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.
58 deg. High NW wind. Fair, Cooler. Labor Day. Change day- Linden on North Dist. at noon. 2:45- Orders per tel. to go to Pabst Park & stay on St. Arrived there at 3:30. Met Sergt. Linden. He told me to come in the Park with him. Was Sta. at Bicycle Race Track until races were over. Linden told me to stay until time to go home. At 6:30 he told me to stay until 7 o'c. Went home at 7 o'c. Stolzenfeld reported for duty & stationed at Schlitz Park.
52 deg. W wind. Fair. Cool. Very warm toward noon. Stolzenfeld on his beat today. He & McKinney went to Wis. Furn. Co. & got table legs.
62 deg. High westerly wind. Cool. Showery. Very cool in PM. My birthday - 44 yrs. old. A present from Ada. Pictures of Pa & Ma. Mail at 2:45.
47 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold. Rose nominated for Gov. by the Dem. at Davidson Theater yesterday PM.
48 deg. High SE wind. Fair. Cool. Had a letter from Ma today. Also a letter from J.L.
57 deg. NW wind. 57 deg. Fair. Wheel. Cool & pleasant. Heavy shower during the night. Mr. Chapman came to breakfast at 6:15. He expects his family home this morn. Orders to be at Expo at 7:30 PM. Opening night. Home at 11:30 PM.
54 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cool. 7:15- orders to be at Nat'l Ave. & Grove St. at 8 o'c. tomorrow. 12:30- Orders to be at Nat'l Ave & Grove at 12 noon tomorrow.
64 deg. SW wind. Fair. Warm. At home all morn. At Grove & Nat'l at 11:50. Stationed at Grove & S. Pierce. Turned cold at 2:30. Wind NW. Rained at 4 PM. I went home at 5 o'c. & got my rain coat. Ate a bite & got back tat 6:40. Wet & rainy all eve. Went home at 11:o'c.
50 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cool. Jahr Markt at 12 noon. Home at 12:30 AM. Mr. & Mrs. Sprowls came this eve.
50 deg. SW wind. Fair. Raising temp. Minnie & I went to conf. with Mr & Mrs Sprowls. Haase & I took supper at RR YMCA.
54 deg. HIgh NW wind. Cloudy. Cool. Got home at 12:45 AM. Got up at 7:30. Went with Minnie to Lockins house on 34th St. Left for Conf. at 9:50.
40 deg. W wind. Partly cloudy. Cold. Jake & Lois came yesterday & went home this morn. Went to Conf. with Sprowls.
40 deg. W wind. Fair. Cold. Home at 12:15 AM. Went to conf. at 9 AM. Met J.J. Hartley. Orders from Sergt. Johnson to wear Black Helmets & dress coats on Monday- 15th.
42 deg. High SW wind. Fair. Cold all night. Rising temp. toward noon. Went to Kingsley S.S. with Ada this AM. Went home at 11 o'c., ate lunch & went to Jahr Markt at 11:20. Home from Jahr Markt at 10:45.
48 deg. SW wind. Fair. Cool. Black Helmets & Dress Coats this morn. Back on beat this morn. 5:15- Fire broke out in Barn & Grain stack of Wm. Matthaus, 27th & Burleigh. Total loss $3000.00 damage. Cause unknown. Home at 8 PM. Ate supper & went to Wash. Ave. Church to hear appointments of preachers. Walter, Sprowls & I came home at 11:15.
46 deg. W wind. Fair. Rising Temp. Sprowls went home this Morn on 7:10 L.S. train. He is stationed at DePere. Noon- John Maechtle, wife & son Geo. & daughter Freda came as we were getting ready for dinner. Lieut. JK on Vac.
56 deg. SW wind. Fair. Warmer. Appointments for Election Inspectors, clerks etc. came this morn. John Maechtle & family left for Port on the 10 o'c. train. Fire at Matthaus Barn continues to burn in the hay.
47 deg. High NE wind. Cloudy. Car. Cold. Clearing toward noon. Rain in the night. Cold in AM. Warmer at noon. Frank Bauer 1060-27th St. gets married. Ordered a ton of Walnut Hill soft coal-$5.00.
44 deg. NE wind. Fair. Wheel. Cold. Rep. Caucus - Orders to be at 17th & Center at 12 o'c. noon. 9:50 - Arrested Cornelius Barrens at 24 1/2 & Hopkins, riding bicycle on walk. Called wagon to 24th & Hopkins. Went to 17th & Center at 12 o'c. Put on wool underwear. Hammer relieved me at 7:55.
54 deg. E wind. Partly vloudy. Wheel. Warmer. Court this morn. with Barrens. Out on $10.00 bail. Pleaded guilty, fined the costs- $1.58. Back to beat at 10 AM
54 deg. swoutherly wind. Partly cloudy. Foggy at 6 AM. Sultry at 7 AM. Warm all day. Shower in the eve. YWCA girls at Mission No. 2 this Eve.
62 deg. W. changed to NE. Cloudy. car. Foggy. Warm. Orders at 9:45 to get dinner early & be at West Side Turn Hall at 12 o'c. noon. Went home & shaved at dinner & went to Rep. Co. Convention. Got through at 7 :15.
57 deg. NE wind. Rain. Rained all morn. & all day. Minnie & Helen going to Reeseville today. They left on 11:00 train. Pres. Roosevelt expected tomorrow. Orders to bring white gloves. 5:00 PM- News comes that the Pres. would not come on account of sickness.
54 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Car. Rainy all day. Redeption for Pres. Roosevelt off on acct of illness of Pres. Set up stove in sitting room this noon.
52 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Car. Rainy all day. Ada & Ella went to the Expo tonight.
55 deg. SW wind. Partly cloudy. Clearing this AM. PM-dark & foggy. :ieut. JK in Sta. this morn. Minnie & Helen came home this noon. Ordered 2 tons of Walnut Hill Coal. Went to 30th & Station Ave. at 7:30 PM. Ordered Expressman Ludwigs to get Ella's trunk & take it tp North Ave. Depot in the morn.
58 deg. SE wind. Cloudy. Rainy. Rained all day. Ella goes home this morn. Lina Maechtle & her sister Mrs. Head came at 3 PM to stay all night.
54 deg. Northerly wind. Cloudy. Damp. PM- Old trouble (Renal Calculi) came o n this PM. & at 3:10 PM reported sick & went home. Suffered terribly till 5 PM when I took a Morphine Pill & I felt easy all the eve.
56 deg. Easterly wind. Cloudy. Damp. Sun shone a while in PM. Minnie & Helen went to Fosters & I staid alone. Eve.- Mr Chapin called.
56 deg. E wind. Cloudy. Rain. Went to Dr. Boerners office at 8 AM. He said I had better stay home a day or two longer. Would not advise me to go out in such weather. Went to N. Ave. Depot & paid freight on Barrel of Apples-25 cts & left. order at Ladwigs to have them b rought up this noon. Average Min. Temp. for Mo. 52 deg.