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.
42 deg. E wind. Fair. Cool. Blouses & white helmets this morn. Change day: Genthe out at noon. Wussow in Sta. this AM. Went to Reilleys at 8:45, got my blouse & had it inspected. Went to Bd. of P W. to see if Schramka had a St. Permit for 21st & Wright St. Back to beat at 9:15. Meyers moved into Helens house today.
46 deg. N. easterly wind. Fair. Cool. Quiet all day. Rain at 7:15 PM. Heavy showers ubtil p PM. Ladies Sociable at Kingsley. Rather small attendance on acct of rain.
57 deg. E wind. Cloudy. Warmer. Orders to take up salon licenses. Vogt got Warr. for L. Greinwald for keeping slot machine.
62 deg. SE wind. Cloudy. Rain at 7 AM. Shower last night. at 8:30. Showery all morn. Reported to Lieut. Joe H. that Math. Poetzel 1551 Hopkins St. had 3 slot machines in his saloon. Rain. Showers at 2:30 PM.
70 deg. W wind. Fair. Very warm all night. Genthe on Vac.
60 deg. Variable wind. Cloudy. Showery. Relief Assn Election. I voted for J. Heineman, J. Strehlow, F. Schneider. Handed in my saloon book this AM. 10:45 AM- Went to City Atty's office to see about St. Permits of J. Schwamka, 21st & Wright. Back to beat at 11:50.
50 deg. W Wind. Cloudy. Cool. Stolzenfeld returned from Vac. Arnold on Vac. Smudde in Sta. Rob. Heidens barn burned at 12:58 AM. 10:45 AM. Tel. Call to Heidens House 1072-21st St. He complained that his daughter Lizzie Oldenburgh came & threatned him & his housekeeper with a revolver. I told him to keep the revolver & go to the Dist. Atty. Went with Lizzie to her sisters house, 19th & Burleigh & talked over the affair. & went to the Sta. & reported the matter. Then went to dinner. Got my new cushion pneumatic tire this eve.
54 deg. NW wind. Fair. Rising Temp. Geo. C. Bauer 1060-27th St. married today to Isabelle Stolz, 33rd & Fond du Lac. Av.
57 deg. N wind. Fair. Cool & pleasant. Wind changing to NE before noon. Goegg sent up the heater this PM. Worked at it this eve. setting it up & taking measurements for connections.
54 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cool & pleasant. Went to Becks & ordered pipes cut for tank heater connections. Orders per tel. to go to Goerres Cooperage Shop on Fond du Lac & 33rd. Trouble expected. 8 men discharged, went to saloon, got drunk & became noisy.
50 deg. E wind. Fair. Cool, fog early this morn. Rising temp- 8 AM. Mail at 2:45 PM. At 10:30 AM Elnora Naumann, 20 mo's. old, child of Robt. N. 32nd & Townsend St. was playing on the RR tracks near Keefe Ave. when the G. B. Pass. Train came along. The child was lying between the rails, the train passed over her & aside from a few bruises she was not injured.
56 deg. NE wind. Fair. Cool & pleasant. Warm toward noon. Got my watch from Teske's.
57 deg. Fair. Rising Temp. Thunder shower this Eve. Orders from Lieut. Joe to go to Bd. of P.W. & see what they will do about the sand in the gutter at 2428 Center St. Went down at 8:45. Went to Reilleys, fitted on my vest, left it there for changes. Went to Rud Bros & Browning King. Bought 2 shirts at B.K. Back to beat at 10:30 AM. 8 PM. Rawson brought a Waarane for Mrs. Sell, 2506 Hadley. Kate Tennessen, same no., Complainant. Charge- disorderly conduct.
58 Deg. Northerly wind. Fair. Cool & pleasant. Went to beat on wheel. Went to Sells house, read Warrent to Mrs. Jennie Sell. Subpeonaed witnesses & went with Mrs. Sell to Sta. Then to court. In court at 8:15 with Jennie Sell. Found guilty. Sentence susp. Back to beat at 11:10.
62 deg. NE wind. Partly cloudy. Showery. Genthe in Sta. this AM. Stolzenfelf, Miller, Wantz, Marquardt had Warrants for Store keepers for selling cigarettes to Minors. I was sent to 1067-17th St. to notify Koge, Jr. to be a Central Sta. at 8:30 AM without fail. Worked all eve at tank heater. Got it done & then it leaked. Walter helped me & we worked till mid-night. Finally got got the thing so we thought it was all right. Then built a fire in it & went to bed. Linden out at noon. Zimmerman commenced Brick sewer on Center & 27th St.
52 deg. NE wind. Fair. Cold & very pleasant. Tank heater leaking this Morn. Had to shut water off & put in new packing in 3/4 in. union. Paul F. Meier getting married to Miss Valeska Hunkel.
50 deg. SW wind. Fair. Cool evenings. Warm at noon. Worked on window screens this morn & also in Eve. Miller on wagon nights at No. 5. Stromberg on his beat.
56 deg. W. wind. Fair. Rising Temp. Very warm at noon.
56 deg. NE wind. Fair. Cool, 6 AM. Very warm during day. Ringling's Circus comes today. Will show at B.B. Park, 16th & Lloyd. tomorrow. Mail for Ald. Malewsky this AM. Orders at 9:45 to go to N. Ave. Depot - Circus unloading. Staid there till 2 PM. Stolzenfeld & I relieving each other for dinner. Circus train in 4 sec PM.- 1st report 2:45.
60 deg. W wind. Fair. Warm. Orders to be at Circus at 7 PM. Rept. to Lieut Kranich or a Sergt. Heavy thunderstorm from 2 to 5 o'c. Went to circus at 7 PM. Stationed on St. at 16th & N. Ave. until 10:45.
58 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cool & pleasant. Summer begins. 2:45 PM.- Order per tel. to go to 1214-23rd St. & help Jack Johnston carry in patient. Kuether, 1241 -23rd. Hurt in sewer on S. side. Meier & wife start for Worlds Fair this eve.
52 deg. NE wind. Fair. Very cool.
58 deg. Southerly wind. Partly cloudy. Warmer. Met Linden at 4:15 PM, 27th & Center. Got my rubber coat today. Went to West Park with Ada this eve.
72 deg. W. wind. Fair. Commenced raining at 12:10. Heavy thunder & lightning. Heavy shower. Rained till 2 PM. Mrs. Fred Grinnell & Mrs. Ida Hubbard called on us this eve.
68 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Rained during the night. Methodist Picnic at Waukesha Beach today. Dora got dinner for Groffman & me & went to Fredonia on 5:20 train.
56 deg. N Wind. Fair. Cool all day. Orders to be at Pabst Park at 7 PM. 4PM- Clara Heuer & Otto Schachtschneider were married at Church, 23rd & Hadley, Rev. Rubel officiating. I was ordered to be there to prevent trouble. Pabst Park at 7 PM. Staid there till 10:50. House at 11:20.
56 deg. SE wind. Fair. Cool. Marquardt on Vac. Took my bicycle to Bleissner's to have spoke put on & rear wheel trued. 5:45 went to 24th & Hopkins to watch for bicycle riders riding on side walk. 6:45 rept at 24th & Hopkins. Went to Bleissner, took my bike home. B. is on a drunk.
56 deg. SE wind. Partly cloudy. Looks like rain, cool.
60 deg. W wind. Cloudy. Showers this morn. Showers 3 PM. Went with Stolzenfeld to 877 Louis Ave. & got Paul Schenneman, 10 yrs. old, an incorrigible boy. PM- Paul Schenneman sent to Reform School.
58 deg. N wind. Cloudy. Cool all day. Showery. Emmaus School Picnic at Greunewal;ds Park. 5:30 PM. Arrested Wm. Smith. He was drunk & had a revolver in his pocket loaded with blank cartridges. Min temp. for month - 58 Deg.