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.
At 8:25 last night I got orders to go to the N. St., Bridge. Stay until the ferry stopped running.. Pay Day. Hart and I were sent to Base Ball. 70 degrees and fair. 5AM, wind SW.
Got a case on the way to the station last night. Commence raining at 7:15 and rained almost all night. Went to court this morning. 50 degrees and cloudy. 5 AM, wind NE.
Commenced raining at 8 o'clock last night and continued to rain all night. Warm and showery all day. Went on special duty with Miller in the 15th ward. 50 degrees and cloudy, 5AM wind NE.
Foggy and rain all night. Met Abe at 1 o'clock. Went on duty at 9o'clock. Bro. Weigand called on us this forenoon. Went to Rhodes and paid the rent. Met Hamweter there.
42 degrees and cloudy. 5 AM, wind NE.
Met Abe at 1 o'clock. Passed a quiet night. PM- Went downtown and had my watch examined. 10 seconds fast. Commenced raining at 5 PM. Van Echtem and Schultz discharged to-day. 85 degrees and cloudy. 5 AM, wind NE..
Rained all night. Met Abe at 3rd and North at 1 o'clock. Passed a quiet night. Slept until 1:30 PM. Staid at home all day. 47 degrees and cloudy. 5 AM, wind NE.
Got up at 10:45 AM. Reported at the station in citizens clothes. With Rauser to
catch Ball Players. Also again at 4 PM. Raining until 7:15. Went on duty at 9 PM. 40 degrees and fair. 4:55 AM, wind NW.
Slept all day. Weather fair and cool. Reported Greils place as disorderly. 46 degrees and fair. 5 AM, wind E.
Met Abe at 1 o'clock at 3rd and North. Went with Grill to a Polish Wedding. Had my watch set to-day. 55 degrees and fair. 5 AM, wind E.
Met Abe at Buffum and North at 1 o'clock. Clara came on the 7:45 train on the NW Road. PM- Bro. Schneider came and called on us. Helen came up with Mrs. Bayer. 50 degrees and fair, 5 AM, wind SE.
Passed a quiet night. Made an arrest at 2:30 AM. Got home from court at 10 o'clock. 65 degrees and fair. 5 AM, wind W.
Walked a good deal during the night. Very tired. Went with Minnie and Clara and called on Mrs. Pahl. Mrs. Schotterbeck died last night. Will be buried Sunday. 72 to 56 degrees and fair. 5 AM, wind NE.
Passed a quiet night. Met Abe at Buffum and North. PM- Clara went to Kenosha to-day. 65 degrees and fair. 5 AM, wind SE.
Very hot. Showers in the PM. Went to Mrs. Schotterbecks funeral
took a drive out the Hopkins Road. Had Rhodes horse and buggy. 62 degrees and fair. 5 AM, wind SW.
Very warm all night. Sent to the Ferry at 7:15 last night to relieve Bock. Staid there till 11 PM. 70 degrees and fair, 5 AM wind. SW.
Hot all day. Went to bed at 6:45 AM and slept until 4:45 PM. Weather changed at
7 PM. Thunder storm from NW. 70 degrees and fair. 5 AM, wind SW.
Cool and rainy all day. Everything is growing finely. 53 degrees and cloudy. 5 AM, wind N.
Dark and cloudy with fine mist. Walter went to the country with Clara. We met them at the Northwestern Depot at 11 o'clock. Rained all the evening. 53 degrees and cloudy. 5 AM, wind NE.
Rained all night. At 10 o'clock it commenced to rain hard, with heavy thunder and sharp lightening at 3:30 AM. Our house was hit by lightening, tearing away the chimney and scattering shingles all over Rings yard. Minnie and Ada got shook. 54 degrees and cloudy. 5 AM, wind NE.
Slept most of the day. Went to Rhodes in the afternoon. Went out in citizen clothes to watch Reservoir Park. 54 degrees and cloudy. 5 AM, wind NE.
Showery. Went to Charles Kellers. Had a good time. 59 degrees and fair. 4:55 AM, wind NW.
Got up at 1 o'clock and went to 4 Paces Circus. Stayed there till 6 PM and got supper and went on duty. 63 degrees and fair. 4:55 AM, wind W.
Went to bed at 7:30 and slept all day. Hoed in the garden. 63 degrees and fair. 5 AM, wind W.
Made an arrest last night. A box car transfer. Went to court , when I got back George was here. Minnie and Ada went home with George, George bought my organ. 65 degrees and fair. 5AM wind SW.
Schneider, Bruhus and I went fishing this morning. Got home at noon tired out and hot as can be. 68 degrees and fair, Wind SW.
Bumming around all day. Went out again in uniform to-night, 62 degrees and fair. 5 AM, wind N.
August Dahlman fixed our house to-day. I rested all day. Had a caller. Looks like rain. 55 degrees and fair. 5 AM, wind NE.
Went home an got my breakfast, read the paper and went to bed. Got up at 12 o'clock. I set out to see F. Lettke. He was not at home. Went to Bruhus for supper. 65 degrees and fair. % AM, wind SE
Rained last night. Fritzy Janssen called me out of bed and told me to report at the Central in civilian clothes. 68 degrees and cloudy. 5 AM, wind SW.
Reported in Citizens clothes last night. Was sent out with a lot of others on a Burglar Watch. I was stationed between 3rd and 4th and State and Prairie . Weather, fair.