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.
8 deg. W. Wind. Fair. Change day:- Linden on N. Dist. at noon. Checks this morn. Special duty on Holton St. from 2 to 6 PM.
24 deg. SW wind. Fair. Rising Temp. Pleasant. Braun arrested Gus. Kluge (an ex-convict) on suspicion yesterday afternoon. Special duty on Holton St. from 2 to 6 PM. Kew Worker ried to get in at 987 Buffum St bet. 1 & 2 PM.
28 deg. W wind. Cloudy. Damp air. Haase arrested Geo. Wieser on Walnut St & 19th St. on the way down this morn. He had a copper boiler & was going to sell it. Special duty on Holton St from 2 to 6 PM. Geo. Wieser charged with burglary. Paid Schwertfeger for hauling stone balance due him $12.50. Total cost of hauling stone is $20.25.
34 deg. SE wind. Cloudy. Damp, looks like rain. Commenced raining at 10 o'c. Turned to snow at noon. Snowed all PM. Wind changed to NE. Special duty on Holton St. from 2 to 6 PM.
32 deg. Northerly wind. Cloudy. About 1/2 in. of snow fell this AM. Special duty on Holton St. from 2 to 6 PM.
34 deg. E wind. Cloudy. Damp. Very muddy. Special duty on Holton St. from 2 to 6 PM. Report that Key Worker was operating on 27th near Cold Spring today.
45 deg. E wind. cloudy. Thunder shower this AM. Rubber bootys & Helmet. Floods of water everywhere. Special duty on Holton St. from 2 to 6 PM.
30 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cool & pleasant. Wind changed to E. Special duty on Holton St from 2 to 6 PM.
32 deg. Southerly wind. Fair.White frost. Special duty on Holton St. from 2 to 6 PM.
38 deg. E wind. Cloudy. Foggy. Very damp. Rained some at 2 PM. Special duty on Holton St. from 2 to 6 PM.
47 deg. NW wind. cloudy. Damp & very dark. Looks like more rain. Special duty on Holton St. from 2 to 6 PM. Jos. Nunwash, one of the sick firemen who were sent to Texas to recuperate, committed suicide at Palestine, Texas while on his way home.
35 deg. Variable wind. Cloudy. Damp & unpleasant. Clearing toward noon. special duty on Holton St. from 2 to 6 PM.
34 deg. SW wind. Cloudy. Foggy. Clearing at 9 AM. Rising Temp. Very warm at noon. Special duty on Holton St. from 2 to 6 PM.
34 deg. Northerly wind. Cloudy. Rainy & damp. Colder & freezing. Tax Bills this morn. Ada's Birthday - 15 yrs. old. Special duty on Holton St. from 2 to 6 PM.
34 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Damp & chilly all day. Change day:- Sneider on N. Dist. at noon. Special duty on Holton from 2 to 6 PM.
38 deg. SE wind. Cloudy. Foggy. Clearing & pleasant at noon. Warm. Special duty on Holton St. from 2 to 6 PM.
36 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Colder at 8 AM. Rained all night - thunderstorm. No more special duty for the present.
40 deg. Variable wind. Cloudy. Foggy, clearing toward 9 AM. Very warm at 10 AM. Stolzenfeld came out this morn. Andersen 2422 Hadley insane again. 11AM. C.B. Willis came & took him on the car to Wauwatosa. Christ Colby 1152-24th, died at noon today of consumption. Kosanke, 2316 Center St. died this PM.
58 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Warm-74 deg. at noon. Shower at 4:15 PM. Dress coat this morn. Drill day. PM:-!:40 Joe Schmidt 1059-26th called me & said he found a dead man on 37th & Hadley ( 0r Weimers Woods) lying in a pool of water. I went with him and found man 50 yrs. old, 140 lbs., dsrk suit, Chin beard & mustache. Called up Dept. from Wis. Furn. Co. Told them to send Coroner to 35th & Center, I asked for Stolzenfeld to come out with Rubber boots to help me get him out via. 36th & Center. The Cor. put rope round his body & I drew him through the water to dry land. Reported to Dept. at 4 PM. Missed drill.
46 deg. Northerly wind. Cloudy. Rained all night. Walter J. Lister, 43rd & Clark St. says he heard cries & groans in the vicinity of 37th & Hadley where Aug. Gerke body was found yesterday on Monday eve. last. at about 7 PM. I went to Wis. Furn. Co. interviewed him & reptd. to Lieut JK. Wash out at Fond du Lac Ave. crossing. Missed drill yesterday. Turned in taxes this PM. & staid to drill. Met Schneider at 4:30.
25 deg. SW wind. Fair. Froze hard. Snow flurries. Spring begins. Orders to go to Coroners office to attend inquest on body of Aug. Gerke, the Tailor, who was found on 37th & Hadley. Colby buried this PM. Also Aug. Kosanke 2316 Center St. Went to Coroners office at 9 AM. Back to beat at 10:30 AM.
36 deg. SW wind. Fair. Cool wind. Dress coat PM. Quiet all day.
30 deg. Variable wind. fair. Froze ice on ponds. Got my new shoes from Weinhaupt this morn. Cost-$4.00. Rain at 5 PM turned to snow.
28 deg. SW wind. Cloudy. Snow flurries all night & during the day today.
30 deg. W wind. Fair. Froze hard this morn.
32 deg. SW wind. Fair. Frost. Very pleasant. Drill dat:- Back to beat at 4:45 via 24th & Hopkins.
32 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Grwing colder. Disagreeable all day.
29 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Growing colder. Snow flurries. Orders to wear Black Helmets on & after Sun. Mar. 29th.
30 deg. E wind. Fair. Chilly all day. Black Helmets this morn. Met Sergt Schneider on way from Sta. Staid with me till 9:45.
27 deg. SE wind changed to NW. Froze hard. White frost. Rising Temp. Rode wheel this PM.
40 deg. W. wind. Fair. Very pleasant. Ave. Temp for month - 34 deg. Wm. Johnson came up this eve. with his bid on our new house.