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.
28 deg. N wind. Fair. Chilly. At noon Wm. & Bill Reinhardt came to the shanty to see me. Had been to the house & found no one home. Mail at 1:45. Letter for Ald. Malewsky. Minnie came home this eve. Change Day:- Genthe out at noon.
26 deg. SE winnd to variable. Cloudy. Snow flurries. Hugo Bublitz & Carl Henner 1099-24th St. Arrested at N. Av. depot last night. I notified mother to get them & take them home. They are 10 & 12 yrs. old. Helen & Gottlieb came this AM. G. went to Chicago this 2:15 PM.
32 deg. Variable wind. Cloudy. Thawing very fast.
20 deg. N wind. Cloudy. Much colder. Snowflurries. Moderating towards Eve.
28 deg. Variable wind. Cloudy. Damp air. Went home to dinner today. Henry (Naab) went to church. Had his boy christened. Was not on duty from 9 AM to 2 PM & I had no cook.
24 deg. NE wind. Partly cloudy. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:35. Arthur Schilke, 30 yrs. 1382 - 34th attempted suicide at Weiners saloon this PM by taking Numatic acid. After taking acid he tel. for Dr. The patrol wagon took him to Emergency.
32 deg. SE wind. Cloudy. PM, raining, variable wind. 1 in. of snow this morn. 12 noon- Tom. Hirt, 2522 Lisbon Ave. told me that a man had committed suicide on RR track beyond the city limits. I went up there at 1PM. Found him lying beside the track 1 1/2 blocks from Keefe Ave. Had taken carbolic acid. I tel. from the Bridge office & waited until the coroner came. Missed 1:45 rept. Met Genthe, 26th & Center, 3:10. Suicides name is Fred Groth, 20th & Coldspring or thereabouts.
24 deg. W wind. Partly cloudy. Walter staid out to the factory. Directors meeting this eve.
34 deg. SW wind. Fair. Met Genthe, 3:10 PM, 26th & Center. Raw wind.
20 deg. NW wind. Fair. Froze hard. Cold all day. Snow flurries in PM.
8 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold. Tax bills this morn. Mail at 1:45 for Ald. Malewsky. Our folks surprised me by having a telephone put in the house & then telling me to ring up 5323 West.
22 deg. W wind. Fair. Chilly. Quiet all day. Gas froze at Miss. No. 2. Had to use lamps.
16 deg. NW wind. Fair. Fine snow towards eve. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:30. Met Genthe, 24th & Hadley at 10:10 AM.
30 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Snowing, 2 in. at 6 AM. A tyear ago today snow fell all day. Ada's Birthday - 17 yrs. old. Snowed nearly all forenoon. Partly clearing toward noon. Mail at 1:45 for Election Inspectors. Met Genthe, 32nd & Fond du Lac at 2:45.
27 deg. E. Wind. Cloudy. Looks like snow. Met Genthe, 21st & Center, 8 AM. Change day. Schroeder out at noon. Mail at 1:45 for Ald. Malewsky. Dr. Wm. Meyer, 12th & Galena, died at 11 AM.
30 deg. No wind at 8 AM. Cloudy. Rising temp. NW wind. Smoke goes straight up.
30 deg. Variable wind. Partly cloudy. Foggy. Showers & warmer. A very weak St. Patricks day in the morning. No rain coat. Got wet through. Thundered some suting the afternoon.
46 deg. Southerly wind. Cloudy. Rain 1t 8 AM. Rain all forenoon. Wind becoming variable. PM Foggy.
30 deg. High NE wind. Cloudy. Growing colder. Rain & sleet & snow. Got to Sta. via. 27th & Walnut & 3rd St. At 7:30, walked from 3rd & Walnut. Schroeder was with me. Tel. wires down. Cars run part of the time. Snowed all day. Put in all repts except the first one at 27th & Fond du Lac.
28 deg. NE wind. Partly cloudy. Snow flurries. About 6 in. snow fell yesterday. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:35, via. 12th St. Bought a snow shovel at Ferdenherdts for 75 cts. Turned in taxes this PM. $9.84.
3-21-905 20 deg. Northerly wind. Fair. Froze hard. Rising temp. Spring begins. Very pleasant all day.
30 deg. Southerly wind. Partly cloudy. Damp air this AM.
42 deg. Southerly wind. Cloudy. Showery rain at intervals until 4 PM when wind chgd to NW. 12:45 PM- I was called to Saarous Church, 29th & Hadley. Found Mrs. Mary Arnold, 375-17th St., an insane woman, She would not talk so I sent her to the Sta. Later she was taken home by her son. Water on Fond du Lac Ave. very high near RR tracks. Fixed up gasoline stove at Shanty.
32 deg. W. wind. Fair. Cool. Quite warm at noon. Rehearsal of Easter
Music at Miss. 2 this eve. du Lac, Thurs. eve. at 10:15. Investigated & found that suspicion
falls on Arthur Moschgau & his chum
36 deg. Variable wind. Partly cloudy. Rain at 3 PM. Very warm at noon. &
Mrs. Karnehl 2657 Bismark St. reported that someone snatched her purse on 22nd. Fond
42 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. High wind. Rained during the night. Cooler this morn. Clearing toward noon. Went with Minnie & Ada to Zions Church Dedication at 11th & Harmon Sts. this Eve.
46 deg. Southerly wind. Partly cloudy. Sun showers at 4:30 PM. Very warm all day. Drill day:- Wore dress coat. Back to beat at 4:38. Mail for Ald. Malewsky at 1:45. Emil Karnatz, Mgr. of Joers Saloon 1109-22nd. on a drunk.
55 deg. S wind. Fair. Very warm all day. Thunder shower at 6:15 PM. Rained all eve.
50 deg. W wind. Cloudy. Coller, damp. Orders for Blk. Helmets, SundayApr. 2nd. Rainy toward noon & all PM. Partly clearing toward eve. Very cool.
38 deg. HIgh W wind. Fair. Some frost this morn. 8:15 Met H. Mosel & Son. Thney were looking for meat, 26th & Center St. 1:30 PM- False fire alarm, 26th & Center Sts. Bought new pair of kid gloves at Weyland & Kuechers.
40 deg. NE wind. Fair. Growing cooler. Ave. Min. Temp. 31 deg. Transplanted spruce tree this morn. Rehearsal of Easter Music at No. 2 Miss. this eve.