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.
8-1-1900 - 8-9-1900
73 deg. SW wind. Fair. Wheel. Warm. Returned from Vac. Dople goes on Vac. 4:45 PM- Orders to notify Mrs. Blum, 39th & Burleigh that her husband, John Blum was overcome by heat & was taken to Emergency Hospital.
73 deg. Westerly wind. Fair. Wheel. Hot. Partly cloudy toward noon. Went to 34th & Auer Ave. to find G. Celakowski. Found out he had moved to Chestnut St. bet. 6 & 7th in a basement opposite Jacobs Saloon. Met Lieut JK at 28th & Fond du Lac. at 3:45 PM.Thunder shower in the evening. Hot the last 8 days. An average temperature of 93.6 deg.
70 deg. Southerly wind. Partly cloudy. Cooler Rained all night. Stolzenfeld goes to Mechklenberger Picnic at Schlitz Park. I cover his beat after 11 AM. PM- Showers all fornoon. Wind changed to Northerly. J. Pleyte & Wife called on me this PM. I attended the meeting at the Gospel Tent- 20th near Center.
60 deg. Variable wind. Partly cloudy. Cool, growing warmer. Attended Tent Meeting at 20th & Center.
60 deg. Variable wind. Cloudy. Rain. Thunder storm at 7:30 AM.
68 deg. Westerly wind. cloudy. Shower at 7 AM. Rain all forenoon. PM- Dis Warr. for Louise Geske, Whilhelmina Runke, comp. Gerke lives at 1201 2oth St., Runke 1195-20th St. Notified Mrs. G. to be at West Side Sta. at 7 AM tomorrow.
65 deg. Southerly wind. Partly cloudy. Growing warmer. Mrs. Gerke came to Sta. at 7 AM as per agreement, deposited her bail & went to see her Atty. Went to court with Gerke. Case cont. till Aug. 21st. Got back to beat at 10:05 AM. Notified Fred Kowalski to have his saloon license trans. from 2223 to 2229 Center St. Sergt. Schneider not on duty. Wilde takes the men out.
70 deg. Easterly wind. Fair. Some cooler. Very damp air the last few days. 4:15 PM- Arrested Henry Noll 825 Teutonis at 955-27th St. Drunk & lying in the gutter.
65 deg. SE wind. Fair. Sultry, air very damp. Went to court with Noll. Found guilty. Sentence susp. on pay't cost-$1.58. Got back to beat at 10 o'c.
70 deg. Easterly wind. Fair. Thunder shower went north of us at 6 AM causing light E. wind. PM- Heavy thunderstorms all around us. Light showers here. Faith Mission S.S. No. 2 organized in tent at 20th & Center Sts. this PM. at 4 o'c. Rev. Chapin, Supt. enrolled 175 scholars.
74 deg. W wind. Fair. Hot. 91 at noon. Sultry. Dopke ret. from Vac. Walter staid home today & consulted Dr. Boerner for the sores on his legs, Tel. to Evening Wisconsin on acct of Walter not being able to carry his route. Thunder storms all PM. Cooler at 2 PM. Ther. dropped suddenly.
60 deg. Northerly wind. Cloudy. Cool. Rain last night. Court with Mrs. Gerke. Fined $5.00 & cost-$12.07. Back to beat at 10:45. Took coats to Reilleys for repairs.
60 deg. SE wind. Fair. Warmer toward noon. Rept in Herald that 4 Sergts. were appointed yesterday. Flood, Komanek, Seymour & C. Schroeder. Sergt Schneider on vacation. Wilde took the men out this morn.
65 deg. W wind. Partly cloudy. Car. Rain this morn. Warm all day. Wind changing to S. easterly.
65 deg. Variable wind. Cloudy. Thunder Storms. Hurricane at 9:15 AM. Blew the Gospel tent down at 20th & Center. Twisted several houses out of shape & tore awnings. Broke shade trees. House on 28th & Hadley nearly blown to pieces. Tel. through Police to Mr. Kellogg. He came up & with the help of several others got the tent up again. Heavy showers all PM. No service at the tent tonight. Cousins letters recv'd. Read them this eve. Send them on tomorrow.
70 deg. SW wind. Fair Quiet like, warm. Thunder storm in the night.
70 deg. Southerly wind. Cloudy. Rainy & very sultry. 3:20 PM. Arrested Wm. Schietinger for riding bicycle on sidewalk at 26th & Center.
65 deg. Variable wind. Fair. Some cooler. Court with Schietinger. S. failed to appear & was fined $3.00 & cost. Total $4.58. Back to beat at 10:15 AM.
68 deg. NW wind. Fair. Warm. Watched for Bicycle riders riding on walk at Eng. 22 last night from 6 o'c to 6:30 o,c.
70 deg. Easterly wind. Fair. Warm. Cool wind in the afternoon. Sent $10.00 to Laura to help pay for tickets for Pa & Ma to come from Nebraska.
58 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Very cool in the night. Warming up at 9 AM.
58 deg. E. wind. Fair. Very cool in the night, gowing hot around noon. Met Mr. Chapin at 8 o'c. Went with him to get money to pay rent for Faith Miss. No. 2. Got 50 cts. from Mrs. Gehring, 19th & Hadley. Orders at 12:30 to be at Schlitz Park at 2:30 PM. Excursion of DAR Vets from Chicago. Got back to beat at 4:30 PM. 8 PM- went to St. Andrews Church, 33 rd & Lloyd at Mr. Burrows request & talked to boys who were disturbing the meetings.