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.
30 deg. SW wind. Fair. Very pleasasnt. Bright sun shine & thawing. Change day:- Linden on North. Dist. at noon.
26 deg. Southerly wind. Cloudy. Looks like rain or snow. Rain & snow at 4 PM. E. wind. PM. 1:45_ Went to Sta. for mail. Got Warr. fro Chas, Rogge, 1234-22nd. L. Greenwald, Comp. Went to his home & found he was at Berger Anderson Mill, Commerce St. Got hime & subpeonaed witnesses- Jac. Stoltz, Carl Schroeder, Henry Merz & P.L. Cogt. Missed 2:45, 3:45, 4:45 Repts. Rain & snow at 4 PM.
28 deg. W wind. Fair. Frostry. ! in. of snow fell 7AM. Went to 123 Lloyd St & sub. Henry Merz, witness in Rogge case. Was absent from roll call. In court at 9 AM with Rogge. Found guilty & fined $20.00 - Total $27.77. Mail at 2:45.
25 deg. NW wind. cloudy. Snow flurries all day. Went to Raddatz's to spend the eve.
20 deg. NW wind. Partly cloudy. Colder. About 1" snow fell. Ophelia & husband came this eve. to stay all night. Robert Salter came in to look at over plans for our new house.
10 deg. NW wind. Fair. Frosty. Snow at 1 PM to 3 o'c. Snow all eve. O.H.C, called this eve.
30 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Growing colder. Snow & Blowing. Met Linden on 21st near Locust at 2:15. Went with me to 27th & Fond du Lac. Then asked me to go with him to the 30th St. tunnel. H.C. Neubert 1093-27th St. died last eve. of heart disease.
10 deg. High NW wind. Cloudy. Cold. Clearing toward noon. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:25.
2 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold & blowing all day. Ma's birthday- 69 yrs, old. Met Linden at 27th & Fond du Lac, 3:30. H. C. Neubert 1093-27th buried this PM at Wandrers Rest Cemetary.
-2 deg. N. Wind. Fair. cold. Gustav Haffermann Arrested by Melster. Charged with disorderly - $25.00.
15 deg. Northerly wind. Cloudy. Snowing. About 1 " fell during the night. PM Growing rapidly colder. Zero at 7PM. John Ott 1026-9thh St. Arrested on Warr. by Miller & Dopke. Melster, comp. Chge- Vagrancy.
-4 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold Some colder during the night. Orders to be in court to testify vs, John Ott, Vag, Pleaded guilty & was asked by Judge Neelen how many days ne wanted. He said 60 days. His request was granted. Went to Sta. at 2:45. Got Warr. for the "Kalania Club"- 18 names. They had a dance at Volkmans & did some rioting. I got warr. for them all.
2 deg. W wind. Cloudy. Cold. In court with Kalania Club on charge of rioting. Frank Volkmann, Comp. Names of those arrested are, Wm. Schaus, Otto Schaus, Henry Knoch, Chas. Rogge, Otto Marten, Herm. Toennes, Jerry Wodtke, Paul & Wm. Fischer, Aug. Kneiss, Chas. Lawrence, Gustave & Geo. Hartwig, Arthur Berndt, Wm.Borgkhelm. Fred Schmeechel. Wm. Gehrman & A. Kuth were not arrested as they could not be found. Case cont. till tomorrow morn., 10 o'c. Bail fixed at $ 2.00 each for Knoch & Rogge. The others at $100.00 each. Back to beat at 10:45. Witnesses F. Volkman & wife, Rob. Herden, Herm. Haase, ErnstBreitzman. I couldn't find Carl Brewmeyer so got sobp. for him. Brot van so as to get try to get Gehrman & Kurth. Met Linden at 2:45, 20th & Center.
12 deg. W wind. Cloudy. Warmer. In court this morn at 10 o'c. with Knoch etal. Pd. water tax of 75 cts. 12:10 PM case adjourned to 3 PM. Went to dinner & reptd at 27 & Fond du Lac at 1:45. Went to court at 3 PM. court adj'd. at 5 PM. H. Wodtke, Chas. Lawrenz, Wm. Bergkhelm, Gus Hartwig, Aug. Kneiss, Wm. Fischer, Otto Maren, Otto Schaus were discharged, The others were cont. till Monday Jan. 19th, 10 AM.
27 deg. W wind. Fair. EWarmer, tawing fast. at noon. Drill day: Back to beat at 4:30. Change day: Schneider on N. Dist. at noon. Met Linden, 21st &Center at 10:45 AM.
26 deg. SW wind. Fair. Wm. C. Andersen, 2422 Hadley went insane & was brought to the Sta. by wagon at 5:30 AM. Met Sergt. Schneider, 27& Center, 3:25.
21 deg. NW wind. Fair. Colder, raw wind. cold all day. Got sketch from Ben Graf this eve.
2 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold. Moderating toward evening. Jake M's. birthday. 44 years old.
12 deg. Southerly wind. fair. Wamer. In court at 10 o'c. with Rioters. State vs. Henry Knoch etal. Frank Volkman, Complainant & witness. Arrested Alfred Kurth & Wm. Gehrmann in corrider at 10:15 AM. On examination they were not indentified & were discharged. Geo. Hartwig, H. Toennes, Wm. Schaus, Fred Schmeekel & Arhtur Berndt were discharged. Henry Knoch find $50.00, C. Rogge - $25.00 & Paul Fisher, sentence suspended. Through their Atty, F. Lorenz, they filed notice of appeal. Bond fixed at $150.00. Went to sta. & home at 12:15. First rept. at 1:45.
20 deg. Variable wind. Fair. Warmer. F. Schwertfeger commence hauling stone from 30th St. tunnel to our house. Otto Strom helped him. They hauled 8 loads. Mail at 1:45.
18 deg. Northerly wind. Cloudy. Raw wind. Schwertfeger haule 4 loads of stone this forenoon & then quit. I paid him $7.00. Plankington Packing House burned at 1 PM. 3rd alarm.
18 deg. Southerly wind. Cloudy. RAw wind. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:30.
8 deg. NW wind. Fair. Frosty. Wind changed to E. Met Schneider at 20th & Center, 2 PM.
25 deg. E. wind. Cloudy. Chilly. Snow flurries all PM.
25 deg. Southerly wind. Cloudy. About 1" of snow fell. Chimney fire at Dr. Bockhorsts 2602 Fond du Lac Ave at 6:15 PM. No damage.
34 deg. Southerly wind. Partly cloudy. Thawing all day.
32 deg. NW wind. Fair. Pleasant. Arnold Mauthai broke into Bitkers store, 18th & Fond du Lac at 3:25 AM. Patrol wagon called. He was booked for Reuter. Schwertfeger hauled stone again today. Hauled 6 loads without help.
34 deg. E wind. Cloudy. Foggy all day. Rain 6:45 PM. Little Arthurs birthday- He would have been 11 yrs, old. Asked perm. to pay taxes. Went down bet. 8:40 & 9:40. Our tax is $42.29. Helns $60.31. Met Schneider, Fond du Lac & 27th, 5:15 PM
40 deg. E wind. Cloudy. Foggy. 9AM wind NW. Drill day:- Back at 4:30. 9 AM fog lifted & commenced growing colder. Fire alarm at N. & Fond du Lac at 5:45. Chimney fire, 2229- N. Ave.
6 deg. High NW wind. Fair. Cold all day. Walter went to Port this eve. to attend an Epworth League Rally.
18 deg. southerly wind. fair. Frosty but pleasant. Rising Temp. Average Min. Temp for Month - 18 deg..