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. SE wind. Partly cloudy. Sultry. Gray Helmets & Blouses this morn. Change day- Heinemann on N. Dist. at noon.
68 deg. High W wind. Fair. Warm. Election of Policemans Relief Assn Officers today. Thunder storm with heavy rain & some hail at 2 PM. Telephones out of order.
66 deg. SW wind. Partly cloudy. Sultry rain with high wind & thunder storm all night. Wrote to J.L. in regard to Pa & Ma & their property affairs.
60 deg. SW wind. Fair. Wheel. Cooler & very pleasant. Met Sergt. Heinemann, 8:40, 20th & Locust. 10:40 AM wind changed to NE. Cold all day.
46 deg. NE wind. Fair. Cool. 5:45 PM- Orders to go to Center & RR tracks & see if boy 7 yrs. old was still there. Reported that the boy was still unclaimed & got orders to take him to Sta. which I did. 6:45 report at Sta. Boy is dumb.
60 deg. SW wind. Partly cloudy. Showery. Rain 5:30 to 7: o'c. Boy still unclaimed at Sta. Think he lives on south side. Shower at 3:30 to 4 o'c., also 5:30 to 6 o'c. Mr. Chapman came to dinner & supper.
66 deg. W wind. Partly cloudy. Warm & pleasant. Notifeid Christoph Mewe, 25th near Concordia to get dog license. Heavy rain all PM. Met Sergt. Heinemann at 10:25, RR track & Fond du Lac Ave.
50 deg. N wind. Fair. Car. Cool & pleasant. B.B. at 2nd & Clark, 500 people there.
54 deg. SW wind. Fair. Cool & pleasant. Dopke arrested Schwane at 18th & Brown this PM. The third time he has had him this year on the same charge- Com. Drunkard.
64 deg. W wind. Fair. Very pleasant. Thunder shower at 1 AM. Met Sergt Heinemann at 1:50 PM at Fond du Lac Ave. & RR tracks, then again at 2:50 at 27th & Fond du Lac. I couldn't get answer from the Box & H. tried it. Then went to Hahns & called up. H. told me to go for mail. Got an A&B warr for L. Altpeter 1490-26th St, Susan Hollenweter, Comp. Lives next door south. I went to Pabst's Cooper Shop to find A. but was told he works at Millers. Waited for Altpeter until 7 PM. Subpeonaed witnesses & went to Sta. Got home at 8 PM. Edw. Maechtle came with his sister Emma to stay all night.
54 deg. SW wind. FAir. VEry pleasant. Shower at 11 o'c. last eve. Asked Lieut. JK for 2 hours off tomorrow. 8:10 AM. Went to Sta.. Went to court with Altpeter. Case continued till June 14th. Back to beat at 10:10 AM. 12:30 PM- Orders to mewet McKevitt of the St. Paul RR at Fond du Lac & RR crossing at 1:15 PM. Stolzenfeld was there & we looked at the the crossing & took measurements. Then he (McK) subpeonaed us (S&I) to be in court at once as witness for def. in damage suit of Mrs. Schroeder vs. the RR Co. for loss of her foot. Oct. 27-1900. Back to Sta. for mail at 3:20 PM. I was back to beat at 3:45PM.
52 deg. Variable wind. Cloudy. Looks like rain. Rain, Rain cont. 4:45- Went home to go to Edw's. wedding. On the way home it commenced to rain. D&F wouldn't let team go. Hurried home & told Minnie, Ada & Helen to take the 5 PM car & catch the 5:30 car. They thought they would be late & came back. Went to take 5:50 car but none came. Went through rain to N. Ave. & took State St. Car. down. Waited on Grand Ave. 20 min. for Waukesha car & none came. Then went to St. Paul depot & bought tickets for a train to Waukesha. Got to Waukesha at 8:05. After some delay we got a man to carry us out there for $3.00. Got there in time for the ceremony. Rained till midnight.
52 deg. Easterly wind. Cloudy. Damp. Cool toward eve. At 3 AM Jake hitched up & brought us Minnie & I home. Got home at 5:40 AM. Ophelia & Arthur who were with Jakes folks came with the others on 6:50 train. I waited at our house till they came. I met them on 20th & Center at a few minutes after 8 0"c on their way home. I had a hard time to keep awake all day.
58 deg. SE wind. Cloudy. Car. Light shower at 6 AM. Court this morn. with Altpeter. Found guilty. & pd. costs- $9.73. Back to beat at 11:10 AM. Mail at 1:45 PM. Light shower at 3:30 PM. Very warm afterward.
68 deg. SW wind. Fair. Very warm all day. Cooler in the evening. Change day- Schroeder on N. Dist. at noon.
56 deg. Northerly wind. Fair. Cool. Alma Maechtle went to North Ave. Depot & pd. for ticket. Got her baggage checked & did not get her ticket until the train had passed. Then she had to wait till 5:20.
54 deg. NE wind. Fair. Cool & pleasant. 12th Anniversary of my going into Police Service.
64 deg. W wind. Fair. Warm. Saloon books this morn. Finished mine today. Jake came with Rollo to attend the Prohib. sonvention at Lincoln Hall.
53 deg. Nrtherly wind. Fair. Cool. Rising Temp. Jake went home on 7:30 train. Minnie & Helen go with Mrs. Notbohm to Menomonee Falls. To be gone all day. 9:45 - fire broke out in 1 story frame house, 1034-30th St., owned & occupied by John Daas. $100.00 loss. Cause unknown. Stolzenfeld & I were there.
65 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Showery. Light shower at % AM. J. L. came last night after I had gone to bed. Went to Port this 6:55 AM. Showery all PM.
48 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cool. Met Schroeder at Eng. 22 at 7:50. Union picnic of Gr. Ave., Washington Ave., & Kingsley Sunday Schools at Waukesha Beach to day. Walter & Ada going. 16 PM- Took blank cartrdge pistol from Willie Moore 1080-26th St. & took same to Sta. at 1:45 when I went for mail. Notified Geo. Bill 966-22nd St. to go to Central Sta. & get his bicycle at 7 PM.
48 deg. Northerly wind. Fair. Cool. No Sergt in Sta. this morn. Wilde took the squad out. Schneider went to Camp Meeting. Schroeder home acct. of his fathers death. Met Inspector Riemer at 3:30, 27th & Fond du Lac. Walter & Cox, Jt. went to Menomonee Falls to church meeting on wheels. On the way out Cox's wheel blew up & W. came back and asked for my wheel. An attempt was made to burn Kingsley Church this PM.
50 deg. NW wind. Fair. Car. Cool. 11AM- arrested Joe Welch on ch'ge of Fast Driving. Welch worked for J. Miller, 1079-17th St & took horse without leave. I met him on 26th St. near Center & stopped him & after a few questions found out that he was out without the knowledge of his employer. He is about 16 yrs. old.
60 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Warmer. Frank Lippold 2416 Center St., 55 yrs. old, Married, wife & 5 children, was drowned in well in basement of his home at noon today. Was dipping water out of well & evedently lost his balance & fell in. He was a shoemaker by trade. I was notified at 1:50 AM (?) by Max Siewert, Eng. Co. 22. Coronor was there when I arrived. Court with Joe Welsh. Pleaded guilty to fast driving. Sentenced. Back to beat a 9:45. JL & Clara brought Ma down to see some Dr. They came on the 4 o'c. train. Took Hack to the house.
60 deg. Southerly wind. Cloudy. Car. Rain all forenoon. JL took walk with me after dinner. Stopped raining at noon. Wind changed to NW, becoming high.
52 deg. NW wind. Fair. Wheel. Cool & pleasant. Mail at 1:45. Franz Lippold buried today.
48 deg. NE wind. Fair. Cool. Cold all day. Circus today. Went home after roll call to tell Minnie to have dinner ready at 10:45. Went to 11th & Vliet at 8:45. Waited till 10:20 for parade. Went to dinner at 10:45 & then to Caucus Booth, 17th & Center. Staid till 8 PM.
52 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Cool & damp all day. 4:45- Orders to get supper & go to "Saarous" School Picnic. Staid there till 9:30 PM. Jason & Clara took Ma home this eve. Ostendorfs have diptheria.
54 deg. NE wind. Fair. Warmer, rainy all day. Went home at usual time. Got supper & changed clothes & went to Crosby Dock with Minnie & Ada & took passage for Muskegon leaving here at 9:30 PM. Vacation begins tomorrow. We start tonight so as to improve every minute.
50 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Woke up this morn. in sight of Grand Haven. Had a very pleasant trip. Landed at G.H. at 5 AM. Arrived at Muskegon at 7:30 AM. Average Minimum Temp. for month- 56 deg. Got breakfast Took train for Rothburg. Arrived there 10:15. Met Ed & Gene.