William Bramwell Sizer Diaries
October 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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48 deg. W wind. Fair. Cool & pleasant. Checks this morn. Change day. Genthe out at noon.

51 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Cool. Rain early in the morning. Clearing toward noon.

38 deg. NE wind. Fair. Frost this morn. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:45. Went downtown at 2:10. Got new helmet. Went to Reilleys & got new dress coat. Was measured for overcoat & went to drill & Inspection, also pistol inspection.

50 deg. SE wind. Partly cloudy. Shower, 5 to 7 AM. Warm at noon. Wind chgd. to SW. Heavy thunder storm at 6:15 PM. Rained all eve.

52 deg. N wind. Cloudy. 1:30 PM - Went to Sta. Got Warr. for Chas. Dolly, Frieda Hoppe, Comp. Chge. Disorderly. Jennie White. witness. Case dates from Sept. 25th. They all live on chambers St. bet. 24th & 24 1/2 St. Notified Dolly to be at Sta. at 7 o'c. in the morn.

34 deg. Variable wind. Fair. Frost. Met Dolly at Sta. In court at 9 AM. Dolly found guilty. Sentence suspended on payment of cost - $4.16. Back to beat at 10:40. Eve.- Reception for Rev. W. D. Cox at Kingsley Church this eve.

40 deg. SE wind. Fair. Cool. Showers all evening. 1:45 PM- One man was killed & one seriously injured by falling with scaffold from Chas. Winkelman house on 27th bet. Chambers & BUrleigh. Dead man is John Scherer who formerly lived on 9th bet. N. & Lee St.

56 S wind. Partly cloudy. Warmer. Orders to be at Union Depot at 6 PM with white gloves. The body of P.M. General Payne will arrive at 7:15 from Wash. D.C. 1:30 got mail for Hy. Pahlow, Wm. Korneman & Ald. Malewsky. Went from Union Depot to City Hall where the body was taken. I stood in the corridor till 10:15 PM.

56 deg. SE wind. Cloudy. Rain commenced at 5:45. Rained nearly all foenoon. Partly clearing at noon. Warm. On duty at Central Sta. at 7 AM. 10:30 - went to City Hall. 11:50 went to dinner. 1:30, Central Sta. 2 PM City Hall Square. At 3, All Saints Cathedral, Juneau & Marchall. 4 PM went to Central Sta. & got Rubber coat & went on beat. 1st Rept at 4:45.

68 deg. W wind. Partly cloudy. Warm. Thunder showers at 10 to 11 AM. Thunder stoprm, 12 to 1:30 PM. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:30. Met Genthe at Pine & Fond du Lac. at 2:15. Stolzenfeld gave me letter for Winneman & Euer at 4:40. Fond du Lac & 27th. First Registration. Police Tel. System knocked out by lightning on west side. Clara & Alice came this eve.

55 deg. Northerly wind. Cloudy. Cool. Showers during the evening. Telephones out of servce from 10:45 for rest of day. Clara went back to Port this PM.

50 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Cool & damp.. Mail at 1:30 PM. Letter for Ald. Malewsky.

49 deg. N. wind. Cloudy. Cool. Wind E at 9 AM. Card for Adolph W. Kraemer 961-22nd St. to be swrn in as Patrolman Monday, Oct. 17th '04. Mail at 2:45. Letter for Chas. Kusterow 3002-Fond du Lac.

42 deg. N0 wind. Cloudy. Cool & very still. No wind. Very quiet all day. Orders per tel. at 5:45 to go to the Tailor in the morn.

49 deg. Southerly wind. Pretty cloudy. Cool & damp. Change day, Linden on at noon. Went to Reilleys at 8:40 to 9:50 AM. Tried on overcoat.

46 deg. S wind. Partly cloudy. Cool but pleasant. Warmer toward noon.

54 deg. SW wind. Fair. Warmer & very pleasant. High wind. Warm at noon. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:25. Met Stolzenfeld at 4:30. He told me the Sta. wanted me. I called up & got orders to go for mail. Letter for Ald. Malewsky. Met Linden at Eng. 22, 6:10 PM.

54 deg. S wind. fair. Warmer & pleasant. Rising temp. Very warm all day. Quiet all day.

52 deg. SE wind. Fair. Warm & pleasant. Mrs. Sophia Bowitz reported missing from 2606 Hadley. I went to the house & her sister Annie said they knew where she was & that she would come home in a day or two.

48 deg. SW wind. Cloudy. Cool & damp. Light rain falling all morn. Rained all day. Mail at 1:30 for Ald. Malesky.

44 deg. W wind. Partly cloudy. Showers during the night & all the morn. Showers all day. Orders to be at the Prize fights at the Panorama at 7:30 PM. Home at 11:30 PM. Mail at 1:30 PM. Letter for G. Teske 1142-30th St.

37 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold. First snow of the season this noon. PM- Growing colder. Cloudy & damp air. Met Linden at Eng. 22, 6 PM.

32 deg. W wind. Fair. Froze hard. Cold all day.

45 deg. SW wind. Partly cloudy. Raw wind. Looks like rain. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:40 PM. Met Linden at 5 PM, 23rd & Locust.

32 deg. N wind. Fair. Cold. Fire at 763-33rd St. at 1:00 AM. We didn't know about it until this morn. Met Marquardt, 21st & Center, 9 o'c. Went to Marquardts saloon, 22nd & Hadley to look for John Spille. Could not find him. Ordes at 10:45 to go to 1655 Hopkins & shoot dag. Clerks office comp. 1143-20th St. Albertine Burkhardt abuses he children. Neighbors complain. H.J. Maechtle came to day on business with Schneider Furn. Co.

10-26-190 36 deg. SE wind. Chgd to NW at 9 AM. Fair. Cool. Quiet all day.

26 deg. NW wind. Fair. Froze hard.

33 deg. SW wind. Fair. Chilly raw wind. 12th Anniversary of 3rd Ward Fire.

38 deg. W wind. Fair. Heavy frost during the night. Rising Temp. 11 AM wind changed to NE. Cold.

44 deg. E wind. Partly cloudy. Chilly. Henry Faber, 2010 Clark St. arrested at W. Side Sta. $30,00 Bail. Parents notified. Sevrin Jahn, 1431-26th St. at Cent. Sta. Notify parents to get him. Poultry raffle at Marquardts Saloon 1101-22nd St. Saw 6 boys 12 to 15 yrs. of age going in & out of there. C.B. Willis & young men came to Miss. No. 2 this eve.

32 deg. Variable wind. Fair. Fog early this morn. Rising temp. Last day to register. Mail for Election Inspectors this AM. Drill day:- Min. Temp for mo. 45 deg. PM-- Sprianed my right leg bellow the knee while crossing the lot at 32nd & Elm on the way home to dinner. Tried to go on duty but couldn't walk. Called up from 30h & North. Got excused & "Tony" the Wd. Foreman took me home in his buggy. Rawson brought my check this eve. Linden called to see how I got hurt.

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