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.
20 deg. W. wind. Fair. Frosty , PM snow flurries. Change say:- Heinemann on N. Dist. at noon. Checks this AM. Paid Stolzenfeld $40.00 to bal. of loan of $100.00 of Aug. 1st '03. J. Fardenheit loaned me $100.00 on note for 90 days. Pd Hy Grueschow $60.00 to bal. out acct & in pay't of Helens Bill of $4.00.
16 deg. S wind. Fair. Frosty. Rising temp. Asked perm. to go to Brandt, 31st and Walnut & and F & W Stove Works to settle accounts with them. On beat at 8:30 AM. Smudder on day duty this AM.
24 deg. S wind. Damp air. 1 inch of snow fell sduring the night. Drill day and overcoat inspection. Back to beat at 4:45
20 deg. W wind. Fair. Colder. Snow flurries at PM
20 deg. W. wind. Cloudy. Damp air. Chilly all day. 6:45 went downtown to meet Walter. Went to Gimbels & got W. an overcoat.
16 deg. SW wind. Fair. Raw wind. Damp air. Chilly. Thawing at noon. Met Heinemann at Eng. 22, 9:20 AM
20 deg. NW wind. Fair. Chilly
22 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Snw flurries all day. About 1 inch of snow fell. Went to Station at 2:45 for mail.
16 deg. NW win. Cloudy. Colder.
16 deg. NW wind. Fair. Frosty. Drill Day. Went to Sta. for mail. Back to beat at 4:30. An old man had been troubling Mrs. Hoefer 1195-22nd St. I told Lieut JK & got orders to change clothes & get him. I did so. Went there in plain clothes at 9:45 & he came at 11:25. I saw at once that he was insane & took him to the Sta. His name is Carl Knuth 651-7th St. Went to dinner at 12:20 from Sta. Back to beat at 1:40 PM. Notified Mrs. Hoefer to be in court in the morning.
14m deg. W wind. Cloudy. Chilly. In court at 9 AM with Karl Knuth. Got Subp. for Martha Hoefer 1195-22nd St. I made application for Judicial Examination. Mrs. Hoefer, Officer Braun signed with me. Case cont till Monday. Back to beat at 9:15 AM.
26 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Snow Storm. Typical "Nor easter" Stopped snowing after dinner. High wind at PM. Drifted some. 6 " of snow fell.
16 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold & frosty. Zero weather all day.
12-14 1903 -8 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold & frosty. Carl Knuth in court this morn. Case dismissed. K sent to asylum temporarily. Back to beat 10:39. Made Rept in Emil Kuneppel to Lieut. JK. Bock & Gueqinie go to Tax Office this morn. Arrested Leon Isaac om N. Ave. at 11:40 AM. Sent him to Sta. He is wanted on S. Side for some petty offenses. 1:15 Lieut JK te. me to see if I could get some one to proscecute Issac. Went to 598-37th St. to see Mrs. Miller. She agreed to go to court. Then went to Sta. Finally the S Side Sta. said they wanted him & I went & told Mrs, Miller she need not go to court in the morn.
-6 deg. W wind. Fair. Cold & frosty. Chznge day. Schroeder on N. Dist. at noon. Met Rooney at 10:15, 27th& Fond du Lac. He is looking for Joe Schmidt, 1059-26th St.
Zero. W wind. Fair. Snow during the night. 1/2" snow fell. Rooney arrested Joe Schmidt. I went to Henne Saloon & got 54 cartridges that H bought of Joe. They are supposed to be stolen by Joe while he was working on the Goodrich Boaat last summer . TOOK THE SWAG TO THE Sta.
-2 deg. W wind. Fair. Cold & Frosty. Bro. J L came this morning at 6:30 while I was eating breakfast. is on way to Port. Drill Day. Back to beat at 4:40.
12 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Rising Temp. Rooney arrested Harry Becker, Arth. Becker, Charles Potratz for Petty Larceny at H Marquardts Sallon, 22nd & Hadley. Commenced raining at 8 PM .
34 deg. Southerly wind. Cloudy. Rain Very slippery. Raining all forenoon. PM foggy. Henry and Eddie came this eve.
28 deg. NW wind. Fair. Colder. Freezing this AM.
30 deg. SW wind. Fair. Brisk wind & warmer. Colder at 9 AM. No drill till after the new year. HJ & Ed went home on the 7:30 train this eve.
24 deg. W Wind. Fair. Colder. Very chilly. Orders to be at 15th Dist. School, 20th & Cold Spring at 7:30 PM. Stolzenfeld arrested Otto Bublitz yesterday PM. Petty Larceny. Fined $5.00 cost. Ph. Wolf, Comp.
24 deg. W wind. Fair Warmer this AM. Mail at 1:45. Went to 100-22nd St. to see if Hahnisch had a US Lcense. Found he was using Sheddins License.
30 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Snow fl;ur3ry during the night. Thawing at noon. Colder again in eve. Went to Kingsley Church to the ChrismasTree this eve.
4 deg. NW wind. Partly cloudy. Cold & Chilly. Cold all day. Half hour extra for dinner today and New Years Day. Patrolman Rawson badly injured by unknown parties at 1:30 AM, 30th & Meinecke Ave. Snow fluryy from 9 AM to 3 PM. 1/2" snow fell. Stolzenfeld & Schroeder found out who Rawsons assailants were & they will be arrested as soon as they can get them.
-13 deg. NW wind. Fair. Very cold & frosty. Zero at noon. 6 PM wind SW. Zero. Mail at 1:45. 5 of Rawsons assailants have been arrested.
28 deg. W to NE wind. Cloudy. Snowing at 7 AM. Growing colder. Clearing at 9 AM. Growing colder all day.
-2 deg. W wind. Fair. Cold. Rising Temp. PM Snow, about 3" fell. No. 2 <ission held Xmas exercises this eve. Had a housse full.
- 2 deg. W. wind. Cloudy. Cold. Clearing at 1 PM. Commenced snowing at 11 AM with therm. at 8 deg. Wind SW. Home today. Feeling some better but not able to travel. Dr. Bradley, Dept. Surgeon called the PM.
16 deg. W wind. Cloudy. Looks like more snow. Average min. temp. for mom., 13 deg. Ave. Temp. for year 39 1/2 deg. Stoltzenfeld brought my check this morn..