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.
10 deg. Variable wind. Cloudy. Frosty. Warm at noon. Change day. Heinemann on North Dist. at noon. Cks at 1:45.
3 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold. Ground hog day. Clear & Fair. Mr. Grindood 2017 Hadley died at 10:30 AM. Chapin & I called there this eve.
-4 deg. W. Wind. Fair. Cold & frosty. Snow flurries toward eve. Budget No. 2 of cousins letters came this noon.
-8 deg. High NW wind. Fair. Growing colder. Gave Dopke $1.75 yo give Rhode for fixing Lounge. 7:45 AM- Fire broke out in Bidtel Chemical Works, 30th near North Ave. Building owned by Wechselb census3, occupied by Bidtel & Am. Monolith Works. 2 nd alarm sent in. Fire out at about 11:30. I froze my face.
-8 deg. NW wind. Fair. cold. Headzche. PM- Went home & went to bed. Ada told Stolzenfeld to report me sick.
10 deg. Westerly wind. Cloudy. Dr. Boerner came this morn.
Zero deg. NW wind Fair. Cold. Stolzenfeld called this morn. Said Ressel on my beat. Minnie went to church to help Walter clean the chandeleirs globes.
Zero Deg. NW ind. Fair. Continued cold. Went to work this morn. Took pkg. of tax bills to Peter Pinter.
6 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold but pleasant. Met sergt. Heinemann at Eng. 22 at 10:15 AM. Albert Bullerjohn 1132-29th St. arrested at West Side Sta. $30.00 bail. Wife notified.
15 deg. Northerly wind. Fair. Rising temp. Drs. Certificate this morn.
4 deg. W wind. Fair. Frosty. Chilly all day.
12 deg. NW wind. Fair. Chilly wind. Thawing very fast at noon.
16 deg. N wind. Partly cloudy. Snow flurries all day. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:50, Went to Reilleys & got my pants. Had them inspected. At 1:30 I went with Dr. Boerner to 24th & Hadley found Gustav Mech,1519 Louis Ave, a garbage collector, fell from his wagon & the wheel ran over his head. Friends carried him into Equitz's saloon. I called the West Side Wagon - took him to Emergency Hosp. At 11:30 I got orders to go to Sta. after dinner. Got a letter for Otto Manske, 1525 North Ave. Back to beat at 1:30. Left letter with Mrs. Schmidt.
22 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Looks like snow. Valentines day. Met Sergt Heinemann at Eng 22 at 2:20 PM. Gustav Mech died at the Emergency Hospital
12 deg. NW wind. Fair. Frosty. Change day. Schroeder takes over North Dist. at noon. Reports are that Dan Cusick is dismissed from the service.
29 deg. Variable wind. Cloudy. Looks like snow. Snow flurries all day. John Ziebell died this morn after 3 days illness.
20 deg. NW wind. Fair. Frosty. Chilly all day. Isaacs 994-20th St. reports that a man followed & attempted to assault her. I went to school and spoke with the girl & went to the Sta. & mad a report on the case.
8 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold. Met Schroeder at Eng. 22, 7:45. Went via. 20th St. to 25th & Hopkins. He took car & I came back via. 27th St. PM- Went to see John Ziebel's corpse. Funeral tomorrow ar 2 PM.
6 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold & frosty..John Ziebel will be buried this PM. Dopke goes to funeral. I cover his beat this PM. Covered Dopkes beat all PM. Met Schroeder, Hickory & Fond du Lac, at 3:05 with Stolzenfeld.
11 deg. SW wind. Fair. Frosty. Warmer at noon. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:30 PM.4:45- Orders to go to 1166-22nd St. Mrs. Zimmerman told me about Carl Raasch who left Germany about July 18th, 1901 with Martha Zimmerman, a neice of Mrs. Z. & has been living with her. He has a wife and 5 children living in Germany & Martha has a child from him 5 mo's old. A week ago, Martha became alarmed lest she get into trouble & left R. & went to her Aunt. I took these items & reported to Lieut. JK. Emma Busse came to our house to stay all night. Walter went to POrt this PM. Will go to Sheb. in AM.
16 deg. W wind. Fair. Frosty. Very warm at noon. Vaiable wind. 5:45 PM - Telephoned Walter at Sheb. Falls. Beck had forgotten the combination to the safe & couldn't get it open. Had a chat with Sprowels.
22 deg. Variable wind. Fair. Rising temp & very pleasant. 1:45- Mail for Ald. Dettman. Miss Bloomer came & staid for supper this eve.
30 deg. Variable wind, southerly. Fair, Warm & pleasant. Met Schroeder & Miller, 20th & Hadley, 8:50 AM. Miller asked me to come over to 18th & Hadley at 6:45 AM tomorrow & assist him in making the arrest of a woman.
30 deg. NW wind. Fair. Frost. Rising temp. Left home at 6:15 AM. Went to 18th & Hadley. Met Miller, went to 1098-18th St. arrested Wilhelmina Kroll. I took her to sta. Miller Subp. witnesses. Dis. Warr., Mrs. Klein, Comp. Mrs. K is a common drunkard. I had some difficulty in getting her out of the house with max. force. Eddie came home this PM. Said he met Walter at Port.
30 deg. Variable wind. Fair. Frosty. Fog Horn Blowing. Warm at noon. Sociable for Chapin at Biggs last night. We didn't go. Met Schroeder at 3:30, Center & fond du Lac.
32 deg. couthery wind. Partly cloudy. White frost. Raw wind. Very warm at noon. Went to Dr. Boerner. Got a prescription for pain in my back which I have had for two weeks. Walter came home at noon.
36 deg E wind. Cloudy. Rain at 7:15 AM. Rain all day. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:30.
38 deg. E wind. Cloudy. Rain all day. Average Min. temp. 14 deg. 8:45 orders to go to RR track & watch trains for a murderer, 5' 8 0r 9, 35 yrs, Lt. hair & mustache, fedora hat. canvass cost, etc. 10:30 news came that the was captured. Herm. Heise shot & killed H. Bergman at Shils Place on 4th near Chestnut at 8 AM. Went to a friends house & then to the W. Side Sta. & surrendered.