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.
40 deg. High Nw wind. Cloudy. Car. Cooler, clearing PM. No heavy frost so far this season. Drill day: Check at 1 PM. Sergt. Heineman in Sta. Got excused from Marching & went to Secy's office. Pd. Interest $9.40. Went to Reilleys & ordered a dress coat. On my way back went to Zillmers, pd. $5.00 on acct. On way home pd. $5.50 to North Ave. Fuel Co. 7:30 went to Schlitz Park to hear Spooner. Got home at 11:15 PM.
30 deg. SW wind. Fair. Heavy frost. Met Sergt Linden at 27th & Fond du Lac, 9:45 AM.
Southerly wind. Fair. Wheel. Warming up toward noon. Orders to be at 22nd & Grand Ave. at 8 PM. Torch light parade. Pedal on my wheel gave out. Had to walk home tonight. Got back from parade at 12 o'c. midnight. Walter & Minnie got home on car ahead of me. Minnie & Ada went to Port this PM to stay over Sunday to the dedication of the new Ev. Church.
34 deg. SW wind. Fair. Warmer, very pleasant. Quiet all day.
28 deg, W wind. Fair. Cold. Orders to be at Sta. at 6:45 PM. Got instructions on Election Return Blank. I go to 37th & Elm. The first officer to be stationed in the new territory comprising the 8th prec. of the 19th ward.
28 deg. W wind. Partly cloudy. Cold. Put on flannels this morn. Election day. Stationed at 8th Prec't. 19th Wd. 37th & Elm. 160 votes at noon. Rain & Snow in forenoon. Wet all day. Got through counting votes at 11:15 PM. I got home at 12:10 AM. Total vote 306.
24 deg. West wind. Fair. Heavy frost. McKinley Elected. Lafollette & state ticket safe. Zillmer & Co. elected. Paul Grabich, 424-24th threatened to commit suicide at Volkmanns saloon 2029 Center this PM. I talked him out of the notion. Snow squalls all PM.
18 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold all day. Geo. Pinter attempted to fix the Electric light at 27th & Center last night & was electrocuted dying in a few minutes.
24 deg. NW wind. fair. Some warmer. Orders to start wearing caps Sunday Nov. 11th.
32 deg. SW wind. Cloudy. Snow flurry at 6:30 lasting till 8;30. Geo. Pinter buried this morn. Went to foot ball game at 2:45. B.B. Park. SS High vs. E High. S. Siders won 10-to-5. Snowflurries this Eve.
22 deg. Norhterly wind. Fair. Quite cold. Orders to be at B. B. Park this PM. Foot ball game. Went to BB Park at 2:30. Game commenced at 4:00, Apaches vs. Stags. Played till 5:10. So dark we couldn't see the ball. Richard Klug 1006-22nd St. Ran away from his mothere tonight. while they were visiting at 30th & Brown Sts. He is insane.
30 deg. Southerly wind. Partly cloudy. Raw wind. At noon wind changed NW. Clearing and very pleassant out.
22 deg. Northerly wind. Cloudy. Snow flurries & cold. Growing colder all day. Wm. Perethauer 1123-23rd St. reports that someone entered his barn last night & stole one harness, blankets, weight. 3 Turkeys etc.
10 deg. NW wind. Fair. Coldest of the season so far. Clouding up toward eve. Snow at 6 PM.
8 deg. NW wind. Fair. About i inch of snow this morn. Drill day. Sergts change- Schneider gets the north dist.
12 deg. W Wind. Fair. Warmer, looks like snow. At noon a man came to our house & asked for a pair of pants, Minnie told him she had none to give hime. He persisted & I took him to the Box- N. Ave. Depot. He gives the name of Orfo Plankington. Snow at 3 PM & all eve.
34 deg. Southerly wind. cloudy. Soft. Weather damp. Court with Plankington. Fined $10.00 & cost. Pleaded guilty. Got back to beat at 9:45. Peter Pinter complains that Martin Kreiter as aeveral dogs & only 1 license. Report not true. 8:30 PM- Called to 32nd & Lloyd. Found Gottfried Garlach 933-33rd St. drunk. Called wagon from Beckers Grocery.
34 deg. NW wind. Rain. Raining hard at 7:15. Rained all day. Wore helmet & rubber boots.
38 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Raining hard at 6 AM. Court with Gerlach. Pleaded guilty & was fined $1.00 & cost by Justice Zuerner. Back to beat at 10:10 AM. Wore helmet & rubber boots to court. 5:30 PM.- Arrested Joe Schmidt 1059-26th St., 12 yrs. old. Charge disorderly. This morn. he went to Mauske's hous 2515 Hadley & asked Willie Mauske for money. Willie showed himmhis mothers money. $ 90 in all & Joe took $15.00 Willie took $5 & got it changed & gave Joe $2.50 for rifle. Joe went downtown and bought a new rifle & went to N. Mil with Willie Flesch & Pete Lambrecht. Spent all the money but $6.00.
34 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Dark & damp. Rain all PM. Met Mrs. Anna Mauske at the Sta. at 7AM. Talked with Schmidt & then went to Dist Atty office. Dist Atty Paul said we had better prosecute on dis. charge. Case cont. till Thurs,22nd, inorder to have Joes father in court. Subpeonaed Michael Schmidt for Thurs. morn.
32 deg. W. wind. Cloudy. Snow flurries & growing colder very fast. Changed at 5:15 AM. PM- stationary temperature, growing warmer in Eve.
36 deg. Westerly wind. Cloudy. Thawing this morn. Went to court with Joe Schmidt, found guilty. Fined $5.00 & cost. His father allowed him to go to jail for 15 days to learn him a lesson. Drill day. Got back to beat at 4:40 PM.
20 deg. NW wind. Fair. cold. Complaint (Clerks Office) Mrs. Wilz vs Mrs. Schoener, 1170 & 1172- 22nd St.
32 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Looks like snow. Flurries all PM. Orders go to Reilleys to try on overcoat. Went to Reilleys from 8:45 to 9:45 AM. Per tel. at 9:45:- Orders to go to Foot Ball in PM. 1:45 went to Sts. Got letter for Ald. Dettman. Went to foolball game. Got back to beat at 5 PM. Went to Notbohms this evening. Got home at 11:05 PM.
26 deg. Northerly wind. Fair. Cold.
24 deg. W wind. Fair. White frost. 3 PM- I was taken sick with gastritis & for 2 hours I suffered untold misery. Felt better when I got home.
20 deg. W wind. Fair. White frost. Libby & daughter were at our house when I came home to dinner. They did not go out laat night account of getting special rates today. Went to the depot with them this Eve. Took the 8:50 train for St. Paul. Then the N.P. for Spokane.
24 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Raw wind & colder & trying to snow.
34 deg. W wind. Fair. Cold but growing warmer toward noon. Ordered to Foot Ball game at 10:45. Went home, put on extra clothing & rubbers. Got through with the game at 12:30. Got home at 1 PM. Started for beat at 2:10 PM. Quite warm. Thanksgiving day. 1\2 hr. extra for turkey.
28 deg. W wind. Fair. White frost. Growing warmer towards noon. Orders to be at W. Side Turn Hall at 8 PM. Boxing match. Got home at 11:30.