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.
80 deg. W. wind. Fair. Car. Hot. 98 in shade at noon. Thunder shower in S. at 2 PM. Cooler. Gave Mrs. Voelz, 2107 Center St. 50 cts. I subscribed sometime ago for church fair. Rear tire exploded & had to buy an inner tube. Fixed wheel this Eve. Full moon, very pleasant. Change day. Linden on N. Dist.
74 deg. Northerly wind. Fair. Wheel. Warm. Wind changed to E. Cool breeze after noon.
70 deg. SE wind. Partly cloudy. Thunder storm atr 3 AM. Minnie, Ella & Walter went to Port on 7:30 train. Harry Holden gave me $5.00 for Faith Mission No. 2 to be given in such way that Chapinn would not know it.
72 deg. SE wind. Partly cloudy. Cool wind. Wore new helmet first time today. Light shower at 9 AM & warmer. SW wind, growing hot. At noon wind changed to E. Cool.
70 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Wheel. Warm. PM- Minnie came home at 5:30 PM. I cut the grass on the lawn & fixed my Bicycle.
68 deg. NW wind. Fair. Wheel. Cool & pleasant. 1:45 PM.- Operator told me that there was a fire at 28th & Center. Went there & found Dopke & Jaunke. Fire in barn at 1035-28th, owned by Mrs. E. Schwister, occupied by Wm. Zastrow. Damage $ 25.00. Cause unknown. Rehearsed with Kingsley Choir this eve.
58 deg. Northerly wind. Fair. Very cool all day. Gave Mr. Chapin $1.00 of the amount given me by H. Holden. Led song service at Kingsley this Eve. Wrote a letter to Hugo Horn, soldier in the Phillipines.
52 deg. Variable wind. Fair. Cool. Walter came back this morn. Mail for F.G. Adams 2017 Hadley St. at 1:45 PM. Walter sold his old wheel to Walter & Monroe for $5.00. Left it out there. Has ordered a new one from Bleisner Bros. 780-27th St.
60 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Warmer. 2:45 PM Called to the Sta. Got Warr, for Wilhelmina Templeman 1127 Clark Pl. Charging A&B 0n Mrs. Simonson (Henn). Notified Mrs. Templeman that I would call for her in the morn. Shower at 1:45 PM.
74 deg. Westerly wind. Fair. Hot Wind. Warm. 101 deg. at noon.. At 12:30 wind changed suddenly to NE. 7 AM went to Templeman's house. Got Mrs. Templeman & went to the Sta. Mrs. T. found guilty. Paid costs. Both sides had lawyers. Put in 1st report at 12:30 PM. Applications for saloon license for Chas. Sirch, 2227-Center & Emil Lambrecht, 1157-21st St. Bermel & Dopke on Vacation.
64 deg. NE wind. Fair. Cool. Called toSta. at 2:45 PM. Nothing there for me.
64 deg. NE wind. Fair. Cool. Called to Sta at 10:45 AM. Lieut. gave me orders to investigate character of Jennie Schols who formerly conducted a saloon on Hopkins half a mile from city. She went by the name of "Bicycle Jennie". Interviewd Chas. Feine, F.J. Zweifel, Wm/ Mellis, Mat. Poetzel.
65 deg. SE wind. Fair. Growing warmer. Reported on Soles (Bicycle Jennie) Saloon. Asked Lieut. JK for a new brush for theSta. assembly room. Bo't a new puncture proof tire. Eve: Went to West Park with Minnie, Helen, Walter & Rose Miller. Had a boat ride.
66 deg. SE wind. Fair. Warm. Cool wind. sun shone hot all day.
70 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Warm. 90 in shade at noon. Met Sergt Heineman on car, Fond du Lac Ave at 7:45 AM. Change day. Schroeder in charge. Heineman on vacation.
70 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Warm. 90 in shade at noon. Hot. Warm all night. Faith Mission No. 2 Picnic at Sherman (Perigo) Park. 1 PM. arrested Jos. Lachinsky, an Israelite, for biking on sidewalk at 24 1/2 & Center Called Wagon to Wright & Fond du Lac. Put new tire on my wheel.
70 deg. Northerly wind. Fair. 94 deg. in shade at 12 noon. Hot. Looks like thunder showers. In court with Lachinsky. Found guilty. Sentence susp. Back to beat at 10 AM. Thunder shower at 6:45 PM. I stopped at Chapins on the way home. Went with Minnie to Kingsley at 8 o'c.
68 deg. Northerly wind to E. Fair. Car. 80 deg. at noon. Very pleasant. Met Supt. of the Poor, Spindler at Winkels. Went with him to 1132-24th St. to see Mrs. Wensell about her daughter Lizzie who is seeking admission into Co. Hospital. Ada came home with Eddie this morn. PM Walter got his new bike from Bliesners the Eve. Eve- Mr. Nordeen & I drove cor. stake bet. Helens place & his.
64 deg. Southeast wind. Fair. Wheel. Cool. Rising temp. John Breier arrested on suspicion of murdering his wife.
70 deg. W wind. Very Hot. 98 in shade at noon. Warm. Hot all day. Dopke on duty from Vac. 100 deg. at 4 PM according to weather bureau reports. Hottest day of the seaon so far. Walter & I went to West Park after supper.
80 deg. Northerly wind, Fair. Car. Wind changed to NE. Cooler at 8 AM. Rear tire slipped & tore valve off as I started this morn. Had to go home & take car. Fixed wheel at noon so I could ride PM & eve.
70 deg. NE wind. Fair. Wheel. Cooler. Sun hot. Air cool all day. Buffalo Bill Show at Nat'l Park. Quiet as a sunday here all day.
62 deg. Easterly wind. Fair. Cool. Beginning of Elks Carnival. Dettman, Haase, Flieth & I were sent to Court of Honor on Grand Ave., 8th to 11th. Met Sergt who sent Haase, Flieth & I home to report back at noon & stay all eve. Parade at 3 PM. Went to supper at 4:10 PM. Back again at 5:45. Stationed at 11th & Grand Ave. Staid there till 11 PM.
75 deg. W wind. Partly Cloudy. Warm. Light shower at 7:15 AM. I report on Ave. at 12 noon. Rain at 7 PM. Rained till midnight. I got wet. Fire run in the rain at 8:55 PM. Ghost parade at 11:30. Crowds waited for more after 12:00.
70 degf. Variable wind. Showery. Shower early this morn. Warm. I got home at 1 AM. Reported to 11th & Grand at noon. Went to supper after PM parade. Back at 6:15. Commenced raining early in the eve. Rained nearly all night. Haase & I left the Ave, at about 10:50.
Variable Wind Showery. Shgower this morn. Went to Sta. Lieut. told me to go home & report from beat at noon. PM. reported at Wright & Fond du Lac at 12:30 PM. F.V. Egloff, 1111-27th St. leaves the city for Fort Atkinson. Will be gone till Tues.
70 deg. W. Wind. Fair. 92 deg. at 12:30PM. Very warm. Quiet all day.
78 deg. High SW wind. Partly cloudy. Hot. Otto Neumann, Gust Lambrecht, Emil Lambrecht, Geo. Kirch, reported as not having paid saloon license. Investigation showed Geo Kirch had paid. Grant preached his farewell sermon at Kingsley tonight.
74 deg. Westerly wind. Cloudy. Car. Warm. Rained nearly all night. Rev. Welso complains of his meetings being disturbed by noisy children sunday evenings. Eve:- Shoman came up this eve. & agreed to commence work at our side walk tomorrow morn.
68 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cool. Shoman commenced work on sidewalk this morn. J. Nigh, Barton, Wis. came this noon. I asked him to stay all night so I could visit him. Cool all day.
62 deg. NW wind. Fair. Car. Cool. Asked Per. to go home after roll call to see about side walk. J. Nigh & son staid all night and went home his morn. Average minimum Temp. for month - 69 deg. Met Sergt. Schneider at 3:45, 27th & Fond du Lac.