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.
48 deg. N. wind. Partly cloudy. Foggy on the leake. Fog horn blowing all morn. Warm & pleasant all day. W.B. Klein goes on retired list today. 9:45- Got orders per tel. that Louise Newton, an Indian girl, that escaped from the Industrial School was seen on 26th & Hopkins. I went out there and followed her to Fiones Farm & caught her. Hanks from Granville came along & gave us a ride to Garfield & 10th St. Then walked her to the Sta.
42 deg. NE wind. Fair. Heavy fog. Clearing at 9 AM. In court with Adolph Erdman on chge. of Vag. Found guilty. Sentenced to 30 days, H of C. Back to beat at 11 AM. Went to Central Sta. Pd. Int. $10.00. Pd. Stolzenfeld $20.00 on loan of $100.00. leaving bal. of $40.00.
46 deg. SW wind. Becoming variable PM. Fair. Cool & pleasant. War, at 9 AM. Rising temp. 18 min. late at 4:45 on acct of the 24th St. gang of toughs.
47 deg. Variable wind. Fair. Foggy in the morn.
34 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold. Growing colder. High wind. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:30. Max Siewert promoted to Lieut.
28 deg. NW wind. Fair. Flakes of snow falling. Edw. Oehlers gave himself up at West Side Sta. He was wanted for Vag. on comp. of his father. Stolzenfeld had Warr. I am on Subp. Oehler sent out for 30 days. Back to beat at 9:45 AM.
27 deg. Southerly wind. Partly cloudy. Heavy frost. Very chilly raw wind. Shot horse for Minn. Billiard Co. this 9 AM.
36 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Warmer. Raw wind. Woolen socks & long wristlets. Lieut JK not in Sta. Sergt. Heinemann in charge.
44 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Raw wind becoming westerly, increasing in force. Threatning weather with ligh shower.
29 deg. Westerly wind. Fair. Frost: quite cold.
48 deg. Variable wind. Cloudy. Warmer. Rained all night. & all morn. till 7 o'c. Rubber coat & boots. Commenced raining at 8 AM & showers fell at intervals all day. A few flakes of snow.
32 deg. SW wind. Cloudy. Snowing at 7:15 AM. Drilol day:- Back to beat at 4:30 PM. 1 PM- Fred Muerset, 878-26th, working for Aug. Nuedling, cleaning brick at the Milw. Brick Yard, 31st & Center was injured by brick wall falling on him. I called the wagon. He died on the way to the Emergency Hospital. About 70 yrs. old. Leaves wife.
29 deg. SW wind. Fair. Heavy frost. Went to Brick yard. Got names of witnesses of yesterdays accident & tel. to Central the names to be given coroner. - Wm. Tesch 1515 Chambers, Carl Wilkum 1082-30th St., Mike Reinemann 1082-30th.
25 deg. NW wind. Fair. Froze hard. Orders & Blanks for reporting smoking chimneys this AM. 4:45- Orders per tel. to go to 3230 N. Ave. Linden was with me. We found Geo. Peterman 2203 Lloyd St. in Zimmerman's Saloon - drunk. Told Mrs. Z. to swear out a Warr,
30 deg. Variable wind. Fair. Frost. Becoming cloudy & rain at 1 PM. Change Day:- Schneider on N. Dist. at noon. Ressel suspended.
43 deg. Northerly wind. Cloudy. Rainy, very damp. Schroeder in Sta,
17 deg. High NW wind. Fair. Cold. Froze hard. Gowing colder. Wore overcoat to-day. Lieut. JK in Sta. this Morn. Schroeder on Vac. Fire broke out in 2 story frame flat owned by Dr. P. W. Hambach, occupied by Wandle & Leroy Willoughby 1816 & 1818 Wright St. Time 2:08 PM. Reported fire out at 3:15 PM. Dopke & myself in attendance.
12 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold all day. E. L. business meeting at our house last Eve.
12 deg. Westerly wind. Fair. Cold. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:30 PM.
10 deg. Westerly wind. Fair. Frosty. Orders to go to Panorama to Prize Fights. Home at 11:45 PM.
28 deg. S. wind. Cloudy. Looks like rain or snow. Went to Becks & settled with him by note for 90 days. Whole acct. $175.00.
27 deg. W wind. Fair. Warmer. Orders to be at 8th & Chambers B.B. Park at 2:30 PM. Met Sergt Schneider there. Game of Football. 1st Battery Mil. vs. 21st Battery of Ft. Sheridan. Back to beat at 4:45.
32 deg. Westerly wind. Cloudy. Snow & sleet fell during the night. Enough to make slippery walkds. Thawing at 11 AM.
18 deg. NW wind. Fair. Frosty. Met Sergt. Schneider at 27th & Fon du Lac at 10:30 AM.
14 deg. NW wind. Fair. Frosty. Cold & chilly all day.
10 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold & Frosty. Thanksgiving Day. No court. No drill. 1/2 hr. extra for dinner. I go at 11 AM. Ate dinner in our Dining Room for the first time.
12 deg. SW wind. Partly cloudy. Cold & Frosty. Schroeder in Sta. this morn. Met Schneider at 27th & Fond du Lac at 3:45 PM. Went to 37th St. to see Goelzer this Eve. about our lot.
25 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Snowing. 7:45- 2.5 in. deep. & still snowing. Clearing toward noon. Thursday squad drill to-day. Back to beat at 4:30.
25 deg. NW wind. Fair. Snow flurries during the night. Growing colder this morn. Snow flurries all day. Hofer comes on day duty. Takes Boerners beat.
17 deg. NW wind. Fair. Frosty. Average Min. Temp. for Mo. 28 deg. Met Sergt. Schneider at 29th & Fond du Lac at 11 AM.