William Bramwell Sizer Diaries
January 1904

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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14 deg. NW wind. Partly cloudy. Moderate. Snow flurries PM. I am at home sick with Renal Colic. Intended to go to work today but feel much worse than yesterday. Average Min. Temp. for Dec.- 13 deg. for year 39 1/2 deg. Total no. of arrests last year-45. Including 18 rioters at Volkman's place in Jan. last. Summary arrests - 11. Went to watch night service last night at Kingsley. This diary cost 45 cts. @ Ferdenhardts.

6 deg. Northerly wind. Partly cloudy. Colder. I feel better today. Hope to be able to work tomorrow.

-10 deg. NW wind. Fair. Reported for duty this morn. Smudde had my beat during my absence. Cold all day.

-8 deg. SW wind. Fair. Rising temp. Asked per. of Sergt. Heinemann to go down town to pay insurance. Regular drill this week. Downtown & back, 8:45 to 9:45. Pd. Ins. to Jos. Herzburge, Pabst Bldg. $34.07. 4:40 PM. Arrested Nick Fechtel 1159-23rd St. D & Dis. Took him out of Ihlenfelds Saloon.

13 deg. SW wind. Cloudy. Chilly wind. Clearing at 9 AM. In court, 9 AM. with Fechtel. He engaged Atty. Kershaw to defend him. I spoke to Kershaw & they decided to plead guilty. Sent. Susp. on payment of costs. Back to beat at 10 AM. I paid our water tax - $1..29. Met Linden at 27th & Fond du Lac at 3:40 PM.

22 deg. W Wind. Fair. Warmer. Arthur Maechtle & his cousin Muehlberg came this eve.

20 deg. SW wind. Partly cloudy. Raw wind. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:40. Walters BIrthdfay. He is 20 yrs. old. S.S. Board Meeting at our house this eve. About 25 persons came.

32 deg. W wind. Cloudy. Damp air. Asked perm. to go down & pay Taxes. Made the trip from 8:45 to 9:45. Det. Goetzen arrested Joe Schmidt 1059-26th St. & asked me for information. I tel. him at 8:20 AM.

12 deg. NW wind. Fair. Frosty. Chilly all day. Met Linden at 21st & Center at 3:30 PM.

24 deg. Northerly wind. Cloudy. At home today sick with bad cold & rheumatism. Tried to go to work but got sick & vomitted. Had to go to bed again. Walter went to Cox's & tel. the Sta.

23 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Damp. Looks like snow. Cox called & staid to supper. Arthur & Muehlberg went home this morn. At home today.

24 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Snowing all day. Reported for duty again. Card calling Harvey Croaier to exam, Sat- 16th at Civil Service Rooms, City Hall.

22 deg. NW wind. Partly cloudy. Growing colder. Snow flurries diring the night. About 3" fell. Clearing toward noon.

4 deg. NW wind. Partly cloudy. Cold. No drill till further orders.

4 deg. SW wind. Fair. Frosty. Change day:- Scneider on N. Dist. at noon. Met Sergt. Schneider at 3:15PM, 27th & Fond du Lac.

14 deg. Fair. Growing colder. Stationary Temp. all day. Walter & Ada went to sleigh ride party given by E. L. of Kingsley Church this Eve.

5 deg. NW wind. Partly cloudy. Cold. Rising temp. PM snow from NE. About 1 in. fell bet 5 & 7 o'c.

22 deg. Strong E wind. Partly cloudy. Chilly. Mail at 1:45.

23 deg. SE wind. Partly cloudy. Raw wind. Alfred Jenk, an adopted boy, ran away from home, 1162-21st St. Was taken to the Sta. I took him home. He is 9 yrs. old & has a bad reputation in school. Letter for Mil. Bridge Co. to del. to Trimbom. Reg. Drill again today.

30 deg. N. Wind. Cloudy. Snow flurry at 6:30 AM. Commenced snowing from NE at 4:40 PM. Regular "Nor Easter".

28 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Stormed all night from NE. About 4 or 5 inches of wet snow fell. Rubber boots. Drifts. Drill day. Back to beat at 4:35. Rain all PM.

24 deg. Northerly wind. Cloudy. Growing colder. Walks very slippery. Met Sergt. Schneider at 3:30 PM, 27th & Center.

20 deg. NW wind. Partly cloudy. Growing colder. Reported condition of walks on Fond du Lac, west of RR tracks to JK., Lieut. He told me to see City Atty. Went to City Atty's office 8:45 to 9:45. He told me to call next week & he would look the matter up.

-18 deg. NW wind. Fair. Very cold. -10 deg. all day.

-25 deg. NW wind. Fair. Very cold. Zero all day.

-4 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Damp, frosty air.

-14 deg. NW wind. Fair. Very cold. Home sick. Minnie went to Stolzenfelds & asked him to report me sick. Written while lying in bed. Snow flurry this eve.

-6 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold but pleasant. Home sick. Feel some better today.

-8 deg. W wind. Fair. Cold but pleasant. Reported for duty this morn.

8 deg. SW wind. Partly cloudy. Snow flurrry this morn. Went to City Atty's office to ask about City's rights on Fond du Lac AVe. Was told to come again. Checks at 2:45. Met Sergt. Schneider at 4:45, 20th & Center.

5 deg. NW wind. Fair. Frosty. Ave. Min. Temp. for Mo. - 9 deg. Snow flurries in afternoon.

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