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.
24 deg. High NW wind. Fair. Growing colder. Frank startred work on Cellar this morn. 3 PM- Arrested Fred Thomas at 1074-27th St., disorderly, creating disturbance at Mrs. Goetschs place. Had trouble with Reimer, his fatherinlaw. Lieut. Joe on Vac. Change day-Genthe at noon.
22 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Frozen hard. Looks like rain. Shower toward eve. In court 9AM with Fred Thomas. Found guilty. Fined $5.00 & costs. Took him to Central Sta. Back to beat at 10:30 Fire at 1251-29th St. Wm. Kueblers house at 2:45. Caps this morn. A few flakes of snow fell with the rain this PM.
34 deg. West wind. Partly cloudy. Warmer. Frank mixing mortar. I went out to the lot this morn. after roll call. Masons commenced work at 9 AM. Rehearsal at No. 2 this eve.
30 deg. SW wind. Fair. Frost. Went out to the new house this noon. Ate dinner there with Frank & the masons.
45 deg. E. wind. Cloudy. Rainy, very damp & chilly. 8:30, commenced raining. Rained all day & evening.
40 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Very wet & trying to rain more. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:15. Went for Mail at 1:45. Letter for Ald. Malewshy. Masons did not work today.
34 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Snowing. 2 in. at 8 AM. Stopped snowing before noon. Masons did not work today.
32 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Trying hard to snow. Mason tel. that he would work today. We had troble getting cement. Debus made mistake & sent lime instead. Sister Libbies birthday. 50 yrs, old.
24 deg. NW wind. Fair. Froze quite hard. Warming up toward noon. Went out to the new house this morn. Kleiner hauled a half load of stone this eve.
28 deg. NW wind. Fair. Frosty:- Wind chgd to SW. Quite warm during the day. Kleiner hauled stones this eve. Rehearsal at No. 2.
36 deg. W. Wind. Fair. Light frost in some places. Got up at 5 o'c. Went out to the lot. Kleiner hauled a load of stone this eve. Lieut. Joe in Sta. 1:45 Mail for 20th Wd. Alderman. Dress coat this PM. Very warm.
40 deg. High SW wind. Fair. Met Genthe at Engine House at 9:40 AM.
42 deg. NW wind. Fair. Warm for this time of year. Cold this PM. Snow flurries. Drill day: Back to beat at 4:20. Went to 42nd & Elm by perm. of Sergt. Menthe. Kleiner hauled a load of stones. Sta. at 1:45. Mail for Ald. Malewsky & Warr. for Alfred Joenck, 1162-21st St. Found him home & sent him to the Sta. He is 11 yrs. old. Steals money from his foster parents & stays out all night.
18 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold. In court at 9 AM with Alfred Joenck. Case cont. till 2 PM. Went to detention home & got Joenck & brought him to court. Left court at 3:50. Back to beat at 4:10. Kleiner hauled a load of stone.
36 deg. NW wind. Fair. Warmer. Rain at 4:15 PM & all eve. Change day:- Schroder at noon. Had to send the masons home at 2 PM. Frank went out to the dump & dug up one load of stone. Kleiner hauled them.
36 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Stationary Temp. Masons finished at 11:45. Frank Raasch came up this eve. & helped me make out lumber bill.
38 deg. W wind. Fair. Warm & pleasant. Went from Sta. to 42nd & Elm by perm., then home, to Coerpers, Debus & to beat at 8:45. Met Kleiner & paid him $6.00 for hauling stones. Mail at 1:45 for Mil. Bridge co.
30 deg. NW wind. Fair. White frost. Warm towards noon. Mail at 240 for Ald. Malewsky. & Mil. Bridge Wks.
36 deg. E. Wind. Cloudy. Chilly. Cool all day.
38 deg. E wind. Cloudy. Chilly. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:20. Got dog license for P. Weimer. Went to Milw. Lbr. Co. at noon. Gave them contract for finishing Lbr. for our new house for $382.00.
34 deg. E. Wind. Fair. Cool & pleasant. PM- Chilly E wind. Juvenile court at 2 PM, Albert Joenck. Sent him to the Reform School at Waukesha. Back to beat at 3:04 PM. Ed. Zippel came this morn. & helped Frank put the joists in the wall. Miss Smith called this evening.
29 deg. Variable wind. Fair. White frost. Schroeder on Vac. Eve- Frank Raasch 905-33rd St. came this eve. & we made a bargain to build the house. I furnish the material, R. to do the work. Frank Maechtle is to help him until the house is under roof & cornice is on. Then R is to finish the building. The price is $200.00.
40 deg. SW wind. Fair. Warmer. Eve- Pound Party for Rev. OHC at No. 1. I sent 50 lbs of flour but did not go myself. Elda Maechtle came this eve.
56 deg. High S wind. Partly cloudy. Shower during the night. Rehearsal at No. 2 this eve.
30 deg. SW wind. Cloudy. Damp & chilly. Looks like snow. 9AM, snowing. 9:45, stopped snowing. 1/2 in. snow fell.. Clearing in afternoon.
30 deg. W wind. Fair. White frost. Cool all day.
30 deg. SE wind. Partly cloudy. Froze very hard. Very damp. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:15. Rain this eve. Carpenter commenced work this PM. Dettmar figured on plumbing for the new house.
42 deg. SE wind. Cloudy. Wet. Rained hard during the night. Clearing at 9 AM. Wind W. Warm as summer. Mail at 1:45. Warr. for Gust Becker 1066-21st St. & card calling Aug. Kunefifrel to Drs. Exam. Arrested Becker at 1066-21st St., 5:15 PM. Took him to Sta. on car.
27 deg. NW wind. cloudy. Cold wave coming. Snow flurries. Went to 785 Cass St. Subp. Herb. Wolcott in Becker case., R. D. Whitehead, Comp. Took Bail bons & money to Clk's office. In court at 9 AM. Becker fined $1.00 & cost. Back to beat at 10:30.
10 deg. N. Wind. Fair. Cold. Ave. Min. Temp for Mo. 33 deg. Thanksgiving day. Half hour extra for dinner. Checks this morn. Munroe came this PM. Jake & Joe Kinger came to stay the night.