William Bramwell Sizer Diaries
July 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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JULY 1902

SW winds. Fair. Warm & Pleasant. At Rothburg Mich. E. E. Longs farm.

SE wind. Cloudy. Quite warm. Showery. At E.E. Longs, Rothburg, Mich. Had an attack of "renal Calcilu" at 3 AM. Fred, his cousin, Gene & I went fishing.

SW wind. Fair. Warm. Rothburg, Mich. Looked over 40 acres north of Longs. At 1 o'c. bees swarmed. Went to depot in time for 2:47 train & started for home. Got to Muskegon at 4 PM. Walked around town until 6 PM. Took Str. Naomi for Grand Haven. Arrived there at 7:30 PM. Went ashore with Minnie & Ada. Went up town and at 9 o'c. went aboard boat expecting to leave at 11 o'c. for Milwaukee.

SW wind. Fair. Cool on board the Str. Naomi. Left Grand Haven at 3 o'c. this AM. Arrived at Milwaukee at 10 AM. Sun shining, very hot. Went home, got dinner, cut grass & got ready to leave for Port. Brought 12 doz. eggs from Mich. Peck of shelled peas. 8 qts. of Strawberries. PM- cashed my check at Beckers. Took 7:30 train for Port. Went to Port. Carrie Busse was on the train with us. Nobody to meet us. Went & got Pa's horse & wagon. Drove to Henry's, heard that Jake was sick.

SW wind. Fair. Warm. Went to Jakes & found him very low with capillary bronchitis. I started out to help the boys work. Walter came down & he & I helped J's. bows all day. Drove to Port with J's White team in the eve.

SW wind. Very Warm. Fair. Staid at Jakes all night. Walked to Edw's. place & then drove with his rig to Henry's place. Walter took horse back. I was sick all AM with "renal calculi" PM- had a sing & went to Jakes in the eve. Had an other attack of old trouble in the eve. which lasted till mid-night. Heavy shower in the eve. Walter stays at Larges to-night.

SW wind. Warm. Got out the mower & cut hay in the calf pasture. Walter went home this AM. Turned it over. PM- cut the orchard. Went to Geo's. to stay all night.

West Wind. Very warm Back to Jakes. Ground Scythe & mowed between the apple trees. PM- hauled hay the hay in the calf pasture, about 1 1/2 tons. Oiled the wind mill this morn.

Variable wind. Cloudy. Cooler. Heavy rain last night. Roads very muddy. Clara drove up at 6 AM & told us Laura's baby died yesterday, to be buries this PM. We drove to Henry's, got our things & back to J's. Then off to Port. Everette took team back home. Funeral at 4 PM. Rev. Wendorf officiating. I acted as funeral director. Minnie & I took 5:54 train.

54 deg. NW wind. Fair. Wheel. Cool. Back to work again this morn. shot horse for Kufahl, 23rd & Keefe Ave. Mail at 1:45 PM. Saloon application for Gustav Fauk 3002-Fond du Lac. & Leonard Siefert 1101 - 22nd St. Otto P. Neumann 2414 Wright St. closed saloon July 3, 1902. 4 PM- Notified Mrs. Kobi 2229 Center St. to make application for saloon license or close up saloon with out delay. Anna Jaeger 1367-34th St. complains of her husband beating her. Went to tent meeting tonight.

62 deg. SW wind. Fair. Wheel. Warmer. Went with Wm. Bentine to P. Weiners to see if I could get him a job. Tent Meeting.

60 deg. SW wind. Fair. Warm & pleasant. Saloon application of John Kobi 2229 Center St. Examination for Detective this PM. 14 men took part. Ressel, Braun, Kruse, Grotewalt & Fallon from the West Side.

68 deg. SW wind. Fair. Warm. Hot all PM.

72 deg. W wind. Cloudy. Showers at 7:20 AM. Linden back from Vac. 3:30 PM- Stolzenfeld bro't. a Warrant for me. Justina Platz 921-23rd vs. Mrs. Anna Schweder 923-23rd St. Charge- disorderly conduct. Notified Mrs. S. to be at Sts. at 7 AM & Subpeonaed Mrs. Platz & Mrs. Marquardt. Alb. Platz not home before 11 PM.

62 deg. SW wind. Fair. Cooler. Change day. Schneider on North Dist. at noon. In court- Anna Schweder, 923-23rd., 39 years old, Boh. by birth. Charge Dis. Comp.- Justina Platz was ordered to appear at Sta. at 7 AM. Mrs. S. did not come to Sta. per agreement, but appeared in court with Atty. Dalton & asked for continuance of one week. Def. allowed to go hime & get $10.00 bail. I went to Reilleys & orders a suit of clothes- full summer uniform. Back to beat at 10:15 AM.

62 deg. SW wind. Cloudy. Car. Thunder shower 5:30 to 6:55 AM. Put on rubber boots & then went home and took them off. P M wind chage to SE. Cool toward eve.

76 deg. SW to variable wind. Partly cloudy. Wheel. Hottest morn. of the season. Hot all day.

64 deg. SE wind. Cloudy. Wheel. Cooler. 8:45 AM- shot an injured dog at 1095-20th St. 5:45 - Orders per Tel. to go to Reilleys & try on suit of clothes.

62 deg. E wind becoming variable. Cloudy. Car. Rainy. Tent meetings at 32nd & Brown closed last night, Rained all day.

57 deg. E wind. Cloudy. Car. Cool. Showers. Rained all day. Subp. witness for def. in Platz-Schwerder case.

58 deg. NW wind. Fair. Car. Cool & Pleasant. Rode wheel to dinner.

66 deg. NW wind. Fair. Warmer. Case of Mrs. Justina Paltz vs. Mrs. Anna Shwesdler comes up in dist. court today. In court till 11:15 AM. Went to dinner & back to beat at 12:30 PM. Mrs. S. found guilty. Fined $1.00 & costs- total $10.27. Shower at 3:15 PM. Met Sergt. Schneider, 27th & Fond du Lac at 3:05.

64 W. wind. Partly cloudy. Car. Cool breeze. Looks like rain. Sergt. Schneider goes on Vac. Mail at 2:45 PM. Jew peddler claims to have been robbed on 27th St. 4 blocks north of Locust.

67 deg. NW wind. Fair. Wheel. Warm. Orders at 4:45 to be at Washington Park at 7:45. Band Concert. Home at 11:30. Minnie & Helen went to Trolley Party. Got home after I did.

67 deg. NW wind Cloudy. Showers. 3 PM- Arrested Gustav Gaffrie at 27th & Fond du Lac. Drunk as usual. Charged him with being a common drunkard. He is a widower, His mother keeps house for him and his children. Is never sober. Has been that way for the last 10 years that I know of. 5:30 PM- Had another attack of "renal colic" which lasted till 11 PM. Went to Dr. Boerners office at 6 o'c.

70 deg. SE wind. Fair. Sultry. Thunder shower at 1:30 PM. court with Gaffrei. Went to clerks office & swore out Warr for com. drunkard. Found guilty. Sentence 30 days H of C. Back to beat at 10:15. Notified MRs. Kobi 2229 Center St. to pay up or close her saloonn. She replied that the saloon had been closed for a week. Full bottles standing on the counter & glasses. Didn't look much like it. Notified G. Lambrechts Barkeeper.

62 deg. southerly wind. Cloudy. Car. Rain. Rained all night. after midnight. Clearing at noon. Wind NW.

64 deg. NW wind. Partly cloudy. Sultry at 8 AM. 10 years on day duty. 1:45 PM- went to Sta. got Warrant for Emil Kanitz- Mrs. Theresa Schneller 1160-22nd St. complainant. Charge Disorderly. Trouble occured yesterday at noon. K. who lives next door with Friedrichs was drunk. I went to Mayhews Factory where he works but he wasn't there. Arrested Emil Kanitz 1156-22nd St. at 6:10 PM. Subp. witnesses & got home at 7:30 PM.

60 deg. SE wind. Fair. Cool. Court with Kanitz. Pleaded guilty. Fined $5.00 & cost- total $11.69. Back to beat at 10:45. 12:30- called to Sta. by Sergt. Schroeder. I didn't take prisoner to Central STa. & Paulus made a howl about it. I talked to Lieut JK & then went to Co. Jail and found prisoner had been sent to H of C at 11 AM & Paulus knew it. Missed 1:45 report on that acct.

68 deg. SE wind. Fair. Warm. 90 deg. at 2 PM. Jaunke & Miller back from Vac. Cool breeze from NE at 5 PM.

64 deg. Northerly wind. Fair. Cool & Pleasant. Thunder showerslast night. Average Minimum Temp. for last 22 days of month - 64 deg.

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