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.
46 deg. SW wind. Fair. Very warm & pleasant. Leg sore. Can't walk. Groffman left us this morning to go home to Berlin.
46 deg. Rising temp. W wind. Fair. Rising temp. Leg some better. Paper hanger working in Ada's room this PM. Stolzenfeld told me that Kruse came out on day duty this Morn.
42 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Very pleasant. Home today. Leg some better. Dr. Bradley called this PM.
44 deg. SW wind. Fair. Very pleasant, colder. PM. NE wind. Home today-can't walk without limping, so concluded to stay home another day.
36 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Cold & Raw. Clearing at 10 AM. Reported for duty this morn. Ought to have staid at home. Limp a good deal. Couldn't run to save my life. Did not go home to dinner. Got a lunch & staid at Eng. 22 during the noon hour. Cashed my check atr Winkels.
30 deg. NW wind. Partly cloudy. White frost. Quiet all day.
32 deg. Variable wind. Fair. Frost. Asked to be excused from drill on account of my leg. Asked Perm. to go to Sec's office to pay int. Orders to be at Sta. at 6:30 PM to receive instructions for Election. Went to Secy's office at 8:45. Paid $100.00 on mtge & int- $5.00 due for 6 mo. Went to Reilleys, tried on overcoat. Found it did not fit. Back to beat at 9:55. PM. Went to Sta. Got Warr. for Otto Wesenberg 1137 - 20th St. A&B, Tom Kroner, comp. K. lives in N. Mil.
42 deg. Variable wind. Cloudy. Chilly. Rain at 1 PM. Election day. Went to Sta. on 1st car. Got there at 6:04 AM. 7:15 started out to relieve officers stationed at Booth. Relieved Stolzenwald, Smudde, Giencke, & Betts. Then went to Sta. at 12 o'c. noon. 3 PM. Went to 28th hear Wright to shoot a horse. In Sta. till after 6 PM when I was sent to 709 Wright St. with Patrolman Metterman on acct. of family trouble. Back to Sta. & sat there till 8:30. Then went home.
32 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Rainy towards noon & cold.PM- Otto Wessenberg gave himself up at the W. Side Sta. last night. I went there from the Sta. & read Warr. to him. Went home, changed coat & helmet & went to court. Got a continuance until tomorrow & went to No. Mil. to subp. witnesses. Got back to beat at 12 noon. PM went to Sta. Got letter for Ald. Malewesky. Beat changed this morn. Kruse goes from 16th to Fond du Lac & from North to Hadley. I take all north of Hadley & W of 20th.
37 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Growing colder. Snow flurries. In court at 9AM with Otto Wessenberg. Pleaded guilty. Fined $5.00 & costs.-$10.56. by Judge Huchting. Back to beat at 10:45. Mail at 1:30 for Ald. Malewsky. Lois, Mrs. J.L. & Rollo came this eve. to supper. Rollo to stay all night with us.
26 deg. NW wind. Partly cloudy. Froze hard. We kept furnace fire all night. Met Genthe at 20th & Chambers, 10:15 AM. Took dinner at RR Flagman Shanty with Henry Naab, flagman. We cook dinner together. Walter sent home a new table this eve.
27 deg. High W wind. Fair. Raw wind, very chilly. Lieut. Joe on Vac.
30 deg. High N wind. Partly cloudy. Chilly.
30 deg. W. wind. Fair. Cold. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:35 PM. Herman Baumbach 1657 Hopkins, arrested at No. 5. I notified his wife.
33 Deg. W wind. Fair. Warmer toward noon. Very dry & dusty.
32 deg. SE wind. Fair. White frost. Got rest of cooking outfit this morn. It consists of frying pan, roaster, knives, forks, 2 spoons, 1 tin plate, 1 porclean plate, several tin pails & cans, 1 cup. Eve, Cox commenced protracted meetings tonight.
40 deg. SE wind becoming variable. Cloudy. Raw wind, looks like rain. Clearing toward noon. Put up storm windows this eve. whiile the rest went to Church.
38 deg. Variable wind. Fair. Rising temp. Very dry & dusty. Wd. Foremen sprinkled street this PM for the first time in several weeks.
42 deg. Southerly wind. Partly cloudy. Cool & pleasant this morn. Warm toward noon.
46 deg. Northerly wind. Cloudy. Looks like rain. Growing colder. Rain from 10 AM till noon. Clearing at 1:30 PM. Message came via. Police Dept. that my father was dead. Night officer called Walter out of Church
30 deg. S wind. Partly cloudy. Heavy frost. Asked perm. of Sergt Genthe to get off tomorrow to attend Fathers funeral.
38 deg, Varialble wind. Fair. Warmer. Left home at 6:10 AM for Pt. W. to attend fathers funeral. Minnie, Walter & I took 6:55 train. Funeral at 2 PM from the Church.
Rev. Lean, P.E. preached sermon. Two sons & two grandsons acted as Pallbearers. Buried in Cemetery at Pt. Minnie went home with Henrys folks to stay awhile. Walter & I & Rufus Karker came home on 7:40 train.
44 deg. High W wind. Partly cloudy. Cool. Very dusty. Wind blowing a gale all day. Linden out days.
40 deg. Fair. Growing colder. Cloudy & rain in the eve. Thanksgiving day. 1/2 hr. extra for dinner.
36 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Chilly. Snow flurries during the day. Met Linden on 22nd St. at 8:45. Ada brought us a pie for dinner. Eve.- Made table for Henry & I to eat dinner on. Hang it with hinges so as to fold up when not in use.
24 deg. High NW wind. Fair. Cold. Ther. at freezing all day. Went home & got my overcoat. Minnie came home this morn.
18 deg. NW wind. Fair. Froze hard. Cold dry & dusty all day.
24 deg. Variable wind. Cloudy. Raw wind, mostly S. Very dusty. Drill day. Back to beat at 4:30 PM.
32 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Chilly. Met Linden, 23rd & Hadley, 9:50 AM. Geo. & Pauline came this PM on their way home from Aurora, Ill.
14 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold. Average Minimum Temp. for Month - 34 deg.