William Bramwell Sizer Diaries
December 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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30 deg. SW wind. Fair. Frost. Asked per. to go to Reilleys for my overcoat. Made the trip. Had my coat inspected & back to beat in one hour. Change day:- Heinemann on N. Dist. at noon. Met Heinemann at Eng. 22, 2:30 PM. Eve.- Henke brought papers for Henry Klawitter in the matter of Albert K. his son. He being a delinquent boy. Case comes up Wed. 2 PM. Wore overcoat for first time today.

30 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Frosty. Wind changed to NE. Served Copy of Notice of "delinquent boy" on Henry Klawitter at his place of employment- B. Shop, 12th & Lloyd St., 7:30 AM. 2 PM. Rain, NE wind. Rained all eve. 2:20 PM. End. 22 called to Brickyard Fire in dry Kiln. No damage. Met Heinemann there. Rode wheel to dinner.

32 deg. High NE wind. Cloudy Snow. About 1 in. fell during the night. 2 PM- Juvenile Court in Klawitter case. (Alb. Klawitter a delinquent boy)- truant. Father appeared in court at 2 PM. Judge Neelen gave him a talking to & appointed me probation officer over him. Went to Pautkes & got my cap.

20 deg. NW wind. Partly cloudy. Chilly. Drill day: Back to beat at 4:30. John Weimer taken to Emergency Hospital by patrol wagon. Suffering from alcholism.

26 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Chilly. Looks like snow. Snow flurries PM & evening.

22 deg. W. wind. Cloudy. Snow flurries all day & eve. Met Sergt Heinemann at Eng. 22 at 3:15 PM.

17 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Colder. Snow flurries. Put ear laps down this morn. First time this season. 4PM growing colder very fast.

-2 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold. Cold - zero nearly all day. Tas collection begins today. Arnold Sta. Keeper. Wussow on Boemers beat. Boemer on Arnolds. Maas on Schlitz Park beat.

Zero. Southerly wind. Partly cloudy. Rising Temp. Subpeonaed Mrs. Kaun (Kahn) in case, Kaap vs. Kaap. A&B. & took Subp. to clerks office. Back to beat at 8:55 AM. Met Heinemann at 10:30, 27th & Fond du Lac.

30 deg. W wind. cloudy. Warmer. Frank Siecker suspended from school by Principal Scholz. 4:15 PM. Met supt. Kringel of Home for Delinquent Children,looking for Arthur Heller.

28 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Chilly. Looks like snow. Drill day:- Inspection of overcoats. Back to beat at 4:15. PM. Ed. Welter gave me a letter from E.E. Koebke, Washington Co. inquiring about Payl. I wrote a letter this eve. Paul is working in chair Factory. Earns $3.50 per week. Broke my wheel this noon & took it to Bliessners to get it fixed.

30 deg. Easterly wind. Cloudy, Chilly. Wrote to G.B.M. this PM about market for his Poultry.

27 deg. E, Wind. Fair. Chilly. Met Sergt. Heinemann at 27th & Fond du Lac at 3:10 PM.

25 deg. E wind. Fair. Chilly, raw wind.

31 deg. SE wind. cloudy. Rain & Sleet. Very slippery. Change day:- Schroeder on N. Dist. at noon. Rain at 12:45 from SE. Rained all PM.

26 deg. High W wind. Cloudy. Growing colder. 4:30 PM arrested Carl Fischer at Wight & Fon du Lac. Drunk.

18 deg. Westerly wind. Fair. Raw wind. In court with Fischer. Pleaded guilty, fined $10.00 & costs or 30 days. Back to beat at 9:45.

22 deg. Westerly wind. Fair. Cold but pleasant. Drill day:- Met Schroeder at Eng. 22. Went via 20th St. Hopkins St., Keefe Ave., RR track & Fond du Lac Ave. Weiss,3004 Fond du Lac called us. HIs daughter Annie, 26 yrs. old threatened to committ suicide. We gave her a warning & left her. I think she is a morphine fiend. Herman Horn came from Waupun where he has been confined for incest. He was sent up by Judge Wallber for 10 years.

27 deg. Variable wind. Fair. White frost. Rain at 9:15. Rained till noon. Rained from 1 PM, all PM & Eve.

41 deg. Southerly wind. Cloudy. For & rain all day. Went home & got Rubber boots. Met Henry Vogt, 1188-8th St. Went to 30th St. tunnel. He will haul stones frpm there to our house for basement.

40 deg. SE wind. Cloudy. Rain. Fog. & dampness. Rain at intervals all day.

34 Deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Colder. Sent $10.00 money order to Pa & Ma for Christmas.

28 deg. Variable wind. Cloudy. Looks like snow. Ophelia Maechtle came down on the 10:00 train. Went to 5th & Walnut & was married to Levi Goehring by Rev. Klein.

32 deg. High westerly wind. Cloudy. Snowing - 2 in. by 6 AM. Card from Colbys to go to B. Leindorfs, E. Water St. & get Basket of Groceries. Cold & blustery all day. Ophelia & her husband came to dinner today. Went to Port. on 1:50 train. Walter went to Port on 1:50 Train. Christmas entertainment at Kingsley this eve. Ada went alone.

7 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold. Christmas day. 1 1/2 hrs. for dinner. 11 to 12:30. Lieut. JK absent. Sergt Schneider in Sta. Quiet all day.

10 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Cold wind. Walter came home this eve. Johnnie & Frank came with him.

17 degrees. NW wind. Cloudy. Looks like snow. Orders to cover Dopkes beat with mine. Traveled Dopkes beat with mine.

14 deg. SW wind. Fair. Frosty. Rising Temp. Dopkes beat with mine this forenoon.

14 deg. SW wind. Fair. Flurries of snow during the night. About 1 in. fell. Went to Herzberg's office by per. of Lieut. JK. Paid Insurance-$34.07. 8:45 to 9:45. Met Schneider, Eng. 22 at 8:10 AM. Christmas Entertainment at Miss. No. 2 this eve.

5 deg. SW wind. Fair. Frosty. Tax bills for Grunzel 1161-20th St. Box at 27th & Fond du Lac out of order at 2:25. To go to Expo at 7:30. Ada went with me. We got home at 11:45.

17 deg. SW wind. Fair. Frosty. When I got to the Sta. I was ordered to go to the fire at Abresch's. Abresch Carriage works cought fire at 2:30 AM. Factory is a total loss. Went to dinner at 10:45. Min. Temp. 21 deg. Average minumum temp. for year 40 5/12 deg.

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