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.
42 deg. SE wind. Fair. Frost in low places. Rising Temp. 8 AM. Drill day:- Dress coats & Blk Helmets. Back to beat at 4:30. Rev. J.S. Davis appointed Pastor of Kingsley Church. Went to Cox's & worked on house.
46 deg. Variable wind becoming SE at noon. Fair. White frost during the night. Warmer towards noon. Lieut. Joe on Vac. Went from Sta. to see Mrs. Hartman. Genthe in command. Went to 12th & Clinton to find it. Met Leaman. Went around with him, then to Nat'l Distillery, didn't find him. First report at 10:50. 5:30 PM. Stolzenfeld & I arrested Fred Becker 3215 Fond du Lac Av, Aug. Muth, Comp. Larceny.
46 deg. NW wind. Fair. cool. Quite warm at noon. 3:45- Went with Stolzenfeld to 35th & Wright. Got Ida Fries 955- 32nd out of rooms where she was atayimg with Arthur Rink. she is 14 yrs. old. S. went back & arrested Rink on promise of Ida's father to prosceute.
58 deg. SE wind. Damp. Cloudy. Partly clearing at noon. Warm.
54 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cooler Warr. for Henry Ehlke & Zach. Rueber, Vags. of Fond du Lac 1/2 mile out. 4:30 PM. Went to Pfletschingers Saloon & arrested Cassie Hansen. She had horse & buggy belonging to Kemper S. side. Drove her to the Sta. Tel. Kemper, he came up & got the horse. Got back to beat at 6:15.
42 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cool. Went to Central Sta. at 9 AM. Took "Cassie"
up to Inspectors office. He told me to take Kemper to Dist. Atty. office & get Warr. Served.
the warr ook Cassie to Jail. Went to dinner. 3:15 Arrested Zachaeus Rueber 1244-23rd. Vag. Syl. Rueber, his father, comp
43 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Cool. Rain during the night. Cemetery 2 to 4:05 PM. 7 funerals.
55 deg. Southerly wind. Cloudy. Raw wind. Showery. In court with Hansen & Rueber at 8:30 AM. Hansen cont. to Oct. 15th. Rueber - 90 days in Hof C. Went to dinner. Drill day:- back to beat at 4:30.
40 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Cold. Snow flurry at 12:45 PM. Walter sick all night. Did not go to work this morn. Went out at noon.
26 deg. NW wind. Fair. Very cold. Heavy frost. Met J. Laubenheimer & two deputy sheriffs looking around Hackbarths, 30th & Fond du Lac, for stolen tools. Furnace fire this PM.
22 deg. NW wind. Fair. Froze very hard.
38 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Warmer. 6:55 On way to Sta. Lille Meyer, 20 yrs old, living at 815-4th St. Got on N. Av. car at 4th & North Av. After car had started, fell on platform. At 3rd St. Smudde & I took her to Red Cross Pharmacy, 786-3rd St. I staid with ther for 1 hour & then called Rauser in & we took her home. She is an epileptic. Dr. H. F. Jermain was called. PM- Met Det. Wolleman & Chief ......... of Kenosha looking for Frank Unred 981-24th St.
50 deg. SW wind. Fair. Warmer. PM- Orders from Lieut. Joe to put on plain clothes & go to Marshes near RR shops & look for Hartman. Left home at 12:35. Back to beat at 4:15. Did not find him. 6:45- Went to Sta. Got Warr. for Ben. Absage, Emil Laabs & Chas. Conrad for Petit Larceny, Oct 6th. John Walloff, Saloon Keeper. Comp. Stole ducks & geese. 6:30 PM. Arr. Laabs at Weimer Saloon.
50 deg. SW wind. Fair. Warmer. 1:30 PM- Arr. Ben Absage at his home, 27th & Hopkins. Wagon to 17th & Hopkins.
48 deg. Variable wind. Fair. Looks like rain. Cassie Hansen case this morn. Bound over to criminal court- $ 20.00 bail. Chas Conrad 1153-33rd St. surrendered at Sta. at 7 AM. In court at 9 AM. Ben Absage found not guilty. Chas Conrad & Emil Laabs fined $10 each. Total $27.52. Went from court to dinner. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:35. Change day. Schroeder on Vac, Walter & I worked till 11 o'c. at Binningers.
49 deg. E wind. Fair. Cool all day. Strike at Milw. Bridge Wks, foundry. I went from home to the wks. Nothing doing. Orders to check morn & eve. until further notice. Frank Raasch, Heimmerchs & I painted all eve. at Miss. 2. Home at 11 o'c.
54 deg. SE wind. Fair. Warmer. On special at Bridge Works, morning & evening. Gave Otto Krueger notice not to interfere with the workman in any way. At. Miss. 2 all eve. painting. Home at 11:30.
60 deg. S wind. Cloudy. Wet. Rain during the night & all morn. Rain all day. Went to Bridge Works. Talked to Walter Cork, told him to go to work. Heimmerichs & I finished first coat of paint at Mission 2. Home at 11 o'c.
46 deg. W wind. Fair. Very pleasant. Knoch case today. Fined $25.00 & costs-$37.00. Back to beat at 11:20 AM. Prize fight at Schlitz Park, 7:30. On strike duty at Mil. Bridge morn. & eve.
46 deg. E wind. Partly cloudy. Cool. On strike duty morn. & eve. Eve.- Went with Walter to his house & fixed the bath tub, plastered up under baseboard in cellar way..
52 deg. E wind. Cloudy. Chilly raw wind. One funeral this PM. YMCA men at Miss. 2 this eve.
50 deg. NE wind. Partly cloudy. Very chilly. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:30. Stolzenfeld called me up to the Bridge Works on acct. of strikers. We went up there. Met Tom Noonan & another man picketing. Warned them not to interfere with the men working. Worked at Miss. 2 with Lawrence & Heimerich & sons
50 deg. NE wind. Partly cloudy. Chilly, raw wind. Worked at Miss. 2 all eve.
54 deg. Variable wind. cloudy. Rain from SE all morn. Clearing at 8:30. Wind chgd to NW. On strike duty. PM- went to Sta., signed payroll.. Home this eve.
42 deg. W wind. Partly cloudy. Very cool. On strike duty.
50 deg. Southerly wind. Partly cloudy. Warmer. PM Rainy & damp. On strike duty: Morn. & night. Raasch finished Binningers house this morn.
42 deg. W wind. cloudy. Rain & growing colder .
34 deg. N wind. cloudy. Cold. Snow flurries during the night. 14th Anniversary of 3rd Ward fire. Cold all day.
.36 deg. SE wind. Cloudy. Snow & rain all forenoon. Went to MIl. Bridge Works this morn. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:45.
29 deg. NE wind. Fair. Cold. Ground covered with snow. Strike duty, morn. & eve.
26 deg. N wind. Fair. Froze hard. Av. Min. Temp. for Mo. 48 deg. Orders for caps tomorrow. Discontinue strike duty for a while. Mail at 1:45. Genthe out this PM.