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.
25 deg. NW wind. cloudy. Check $78.00 Ada & Frank Maechtle came today.
H.J.W. Meyer and family to dinner today. Change day:- Genthe at noon. Av min temp for Dec. 25 deg. Av min temp for yr. 41 deg. Temperatures taken at bet. 6 & 8 AM in winter. 8 AM in summ
35 deg. W wind. cloudy. Rain at 3 PM. Wm. Hoffman 1146-22nd. buried today..
38 deg. W wind. Cloudy. Foggy. Dopke buried at Union Cemetery. Stolzenfeld & I went to see him in his coffin this morn. Went to cemetery at 3:45. Just in time for funeral. Mens banquet at Kingsley Church.
16 deg. N wind. Fair. Cold. Lena Knoch, 16 yrs. old, buried today at Wanderes Rest..
30 deg. SW wind. Fair. Rising temp. Very warm & pleasant at noon.
30 deg. W wind. Fair. Very pleasant. Warm all day. Covered part of Schnell's beat this PM.
34 deg. NE wind. cloudy. Rainy. Thunderstorm early this morn. Foggy PM & Eve. Drill Day:- Back to beat at 5 PM. Walter's birthday. 23 yrs. old. Asked for an hour off this eve. Granted. Went to Sta. after drill. Got A&B Warr. for Mary Bolizinger 1137-21st, Martha Lauterbach, Comp. Notified Mrs. B. to come to Sta. at 7 o'c in the morn. Subp. witnesses & got home at 6:10 PM. Rev. Davis & Ida ate supper with us.
33 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Growing colder. PM, clearing & cold. In court at 9AM with Mrs. B. Found guilty. Pd. costs $6.32. Back to beat at 10:10 AM.
4 deg. High NW wind. Fair. Cold all day. Mother's birthday 73 yrs. old.
20 deg. Raw SW wind. cloudy. Very chilly. Rising temp. Reported sick at 9:30 AM. got the grippe.
28 deg. Variable wind. Cloudy. Home sick. Snow towards eve.
32 deg. Variable wind. On inch of snow this morn. Home sick.
34 deg. SE wind. Cloudy. Looks like snow. Reported for duty. Damp, foggy all PM.
28 deg. NE wind. Partly cloudy. Growing colder. Drill day- Back to beat at at 4:40.
16 deg. NE wind. cloudy. Half inch of snow this morn. Change day:- Schroeder out at noon.
25 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Snowing at 6 AM. Snowing till 3 PM. Lieut Joe sick. 11:40 arrested "Spring Heel Jack", John Clifford at 27th & Fond du Lac. D&Dis. Was begging for money to buy drink at Kaiser's Store.
30 deg. E wind. Cloudy. Riswing temp. 1 1/2 inches of snow. In court with Clifford at 9 AM., Kaiser, witness. 90 days in HofC. Back to beat at 10:10 AM.
1-18-190 32 deg. Variable wind. Partly cloudy. Very pleasant & thawing toward noon. Lieut. Joe in Sta. this morn.
40 deg. southerly wind. Cloudy. Rained all night & nearly all day. Water in cellar this morn.
4 deg. High NW wind. Partly cloudy. Cold & blustering. Half inch of snow. High wind, very cold all day. 1:30 PM- While crossing ditch north of Locust I fell in the water & skinned my shins. Leg hurt a good deal. Zero at dark.
Zero. Fair. Cold. Snow all PM & eve. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:40.
-4 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold. 2 inches of light snow. Cold all day.
2 deg. Northerly wind. Cloudy. Cold. Snow in eve. 10:45- Orders per Tel. to bring Aug. Brandt before Inspector Riemer. Went to Pergande's 1223-35th St. where he is taying. Could not find him.
23 deg. SE wind. Cloudy. Snowed during the night & raine & sleet this AM. About 1/2 in. of snow fell during the night. Order per Tel. not to bring Aug. Brandt to Inspectors office.
-4 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold Wave. PM, frost flying, sharp wind.
-12 deg. NW wind. Fair. Clear & cold. Cold all day.
-2 deg. NW wind. Fair. Colder at 8 AM than at 6 AM. Carl John & wife quarrelling. They live at 1229-20th St.
-2 deg. NW wind. Partly cloudy. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:45. Little Arthurs birthday. Would have been 15 yrs. old. Schroeder sick.
8 deg. Variable wind. cloudy. Snowing. snowed all day. Wussow sick. Smudde in Sta. Schnell & I divide up beats.
-1 deg. NW wind. Partly cloudy. 4 in. snow this morn. Snow flurries during the day.
24 deg. Southerly wind. Cloudy. Snowing. Av min temp for mo 18 3/4 deg. Mail for C. Krause 2824 Burleigh St. Snowed all forenoon. PM, wind chgd to NE.