William Bramwell Sizer Diaries
January 1902

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.

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14 deg. SW wind. Partly cloudy. Some colder. Got home from watch night service at 12:20 AM. Change day- Linden on North Dist. at noon. Albert Maechtle died this morn. at about 10 o'c. Minnie sent word to No. 2 Mission by Mrs. Chapin. I left the Miss. at once & went directly to the house. We staid until 11:45 PM.

34 deg. High NW wind. Flying clouds. Growing rapidly colder. Met Sergt. Linden at Eng. 22 at 5:00 PM.

6 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold all day. Asked Lt. JK for leave of absence to attend funeral of Alb. Maechtle tomorrow afternoon. Ordered carriage from J.W. Froeming to be at house at 1 PM. Ordered overcoat from Zillmers. John Lessel sent it up to Meiers to be tried on.

5 deg. W wind. Fair. Cold. PM- Off on leave of absence to attend Albert Maechtle funeral. Carriage called for us at 1 o'c. Back home at 4:45. Mrs. Chapin & I sang "Nearer My God To Thee", "Rock of Ages" & "Saved By Grace." Mr. Chapin preached the sermon. Harry Siecker came out of H of C this noon.

20 deg. W wind. Partly cloudy. Raw wind. Flurries of snow at 4 PM. German service at Faith Mission No. 2. Uncle Sam Houston , 34th & Fond du Lac, died this morn at 9 o'c. in his 82nd year.

28 deg. SW wind. Partly Fair. Moderate temp. Warm at noon. PM- Stolzenfeld arreated Harry Sucker for stealing a pair of gloves from Bitkers. I got a warr. for Frank Raith & Otto Bublitz as accomplices. I arrested the latter two at their homes. in the evening. Called the wagon to 27th & Fond du Lac at 6:30 PM.

26 deg. SW wind. Fair. Frostry. Rising temp. Walters burthday- 18 yrs. old. After church this eve, we invited Mr. & Mrs. Porter, Ben & the Misses Crowell, Ida Lindow, Lois Gallaher, Cox, Jr. Met Linden this AM, 9:30, 27th & Fond du Lac. Walked to 21st & Hoplins.

27 deg. SW wind. Fair. Very mild & spring like. Eve- Dopke arrested Herm. Schwane on chg. of com. Drunkard & asked me to go as witness.

34 deg. W wind. Partly cloudy. Quite moderate. Frost drawing. Very slippery. Very warm at noon. court as witness for Dopke. vs. Herm. Schwane. Com. Drunk. Sentence 30 days. Back to beat at 10:30. Drill day- Went to drill. Met Boerner at cor. of Broadway & Oneida. He said there was no drill. Back to beat at 3:20 PM.

26 deg. W. Wind. Fair. White frost. Warm toward noon. PM- turned cold very suddenly at noon. Wind changed to NW.

17 deg. N wind. Fair. Koge back again. Has been off 3 days getting married. Mrs. Wieber hanged herself at her home yesterday. Mail for Ald. Dettman at 1:45.

12 deg. HIgh NWE wind. Fair. Cold. Got my own breakfast to let Minnie sleep. Cooked my own dinner while the rest went to church.

9 deg. NW wind. Partly cloudy. Cold all day.

20 deg. W. wind. Fair. Rising temp. Quiet all day. No drill till further orders.

22 deg. W wind. Fair. Cool. Change day- Schneider on North Dist. at noon

22 deg. Northerly wind. Partly cloudy. Snow flurried. Chilly wind. Clearing toward noon. Regular drill today. Back to beat on time.

18 deg. SW wind. Fair. Frosty. Rising temp. Met Sergt. Schneider at 31st & Fond du Lac at 3 PM.

24 deg. NW wind. Partly cloudy. Growing colder.

16 deg. W wind. Fair. Cold but pleasant.

26 degr. SW wind. Partly cloudy. Raw wind. Warmer. Commenced snowing at 4:45 PM & continued all the eve. New Patrol Box at 24th & Hopkins. Bpught a watch chain for Mama.

30 Deg. Snow. About 4" fell during the night. Looks like more snow.

26 deg. Northerly wind. Cloudy. Looks like more snow. Asked for Per. to go & pay Taxes. Went 8:45. Back to beat 9:45. Taxes on property, 731-33rd. $118.00 & On vacant lot-11-blk 6 Logan Park- $42.00

17 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Drill day- Back to beat at 4:35 PM.

14 deg. NW wind. Fair. 8:45 Rept'd at 24th & Hopkins. Got orders to to school, 20th Wright, trouble bet. union & non-union bricklayers. Staid there until 4:30 PM. Got dinner at 11 o'c. Miller & Dopke waited till I got back. Sergt Schneider came & sent Miller to beat at 3:30. & I staid till the men went home. H.J. Maechtle came in on 6:40 train from Saukville.

8 deg. NW wind. Fair. Frosty. 10:45 AM. Got orders per tel. to go to 10th Ward School where I was yesteday. Went at once. Met Sergt Schneider & Dopke. I went to dinner at 11 o'c. & D. waited till I came back. Staid there until 4:30 & then went to beat.

28 deg. W wind. Cloudy.. 2 In. snow fell last night. Turned cold at 11 AM. Zero at 9:30 this eve. High NW wind.

-8 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold. Zero at noon. High wind all day. Very sharp. Eddie & his father came back from Waukesha this eve.

-12 deg. W wind. Fair. Very cold but pleasant. Little Arthurs Birthday- He would have been 10 yrs. old. Mrs. Notbohm took dinner with us today. H.J.M. went home on 1:50 train to Port.

10 deg. N. Easterly wind. Cloudy. Snowing. Rising Temp. Snowed until 10:30. 4 inches fell. Flurries all PM & Eve.

14 deg. NE wind. Partly cloudy. Snow fluuries. Rising Temp. Good sleighing. Drill day:- Went to Reilleys, ordered a new pair of pants. Back to beat at 4:45.

22 deg. Variable wind. Cloudy. Looks like snow. PM- Partly clearing. Southerly wind. Ave. Min. Temp. 15 deg. 3 deg. colder than last year in Jan.

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