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.
60 deg. E. Wind. Cool. Went down to Port with Henry. Met Chas. Travers. Went to dinner at the Wilson with him. After eve. service went to Jakes to stay all night.
65 deg. Jake went to Saukville. Got his Bronchos shod in front. & Walter & I met P.F. Meier at 8:40 train. Went to Radom Lake. Had dinner. Got boat, rowed around the lake. Went home. Had supper at Jakes. Took Meier to 7:30 train at Port. Went to Geo's. to stay all night.
65 deg.Went with Geo. to take Minnie & Walter to train at Fredonia. Jake got his corn harvester. Geo. & I drove around to Holy Cross & home via. J.L. via new road. PM- Reuben took Ada & I to Port. My birthday- 43 yrs. old. Mrs. Ramsey & Mrs. Barney killed at Gurns RR crossing. Took...... M's team. Drove to Ice Pond.
60 deg. Ada & I got up early & went fishing. Caught one sucker. Took 10:01 train for home. PM- went to Lake Park & home vis Locust St. Bridge.
60 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Warm. Back from Vac. Mail at 1:45 PM.
64 deg. Southerly wind. Fai. Warm. 3:25 PM- Pres. McKinley shot at Buffalo by a young Pole. Two bullets entered his breast. Assailant under arrest.
60 deg. North wind. Fair. Cooler. Orders to be at Expo, 7:30 APM. Opening night. Home at 11:30 PM.
58 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Rain from NE. Drizzling rain all day. John Maechtle came this forenoon. Stopped on his way to Ohio. Orders this morn to go to the State Fair at 8:30 tomorrow & rept. to Serg. Strehlow..
58 deg. Easterly wind. Cloudy. Rain. Went to State Fair. Got there at 8 o'c. Reported to Sergt. Strehlow. Got dinner at Baptist Stand. Orders at 12:40 to report to Station at once. All the men called in until further orders. Paid one fare on car 147, Conductor 510, Fon du Lac Ave. line. Back to beat at 2 PM
56 deg. N wind. Cloudy. Cool. Went to Sta. at usual time. Ordered to go to
State Fair Park at once. Went to see Mr. Chapin this Eve. at 30th & Meinecke Ave. I ran against a Barbed wire used as a guy wire for sewer diggers engine. Tore my pants, sent a note to Stolzenfeld.
60 deg. E wind. Cloudy. Cool. PM rain. State Fair today. Eve. rained hard all PM. We stood around in the buildings & kept the crowds moving.
58 deg. W. wind. vloudy. Cool. Cloudy all day. No races at State Fair. At 6PM Wm. Stieb 940-36th St. was peeking through a hole in a show tent & was struck by someone on the head with a club & nearly killed. I tied a cloth around his head & sent him to the Sec'ys office. PM- Sam McConnell & wife (Clara VanHorn) met me on the grounds & I told them to come & see us when they got tired. Which they did to stay the night.
50 deg. W. wind. Fair. Cool. When I got to the fair grounds Sergt. Strehlow sent me to see Wm. Stieb, 940-36th St & see if he would Swear out a warrant for (Sowbelly Ann) the show woman.. His mother refused. Got back to Fair Ground at 11:10 AM. Sam McConnel & wife staid all night & went home to Lima today.
56 deg. Southerly wind. Partly cloudy. Some warmer. Looks like rain. Back on beat this morn. Commenced raining at 1:45 PM. Rained all PM & Eve. Mail at 1:45. Walter left his wheel at Engine House. I took it home in the eve.
60 deg. High W wind. Fair. Car. Warm. Went to Sta. this morn. as usual. Found that orders had been given to wear Black helmets & dress coats, but we who were stationed at State Fair did not get the order. Got our new badges this morn. My no. is 359. Old no. was 198. After roll call I went home & changed coat & helmets.
52 deg. High W wind. Partly cloudy. Cool. Met Sergt Schneider at 9:30, 27th & Fond du Lac.
42 deg. W wind. Fair. Cold. Woolen jacket & gloves this PM. Mrs. Graf, 2403 Elm St. accuses Joe Schmidt, 26th & Center of robbing her boy. Referred the matter to Srolzenfeld. Started furnace fire.
35 deg. W wind. Fair. Cold, very near freeaing. Appointments for Election Inspectors & Clerks this morn. Served- Tony Burger, Chas. Winkelman, H.G. Dettmann, Chas. Hartmann, Herman Breier, & Wm. Krueger. Furnace fire.
33 deg. No. wind. Partly cloudy. Car. Frost. Holiday. McLinleys funeral. Services in Protestannt Churches & public service at the Expo at 2 PM. Served election appointments on- Phil Thomas, Wm. Perethauer, John Ziebell, Henry Pahlow, Geo. Rostock, Matt Poetzel, John C. Riekl, J. C. Oelke, Robt. Harrass, & Ernst Trabbold.
44 deg. NW wind. Partly cloudy. Warmer. 7:15 AM. On the way up from the Sta. Sergt Schneider over took me & said there was a crazy man at 23rd & Chambers. We went up there & found Thos. Raobers, a stranger, who ran into Emil Hobus' house, 1226- 23rd & cut his throat with a razor. I called for the wagon from Zeff Grocery & sent him to the Emergency Hospital.
37 deg. S. wind. Fair. Cool. St. celebration on N. Ave. from 30th to 35th this Eve. Ordered to be there at 6:45. Went home at 5:15. Shaved & took a bath. Went to RR crossing & staid there until 10:30. Street was crowded, Whole thing was a fizzle. Furnace fire all the week on acct of cool raw winds.
50 deg. High SE wind. Fair. Warmer. Braun arrested Joe Schmidt- 1059-26th St. in compamy with Frank Raith, Cherry St. Highway Robbery. Chas Schultz (Richlin) arrested by Groolemay at 3:30 AM. Charged with D&Dis. Broke into Butvher Gross's Butcher Shop while drunk.
58 deg. High southerly wind. Fair. Warm. Very hot at noon. Lieut. JK on Vac.
54 deg. N wind. Fair. Car. Cooler. Ordered a newpair of Bicycle Tires from Ferdenherdt.
54 deg. Southerly wind. Partly cloudy. Wheel. Raw wind. Worked at my Bicucle tires till 11:30 PM last night.
58 deg. Easterly wind. Fair. Warmer. Shower during last night. H. Carstens applies for Per. to run Carrousel at 26th & Fond du Lac.
58 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Wheel. Very pleasant. Lieut. JK in Sta. this morn. Met Sergt. Schneider at 27th & Fond du Lac at 3:50 PM. On duty at Expo this Eve. Ella, Walter & Ada went with me. Got home at 10:45.
60 deg. Westerly wind. Fair. Wheel. Warm & pleasant. Met Lieut. JK out on his wheel at 3:30 PM, 22nd & Center.
52 deg. East wind. Cloudy. Wheel. Cool & damp. Looks like rain. Shower-7AM to 9:30 AM. Wind changed to North. Went home from sta. got rain coat.
44 deg. SW wind. Fair. Cool & pleasant. Min. Temp. for Mo. 57 deg.