William Bramwell Sizer Diaries
February 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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40 deg. NW wind. Fair. Growing colder. Zero at 11 AM. Schultz out on $100.00 Bail at Clk's office. Case cont. till tomorrow. Back to beat at 9:45. Checks. Paid taxes. $34.75. Mail at 1:45 - Ald. Malewsky. Change day. Genthe out at noon. -10 deg. at 6 PM. Ada starts for high school.

-20 deg. NW wind. Fair. Schultz, com. drunkard case this morn. Case cont, 60 days. Comes up Apr. 3rd. Signed his own bond. Mission 2 Ladies monthly meeting this PM at Mission.

-12 deg. NW wind. Fair. Frosty. 1 PM- Fire 2652 & 2654 Fond du Lac. Startred 2654. Grocery & shoe shop. Went over to 2652. Wm. Palm, Grocery & Shoe Shop. Fleischman, res. & cigar shop. Palm $ 1500.00, Fleischman $1200.00. Rooney & I went to 35th & Burleigh to see Mrs. Schroeder about burglary. No case. Officers at fire: Lieut Joe. Ptr. Dopke, Smudde, Stolzenfeld & myself. Genthe came later.

2 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Cold Very chilly. Wind chg to NE at 11:30 AM. Clearing. Snow flurries this PM, E wind. C.W. Schlueter came up to supper. Talked business with Walter.
20 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Snowing fiercely all morn. Snowed all day, about 1 foot of snow fell. Alb. Schweide 1259-24th found on 18th & Clark, drunk. Wagon got him. I notified wife who said "Er Soll sitzen."

12 deg. N wind. Fair. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:30. Walter elected Director of Schneider Furniture Company this eve. He came home at midnight.

-4 deg. NW wind. Fair. Frosty, rising temp. Snow flurries all PM

20 deg. SE wind. cloudy. Raw damp air. 10 AM- Commenced snowing. Snowed all th rest of the day. About 5 in. of snow fell. Ptrm. John Roach arrested for burglary. Walter attended directors meeting this eve. He was elected Sec'y of Board.

16 deg. SW wind. Fair. Frosty. PM- Met Gente at Eng. 22, 5 PM.

-10 deg. High NW wind. Fair. -3 deg. at noon. Growing colder. Orders to be at Prize fight at Panorama at 7:30 PM. Met Genthe at 4:30 PM, 24th & Center. Home from fight at 11:55.

Zero. NW wind. Partly cloudy. Frosty. At noon wind chg. to E. Snow flutties. Raw wind. Snow all PM & Eve.

8 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Snow- 5 in. since yersterday. Still snowing. Snow flurries all day. Partly clearing toward eve. Colder.

-22 deg. NW wind. Fair. -13 deg. at noon. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:25 PM. Met Genthe, 20th & Center at 5 PM.

-2 deg. SE wind. Cloudy. Snowing all morn. Partly clearing towards noon. PM, Fair. Colder. Met Genthe at Eng. 22 at 9:15 AM.

-16 deg. NW wind. Fair. Frosty. Change day:- Schroeder out at noon.

High SW wind. 8 deg. Cloudy. Raw wind. Very disagreeable weather. Rising Temp. Fred Johannismeyer 720-26th St., 18 yrs. old, shot & killed Jos. Obermeyer, 26091 Walnut, 13 yrs. old.

14 deg. High NW wind. Fair. Rising temp. Drifting. We all went skating this eve. First time I had skates on in 25 yrs. Had a good time.

4 deg. NW wind. Fair. Rising temp. Very pleasant. Quiet on beat.

20 deg. SW wind. Fair. Very pleasant. Thawing at nooon. Nothing doing.

28 deg. SW wind. Cloudy. Dril day:- Back to beat at 4:15. Bought a new uniform Cap & Shield.- $2.00. Minnie & I went to Lindows to help celebrate his birthday. Kingsley people went out in Cappon's Sleighs. Home at 11:45 PM.

28 deg. Variable wind. Cloudy. Damp all day. Nothing doing.

30 deg. NW wind. Fair. Growing colder. Pleasant. Met Schroeder, 27th & Fond du Lac at 10 AM. Wamer at noon. Thawing quite fast.

20 deg. SW wind. Cloudy. Foggy.

30 deg. Variable Wind. Cloudy. Very damp. Commenced raining at about 4 pm., turning to snow. Snowed all eve.

30 deg. NW wind. Fair. About 1 in. snow this AM. Very warm all day. Thawing very fast.

20 deg. NW wind. Fair. Froze hard. 1:40 PM. Orders to go to Humboldt Turn Hall to attend childrens. Arrived there at 2:40, was relieved by Vogt at 5:30 PM. Back to beat at 6 PM. Went home early this eve. Did not stay at Miss. 2. Jos. Schroff died this morn. Emil Bercher died this PM.

17 deg. SW wind. Partly cloudy. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:30. Quiet all day. G. B. Maechtle came from Dakota today.

26 deg. Variable wind. Fair. Average Min. Temp. for Mon. - 10 deg. Last yr. Ave. Min. temp. for Mo. 8 deg. Very pleasant. Minnie & Helen went to Fredonia this 7:30 AM with G.B.M. Check at 2:45. Letter for 1190-23rd. Thawing fast all day.

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