William Bramwell Sizer Diaries
April 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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APRIL 1902

32 deg. High NW wind. Cloudy. Very chilly Election day. Stationed at 34th & Elm, home prec't. Sergt. Haneinemann came about 3:30 PM. Home to dinner at 12:00 o'c. Reported vote at 12:35 from Baldauf's. Left booth for Central Sta. at 9:50 PM. Home at 11:15 PN.

30 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Cold & disagreeable. Rose elected. Langhoff & Meyer also relected. Met Sergt Heinemann at 3:15 PM. Center & Fond du Lac.

26 deg. NNE wind. Fair. Cold but pleasant. Drill day. Back to beat at 4:30. Went to Zillmers- Paid $5.00 on acct.

25 deg. Northerly wind, Fair. White frost. Got my bicycle from, Blessners 780-27th St. Paid him $16.00 & sold him old wheels for 75 cts. I have Morrow 1 1/2 in. P.P. tire. Met Sergt Heinemann at 4 PM, Hadley & Fond du Lac.

38 deg. Southerly wind. Cloudy. Wheel. Looks like rain. Orders to be at Expo at 7:30. Democratic celebration. Cook Co. Dems from Chicago. Home at 11:55 PM. Rain during eve.

46 deg. Variable wind. Cloudy. Car. Showery. Colder toward eve.

20 deg. NWwind. Partly cloudy. Snow flurries. Cold all day.

28 deg. Northerly wind. Cloudy. Rising temp. Clearing PM. Minnies Birthday.- 41 yrs. old. Met Serg't Heinemann at Eng. 22. 2:45 PM. Broke left crank off my wheel this eve. Went to shop & ordered a new one.

36 deg. Northerly wind. Fair. Rising Temp. Got my wheel from Bleissneres this 12:30 PM on my way back from dinner.

36 deg. NW wind. Fair. Very Pleasant. Warm at Noon. Dry weather. Need rain. Drill day: Back to beat via N. Mil. car at 4:30. Dopke arrested Schwane last night, Booked him as com. drunkard. Schwane was admitted to bail & will be tried next Thurs,

40 deg. High NW wind. Fair. Cool. Very dusty. Met Det. Moths at 24th & Wright Sts. at 5 PM. Our wedding anniversary. Married 19 years. 3:20 Fire at Wallschlagers Mill, 30th & Wright St. Passing locomotive set fire to the roof of stable. $5.00 damage.

38 deg. High northerly wind. Fair. Cold & disagreeable. 2:38 PM- Fire alarm from box 881 - 30th & Wright St. Fire in shaving bin at Wallschlagers Mill. Cause spark from boiler. No damage.

32 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold. Drew for vacations. I drew No. 25. Stolzenfeld not on duty. I heard that his brother died suddenly last evening. Ressel on his beat.

26 deg. NE wind. Fair. White frost. Very dry & dusty. Cold wind all day.

26 deg. N wind to variable. Fair. White frost. Change day: Schroeder on North Dist. at noon. Got branch of Willow Tree from Stiehls, 27th & Fond du Lac Ave. to set out on Helen's lawn. 3 In. in diameter, 10 feet long.

27 deg. Variable wind. Partly cloudy. Frost. Looks like rain. A few drops of rain fell at 8:20 AM. Complaint made that Ben Glody 1084-24th St., sub-contractor under Forrestal Naptha Lights was keep[ing a tank of Gasoline in his barn. Investigated & found one large tank & 5 or 6 smaller ones. Mrs, G. said there were about 200 gallons in the tanks. Light Shower in PM. 1:45- Went to Sta. Got Warr. for Caroline Kroenning, 2650 Fond du Lac, Ave. Comp. Anton Miklich 2650 Fond du Lac, Ave. Chg. Larceny of 1 bu. coal- value 50 cts.

38 deg. Variable wind. Fair. Frost during the night. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:35 PM. Inspection day. In court all fornoon. Went from home to 2650 Fond du Lac Ave. Arrested Caroline Kroenning. Took 7:10 car from Sta. from there walked to City Hall. Sat there till 11:15. Mrs. K. found guilty. Sentence suspended. Met Schroeder, 27th & Fond du Lac, 2:30.

48 deg. Variable wind. Partly cloudy. Warmer. Commenced taking up sidewalks on 20th & 21st. Drizzling rain all PM.

45 deg. NOrtherly wind. Cloudy. Damp & disagreeable. Clearing toward noon. Wind NE. Cool.

38 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Chilly all day. Met Schroeder at 21st & North Ave. Walked via 24th & Center to 20th & Hopkins. J.L.'s Birthday. 42 yrs. old.

40 deg. Variable wind. Fair. Warmer. Warm wind from SW all PM. Reported defective sidewalks on 20th & 21st Sts. this morn. P.F. Meier went to St. Louis this morn.

64 deg. High SW wind. Fair. Warm. Clouding at noon. Reported defective walks aon 22nd St. this AM. Shower at 3 PM. E.L. Entertainment at Kingsley this eve.

40 deg. High SW wind. Cloudy. Car. Cold. Change 24 deg. in 24 hrs.

34 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold. Clouding PM & East wind. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:30 PM. Finished the manual today. Emma Maechtle came in today to buy a piano.

42 deg. E wind. Cloudy. Car. Rain 6 to 8:30 AM. Ressel arrested Paul Janke 1508-24 1/2 St. Riding bike on walk. I notified his mother. Showers all day. Thunder storms in the evening..

40 deg. High NW wind. Cloudy. Car. Damp & chilly. Reported defective walks on 23rd, 24th & 25th Sts. this morn. Rained nearly all day. Edw. Maechtle quits the Street Ry. Service today. Will go out to his farm May 1st.

42 deg. NW wind. Fair. Clear & fait. Cool & pleasant. City order for one dollar for Election meals. 5th Prc't, 22nd Ward.

46 deg. SW wind. Fair. Car. Warmer & pleasant. Wind changed to SE. PM- Cloudy & cooler.

59 deg. SE wind. Cloudy. Car. Gentle shower this AM. PM- Clearing & warm NW wind.

42 deg. N. to East wind. Fair. Cool. Geo. Kehres missing since Sunday. Edw. Maechtle goes home today. We shall miss him. Paid him $100.00 with int. for 6 mo. $2.50. Still owe $250.00. Average Min. Temp. for month 37 deg.

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