William Bramwell Sizer Diaries
July 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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JULY 1903

74 deg. W wind. Partly cloudy. Hot. 78 deg. at 6:30. Hot all day. Sun shower at 8 AM. Checks this morn. Change day:- Linden on N. Dist. at noon.

70 deg. NW wind. Partly cloudy. Warm. 8 AM wind changed to NE cooler. Went to Sta. at 1:45 PM. 2:35 PM- Wm. Moore 1080 26th called me and said a boy was drowned in the Brickyard pond. I went there to Kipps & Tel. to Sta. Stolzenfeld was there & brought the hooks. We dragged the pond & found the body at 3:45. Geo. Woboril 748 - 18th St. & Wm. Herdina was in the water with him. & was rescued by Wm. Moor & Mathews & others. Woboril is nearly 14 yrs. old. Body was taken to the morgue. Eng. Co. 24 at 31st & Lloyd Sts. went into service today with Wm. Rohr, Capt.

70 deg. Partly cloudy. Heavy shower from 2:30 to 6:00 AM. Very warm toward noon. Warm all day.

76 deg. Variable wind. Partly cloudy. 90 deg. at noon. Shower at 6:30 AM, also showers during night. Clearing at 7:30. SW wind. Very warm. 9 AM-SW & S wind. Eve. went to Eng. 24's house after supper. At 7:00 their first run came in from Box 683 - 30th & Vliet. Kingsley E.L. had an excursion to Kenosha today. Walter went with them. Showers in PM spoiled the picnics.

62 deg. W wind. Fair. Cool & very pleasant. Sun shines very hot. Wind cool.

65 deg. NW wind. Fair. (:30 wind SE. Cool & pleasant. Minnie came home this eve. Ada staid out in the country.

68 deg. SW wind. Fair. Very warm. Stolzenfeld goes to the coroners office in the case of Geo. Woboril drowned in Brickyard Pond, July 2nd. Mrs, Fiedrich 1203-30th St, complains of her husband abusing her. I went there & talked with them but to no purpose. Schwertfeger hauled some large stones for me this eve.

73 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Very warm Hot. Showers 3 to 4 PM. Schwertfegers team ran away from him last night as he was going home. Tipped the wagon over & nearly killed poor Fritz. Accident happened at 24 1/2 & Center Sts.

72 deg. Variable wind. cloudy. Falling Temp. Cooler at 8 AM. Herm J. Marquardt appealed for Saloon License at 1101-22nd St. Heavy thunderstorm this eve.

70 deg. W wind. Fair. Rising Temp. PM. cloudy. Wind E. Cooler. House mover came this noon to raise our house preparatory to putting a wall under it. Eve. Rain with thunder & lightning.

68 deg. Westerly wind. Fair. Cool & pleasant. Rising Temp. 2:30- fire alarm from 24th & Hopkins. Mrs. Bertha Vetter 1553 Hopkins sent her little girl to get kerosene oil & the child got gasoline. Mrs. V. was using the oil over a fire in a wash boiler when it exploded & she was burned about the face. 35 yrs. old, married, 5 children.

62 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cool & pleasant. Bohemian Picnic at Greenwalds Park. Orders to call around occasionally. First Com. Service at Miss #2 this eve. I was ordained Elder by O.H.C. Pastor. Cox called this eve. & asked if I would take charge of the Wed. Eve. Meeting at Kingsley.

56 deg. NW win. Fair. Cool & pleasant. Mail at 1:45 PM. Met Linden at 5:10 PM, 27th & Fond du Lac.

56 .deg. NW wind. Fair. Rising Temp. Cooler towards noon. Wind changed to East.

56 deg. Northerly wind. Fair. Cool & pleasant. Change day:- Schneider on North Dist. at noon. Emmaus Church, 23rd & Hadley are holdiong their annual picnic at Greenwalds Park today. Zion, 21st & N. Ave. are at Sherman Park.

58 deg. South Westerly wind. Fair. Rising Temp. Wind changing to SE at 9:30 AM. Schroder in Sta. Schneider took the men out. Geo. Killian & family visited with us this eve.

62 deg. SE wind. Cloudy. Warmer, looks like rain. Walter went to see the mason this morn. At noon- Commenced raining at noon.
Rained all PM from E. The worst rain storm that ever visited this section. Our basement caved in very badly. It will take several days to get things straightened out & the ground back in place.

62 deg. W. Wind. Fair. Clearing at 8 AM. Warm. Heavy rain all over the country. Our mason came this morn. to work on cellar wall. I went home at 9 AM. to show him about the work. Miss. 2 picnic postponed till next Sat. on acct of wet weather. Walter started for Detroit to night on Str. Nyack at 10 PM. I went down to the boat with him.

64 deg. W. wind. Fair. Cool wind. Lieut. JK in Sta. this morn. Officer Louis Schultz signed his name in the wrong column on the Pay 'Roll this morn. So that his name was where mine should be.

62 deg. W wind. Fair. Cool. Rising Temp. Asked perm. to go home to see work on house. Put in 1st rept at Wright & Fond du Lac. Orders to be at Expo at 7:30 PM. Horse show. Gus Wilkum came to work for us on the basement at 6:15 AM.

64 deg. W. wind. Partly cloudy. Quite warm. Light shower at 5:45 AM. Got home from Horse Show at 12:15 this AM. Met Schneider on car as we came from Sta.

60 deg. Variable wind. Fair. Pleasant weather. My name was omitted from list of those who go on special duty at the Expo & Pabst Park. This eve. at 8:45 I called up W. Side Sta. & asked Mc if my name was on list & he said it was not. Mason had to stop work for lack of sand this noon. Sills & caps came this PM. 2:45 Warrant- for E. Tesch, 1141-24th St. H. Kiehl, Comp. Milk Case. Notified him to be at West Side Sta. at 7 o'c tomorrow morn. Moths & Rooney arrested Kelsow & Beberich, chicken thieves on Fond du Lac Road. I called wagon for them.

60 deg. Variable wind. Fair. Rising Temp. No sand. Mason had to go home again. Met Tesch at Sta. Walked to court. Found guilty. Fined $25.00 & cost-
$28.66. Went to Bldg. Inspectors Office & took out permit for our basement. Put in 1st rept at 10:45. Orders to be at Pabst Park at 7:30 PM. Got home at 11:45 PM. Two loads of sand came. Groffman went on my wheel to tell Mason.

60 deg. SW wind. Fair. Warmer toward 8 AM. Mason came at 6 AM. Orders to be at Pabst Park at 7:30 PM. Home at 11:58 PM. Robt. Cork worked for me all day. Walter came home this morn. from his trip to Detroit, Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Toronto etc.

70 deg. SW wind. Fair. Warm. Got up at 5:15 & worked on basement. Hy. Wiese has license to operate Whirligig from July 25 to Aug 1, Has opened up for business on 23rd St. near Center.

62 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Cool. Looks like rain. Partly clearing toward noon. PM. warmer. Kowalky (Perrigo Park Pol.) shot Otto Ramthun (Alias) yesterday PM while R. was trying to escape arrest.

62 deg. SE wind. Fair. Rising Temp. Cloudy at noon. Light shower at 12:30.

70 deg. W wind. Fair. 90 deg. in shade at noon. Rising Temp. Warm. 94 deg. at 3 PM. Miss. No. 2 Picnic at Perrigo Park. 80 children marched out at 9:45. Stolzenfeld got Warr. for Otto Ramthun. Rud. Kowalky, Comp. Showers toward eve.

68 deg. W. wind. Fair. Very pleasant. Shower at 9 PM. Heavy thunder shower during the night. Orders to be at Pabst Park at 7:30 PM. Staid at Park till 11:05 PM.

56 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cool & pleasant. Sergt. Schneider has been absent from Sta. for 3 days. Returned this morn.

56 deg. NE wind. Fair. Cool & pleasant. Cool al day. Average Min. Temp. for Month 63 deg.

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