William Bramwell Sizer Diaries
April 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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APRIL 1905

38 deg. NE wind. NE wind. Partly cloudy. Very chilly all day. I got fooled on the way to Sta. by Conductor Lane. Change day:- Genthe out at noon. Mail at 1:45 for Ald. Malewsky. Met Genthe at Eng. 22, 5:10 PM.

38 deg. E. Wind. Cloudy. Very chilly. Black Helmets, Letter for F. Dettman. Emil Knuefhel 1119-20th St. arrested by Kuhn, disorderly. I notified family.

45 deg. Southerly wind. Cloudy. Rain during the night. Warmer. Case of Aug. Schultz, com. drunk. Con. from Feb. 2nd., Mary Hardt, comp. Case dropped. Sentnce susp. Back to beat at 11:05 AM. Orders to rept to Sta. at 6:30 PM. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:30. Heavy shower between 1 & 2 PM.

40 deg. High NW wind. Cloudy. Growing colder. Rain during night. Election day: Sta. at 34th & Wright. Schroeder relieved me to vote at 11:30. Minnie brought my dinner at 12 o'c. Reptd 39 votes at noon from Peteschs, 36th & Wright. Total vote 131. Started for Central at 7:14. 4-5-1905
32 deg. NW wind. Fair. White frost. Cold. Cool all day. Mrs. G. came from St. Joseph Hosp. at 3 PM.

32 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold. Heavy white frost. snow squalls all PM. 1 in. snow fell in an hour. Miss. 2 Ladiea meeting this PM.

27 deg. Northerly wind. Fair. Ground white with snow. Snow all gone at noon. H. Popper 1115-19th St. killed by St. Car, 15th & Center, 7 AM. Rehearsal for Easter Music at No. 2 Miss. this eve.

29 deg. W wind. Fair. Chilly. Minnie Birthday- 44 yrs old. I reported sick at 11:15 AM. Bad cold head ache. Went home & went to bed. Leather couch came from Knebels this PM.

45 deg. NW wind. Fair. Much warmer. Home today.

40 deg. E wind. Cloudy. Rainy. Coll all day. Home today.

34 deg. NE wind. Cool. cloudy. Reported for duty this morn. Our wedding day. Married 22 years. Minnie & I went to Grand Ave. Church this eve.

36 deg. SW wind. Fair. Froze during the night. Reported sidewalks on 21st St. Met Genthe at Eng. 22 at 4:10 PM.

32 deg. NE wind. Fair. Cold, froze during the night. We all went to G'd Ave. Church this eve.

35 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. 1/2 in. snow. Rainy this morn. Order to go to the Panorama at 7 PM. Home at 11:00 PM.

32 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Chilly. Change day:- Schroeder out at noon.

30 Deg. NW wind. Partly cloudy. Cold. Snow squalls. 6:26 AM. - While on the way to the car, I was told that a man was killed by the train at Elm St. Found
Adolph Funk, 862-32nd St., 20 yrs. old, with his head smashed & right arm broken. He had trouble with & tried to kill Meta Schneider who lives in Wauwatosa. They were at Funks home. Surprize party. He had been drinking. Called coroner. Suicide. Went home. Got overcoat. Went on beat at 8:30. Cold all day.

32 deg. NW ind. Fair. Cold but pleasant. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:30. Went to Wussows on way back home from drill. Paid for carriage ordered.

32 deg. NE wind. Fair. White frost. Orders to be at Coroners office at 3 PM in Funk case. Left beat at 2:30. Back to beat at 4:30 PM.

40 deg. W. wind. Fair. Warmer. Light rain at 3 PM. Cloudy at noon. Attended preparatory service at Miss. 2 this eve. Wm. Glasnap & wife & Josina Deutsch were examined for admission to the church.

50 deg. Southerly wind. Cloudy. Rainy. Warmer. 10 AM wind chgd to NE. Rain all day. JLS Birthday. 45 yrs. old.

32 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. 1 in. of snow this morn. Clearing at 9 AM. Continued cold. Good Friday.

32 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. White Frost. Rising temp. Signed payroll this morn. My cook is on Vac. Home to dinner today. Reported sidewalks on 22nd & 23rd Sts. this PM. Met Schroeder at Eng. 22 at 4:15 PM.

36 deg. Northerly wind. Fair. Easter Sunday. Very pleasant all day. Home to dinner today.

50 deg. Westerly wind. Partly cloudy. Warmer. Drill day:- Went to drill at regular tome. When we got there we were ordered to go to the First Nat'l Bank. There was a run on the bank caussed by news that Pres. F.G. Bigelow was a defaulter in the sum of $1,500,000.00. Staid there till 3:45 & was ordered back to beat. Dora & ..... Boehm came this eve.

40 deg. SE wind. Fair. My cook returned. Met Schroeder at 4:50 PM. He was complaining about gutters being blocked on 27th bet. Hadley & Burleigh. Ev. Conf. at 6th & Washington St. this week.

46 deg. E wind. Cloudy. Rained all night. Still raining. 6 PM, rained all day. Mail at 1:45 for the Ald.

48 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Foggy. Partly clearing at 9:30 AM. Wind becvoming variable. Mail at 1:45. Ald. Malewski.

56 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. 4 PM, Hot. Fine growing weather. 2:40-Shower with thunder & lightning. Mail at 2:45, Ald. Malewsky.

44 deg. NW wind. Fair. Col. Walter went to Oostburg, Cedar Grove & Port. Wash. this morn. to sell goods. Checks this PM. Collected personal tax from D.J. Dalton 924-24th. Martha Volkman married to ..... Bruckmueller, 954-24th.

44 deg. NW wind. Fair. Very cool. Average minimum temp.- 38 deg. Cold all day. Baseball games on every vacant field in my beat.

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