William Bramwell Sizer Diaries
May 1903

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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MAY 1903

32 deg. Southerly wind. Partly cloudy. Froze during night. Overcoat this morn. Checks this morn. Change day:- Linden on N. Dist. at noon.

38 deg. Southerly wind. Partly cloudy. Raw wind. Asked per. to go to Sec'ys office to Pay int. Made the trip in just one hour. 8:45 to 9:45. AM.

35 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Chilly. clearing toward noon. Warmer toward eve.

44 deg SW wind. Cloudy. Showers at 7:30 AM. Went home & got rain coat. Heavy shower at 9 AM. Met Linden at 4:15, 27th & Fond du Lac.

5-5-1909 49 deg. SW wind. Fair. Colby Tel. Lake-59. 1:45 Warr. for John Zimmerman Jr. 1159-21st St. John Sr. Comp. Charge disorderly. Went with Lineman to Wis. Furn. Co. Got shaving knife ground.

48 deg. No wind. Cloudy. Foggy. Wind SE at 11 AM. Got up at 5 AM & went to Zimmermans 1159-21st St. & found that Jojn Jr. did not come home last night. 1:45 got Warr. for Jac. Ratzel 2418 Chambers St. A. Scholz, Comp. Disorderly conduct. Arrested Ratzel at his home 2418 Chambers at 5:45 PM. Subpeonaed witnesses & went to Sta. on car with R. Left Subp. at Sta for night officer to subp. two witnesses.

32 deg. NE wind. Fair. White frost. Drill dat:- Back to beat at 4:30 PM. In court with Ratzel at 9 AM. Case called at 11:50. Cont. to May 12th. Went to Sta. with bail money & then to dinner. Back to beat at 1:40.

32 deg. SE wind. Fair. White frost. 10:45 got order per tel. to go to City Atty's office & see Mr. Zimmers at once. Z. inquired about Ratzel's case. Got home at 12:30. Back to beat at 1 o'c. Met Linden at 27th & Center, 3:15. Took up defective walks on Center & Fond du Lac Ave. this PM.

37 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Light frost during the night. Warmer. Met Linden at 27th & Fond du Lac at 3:45 PM. Notice at 5:45 PM. that John Zimmerman Jr. gave himself up at the West Side Sta.

56 deg. SW wind. Partly cloudy. Warm. Engelhardts Bakery burned early this morn. Subpoenaed witnesses in Zimmerman case.

46 deg. W wind. Fair. Cool & very pleasant. Wind changed to NE toward noon. In court at 9 AM with J. Zimmerman Jr. Disorderly Warr. J.Z. Sr., comp. Found guilty. fined $1.00 & costs. I took him to Central Sta. Back to beat at 11:47 AM. thunder shower passed to the SE at 1 PM. Heavy shower at 2:30 PM. Miller & Ressel on vacation.

50 deg. N. Wind. Fair. Cool & pleasant. Rising Temp. Very warm during the day. Jac. Ratzel in court. Cont. from last Thursday. Found Guilty. Fined $5.00 & costs. $18.65. Ratzel did not appear. City Atty. Zimmerman appeared for K. Took up sidewalks on 23rd & 24th Sts. this PM.

44 deg. High northerly wind. Fair. Very cool. Cold all day. Schissler goes to Waupun today to serve a term of 25 yrs. for Murder.

46 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Rain. Drill dat:- Went home sick. Sent Ada to Stolzenfelds house to tell him to report me sick. Ada told S's girl & she didn't tell S. & so the dept never knew what was the matter.

46 deg. NE wind. Fair. Cool. Linden came up this morn & asked what was the matter. I asked him if he did not know I was sick. He said no & didn't know whether I reported during yesterday PM. or not. I told him what I had done & he left. News came at 8:30 that Geo. W. Chapman was drowned out at the Night-hawk mine. Change day:- Schneider on the N. Dist. at noon.

46 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Cool & pleasant. I reported for duty this morn. Got a lecture from JK for failing to give notice of my absence from duty. It served me right. I had no business to trust a third party.

54 deg. southerly wind. Fair. Warm. Met Schneider, Wright & Fond du Lac at 10:50 AM. Shower at 1:35 PM. Very warm. Marquardts little girl buried this PM.

66 deg. SW wind. Fair. Very warm & pleasant. Orders to be at Expo at 7:30 PM. Put on summer underwear. Shower at 5:30. Went home at 5:45. Went to Expo at 7:30. Got home at 12 o'c.

66 deg. SW wind. Fair. Warm. John Hahn Jr. married today at St. Ann's Church to a daughter of John Reichert on No. Ave. Mer Sergt. Scneider at Wright & Fon du Lac at 4 PM.

58 deg. SW wind. Fair. Cooler. Very pleasant. PM. wind changed to SE.

62 deg. SW wind. Fair. Very pleasant. Hot at 8:30. Wind changed to NE toward noon. Cooler. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:30. 4:45 called to C.C. Woven wire works, found Geo. Grosenheimer in the office drunk & quarreling about his pay. After hearing his story & listening to Kunkels I told K. to go. He went out after threatning K. He hung around on the St. threatening Klein & I told him several times to go home. He would not so I placed him under arrest. Took him in the office of Wis. Furn. Co. & tel. for wagon.

50 deg. W. Wind. Clouidy. Foggy & rain at 8:10. In court at 9 AM with Geo. Grosenheimer. Got Subp. for Kunkel & Klein. G. pleaded guilty & was fined $5.00 & costs. $8.74. Back to beat at 10:05 PM Willie Sieckert, Mathews & Peopping were arrested by Constable at N. Mil. for shooting birds. Willie was suspended from school Feb. 19th '03 for continued disorder & constantly annoying his teacher.

50 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Chilly. Thunder storm passed to SE this morn. at 5 o'c. Sprowls came on 10:39 train. Staid to dinner. Going to Waukesha to preach tomorrow. Mrs. Kate Raddatz died this morn at 4 o'c. from heart disease.

54 deg. E. Wind. cloudy. Foggy & damp. Signed payroll this morn. Chapman to be buried this PM. Sergt. Scneider ordered me to go & help Stolzenfeld at Chapman 's funeral. Missed 2:45 rept. on acct. of above mentioned funeral. Went to Kingsley this Eve.

50 deg. SE wind. Cloudy. Foggy & damp. 1:50 PM. Stolzenfeld & I arrested Mrs. Ernestine Lange, 717-14th St., at 2513- Center St. She was drunk. Took her to 27th & Fond du Lac. Heavy thunder storm at noon & at 2:45 PM. Showers came to stay all night. Mrs. Raddatz buried this PM.

54 deg. SW wind. cloudy. Rain. Thunder shower alll morn. Rained every hour all day. Sprowels goes home this AM on 7:30 train. Grandpa Gallaher will be buried today. In court with Mrs. Lange. She was found guilty by acting Judge Ries & on her promise not to get drunk again, he suspended sentence. Went to faith Mission No. 1 & met the Holdens & Mr. Chapin & talked over organization for the Faith Mission work.

62 deg. Southerly wind. cloudy. Warm. Showery. Showers all day. 1:45 PM Went to Sta. Got Clerks office complaint - Chas. Joers vs. Emil Kanitz 1156-22nd St. Served same at 3:15.

58 deg. NW wind. Fair. Very pleasant. Wind changed to E. toward noon. Cool. Got up at 4 AM & painted the bathroom. Broke pin off my badge. Got badge 394 at Sta. & took mine to Stellars to get it fixed. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:30. Clerks office comp. Katherin Dengel vs. Geo. Dengel 1190-30th St. Comp. served on Geo. Dengel at 8:30 AM.

50 deg. NE wind. Fair. Chilly. Very cold all day. Letters at 1:45 for R. Schultz 1657 Hopkins, Grell & Son 1602 Hopkins, & T. French 1491-25th. All vacations suspended until after the Tanners strike is over.

44 deg. NE wind. Fair. Cold & Chilly. Wearing woolen jacket & gloves. Checks this AM. Decoration day. Walter goes to Fredonia this morn. Will stay over Sunday. Went to Fox's 1518 Wright St. Old choir meeting.

46 deg. NE wind. Fair. Cold & very chilly all day. Got home from Fox's at 12:45 AM. Thoroughly disgusted. Mrs. F's son Roy assisted by Ehlers gave an exhibition of sleight of hand & character portrayl & I to my utter disgust vow I'll never go there again. Average Min. Temp. for month - 49 deg.

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