William Bramwell Sizer Diaries
January 1905

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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37 deg. Variable wind. Cloudy. Foggy, damp all day. Our folks went to Watch Night service at Trinity Church. Got home at 2 AM. 1 1/2 hrs. for dinner. Home to dine. Change day:- Genthe out at noon. Temoeratures taken at 6 to 8 AM. Minimum temp. for Dec. 22 deg.
Average Min. Temp for yr. 38 1/4 deg.

28 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Snowing this AM. 1/2 in. snow fell. Drill day & Blouse Inspection. My blouse passed. Back to beat via. 12th car, 4:15.

14 deg. NW wind. Fair. Frosty, thawing at noon. Asked Perm. to go downtown. Pd. Ins. at Herzbergs, Bo't this diary at Germania Pub. - 65 cnts. Back to beat at 9:56, 1 hr. & 11 min. Went home to dinner. Nabb's wife sick. N. not on duty. No one to cook for me. Frank Maechtle came this eve. on his way from Waukesha. Dinner hour changed to 11:45 to 12:45.

8 deg. Variable wind. Partly cloudy. Frostry, snowing at 2 PM & all the eve. Oscar Scholz & Fred Krueger arrested by Schnell for attempted holdup on 27th St. at 8:15 last eve. Went home to dinner. Met Genthe at 27th & Hadley. at 4 PM. He is working on the hold up case. Greunewald license case comes up today.

24 deg. Southerly wind. Cloudy. 1/2 in. of snow. Genthe came up with me to see Wm. Rusch. Naab on duty this morn. Dinner at the shanty.

24 deg. W wind. Cloudy. Snowing, 2 in. fell. Clearing 8 AM. Snow again this eve. About 3 in. altogether. Quiet all day.

12 deg. NW wind. Partly cloudy. Frosty. Walter's Birthday- 21 yrs old at 11:40 AM. Lieut. Joe sick. Lindow, wife & daughter took supper & spent the eve. with us.

8 deg. NW wind. Fair. Frostry, cold all day. Quiet all day. Home dinner today. My cook not on duty.

18 deg. Southerly wind. Cloudy. Snowing, clearing at noon. Wind NW, blowing hard, Zero at 5 PM. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:20. Mothers Birthday, 71 yrs. old. Mail after drill, letter H. B. Dewey. At noon Levi Goehring & Reuben Maechtle came to the shanty to see me. Mrs. A. J. Marquardt 1101-22nd. moved out of her Saloon & Otto Pohlman is to run it for her.

10 deg. Wind NW. Fair. Clear & cold Zero at noon. Lieut Joe on Sta. this morn. Genthe, Eng. 22, 9 AM. Goehring went to Racine this morn. Went to 1532-23rd to see Klawitter, order per phone.

22 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Good Sleighing. Snowing, snowed all day. Went to 12th & Lloyd to see Klawitter about his boy. About 6 in. of snow fell.

20 deg. NW wind. Partly cloudy. Growing colder. Clearing at 10 AM. Kruse sick. 5 men in ranks this AM. Supper at Kingsley this eve., Mrs. Moss' comittee

2 deg. NW wind. Fair. Frosty, cold all day. Smudde in ranks this AM. Very quiet all day.

-14 deg. NW wind. Fair. Frosty. -4 deg. at noon. Froze my right cheek on way from Eng, House to RR Shanty at 8:30 AM. 6:30 PM.- Fire, 2007-2009-Center St. 2 story flat, A. Liedebuhr owner. Cause furnace in Singers flat. I was relieved by Hembrook at 7:40.

4 deg. High W wind. Fair. Chilly Change day:- Schroeder supposed to be out at noon. Mail at 1:45 PM. 2 letters for Ald. Malewsky. Albert Klawitter, 15 yrs, old, lives at 1532-23rd St., won't work, sleeps away from home. Father wants him brought to court.

4 deg. NW wind. Fair. Frosty. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:30 PM. Genthe took us out this morn. Schroeder out at noon. Went to Sta. after drill. Reported to Lieut Joe, case of Alb. Klawitter.

10 deg. NW wind. Fair. Chilly, rising temp. 8:45 - Went to Clerks iffice with H. Klawitter. Got Vag. Warr. for Albert Klawitter . Back at 9:345. 1:45 went to Sta. for mail. Got Warr. for Alb. Klaawitter from Sta.

30 deg. Southerly wind. Cloudy. Damp air, looks like rain. Aug. Seefeld 921-20th St. abuses his wife. Told her to report to Frellson. Rain & snow at 10:30 AM. lasting 1 hr.

18 deg. SW wind. Fair. Chilly, thawing at noon. Mrs, Notbohm & Harold called this eve.

24 deg.24 deg. NW wind. Fair. Pleasant. Clouding over toward Eve. Snow at 8 PM.

24 deg. at 6 AM, 20 deg. at 8 AM. NE wind. Partly cloudy. 3 In. of snow this AM. Snowflurries all forenoon. Notified Matt Poetzel, 1551 Hopkins to stop selling liquor to minors.

1-22-19005 - 1 deg. NW wind. Fair. Frosty. Signed payroll. Albert Klawitter arrested by Schell & Ebert at 11 PM at his home.
8 deg. NW wind. Partly cloudy. Snow flurries all day. In court this AM with Klawitter. Case cont. till Wed. PM. Will be tried in Justice Court. Back to beat at 10:45 AM. Drill day. Back to beat at 4:40 PM. Minnie went to sleigh ride party by Mrs. Cappon.

10 at 6 AM, 2 at 8 AM, 4 at noon. High NW wind. Fair. Bo't pr. overshowes at Weinhaupts. Snow drifting badly. Wm. Large came to see me in regard to Morris chair he is making for me.

8 deg. High NW wind. Fair. Very chilly. Frosty. Klawitter case comes up at 2 PM., Justice Court. Albert Klawitter sent to Reform School. Back to beat at 3:05 PM. His father & I were witnesses. Wm. Large went to N. Mil. with Walter & home at 1:50.

-4 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold but pleasant. 12:30 PM- Arrested Louis Janikowski. Disorderly (Insane). He was reported missing this morn. He came in Fond du Lac Ave. & went E on Locust St. I walked him to 17th & Chambers St. Mail at 1:45, Ald. Malewsky. 6:30 PM. Found Albert Rusch 1114- 17th St. at 27th & Center with injured knee. Said he fell on walk at 30th & Center. No. 5 Patrol Wagon took him home. 24 yrs. old, married, works at Chair Factory.

14 deg. W wind. Fair. Raw wind. W.S. Raine Arr. on chge of Abandonment, wife-comp. 8:45- Order per tel. to go to court at once in Raine case. For def., Carl Runge, Atty. Def. discharged. Back to beat at 11 o'c. PM.- Nic Heintzkill, City Atty's office came up & we went to the chair factory to see the place A. Rusch got hurt. We think he fell off the fire escape.

-4 deg. 8 AM. NW wind. Fair. Arthur's Birthday- would have bee 13 yrs. old had he lived.

- 4 deg. NW wind. Fair. Clear & cold. Cold all day.

-6 deg. NW wind. Fair. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:25.

Zero. NW wind. Fair. Ave, Min. Temp for Mo. 10 deg. Same mo. in 1904- 9 deg. Snow flurries during night. 1/2 in. fell. Ada graduated today from Public School. 1:45- Went to Sta. Got common drunk Warr. for Aug Schultz, 2444 hadley St. Found him in Henns Saloon, 2700 Fond du Lac. Took him to Wright & Fond du Lac & called wagon., Mary Hardt, step daughter, Comp. Schultz bailed out at 5 PM. Eve. had a party at house after graduation exercises.

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