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.
49 deg. N wind. fair. Cool. Rain during the night. Checks this morn. In court at 9 AM with Wm. Smith. Found guilty, fined $5 & cost. Took him to Central Sta. Went to Reilleys & got my vest. Had it inspected by M.J. O'C. Back to beat at 10;15 am. Judge gave me the box of cartridges taken from S. & I sold them to Haase for 25 cts.. Mail at 2:45. T. W. Sprouls & wife came to dinner on their way back from the Worlds Fair. They go home on the 5:25 Train. Change- Genthe out at noon. Rawson sent Harry Secker out for 90 days for sleeping in Box Car.
52 deg. SW wind. Fair. Rising temp. Helen & Ada went to Port this PM.
58 deg. Southerly wind. Partly cloudy. Looks like rain.
70 deg. High SW wind Partly cloudy. Warm. Rained very hard during the night. Walter & Ida went to Fredonia this 7:30 AM to spend the day. Mrs. C.J. Luther killed in Ry. accident en route to Worlds Fair in St. Louis at Litchfield Ill. A very quiet 4th. Minnie went to picnic in Bentines Woods. Tabor & Ebenezer S.S.'s. had their picnic there.
60 deg. NW wind. Fair. Very pleasant. Quite warm at 9:30 AM. Helen & Ada came home this eve. at 9:45. Warrant for Gottfried Mohr 1156-22 nd St. A&B. Chas. Joers, Comp. 1159-22nd.
60 deg. NE wind. Partly cloudy. Cool. Rained during the night. Cold all day. F.A. Miller discharged from the Dept. on acct. of Epilepsy.
55 deg. Northerly wind. Fair. Cool. Gottfried Mohr gave himself up at Sta. 5 this AM. I subp. witnesses & got case ready for court. Left sta. at 5 min. to 7 o'c. In court at 9 AM with Mohr. Found guilty. Fined $5.00 & cost. Total $11.32. Fine Paid. Left court at 11:50 o'clock. Went to 30th & North Ave. Reported & went to dinner. Application of Ph. L. Siegel for saloon license at 1100-22nd St. Recd & Reptd. on. 2:45 mail for Ald. Seidel. Met Genthe at 27th & Center at 4 PM.
61 deg. E wind. Cloudy. Rain all morn. Clearing at 2:30. Very sultry.
66 deg. Northerly wind. Partly cloudy. Sultry. Hot all day. New Manuels this morn. Met Genthe at 20th & Locust at 3:20 PM.
62 deg. NW wind. Fair. Warm & pleasant. Wind changed to SE. 86 deg. at 1:30 PM. Warm all day.
66 deg. Southerly wind. Partly cloudy. Warm. Thunderstorm at 2 PM. 8:45- Went to 345 Germania Bldg to see Aug. Kahlo, found office locked. Telephoned Central & they said they would call up his Res. It is in regard to sidewalk material left on the St. at 22nd & Center.
60 deg. NE wind. Fair. Cool & pleasant. Hammer on Millers beat. M innie goes to Fredonia on the 5:25 train to stay a week & pick berries.
60 deg. N. wind. Fair. Cool. Rising temp. 9:45 went to 325 Germania Bldg. to see Aug. Kajlo about concrete on St. at 22nd & Center. Left word at his office to have him remove it at once.
68 deg. Southerly wind. Partly cloudy. Showers. Clearing toward noon. Warm. Very warm all day. Minnie sent in a basket of Berries this eve.
64 deg. West wind. Fair. Very pleasant. Change day- Linden out at noon. Ada & I called at Corey's on 37th St. this eve.
69 deg. SW wind. Fair. Hot. 79 deg 8 AM, 90 deg. at noon, 94 deg. at 1 PM.
78 deg. Fair. Hot all night. 92 deg. at noon. 96 deg. at 1 PM. Hammer & Dettmann on Vac. I got orders today to cover 20th & 10th wds today & tomorrow forenoon. Thundershower at 4:15 PM.
76 deg. W wind. Fair. Hot 89 deg at noon. 91 at 1 PM. On Smurre's beat with mine this AM. S. comes out at noon. 2:15 PM. Stranger with one leg, walking on crutches, was overcome by heat & fell at 27th & Fond du Lac, Mentzel put water on his head, I called patrol wagon & sent tim to the Emergency. About 45 yrs. old, dark full beard, mixed with gray. Dark coat & hat,gray pants, 5 ft. 6 or 7 inches tall. Notice at 4:45 PM that the man was dead. Latest- Man was familliarly known as Ed & lived at 616 E. Water St.
77 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cool & very pleasant. 86 deg. at noon. Am. Cement Cons. Co., 1004 Pabst Bldg. - F.D. Quinn, Tel. M. 2011, working on Center bet. 21st & 22nd Sts. Application of Max Hoffman for per. to run Carrousel on 23rd St. bet. 23rd Center & Clark. Mail at 2:45 PM.
65 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cool & pleasant. Linden arrested Adolph Erdman 1076-21st. St. at B.B. Park. I am going to court to help prosecute him. In court at 9 AM. "Fatty" Erdman fined $5.00 & cost. I took him to Central. Then went to Pautkes, got cord for my helmet. Back to beat at 10 AM. Made canvas of saloons to find out who had paid licenses & notify those who had not pair to pay at once. I found 9 out of 20 who had not paid.
58 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cool & pleasant. Rising temp. toward noon. Met Linden at 10:30, 23rd & Locust. 10:45- John Emke 3016 Burleigh called me to shoot his horse. Shot 5 times.
60 deg. NE wind. Fair. Cool & pkeasant weather. Showers at noon. Sta. 1:30 for mail. Letter for Ald. Malewsky. Max Hoffman erected Whirligig at 23rd St. near Center. Minnie, Ada & I went to Albert Thiels place this eve.
56 deg. NE wind. Partly cloudy. Very cool. 5:20 PM- A man living at 3017 Wright brought Charles Stengel 880 32nd St. to me & complained that he had given the boy money to get beer & the boy had spent the money & thrown the beer pails away. Took him home & told his mother.
54 deg. N. wind. Fair. Cool. Pay Roll this morn.
60 deg. S. wind. Fair. Cool & very pleasant. 1:30 PM- went to Sta. Got A&B Warr. for Louis Koehler 1141-21st St. Walter Wallack, 1147-21st St, Comp. The A&B was committed on the 22nd inst. I advised Wallack to let the matter go but he wouldn't. Took K to Sta., then to Clerks office where he signed his Bail Bond. Missed 3:45 rept. on that acct. Back to beat at 4:35. Subp. witnesses & got case ready for court. Mrs. J. B. Angove, Otto Trapp, John Breunert & Walter Wallace.
66 deg. Variable wind. Cloudy. Looks like rain. In court at 9 AM with Louis Koehler. Case dismissed. Back to beat at 10:00 AM. Willie Riemer 1263 - 22nd St. & Arthur Petersen 1168 22nd St. ran away from home. Said they were going to work on a farm. They each are 15 yrs. of age. Walter & I went to the Natatorium this eve.
66 deg. SW wind. Fair. Warm. PM wind changed to East. Hammer returned from Vac. PM- Jos. G. Muench told me about Elton Tice 1614 Wright St. having stolen bicycles. I told Central about it & told them they had better get after it at once.
60 deg. NE wind. Fair. Cool breeze. Sunshine hot. Pabst Park at 7:30 this Eve. Elton Tice 1614 Wright arrested on Susp. by Det's, Mulholland & Walleman. At Sta. No. 5 this morn. Tice told me that Robert Crocker stole bicycles Saenger fest commences today. Home from Pabst Park at 11:20 PM.
63 deg. S wind. Cloudy. Looks like rain. Eve.- Schuell brought Warr. for Fred Wolfgram 2107 Center St. A&B. Otto Voelz 2105 Comp.
70 deg. S wind. Cloudy. Sultry. Showers all day. & eve. Went direct to beat. Arrested F. Wolfgram. Subp. witnesses & went to Sta. In court at 9 AM with Wolfgram. Voelz had Atty Faber. W. had Rubin. Found guilty. Fines $5 & cost. Total $11.32. Pabst park this eve. at 7:30. Home at 11:45. Checks this PM.
70 deg. SW wind. Partly cloudy. Warm. Pabst Park at 7:00 this eve. Went to Sta. at 1 PM. Sent to 3rd & Lee until the parade passed. Back to beat at 3 PM. Average min. temp. for month - 63 deg. Went to Pabst Park at 7 PM. Home at 11:30 PM..