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. Northerly wind. Cold. Newspapers published acct. of discovery of the North Pole, Apr. 21st 1908, by Dr. Fredrick Cook. of Brooklyn NY.
46 deg. Fair. SW wind. Rising Temp. White frost reported in the low lands. Minnie, Ada & I started to go to supper at Sherman St. Church. When we got to 12th & Sherman Sts. I looked at the tickets & found we made a mistake in the date. Tomorrow eve. is the time.
56 deg. Cloudy. SW wind. Cool. Cloudy all day. Rain all night. My birthday- 51 yrs. old. 6 PM- found Jake & Lois at the house when I got home. Walter & Ida came to supper. I didn't go to rehearsal. J&L went home on the last car. 11:15 PM.
60 deg. Cloudy. W wind. Went to court as witness vs. Tetzie, Wm. Tetzlaff 1075 W. 24th, father, Comp. in case of Vag. Back to beat at 10:15. Tetzie got 60 days. Showers during the eve.
48 deg. Fair. Northerly wind. Cool. Cars commenced running on 35th St. 10 min. service. 1/2 of State cars run to 35th. Other 1/2 to N Ave. Cool & pleasnt all day. Walter & Ida came to supper & went to Church with us.
48 deg. Fair. SW wind. Met Mrs. Wood & Ethel on Third St. car. Just coming home from Mich. where they spent Sunday with Knox's. Labor Day. Very quiet. Eve- Mrs. Gill, wife of Thos. Gill came to see me on matters pertaining to her husbands pension. She is bound to have it, whether it is right or not.
56 deg. Fair. NE wind. Very pleasant. School begins. Mail at 2:30 PM. M.E. Conference at Kenosha.
52 deg. Fair. Variable wind. Rising temp. Cloudy at noon. Met Linden on Fond du Lac, 10 o'c. PM- showery.
60 deg. Cloudy. SE wind. Showery. Heavy shower at 2 AM. Mrs. Post buried at 2:30 PM. 2 PM- Met Mr. & Mrs. E. S. Turner, 28th & N. Av., looking for Gavrens store. Took them there & then Nash's office where Eugene Wright works. Geo. & Pauline came today on their way home from Ill.
60 deg. Fair. Westerly wind. Geo & wife staid to dinner. Then went to Epps. Minnie went with them.
64 deg. Partly cloudy. E wind. Pension Board Meeting, 10 AM. Retired John Kiley, 72. Frk. Radke, 61 yrs. Pd. Mil. Lbr Co. $50.00 on acct of Fellowship Mission Church.
64 deg. Fair. SE wind. Showers PM.
68 deg. Partly cloudy. Southerly wind. Warm. Schnell & Hutchison go to State Fair. Mail at 2:30, Hohensee.
70 deg. cludy. SE wind. Very sultry. Hot all nisght. Linden absent from roll call. Mailed check to Dady Roof Co. 398 - 14th Ave. Genthe at State Fair. Linden on night duty. Showers all PM & eve. 2:30- got Warr. for Wm. Beyer, Com. Drunkard, 2310 Kilborn. Left Warr. for Robrau at 21st & N. Av.
56 deg. Fair. NW wind cooler. Helen & Dora came in the night. Dora goes to Port at 1:40. Rev, Davis back to Kingsley for another year.
48 deg. Fair. W wind. Orders to Rept. at Auditorium at 7:15 tomorrow morn. 1:30 PM- sent to N. Av. Depot, Arr. John Toelle, 18yrs. old, jumping on moving train. Was caught by JJZ & held until I came.
52 deg. Fair. Northerly wind. Cool. At Auditorium 7:20, 5 min. late, on acct of car stoping at Barn. Waited until 8:48. Started for Court. Met presidential Parade of 16 autos on W. Water St. 9:00 in court with Toelle. Sen. Susp. 9:16 on way to Auditorium. All over. Went to beat. President Taft in town. Takes in Auditorium, Soldiers home, & State Fair.
60 deg. Fair. E wind. Social for Fellowhip Mission at Ganserich's, W. 24th & Hopkins.
58 deg. Partly clioudy. E wind. Home sick all day. Bad cold.
58 deg. Fair. E wind. Pleasant. Home sick.
60 deg. Partly cloudy. E wind. Home sick. PM- Rain all PM & Eve. Stella Cappon buried. Minnie went to funeral. Helen went to Reeseville.
60 deg. Partly cloudy. W wind. Pleasant. Reported for duty. Stolzenfeld on Schnell's beat. Schnell on Wantz beat. Wantz on Langes. Lang on Wagon in Bermels place. B. takes Stolzenfelds. PM- Showery at 1:30 to 5 PM.
48 deg. Fair. N wind. Cool. Eve- Went to Fellowship Miss. Helped with the ceiling. Home at 10 o'c.
44 deg. Fair. NW wind. Cool. PM- Mail at 2:30. Warr. for Christian Tessecker, 836-24th. The right name is C. Dessecker, 836- W. 24th.
44 deg. Fair. NW wind. Cool. Orders for Black helmets & Dress coats for tomorrow. Went to 191 Florida St. after Dessecker. Found he has gone to Daisy Rolling Mill to work. Went there. Works nights. Can get him at 6:15 PM. Went there with Regan from No. 2. Found Dessecker had drawn his money & quit.
48 deg. Fair. N wind. Black hemets & Dress coats. Juv, Ct. summons for Mrs. Fischer 2128 Kilbourn Av. in case of Wm. Fischer, her son.
48 deg. Fair. NW wind. Eve.- Everett came at 6PM. Helen came at 6:30. Worked at Fellowship.
50 deg. Partly cloudy. Southerly wind. Showers AM. Mrs. Fischer to be in ciourt with Willie PM. Everett goes to Chicago. High SW wind at noon. Showery. Worked at Fellowship.
50 deg. Cloudy. NW wind. Chilly. Genthe back from Vac. 3:20- Arrested Christ. Dessecker at 836 W. 24th St. Abandonment. Gabriella, wife, Comp. Supt. Spindler. Met Genthe, 21st & Fond du Lac, 5:30.
44 deg. Fair. NW wind. Chilly. In court at 9 AM with Dessecker. Cont. till Oct. 30. Ordered to pay $6.00 per wk. Back to beat at 10:35. Rehearsal at Hinnrichs, then went to Church & worked.