. Started for fair at 8:10 AM. On race track all PM. Started for home at 5 PM.
70 deg. SE wind. Fair. Warm. Light rain at 6 AM. Clearing at 7:30. Back on beat this morn. Orders to be at 11th & Lloyd at 12 noon. Caucus Booth. Staid at caucus till 8 PM. Got home at 8:45 PM.
46 deg. High NW wind. Cloudy. Cold. Orders to be at S.S. Sta. at 1:30 PM with Wilde & Boerner. 9:45 AM orders per tel. not to go to S.S.Sta.- too cold. Warr. for Emil PLischke. 1151-21st St. - selling impure milk. Notified him to meet me at the station at 7 AM tomorrow.
36 deg. High NW wind. Fair. Cold. Court with Plischke. He met me at W. side Sta. Took car to court. Found guilty. Fined $25.00 & cost. Didn't have money enough. I went for for $2.60. Lent him 5 cts. for car fare to go home for the balance of the money. Orders to wear dress coats and black helmets on Sept.-18. Went to Reilleys, Got my coats. Pd. $3.00 down. Got back to beat at 11:10 AM.
34 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold. Orders to be at West Side Turn Hall at 1:45 PM. Rep. Co. convention. Reptd to Sergt. Schroeder at 1:50- W. S. Turn Hall. Staid at Hall till convention was overat 7:30 PM. Rained when we went home. Worked at Bicycles att eve.
50 deg. SE wind. Cloudy. Rain all day. Miller goes on Vac. I cover his beat. Mail at 2:30. Election appointments. Letter from Brookline Mass. asking for information in regard to Brunn's children, 1507-23rd St.
60 deg. SW wind. Fair. Warmer. Coll toward Eve. Millers beat today. Shower at 6 PM.
46 deg. Westerly wind. 46 deg. Fair. Cool. Sta. for mail - 1:45. Letter for Ald. Schilling. My bicycle exploded in Meiers Drug Store this PM. Lina & Walter came in today. Will stay a few days.
60 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Warmer. cloudy roward Eve. Dem. Caucus., 17th & Center. Minnie, Lina & Walter went to Union Cemetary this PM.
60 deg. W wind. Fair. Guequirrie takes Miller beat today. I served Election appointments all over the ward this morn.
56 deg. E. wind. Rain. Cool. E wind, commenced raining at 7:45. Rained all PM. Clearing in eve. Ressel takes Millers Beat.
70 deg. SW wind. Fair. Warm. Very warm all day. Met Segt Schneider at 2:35 PM, 27th & Fond du Lac. Lina came back from Mukwanago this noon. Went to the Expo with Ada & Walter (Anton).
70 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Warm all night, turning cooler at 8 AM. Wm. Huellscher, 170 Chambers St. had a bag of rags stolen from his wagon in alley rear of Emmaus Church, 23rd & Hadley. I found rags in yard at 1143-22nd & took them to 1139-22nd.
40 deg. Northerly wind. Fair. Cold. Cool all day. Lina & Walter ( Anton) went home this PM on 1:50 train.
40 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Cold this morn. Increasing cloudiness. Commenced rain at 4 PM. Carl Schroeder, 34th & Burleigh arrested by Seehawer for drunk. Notified his wife who said she was sorry he was not dead. Met Sergt Schneider at 4 PM.
45 deg. Northerly wind. Fair, Cool. Checks at 1:45 PM . Orders to be at Base Ball Park at 2:30 PM. B.B. game Ivanhoe comm vs. Wis Lodge (Free Masons) Fake Game. Got back to beat at 5:15 PM.
40 deg. Souitherly wind. Fair. Warming up toward noon.