William Bramwell Sizer Diaries
August 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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56 deg. E. Wind. Fair. Cool. Looks like rain. Checks this AM. Change dat:- Heinemann on N. Dist. at noon.

62 deg. SE wind. Cloudy. Rain during the night. Clearing towards noon. Henry Wiese has license for Whirligig on 23rd & Center St. Aug 1 to Aug 8 incl.

70 deg. Southerly wind. Partly cloudy. Sultry. Light shower at noon. Showers 5 to 7 PM. House mover, Goll, came this morn to take timber & blocks out from under house. PM. Met Heinemann at 1:40, 27th & Fond du Lac. Shower. Stolzenfeld loaned me $100.00 so I could pay off the bills as they came in for work materials etc. on basement. I am to pay him as I can in 2, 3, or 4 months. I will pay him $25.00 per month.

62 deg. E. Wind. cloudy. Cooler. Officer Barkow susp. by Schroeder on acct of drunkenness last night. Albert Krause hauled a load of stones from 29th & Clark to our house this eve.

62 deg. Variable wind. Cloudy. Thunder storm commencing at 5:15 AM. Got up at 4:45 to work but the storm stopped me.

62 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cool. Notice of Barkow's dismissal on acct. of intoxication read this morn. Orders to go to tailor. 10:45 orders per tel. from J.L., Capt. to go to 26 50 Fond du Lac & get the clothes belonging to Mary Maranzik and take them to e House of Mercy. Which I did. I got all but a few pieces that were in the wash & were wet. They promised to take the rest over this PM. House of Mercy 483-35th St. Went to Reilleys after dinner. Got my pants. Had them inspected by M.J. O'c. Back to beat at 1:45.

50 deg. W wind. Fair. Cool. Linden supposed to be on Vac. Orders to be at Wash. Park at 7:30 PM. Band concert. Walter waited for Ada at N. Mil. but the Superior No. 106 was 2 hrs. late & so he came in on No. 6 at 6:50 PM. Home from Park at 11 PM.

54 deg. W. wind. Partly cloudy. Cool. Light shower at 7 AM. Shower at 8:15 to 8:45 AM. Rain 6 PM & all eve. Scotch Picnic at Pabst Park. Our mason built the steps in outside cellar way this PM.

52 deg. N. wind. Fair. Rising Temp. PM. wind changed to SE. Cool.

60 deg. Variable wind. Partly cloudy. Rising Temp. Shower bet. 5 & 6 AM. Wind southerly. Sta. at 1:45. Warr. for Wm. Friedrich 1156-22 nd St. disorderly conduct. St. Car. Cond. Comp.

56 deg. W. wind. Cloudy. Cool. Went to see the plumber this AM. Miss. No. 1 picnic at Sherman Park. Chas. Goll came this eve. & collected his bill for house raising.

52 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cool. Wind changed to E. Wm. Kelber ( Smoke) arrested at the instigation of P. Pinter. Gus Newbert & Ed.Moccabee. witnesses. Charge- carrying concealed weapons.

54 deg. E. wind. Fair. Cool. Wm. Kelber ( smoke) found not guilty & discharged by the court. Stolzenfeld arrested Ramthum at the home of his sister, 25th & Cherry St.

56 deg. SE wind. Fair. Some warmer. Plumber commenced work at our house this morn. Rested this eve. the first time since the work on the house commenced.

57 deg. E. Wind. Cloudy. Cool wind. Rained nearly all night & until 8 AM. Rubber coat & boots this Morn. Rainy all day. Change day. Schroeder on N. Dist. at noon.

58 deg. Easterly wind. Fair. Rising Temp. Very pleasant. Quiet all day. Clarence Capfron was horsewhipped by his wife while attending a party on 37th St. near N. Ave. last night. He has been neglecting her & abusing her for a long time.

56 deg. Varaible wind. Fair. Fog horn blowing. Fair. Orders to be at B.B,. Park, 16th & Lloyd, 7:30 PM. Ruins of Ancient Rome or Last Days of Pompie. Home at 10:30 PM.

62 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Very pleasant. Orders to be at B.B. Park at 7:30 PM. Report to Sergt. Schroeder. Home at 10:30 PM.

66 deg. Vataible wind. Fair. Warm. Went with Stolzenfeld to Wis. Furn. Co. & arrested Robert Leichfuss on charge of resisting Officer Rud. Kowalky, Park Police. Went to Sta. at 2:45. Orders to go to Schlitz Park. Saloon keeprs picnic. Staid there till 7 PM. Ordered to pull hook at 11:30 AM. I was at 25th & North Ave. St. cars commenced runiing on Lisbon Ave. this morn. Minnie & Mrs. Towsley went to McHenry's this PM.

58 W wind. FAir. Cool. Orders to be at B.B. Park at 7:30 PM. 8:30 PM. Arrested Geo. Clark at 16th & Lloyd St. C. stole a gold watch & $6.00 in money from Ervin R. Kilbourne, an employee of Pain's Pyrotechnic, Comp. I arrested him on a charge of D&Dis. but found out later that he was wanted for Larceny. Sergt. Heinemann & I found the watch at Kommetters Saloon where he had pawned it for drinks.

62 deg. Variable wind. Partly cloudy. Cool. Looks like rain. Light shower at 12:45 PM. I went to Dist. Atty's office & got comp. for Clark. In court with Calrk, 9 AM. Pleaded guilty to having stolen the watch, valued at $15.00 & was fined $25.00 or 90 days H of C. Back to beat at 10:30 AM. Lieut. JK absent from Sta. this AM. Worked in cellar all Eve. Munroe helped me.

71 deg. W. wind. Cloudy. Looks like rain. Rainy all PM. Orders to be at B.B. Park at 7:30 PM. Goerre's Cooper Shop (for hand work) in rear of main b ldg. burned this 3 to 4 AM. Watchman Barinck fast asleep.

66 deg. wind. Cloudy. Thunder storm at 7:30 AM to nearly noon. Cloudy & damp all day. Epworth League Convention at N. Greengield Church ( Annual Meeting) Friday eve. till this eve.

68 deg. Variable wind. Fair. Sultry. Wind changed to E. at 8 AM. Cooler. 2:45 - Called to Sta. Got two milk Warrants - Albert Ziebell & Ferd. Schultz. Sent word to S. to come to Sta. at 7:30 tomorow morn. $:15 PM. Arrested Fred. Luedtke at Heins Saloon 2700 Fond du Lac for carrying concealed weapons.

69 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Shower at 4 AM. Left home at 6:10. Went to beat. Met Alb. Ziebell on 27th & Locust. Notified him to come to Sta. at 7:30. Met Fred Schultz at Sta. 9 AM<.- In court with Z & S, also F. Luedtke. Schultz engaged Wm. Rubin, Atty. & had case cont till next Sat. 29th. Ziebell fined $25.00 & costs- $28.66. F. Leudtke, $25.00 & cost or 60 days. Went to Cenral Sta. Made application for loan of $600.00 to buy stock in Schneider Furniture Co., owned by H. A. Schwartzburg. Home at 12:00. Back to beat at 12:40. Worked in basement putting down concrete.

64 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Cooler this morn. Laura & Alice went home this morn.

62 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Rain. Rained all night & all daay. Stolzenfeld arrested H.J. Theiss for riding bicycle on walk.

62 deg. E wind. Cloudy. Rain nearly all night & all the morn. Rainy all day.

62 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Rain. Thunder shower at 7:30 to 8AM. Shwers till 10 o'c. Ferd. Schultz case, Impure Milk, cont. from 25th inst. in court today. In court at 9 AM. Schultz found guilty & sentence susp on pay't of costs amounting to $4.41. Hugh Hallows & wife with their child came at 4 PM to stay all night.

54 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Very cool. Fine mist at intervals all day. Put on undershirt this morn.

55 deg. Northerly wind. Fair. Cool. Warmer toward noon. Sunshine this morn. Min. Temp. for Mo. 60 deg.

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