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.
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.