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.
65 deg. SE wind. Partly cloudy. Warmer. Heavy rain during the night. Checks this morn. Thunderstorm at 5:30 PM. PM-2:45 went to Fond du Lac & Hadley & met Paul Sinner, whom I had not seen since 1871. He was in town & looked me up. Change day:- Genthe out at noon.
65 deg. South wind. Cloudy. Warm. Rain nearly all night. Looks like more rain. Clearing toward noon., SW wind. Mail at 2:45.
55 deg. W wind. Partly cloudy. Cool. Showery all day. & Eve. My BIrthday - 47 yrs. old. Walter & Ada made me a present of a new Methodist Hymnal.
55 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Cool. Labor Day. Orders to be at Pabst Park at 7 PM. O.HC. & the mission painted No. 2 today. Home from Pabst Park at 11:10 PM.
50 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cool, followed by rising temp. School begins. Ada starts her second year in high school. Crozier came this eve & worked till nearly mdnight on our radiator. Broke fitting, couldn't finish job.
55 deg. W wind. Fair. Cool. Warmer. Crozier came again & finished connecting radiator. We tested it. Works fine.
55 deg. SE wind. Fair. Cool. Met Genthe, Wright & Fond du Lac, 8:30 AM. Asked perm. to take my coats to Reilleys this PM to have them repaired. Made trip from 12:45 to 1:45.
56 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cool. Wind chgd to E during the day.
56 deg. SE wind. Partly cloudy. Heavy fog during the night & early morn. Went to Sta. 2:45 PM. Got Warr. for Frank Ehlke 1242-23rd.
60 deg. E. wind. cloudy. Warm. Looks like rain. Sultry. Partly clearing toward eve.
58 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Warm. State Fair begins. Hammer, Wantz & Gutknecht went out there. Met A. P. Neuman. 4:15 PM- Arrested John Emke, 30165 Burleigh St. at Kirch's saloon on complaint of his wife. Booked him for com. drunkerd. He was very drunk ayt the time. Left Elke Warr. in box at 22nd & Locust fot night officer.
63 deg. W wind. Fair. Warm. Cooler at noon. Wind high NW. Grootemaat got Elke at 2:36 AM. In court with Ehlke, 9 AM. Found guilty & rec'd 90 days to sober up. Carl Heller got 30 days. Frank Ehlke 90 days for vag. Back to beat at 10:30 AM.
46 DEG. NW wind. Fair. Cold. 9 PM- Harry VanHorn & wife came to stay all night.
54 deg. SE wind. Fair. Warmer. Milwaukee day at State Fair. All business suspended. Minnie & Walter went this PM. Ed. Young came this eve to stay overnight. He is on his way to Port to attend to some business.
62 deg. West wind. Partly cloudy. Warm. Very warm & fair PM. Change day:- Schroder out at noon. 10:05 AM- sent to 22nd & Elm to quell a disturbance. A farmer ran into a Sheeny & broke his wagon. I got the farmers name & told the Isrealite to swear out a Warr. Farmers name, Jul. Schmechel, Peddlers- Morris Dukler, 573-9th St. Jake & Edw. came to the fair. Called at the house. I didn't see them. Dan Guequinnie & another Witman hauled stones for
60 deg. SE wind. Cloudy. Damp air. Light rain at 10 AM. Also at 1 PM. Rain at 6:30 & all eve.
62 deg. E wind. Cloudy. Foggy & very damp. Walter staid down town all night helping Lewis take stock at Boston Store.
66 deg. SE wind. Cloudy. Showery. Partly Clearing at noon.. Mail at 2:45. for Princ. Gilbert, 24th & Auer. & Mil. Bridge Co.
70 deg. SE wind. Chgd to High SW at 8 AM. Partly cloudy. Very warm. Strong S wind all night. Turning cooler at 7:30 AM. after a shoer. Mail at 1:45 for M. Winneman, 2420 Center. H. Vogt & J. Goady hauled stones for me this PM.
48 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cool. Warmer towards eve. Kleiner hauled a load of stones this PM.
62 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cool. Orders for Black Helmets, Dress Coats on Sunday. No more poultry raffles - Order to notify Saloonkeepers. Notified Henry Schmidt, 922-21st St.
60 deg. W wind. Fair. Very pleasant. Very warm toward noon. Aske perm. to go to Reilleys to get my coats. Made trip 8:45 to 9:45. 1 add. strip on sleeve of 2 coats cost $1.00.
50 deg. NW wind. Fair. Col & pleasant. Walter goes to Pt. W., Cedar Grove, Oostburg this morn. Kleiner, Dom & Jung hauled stones this eve.
56 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cool. Rising Temp. Dress coats & Black Helmets. Mail at 10:45 for Ald. Malewsky. PM- Wind chgd to NE very cool.
44 deg. NE wind. Fair. Very cool. Mail at 1:45- for Ald. Malewsky, Benj. Kipp & subp. for Mrs. Fechtel in VanAlmon case. Kleiner hauled load of stones this PM.
50 deg. S wind. Fair. Raw wind. Warmer toward eve.
58 deg. No. wind at 7:30 AM. Fair. Warmer. Light NE at 9 AM. Kleiner hauling stones this morn. Very warm at noon. Wind SE. Met Schroeder at 24th & Fond du Lac, 5:15 PM.
64 deg. Variable wind. Fair. Warm. Kleiner hauled stone.
58 deg. S wind. Fair. Warm. Hot toward noon. PM, partly cloudy, cooler
56 deg. SE wind. Fair. Average Min. Temp. for mo. 57 deg. Warm. Sept. has been as warm as June. Check at 1:45. Examination for Promotion to Sergt.