William Bramwell Sizer Diaries
August 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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62 deg. W wind. Fair. Cool this AM. Met Linden, 21st & Center, 10:30. 3:15 PM Stolzenfeld & I arrested Mrs. Lizzie Vickers on charge or Drunk & Disorderly. She was on Fon du Lac Ave. west of 27th St. begging for drinks & money. She comes from Chicago. Stolzenfeld sold my revolver for $4.50 & I ordered one from Sec'y Hankol per tel. Groffmann on Vacation.

56 deg. E wind. Fair. Cool. In court at 9 AM with Lizzie Vickers. Took her down on car. Found guilty & sent to the Work Huse for 60 days. Back to beat at 9:45 PM. Went to Central & got my new revolver. Paid $11.45 for revolver & a bax of cartridges. Paid J. Hausers $3.00 for 1 box of French family soap.

56 deg. SW wind. Fair. Cool. Minnie & Ada went to Wauwatosa today. I got my own dinner.

62 deg. SW wind. Cloudy. Looks like rain this AM. Light showers 10 to 11 AM. Shower at 3:30 PM. Met Genthe at 20th & Hadley at 5:15 PM.

56 deg. Variable wind. Fair. Cool. Warm at noon. Got up at 5 AM & commenced painting in the stair way. Met Genthe, 23rd & Hadley, 9:30. Alice, Josie & Ethel came up this eve. Josie said Pa was very poorly. She goes home this morn.

60 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cool. Tel. message at 8:45 that Pa was very low. Asked permission of Lieut Joe & went home at 10:45 AM. Got ready & took 1:50 train for Port.. Found him quite low but cheerful.

58 deg. NE wind. Partly cloudy. Turned suddenly cold at 10:00 AM. At Port Washington I went to Ger. Church this AM & Eng. Church in eve.

50 deg. E wind. Fair. Cool. Home this morn at 8:30. Left Port on 6:36 train. Walter staid out there to see customers. Reported at Sta. No. 5 at 12:10 PM. Went on my beat. Orders to be at Circus at 7:00 PM. Home at 10:30. Barnum & Baileys Circus is showing at B.B. Park, 16th & Lloyd St. this PM & Eve.

58 deg. High SE wind. Partly cloudy. Cool. 10 yrs. since Arthur died at 6 AM. 1:30 PM, went to Sta. Got Warr. for Frank Loessin 1300-34th St. on charge of abandonment. Bertha Loessin, Comp. Arrested Loessin at his home at 4PM. He was drunk at the time I arrested him. Stolzenfeld went with me.

58 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Rain during last night. In court at 9 AM with Loessin. Case cont. to Sept. 10. Back to beat at 10 AM.

50 deg. NW wind Fair. Cool. Warmer at 8 AM. Wind changed to E. at 9 AM. Met Genthe at Eng. 22 at 4:30. 7:30 PM- Mrs. Ed. Drewery & her sister Lillian Grinnell with Mrs. Angel, a cousin of theirs & daughter to Pauline Grinnell called this this eve. Albert Donath came at 7:45 & bought our lot on 37th St. for $700.00. Paid $5.00 down & went to Diedrichs office to have papers made out. Found office closed. Went to house & left word we would be there tomorrow.

54 deg. Southerly wind. Partly cloudy. Cool. Warmer towards noon. Minnie & I went with Donath to Dietrichs office. Found the Notary had just gone home. We then went to Ald. Fred Meyers & left abstract there.

75 deg. W wind. Fair. Very warm all night. Thundershower at 6:00 AM. Suddenly cool at 1:00 PM, wind NE. Miss. No. 2 picnic at Perrigo Park today.

58 deg. Variable wind. Fair. Cool. Wind E at 11 AM.

66 deg. W wind. Partly cloudy. Warm. Looks like rain. Thundershower at 6 PM. Change day- Linden out at noon.

9:15 AM. Chas. Hofmeister 3016 Cowper PL. called me to 25th & Fond du Lac, said a man was lying on the lot sick. Found Wm. Timm, a cattle drover, who worked for Simon Isaac, 994-20th St. He was sick & I got orders to take him to Emergency Hospital Back to beat at 10:30 AM. 40 yrs. old, no home. Met Frank Bell from Saukville at Eng. 22. Wanted to see about getting a hose cart for village. Met Linden at Eng. 22 at 5:20. Catholic Holiday. Business at a standstill in my beat.

58 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cool & very pleasant. PM- Wind changed to SE. Warm & foggy.

62 deg. NE wind. Fair. Cool & pleasant. PM- Orders to go for mail at 1:30. Letter for M. Winnemann.

64 deg. SE wind. Cloudy. Rain commencing at 6 AM. Rained all day. PM-ribber boots. Walter's team with load of brewery grains broke down at Fond du Lac & RR crossing. ay 4:15 PM. Team ran away.

60 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Cool but very wet. Clearing at 8:30 AM. Mail at 1:30 PM. Letter for Ald. Maslewsky. Ada went to Port this PM. 1:50 train. Will stay a week. Minnie & I went to Ald. Meyers house. Met Alb. Donath & signed the deed & got the check for our lot on 37th St. Check is drawn on 9th Ward Branch of 2nd. Ward Bank.

66 SW wind. Fair. Warm. Linden on Vac. Rain at 3:30 PM. Heavy thundershower. Rained all evening.

56 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cool. Asked Per. to go to Bank to cash check. Tel. West Side Sta. for Hensler to meet me at the Bank, 11th & Winnebago or rather Central Ave. & Vliet St. Hensler met me at 10 o'c, cashed check. Went to Central Sta., Paid $600 on Mortg. Got note, receip't Chief not in. Mtg & Release will be sent to Sta. Int. on Note from May 1 to Aug. 22 - $9.30 I paid. Walter started on his Vac. this morn. Went to Oconomowoc with Lindows. Eve- Minnie & I painted Walters room this eve.

53 deg. W. wind. Fair. Cool. Card from Walter & letter from Ada. Eve- Painted in Walters room all the eve.

56 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cool. Went to Dr. Boerners, paid my bill. Got receipt in full to date- Amt. $5.00. John Felsch arrested on charge of abandonment. Got 30 days time to fulfill his promise to do better. Eve. Painted the floor in Walters room.

76 deg. High NW wind. Fair. Very warm all night. Cooler during the day. Quite cool this eve. 8 PM- A man came to see Walter about taking a position at S. Mil. He is head book keeper at Stowell Mfg. Co. I wrote to W. to come home early Sat. The man said his name was Luedens & that he lived at 777-27th St.

50 deg. NW wind. Fair. Very cool. Albin Schellenberg 1202-22nd St was instantly killed at Schroeders Lumber Yard today.

54 deg. W wind. Fair. Cool. & very pleasant. Henry Schmidt transfers his saloon license from 1160-10th St. to 922-21sr St. Fire alarm from 25th & N. Ave. as we were coming from the Sta. Fire at 780-27th St. No damage. Acting Chief King was struck by a St. car on 24th & Vleit & seriously injured. Went to Browning & Kings this eve. with my citizens pants to have them fixed. Walter came home at 8:45. Went to see Luedens about the S. Milwaukee job.

56 deg. SW wind. Fair. Cool & pleasant. Growing warmer. Quiet all day.

56 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Rain 5 to 7 AM. Clearing toward noon. Cool. Ada came home this PM. Dora came back to her place & Lina came with them.

48 deg. NE wind. Fair. Cool. Letter for Mrs. Huennenkens 1657 Hopkins St. Went to beat via. 12th St. Car.

55 deg. E wind. Partly cloudy. Cool. Linden & Wantz returned from VAc. Smudde on Vac. Average min. Temp. for mo. 58 deg.

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