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.
32 deg. N wind becoming variable. Fair. Rising temp. Quite warm at 8 oc. Helmets this morn. Orders to be at Sta. at 6:30 PM. Went to Sta. at 6:30 & got orders & ret. Blank.
34 deg. E wind. Cloudy. Cold chilly wind. Cold all day. Election Day. Stationed at 30th & Lloyd. 354 votes cast in 3rd Precinct-22nd ward. Got home at 11:45. Langholff elected alderman, about 160 majority over Hausmann. Met. Ald. Dettmann from the 20th wd. He gave me $2.00 for old Pumps bought two years ago
32 deg. NE wind. Fair. Cold but pleasant. Warming up toward noon. Gave Mr. Chapin $2.00 Recp'd from Ald.. Dettmann.
32 deg. NE wind. Fair, Warming up early in the forenoon. Drill day. Put on cotton socks this morn. Roads drying up fast. Bicycle this PM, also dress coat.
36 deg. SE wind. Cloudy. Wheel. Rain at 9 AM. Showery all PM. Steady rain in Eve. NE wind. Good Friday.
36 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Car. Rain all forenoon. Eddie went to Port this morn to stay over Sunday.
36 deg. Northerly wind. Quite cool. Cold all day. Easter Sunday. Shot horse for Lutsch 1212-30th St. at 8:30 this AM.
32 deg. NW wind. Fair. Car. Cold. Minnies Birthday. 40 yrs. old. Met. P. Schlaefer, talked about Faith Mission work. He gave $1.00 for the work. C. Dressel back to Eng. 22. Nutty 4 dance at Welters.
32 deg. Easterly wind. Fair. Wheel. cold wind. C. Dressel goes to Eng. 10. Paid A. F. Mack $1.50 for tuning piano.
32 deg. Easterly wind. Fair. Wheel. Cold wind. Cool all day. C. Dressel transfered to Eng. Co. 8. Eddie came back from Port.
32 deg. Easterly wind. Fair. Growing some warmer. 18th Anniversary of our wedding. Drill day. Back to beat at 4:35. Zillmers came up at 10 PM. Staid till 12 midnight.
36 deg. SE wind. cloudy. Wheel. Looks like rain. Orders to go to Expo at 7:30 PM. Made application to Police Relief Assn for loan of $200.00. Went home at 5:45. Went to Expo at 7:30. Heard Pres. McKinley, Marine Band. Got home at 10:30.
38 deg. Easterly wind. Partly cloudy. Wheel. Chilly wind. Commenced reporting walks. Went to Zillmers this Eve. with Walter to get suit.
40 deg. Northerly wind. Fair. Car. Very pleasant. 3:25 PM. Fire broke out in second story of Poetzel's Saloon at 1551 Hopkins St. I went out on wheel. Reported the fire from Mellis Saloon & asked for Ressel. The operator sent Miller & Ressel. Lt. JK came when the fire was out & crowd was nearly gone. Cause of fire unknown. Damage was $100.00 to $150.00. Got back to tel. at 5 o'c.
46 deg. Northerly becoming E wind. Fair. Wheel. Pleasant. Met Sergt Heinemann at 27th & Fond du Lac at 9 o'c. Change day. Schroeder takes the N. dist. at noon. Chased a tramp out of town toward N. Mil. at 4 PM.
36 deg. Easterly wind. Partly cloudy. Wheel. Looks like rain. Got up early, transplanted some currant bushes. Last night at 8 o'c. some one stole stockings & underwear off the line at 2330 Center. Commenced raining at 11:30 AM. Showers all PM till 5:30. Orders per tel. to go to 1306-29th St. Found Albert Meseck sick with Dropsy. Reported his case as fit for Co. Hospital.
34 deg. Northerly Wind. Cloudy Car. Cold. Orders per tel. at 9:45 to meet Supt. Spindler, Supt. of Co. Poor Office at 1306-29th St. Went there & met Dr, Boerner & Supt. Spindler. Made arrangements to take Albert Meseck to Co. Hospital. Met Wm Graffin at Ferdenherdt's. He looks good after his 60 day term. Mail at 1:45 for Aldermen. Ev. Conference at 21st & Cherry commences today.
28 deg. Northerly wind. Fair. Wheel. Snow enough to cover ground at 6 AM. Fell during the night. Drill day. Orders per tel. at 1:45 PM No drill today. Met Schroeder, 24 1/2 & Center. Painters came today to paint our house. Went to Tabor Church with Minnie this evening. Conf. Matill Preached.
28 deg. Northerly wind. Fair. Wheel. Growing warmer toward noon. Wm. Friedrich 1151-22nd St. arrested by Dets. Markey & Moths on charge of Petty larcensy. Mail at 1:45 Schneider in Sta. Met Lieut JK on Center St. 2:25 PM. Orders at 3:45 to notify saloon keepers of a 2 dollar bill.
28 deg. NE wind. White frost. Fair. J.L.'s Birthday. 41 yrs. old. Geo. Maechtle, wife & 3 children came this PM. Ada & I staid home- the rest went to church at the "West side". Painters finished painting the house today. Wm. Schwane threw a stone at Mrs. Benz 1016-21st St. & hurt her. I told her to get a warr.
32 deg. NE wind. Fair. Cold & disagreeable Snow Flurry at 3 PM.
34 deg. E wind. Cloudy. Wheel. Cold. Damp. Rain. John ford arrested by Moths & Markey on charge og "taking indecent liberties with female child undeer 14 yrs. of age. Case cont. till 29th. Bail $1000.00. John Wendorf died at Co. Hospital last night. I notified his son Herman 1648 Hopkins. Geo. & family went home to Port this PM- 5:20 train.
38 deg. NE wind. Fair. Warmer. Got a roast from Lieut JK on acct of wearing old helmet. Minnie & Helen went to West Side Church to hear Conf. appointments read. Got my own dinner. Reported sidewalks on 24th & Center & Fon du Lac Ave.
45 deg. NE wind. Partly cloudy. Warmer. Very pleasant all day.
50 deg. E wind. Fair. Growing warmer. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:30. Orders to be at Expo at 8 PM. Got home from Expo at 11:40 PM. Miller was there with me. St. Vincent Orphan Asylum is holding a fair there. Took off my woolen Jacket today.
45 deg. SE wind. Fair. Very Pleasant. Carl Werner 1021-23rd St. hung himself early this morn.
48 deg. SE wind. Fair. Very pleasant.
60 deg. SW wind. Fair. Wheel. Warm. Thieves stole outside faucets on Crossman's house this morn. at 5 o'c. Nordeen called me & I went around the neighborhood. Founda man in Schneiders Barber shop. whom N. suspected. I questioned him & let hime go. Got late. went to the Sta on wheel. Then went home & got breakfast. Stolzenfeld & Schroeder arrested Arnold Manthai at 29th & North with 6 faucets in his pockets this forenoon.
60 deg. S wind. Fair. Wheel. Warm. 8:45 orders to appear in court at once. Went as a witness in Manthai case. He pleaded not guilty & was bound over to Criminal Court. Schroeder talked with him & he decided to plead guilty as Judge Brazee was engaged in a jury trial we got orders to come down tomorrow morn. at 10 o'c. PM mail at 1:45. Bloomer & sister & Miss Luella came down to supper.
4-30-190 60 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Warm. Very warm all day. Court at 10 o'c. in Mantai case. Court convened at 9 AM on account of other cases to be disposed of & when I got there Manthai had been sentenced to two years House of Correction. Average minuimun temperature for month 38 deg.