William Bramwell Sizer Diaries
August 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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58 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Car. Cool & damp. Checks this morn. Change day:- Heinemann on North Dist. at noon. Sergt Schneider ret. from Vac.

62 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Warmer. Orders to be at Pabst Park at 7 PM. Scotch picnic. Asked leave to go to Reillys & get my clothes this morn. Went to Reilleys at 8 :45. Put on suit & went to Central to have it inspected by Lieut. O'Connor. Back to beat at 10:10. Missed 9:45 Report. Met Walter on Wis. St. as I was talking to Mr. Hamilton. PM.- On examining my vest, found it defective. 5 button holes had been cut wrong and sewed up. Went home at 5:10. Went to Scotch picnic at 7 o'c. Home at 10:45 PM.

66 deg. NW wind. Fair. Warm. Showed my vest to Lieut JK. He told me to take it back.

62 deg. Easterly wind. Fair. Cool & Pleasant. Minnie & I went to Wauwatosa this eve. & called on Notbohms.

62 deg. N Wind. Fair. Cool & pleasant. Forgot to pay my Relief Assn dues & Lieut JK wanted to deposit the money so I borrowed $7.00 from Stolzenfeld, $3.00 from Miller & paid up. Noon - Got money & at 12:30 paid Stolzenfeld back the $7.00 I borrowed. Met Miller at 5:45 & gave him his $3.00.

56 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cool.

54 deg. Southerly wind changing to West. Rain at 4 AM. 1:45 PM. Fire broke out in barn of Wm. Kaun, 1003-21st St. Damage $ 200.00, cause unknown. I was not present at the time of the fire. I was out on Hopkins & Keefe Ave. Learned the particulars at 3:45 & reported to Central.

58 deg. NE wind. Fair. Cool. P.F. Meier & Sister Rose went to the "Dells" this morn. Mrs. Kottnauer died at 3 PM. Consumption.

60 deg. southerly wind. Fair. Car. Cool. Mission No. 2, 20th & Chambers will have picnic today at Sherman Park. Walter goes to Racine on excursion boat this PM. Excursion for benefit of Rescue Mission.

66 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Warmer. Looks like rain. Rain from 9:45 to 2 PM. Dopke ret. from Vac. Saloon application of G. T. Schwab, 2229 Center St.

54 deg. W wind. Fair. Cool. Fraser asked me to take his place at the Expo to which I agreed. Home at 11 PM. Mrs. Kottnauer was buried this PM. Rev. Hintz officiating.

52 deg. SW wind. Fair. Wheel. Cool. Went with Stolzenfeld to 23rd & Elm this morn. at 6:45 o'c. to make an arrest. I got to the Sta. in time for roll call.

58 deg. SE wind. Cloudy. Rain all forenoon. Cloudy all day. 4:40- Miller arrested Gust Goebel, 1183-20th St. for riding bicycle on side walk at 20th & Locust.

60 deg. NW wind chgd to E. Cloudy. Car. Damp & sultry. Miller asked that I be in court as he feared Goebel was going to fight his case & deny that he rode on walk. Went to court. Goebel pleaded guilty & Recv'd suspended sentence. Back to beat at 9:45.
Fire broke out in house at 938-17th at 5:30 PM. Tel. alarm. Damage $100.00. Cause-filling gasoline stove while lighted. Mrs. Louise R. seriously burned on back & arms. Dr. Kratsch attended her. House owned & occupied by Ernst Rintelmann.

62 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Damp. Indication of rain. Light sprinkles at 6:30 AM. Clearing PM. Change day. Schroeder on N. dist. at noon. 8 PM. Henke bro't me a warr for Herman Elke 1242-23rd St. F. H. Suttler, a neighbor, complainant. Chge- Cow running at large.

52 deg. NE wind. Fair. Cool. Left home at 6:10. Went to Ehlkes House. He was not at home. Out collecting garbage. Dem. Caucus this PM., also Irish Picnic at Schlitz Park. Schroeder came up on car with me to 24th & Hopkins. Notified G.F. Schwab 2227 Center St. to get saloon license at once. 1:45- Went to Wm. Pagenkopf 955-21st St. & told his wife to go & see Sec. R.H. next Sat. Went to 1242-23rd, arrested Herm. Ehlke. Went to Sta.. Got mail for 20th-22nd & 19th wds. Fire on 21st St. near Elm. Bohlmans child burned Hlemb & Droeses barn. Subp. witnesses after 6 PM.

56 deg. Southerly wind. Partly cloudy. Cool. Fuller-Warren Employees picnic at Greunewalds Park. Two ladies from the YWCA Institute came up to No. 2 Mission this eve. Miss Russell of Brooklyn & Miss Lake of Lexington Ky.

58 deg. SE wind. Fair. Cool. Rising Temp. Showery in PM. In court this morn. with Herm. Ehlke - Cow running at large. Ehlke found guilty fined 50 cts & costs. Total $7.19. Back to bea at 11:10 AM.

64 deg. NE wind. Partly cloudy. Warmer. Asked perm. to go to tailors to get my vest bet. 8:45 & 9:45. Back at 9:50.

60 deg. NW wind. Fair. Pleasant. Math. Rauch is home again from the Correction House. Wm. Volkmann arrested as suspect by Schroeder (firebug).

60 deg. Northerly wind. Cloudy. damp. Alex Michaels 1085-26th Arrested on chge of Embezzlement. Chas Barker, Comp. Arrest mad yesterday. Order from JL Capt. per Lieut JK to tell Frank Malick 1209-30th St. to support his family or he would be arrested. Met Malick at 6 PM. Told him. He said he was doing all he could. Gave his wife all the money he earned.

52 deg. Northerly wind. Fair. Cool. Wind changes to NE. Cool all day. Went with Minnie & Ada to Tent Meeting, 1st & Center this eve.

50 deg. Northerly wind. Fair. Cool. Very quiet all day.

52 deg. NW wind. Fair. Wheel. Cool. Quite warm at noon.

53 deg. SE wind. Fair. Cool with rising temp. Foggy at 5:30 AM. Signed payroll.

56 deg. NW wind. Fair. Warmer. Walter went to Union Grove this PM to attend E. L. Rally or Dist. meeting.

60 deg. Northerly wind changing to E. wind. Wamr. Mat Schroeder on car at 17th & Fond du Lac. He went with me to 20th & Center. PM- Household goods of John Colby 1022-24th St. were set out on the St. by Constable for non-payment of rent.

55 deg. Variable wind. Fair. Warm. Stolzenfeld sick. I reported him so at Sta. (Abe), A.J.G. on his beat. Walter Ret. from Union Grove. He was elected Sec'y of Dist. League.

56 deg. Variable wind. Fair. Warm. Wahlen on Vac. Ressel on Stolzenfelds beat.

65 deg. SW wind. Partly cloudy. Warm. Sultry all day. Shower at 5:45. Minnie & the children went on the Excursion Boat to Racine. Excursion by Kingsly E. L. 1/2 of profit to go to Deaconess Home. Pere Marquette Str. No. 5.

80 deg. High SW wind. Partly cloudy. Very sultry. Showery toward noon. Hot PM. Met Schroeder at 8:30 AM. Staid with me till 9:45. Went though Union Cemetery. Ave. Min. Temp. 58 deg. Siegrist came down from Fond du Lac.

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