William Bramwell Sizer Diaries
December 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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24 deg. NW wind. Partly cloudy. Chilly. Clearing toward noon. Geo. & Pauline went home on 7:30 train. Asked perm. of Sergt Linden to go to Reilleys & get my overcoat. Missed 9:45 rept. on acct. of waiting for Tailor to finish coat. Linden transfered to West Side. Schroeder to No. 5. Change day:- Genthe out at noon. 5:40 PM. Arrested Frank Vollmer 1274-22 nd. St. Com. Drunkard. Took him to 17th & Chambers.

22 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Snow flurries during day. 2 in. snow fell. 9 AM in court with Vollmer. Found guilty. 90 days, H of C. Back to beat at 10:15 AM. Met Genthe at 3:15, 24th & Hadley.

22 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Chilly. 8:454 AM. Went to Dist. Atty's Office with Mrs. Milbrath 1130-24th St. Got Warr. for Bertha Milbrath, 16 yrs. old. Vagrancy. Missed 9:45 rept. 6:00 PM- Fire broke out at 2404 Chambers St. in a one story cottage owned by Albert Stoeck, occupied by Herm. Potratz. Damage - $200.00. Cause unknown. We, Kruse & I, staid there till 7:30.

14 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold. Genthe out nights. Schroeder not on duty.

20 deg. W wind. Cloudy. Damp air, thawing at noon. Went to 1130-24th St. at 6:15 AM. Arrested Bertha Milbrath at her home on chge of vagrancy. Augusta M., her mother, Comp. Walked her to Sta. Then took car for court. Found guilty. Sent to Industrial School for Girls. Back to beat at 10:50. Drill day. Back to beat at 4:30. Overcoat inspection.

18 deg. High SW wind. Fair. Raw wind. Dettman sick. Kruse on his beat. I take in old beat.

26 Deg. SW wind. Cloudy. Wm. C. Large came today.

26 deg. NW wind forenoon. Chgd to NE. Fair. Growing colder. Wm. C. L. went to N. Mil. & walked back. I met him & visited an hour or so. He took car for downtown. Goes home today. Snow toward eve. 1/2 in. fell.

22 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Very damp air. Snowing at 8 AM. Snow flurroes all day.

20 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Chilly. Still snowing at intervals. Clearing at noon. Wind NW. PM thawing during noon hour. Mail at 2:45. Letter for Ald. Malewsky.

26 deg. Southerly wind. Cloudy. Snowing. Snowed all day. Sevrin Irving Jahn, 12 yrs. old, living at 1431-26th St. Ran away from home Nov. 29th. Was arrested in Racine where he went with a horse & buggy he had stolen on 3rd St. 5:45 I got orders to Notify his parents that Det. Wellenman had brought him back & would take him to court in the morn.

22 deg, NW wind. Cloudy. Snowing. Snowed all night. About 8 in. of snow at 8 AM. Snowed all day. About 10 in. snow on the ground. Blowing & colder at 4:30 PM. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:30.

6 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold. 3 deg. at Eng. 22. Snow enough for sleighing. 4 PM, met Genthe at Eng. 22.

Zero. N wind. Fair. Frosty, slowly rising temp. Met Genthe at 4:30, Fond du Lac & Hickory St. Eve. Cloudy & snow flurries.

10 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Change day:- Schroeder out at noon. Met Schroeder at Eng. 22 at 4PM
. 12-16-1904
10 deg. Southerly wind. Partly cloudy. Frosty.
10 deg. Southerly wind. Partly cloudy. Frosty. 22 deg. Variable wind. Partly cloudy. Warmer. Good sleighing in the city.

22 deg. HIgh SW wind. Fair. Raw & unpleasant. Snow drifting. Met Schroeder at Eng. 22, 10 AM. Eve. Snow squalls at 6 o'c.

22 deg. NW wind. Fair Cool & pleasant. No drill this week. Met Schroeder at 27th & Fond du Lac, 4:30. Hammer watching on 29th & Hopkins for man that insults women at 3:30 PM.

30 deg., 22 deg at 8 AM. High NW wind. Partly cloudy. Snow squalls at 7 AM. Growing colder. PM. Fair. City Clerk, Edw. M. Schuegel died in bed this morn. at his home, 2816 Vine. St. Mail at 1:30 for Ald. Malewsky.

10 deg. 6 at 8AM. W wind. Fair. Frosty. Cloudy toward eve. Warmer. Mail at 1:30 for Ald Malewsky.

16 deg. SW wind. Fair. Rising temp. Cloudy & thawing at noon. 2:30 Went to UNion Cemetery to attend funeral of E.M. Schuegel, city clerk, Buried under Masonic Rites. Back to beat at 4:45.

51 deg. W wind. Cloudy, Thawing. Snow nearly gone. Orders to be at Prize fights at Panorama at 7:30 PM.

26 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Very chilly, growing colder. Home from Prize fights at 12:20 AM. Met Schroeder at Eng. 22 at 5:30.

28 deg. E wind. Cloudy. Snow flurries this AM. Christmas Day. 1/2 hr. extra for dinner. Home for dinner 12:30 to 2 PM.

32 deg. SE wind. Cloudy. Rain, freezing as it falls. Rain all day. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:00 PM. Miss. No. 2 Christmas Tree this eve.

35 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Rain. Rained all forenoon. 2 PM, colder. Wind SW. Snow during afternoon & eve. Met Schroeder at Eng. 22, 5:45. Jake came this PM.

10 deg., 4 at 8 AM. NW wind. Fair. Cold & blustering. Cald all day. Zero at 7 PM.

10 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold raw wind. Slowly rising temp. Faith Mission Annual Meeting this eve.

28 deg. SW wind. Fair. Chilly wind. Lieut. Joe not in Sta. this morn. Mail at 1:30 PM. Letter for O.G.Gilbert, Prin. of school at 24th & Auer Ave.

38 deg. SW wind. Fair. Warmer. Average min. temp for Mo. - 22 deg. Ave. Min. Temp. for year - 38 deg. Ed Maechtle & wife and Frank Maechtle came today. They went with our folks to Trinity Church Watch Night Service. I staid home. Neighbor Seaman called & kept me company till 9 PM.

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