William Bramwell Sizer Diaries
May 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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MAY 1904

44 deg. NE wind..Fair. Cool wind. Miller goes on vacation today.

43 deg. NE wind. Fair. Cool. Meyer abandonment case comes up today. Ordered new shoes of Weisshaupt. In court 9 AM. Meyer case discontinued. Went to Reilleys, got pair of pants. 4 new Sergts. sworn in this morn, also 15 new patrolmen. Had my pants inspected at Capts. office by Lieut. JK. Paid interest at Sec'ys office. Spoke to Judge about Frank Secker. He told me to hold the whole matter in abeyance for 3 or 4 weeks. 2:45 PM. Dis. Warr. for Max Strehlow 1094 - 24 th St. Mary Bartz, Comp. Clerks office Comp. for Alb. Krause, 1079-24 1/2 St. Emil Bircher, Comp.

42 deg. NE wind. Fair. Cool. Albert Genthe, Sergt. at No. 5 on day duty, took the men out this morn. Met Genthe at 26th & Center, 5:15.

42 deg. E wind. Fair. Rising Temp. Reported a leaking water main in fron of 1148-28th St. Reported defective walks on Hadley St. & 29th St. Also new walk needed at Pinter place on Fond du Lac. Bocks daughter died last night.

44 deg. SE wind. Fair. Warmer. Sergt. Genthe not in Sta. this AM. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:20 PM. Met Genthe at 23rd & Hadley at 5:20 PM. Light shower this eve. at 7 o'c.

54 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Warm. Shower this forenoon. Showers toward eve. Worked in back yard this AM. Laying my walk to rear of lot. Reported defective walks on 34th St. & on Burleigh St. Minnie rented Helens house to Herm. Meyer.

56 deg. SE wind. Cloudy. Rain, showers all AM. Rubber boots all forenoon. PM, sultry. Met Genthe at 23rd & Center at 9:25 AM.

57 deg. Variable wind. Cloudy. Showers all morn. Showers all PM. Cooler at 5 PM. Wind changed to N.

46 deg. NW wind. Fair. Quite cool & pleasant. Cold & chilly toward eve.

40 deg. Northerly wind. Fair. Cold. Mail at 2:45 PM for Ald. Malewsky. Herm. Meyer & family came to board with us until Ostendorfs move.

40 deg. E wind. Cloudy. Rain all morn. 7:15- Man killed by train at Chambers St. Head cut off & right arm crushed. About 24 yrs. old, 5 ft. 6 in., 150 lbs. laborer, dark hair parted in the middle. Dark coat, Blk. hat, blue overalls. Train going south. Man stepped out of way for North bound train & didn't see south bound train. Coroner took body to morgue. Eve.- Body at morgue indentified as that of Gust Resenau on Teut. Ave & 20th St.

60 deg. W wind. Fair. Warm & pleasant. Started the lawn mower this morn. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:30 PM. Eve.- Sawed top out of Willow tree this eve.

48 deg. NWwind. Cloudy. Coll. Rained during the night & early morn. Herman Wardius died this noon. Will be buried Sun. PM.

42 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cool. Nauman case comes up this morn. In court 9 AM. Case vs. Nauman dismissed. Back to beat at 10 AM. Frank Wardius asked me if Walter would act as Pall Bearer tomorrow PM. I promised that he would & I then tel. Walter & got his consent. Stolzenfeld brought me a letter for Bridge Co. at 2:45.

38 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold. Herm. Wardius buried this PM. Walter was one of the Pall Bearers. Change Day - Linden out at nooon.

40 deg. E wind. Fair. Cold. Frost early this morn.

38 deg. NE wind. Fair. Cold. I left two warrants with Sta. Keeper this morn. The parties, Arthur Elkert 2315 Center St., I can't find a Max Strehlow 994-24th is out of town. 8:20 AM. Arrested Max Strehlow (Shot) at his home. Walked to Sta. Got Subp. & reported 1st report in Sta. Subp. witnesses at 9:30 AM. Mary Bartz 1088-24, Comp. Charge-Dis.

40 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Chilly. In court at 9 AM with (Shot) Max Strehlow. Mary Bartz, Comp. Disorderly conduct warr. Found guilty & sentenced to pay the costs by Judge Blenski, a total of $4.16. Back to beat at 10:27 Am. Took Reinschneiders bail money back to Sta. No. 5.

52 deg. W wind. Cloudy. Warmer. Showers during the night. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:38. Went to Reilleys to get my blouse & vest but they were not done. Went to Pautkes & got my gray helmet & 2 No. 5's. Shower at 3 PM.

54 deg. NW wind. Rising Temp. Seehower shot a burglar & was shot in the leg twice at 9:30 last night in the lower second ward. Mail at 1:30 PM. Letter for Winneman, 2420 Center.

54 deg. W wind. Fair. Warm at 8 AM. Very warm all day. Went to F & W to look at tank heater. 9:45 - orders to go to1091 - 12th St & tell Gus. Schultz to go to Sta. Walter rode his wheel to N. Mil. this morn. Put on cotton undershirt this noon.

66 deg. High W wind. Partly cloudy. Thunder showers at 6 AM. Showers PM. City Marshall, Hartford Wis., murdered by tramps last night. 11:15 AM. Met Det. Moths with letter giving information about Val. Gross. Harry Holden led the meeting at Miss. 2 this eve.

64 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cooler at 8 AM. Very warm all night. Cloudy & rain at 11:30. Orders at 6:45 PM to go to the Tailors in the morn.

50 deg. NW changing to NE wind. Partly cloudy. Cool. Showers at noon & at 2:30 PM. 4:45 PM- Mail in box at 22nd & Locust.

48 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Cold. PM- Mail in box at 22nd & Locaust for Ald. Malewski. Del. at 4 PM.

48 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Cold. Showers toward noon. Clearing toward eve. Drill day:- Last drill for the season. Back to beat via State St. Car. Went to Fuller Warren. Saw Gregg. At 11:45 AM I got orders to go to N. Ave. Depot & watch for two tramps that were begging in the vicinity. Watched till 12:30 but couldn't find them Told Stolzenfeld.

45 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold. Rising Temp. 8:40 AM- Aug. Hoffman & wife were driving to town with farm truck on their wagon when at 31st & Fond du Lac, just E. of RR. their horse became frightened at Dr. Reutels Auto & ran into the diich tipping the wagon over & slightly injuring the occupants. H. lives in Town of Granville on old FdL Road, P.O. Add. N. Mil Rt. 12. H & wife were examined by Drs. Reutel & Jobbe. The Drs. agreeing that they were not seriously injured.

52 deg. SW wind. Fair. Warmer. Stolzenfeld goes on Vacation. Vogt goes on his beat. Mail at 1:30 PM for Ald. Seidel & Malewsky.

62 deg. SW wind. Partly cloudy. Warm & pleasant.

42 deg. HIgh NE wind. Cloudy. Sudden change last night at 10 o'c. Shower at 11 PM yesterday. Decoration day. Orders to call around the cemetary gate this PM. Went to cemetery after dinner. Met Linden there. Staid till 3:55 PM.

40 deg. SE wind. Fair. Cold. Rising Temp. Orders to wear Grey Helmets & Blouses tomorrow. Min. Temp. for Mo. - 48 deg. May checks this PM. Cashed mine at Kieckhaefers, 11th & Center.

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