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.
50 deg. SE wind. Fair. Very heavy fog this morn. Drill commences today. I drill on Thurs. Heinemann takes the north dist. this rwo weeks.
60 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Increasing cloudiness. Warmer. Looks like rain. Commenced raining at noon. Rained till 4 PM.
65 deg. Southerly wind. Fair, Warmer. Thunder shower at 2 PM. Wind changed to NE. Cool.
70 deg. Westerly wind. Fair. Very warm. Rain at 1:30 to 4:30 PM. Drill day. Mail for Ald. Dettman. Met him at W. Water & Wells. Paid Mr. Mack for tuning our piano - $2.00.
65 deg. Northerly wind. Partly cloudy. Clear all night. Clouding up this morn. Wind changed to SW at 9 AM. Met Sergt Heinemann at 4 PM, Fond du Lac & 27th.
70 deg. SW wind. Fair. Very warm. Light showers PM. Orders to be at W. Side Turn Hall at 7:45 PM. Heard Congressman Littlefield. Got home at 11:15 PM. Walter went with me. Rained on the way home.
45 deg. Northerly wind. Cloudy. Cold. Rained some during the night. Met Sergt. Heinemann at 26th & Hadley, 2:30 PM.
36 deg. Northerly wind. Fair. Cold. Dispatch from Miss Crane saying we should meet her at C & NW RR, train at 6:50 PM. Got excused at 6:30. Went to train. Met her there.
32 deg. Westerly wind. Fair. Frost. Cold, warming up toward noon. First registration day. Mr. & Mrs. Sprowls came today. Will stay several days. He is to be at Sheboygan Falls this year. Miss Crane brought her friend Miss Brauer to stay all night.
36 deg. SW wind. Fair. Warmer. Met Segt. Heinemann at 22nd & Center, 3:15 PM.
45 deg. SW wind. Fair. Pleasant. Drill day:- I was sent back to beat after instruction.
45 deg. SW wind. Fair. Very pleasant & warm toward noon. Stolzenfeld arrested Wm. Differt this morn. At his old tricks again. Differt fined $ 100.00 & cost. Sprowls went to his appointment. Mrs. Sprowls is here yet visiting.
40 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Growing vey warm at noon. Dopke arrested Tom Raemarting for Indecent Exposure. Orders at 11:30 to go to Foot Ball at 1:30 PM. Got back to beat at 4:40 PM. Wis. vs. Beloit. Wis wins 11 to 0. Took Walter & Miss Crane to Expo this Eve.
40 deg. N. wind. Fair. Very warm & pleasant toward noon. Orders to be at Sta. at 3 PM in citizens dress prepared to stay out until 9 PM. Not to go back to beat after dinner. 3 PM - Sent out with Markey, 25th to 35th, Lisbon to North Ave. 3 to 9 PM.
10-15-1900 SW wind. Fair. Very pleasant. Mr. Sprowls came back from She. Falls. Thunder storm to night. Much rain. Sergt. Schroeder this two eeks.
34 deg. High NE wind. Cloudy. Very cold & disagreeable. PM. Put on woolen jacket, wristlets & gloves. Order to meet Lieut. at 15th & Center at 7 PM. in citizens dress. Went there with Stolzenfeld & met Miller & Bernal. Staid arounf Rep. Wigwans at 17th & Center umtill Marching Club came by at 10:45 PM. Got home at 11:30.
28 deg. W. wind. Fair. Heavy frost. 9:45 AM- Met Rev. D.C. John & Rev. Sprowls. Talked over Kingsley church matters. Sprowls goes to work today. Fred Engelhardt, baker, had a fight with John Kurz, baker, at 34th & Burleigh. Told K. to swear out Warr.
40 deg. Westerly wind. Fair. Drill day: Paul Hoeft arrested by Underberg. Charged with Alchoholism.
454 deg. SE wind. Fair. Chilly wind. Mrs. Sprowls goes home this morn. Dr. D.C. John & Rev. Grant came to se me on Kingsley matters. Went to Kingsley Church Re-union this eve.
50 deg. Southerly wind. Very pleasant. Met Sergt. Schroeder at Wright & Fond du Lac at 8 AM. W. A. Bloomer came in this Eve. Talked over Kingsley matters.
45 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Looks like rain. Reinhardts came to see us this PM.
57 deg. SW wind. Cloudy. Light shower this morning. Rain again at noon. Heavv shower at 2:30. Warr. for Fred Engelhardt. A&B. John Kurz, comp. Took him to clerks office to get bail. Got back to beat at 3:45. Missed 2:45 report.
45 deg. W. wind. Cloudy. Rainy. Court with Engelhardt. Found not guilty. Back to beat at 10:06 AM. Lieut. JK on vac.
10-24-1900 48 deg. Southerly wind. Foggy. Very damp. Wind changed to E. Libby & Laura came this morn. Laura goes to Ocon omowoc to attend convention.
50 deg. SW wind. Foggy. Very damp. Warm & clearing toward noon. Drill day:- got back at 4:35. Alb. Meseck 1306-29th St. Sick with dropsy. Reported his case to Frellson. Went hom,e at 6:10 PM. Went to W. Side Turn Hall at 7:40 to hear Joe. Quarles.
50 deg. NW wind. Fair. Wheel. Pleasant. V. warm all day. John Dickert applies for saloon license at 1657 Hopkins. Saw him this AM.
40 deg. E wind. Foggy. Cool. Very foggy. Order to take in Dopke beat today & tomorrow. Accident at Fon du Lac Ave. RR crossing at 5:55 PM. Mrs. Schroeder from 5 Mile House driving to town was struck by Engine. Horse killed. Mrs. S. foot crushed.
40 deg. Southerly wind. Fair. Pleasant. Clouding up in PM. Dopke's beat today. Didn't go to mission this Eve. on acct of Rain. Went to Kingsley first time since Feb. Henry Alberts arrested by Moths & Markey at 2506 Hadley on charge of Burglary
45 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Rain. Rained all day. Laura & Libby went home at 6 AM.
45 deg. E wind. Foggy. Very damp & foggy. Found horse & buggy at 20th & Chambers at 6 PM. Took it home to Ferricks Livery at 24th & Cherry. Sts.
50 deg. SE wind. Fair. Clearing & Fair. Very warm. Willie Wensel 1132-24th St. 11 yrs old, stole a jack knife at Ferdenherdts & sold it to Alb. Berg 1072-22nd for 5 cts. Shower at 6 PM. Rain all eve.