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.
Zero deg. NW wind. Fair. Zero weather. Change day. Sergt Heinemann gets the upper dist. Checks at 1:45 PM. & at same time orders to be at W. Side Armory at 7:40 PM. Went home at 6:15. Rept'd from Wright & Fond du Lac. Got home at 11 PM. Heinemann goes out on the late night shift on acct. of Schneiders being sick.
Zero deg. SW wind. Fair. Zero. 1 PM- 32 deg. Candelmas (Ground Hog) day. Pd. 23 cts for floral desgn for Laubenheimer. Loaned Stolzenfeld $31.00 to help pay his taxes. He was fined 10 days pay for his trouble with Schroeder & hadn't money enough for his tax. Sent $1.25 to Steller per Albert (Meiers Clerk).
28 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Looks like snow. Letter from Sergt. Schneider to Rev. Welso. Commenced snowing at noon. Snowed all PM & Eve. About 6 inches of snow fell. Badly drifted.
12 deg. Northerly wind. Fair. Colder. Rubber boots this morn. Cars nearly on time. Stolzenbeld reported sick. 10:45 Orders per tel. to meet there from City Atty's office at 30th & North Ave at 11 AM. which i did. Went with him to view place on 36th St. where Mrs. Gruenewald fell & broke her arm. IIt was on the west side of the St. near the N. line of the 5th lot of Meinecke Ave. 3 planks were missing. 1-12:; 2-8"; with 2-8" bet. them.
-4 deg. NW wind. Cold. Fair. Ressel on Stolzenfelds beat. Frazer on Lutfrings beat. Julius Huebner comes to Eng. Co. 22 as Lieut. J. Rieck goes back to Truck 3.
-4 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold all day.
6 deg. SW wind. Partly cloudy. Snow flurries, warmer, rising temp. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:25 PM. Sergt Schneider out. Heineman in sta. this morn.
20 deg. Easterly wind. cloudy. Warmer. Snow all PM. & eve. Loaned old dress coat to Dettmann. On the way home to dinner I met Deputy Sherriff Koegel with a subpeona for me to appear in Court Commissioner McElroy's office in the Frances Ruidl case (Habeus Corpus). Went there at 2 PM. Found the case had been adjourned till Monday.
24 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Snowed all night. About 7 or 8 inches fell. Rubber boots. Saw in Sentinel that Det. Broderick was dead. Clearing up & very pleasant all PM.
Zero deg. W wind. Fair. Cold but very pleasant. About 16 inches of snow. Good Sleighing. Fine winter weather.
14 deg. Southerly wind. cloudy. Snow flurries this morn. Clearing toward noon.
4 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold all day. Stolzenfeld reported for duty this morn. Met Sergt Heinemann at Eng. 22 at 3:20 PM. coming west on Center. Miss Ruidl declared Sane by Dr. Kempster & discharged by Court Commissioner Mc Elroy.
2 deg. SW wind. Partly cloudy. Cold & frosty, followed by rising temperatures. Walter went to sleigh ride party last night. Got home at 1:15 this AM. His graduating class visited Mr. Hill in Greenfield who was their teacher.
20 deg. East wind. cloudy. Snowflurries. Valentines Day. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:45 PM. Went to Sta. at 1:45. Suboeona for Bertha John 2400 Center St. Went to 212-3rd St. to find Ed.Ebe but he has moved & I could not find him. Returned subp. Expecting him.
20 deg. Southerly wind. Cloudy. Looks like snow. Change day. Schroeder gets North Dist. 1:15 PM. Arrested Wm. Graffin 1227-30th on charge of being a common drunkard. He had driven his family out & was running things to suit himself. I told him to keep peace in his family. He insulted me & told me he would kill me if I didn't keep away. He has been drunk for a week & is seldom sober. Chas. Ratzzow 1254-30th helped me also Geo Dengel & two farmer boys. He fought like a maniac.
20 deg. Variable wind. Partly cloudy. Looks like snow. Went to court with Graffin. Got Warr. & subpeonaed Chas Ratzow. After a hard foght the Judge found him Guilty and sent him to the work house for 60 days. Back to beat at 10:25 AM. Miss Emily Schmidt, 26th & Hopkins, complains of being insulted by boys on Hopkins St. at 6:30 AM. I suspect W, Schwane & others.
26 deg. Southerly wind. Cloudy. Snow commenced at 8 AM. Met Schroeder at 7:45, Wright & Fond du Lac. Walked to 20th & Center. He going east. 4 inches of cnow fell. Stopped snowing at about 3 PM. Wore Rubber Boots & coats all PM.
18 deg. Westerly wind. Fair. Cold crisp. Air very fine. Mail at 1:45. Letters for Ald. Dettmann. Woman giving name of Miller, claiming to live at 1080-24 1/2 St. selling Raffle tickets, 25 cts. each is evidently a fake as she is not known in that vicinity. & there is no such no. Tel. to Central at 2:45 & rep'd above. Desc. 32 yrs. old, 5'2" or 3", 115 lbs. slim build, sickly looking, dark Blonde, dark hat, cape & skirt. Red shirt waist.
2 deg. High NW wind. Fair. Cold. Snow drifting all day. Cold all day. Minnie had quilting bee today & expect it will bn comtinued tomorrow. Met O.H. Chapin at 26th & Center, 1:30 PM.
Zero Deg. NW wind. Fair. Rising Temperature. Schroeder arrested Herm. Schwane yesterday at 13th & cherry, Drunk. Fined $5.00 this morn. 1:45- Letter for Ald. Dettmann. Found him at his shop, 13th & Fond du Lac.
Zero Deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold & Frosty. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:36. Met Schroeder on car at 21st & North. Went to 26th & Chambers with him via Center. r. Eibel of Tomahawk, Miss Browers sisted came this eve. to stay all night. She is delegate to Eastern Star Grand Lodge.
-5 deg. NW wind. Fair. Continued cold. Cold all day. Washington's Birthday. No School. Hatchet Party at Kingsley M. e. Church. Minnie on Committee.
-2 deg. Westerly wind. Partly cloudy. Signs of warmer weather. Good Sleighing. Quite cold all day. Walter went to Port this PM. Will stay till next Saturday. Letter from Libbie. Her address is Creston, Lincoln Co. Washington.
8 deg. Westerly wind. Fair. Rising Temp. AM. Cold wind PM. Very quiet day. Dopke sick. Boerner on his beat.
10 deg. Westerly wind. Fair. Very pleasant, rising temp. Met Schroeder at 3:15, 21st & Center St. He told me to report Helers Lots where snow was not shoveled to Lieut. JK & try to get a Warr. for H. Mrs. Bloomer died at 7 AM. Funeral Wed. 2 PM.
Zero deg. West wind. Fair. Pleasant but cold. Reported Heller's lots on 20th & 21st St. S. of Burleigh. Distance of about 150 ft on W. side of 20th S. of Burleigh. Snow 20" deep. W. side of 21st, distance of 200 ft. S. of Burleigh. Path shoveled about 2 ft. wide. Minnie & I went to Bloomers this Eve.
4 deg. SW wind Fair. Pleasant but frosty. Warm at noon. Mrs. Sprowls came this morn to attend Mrs. Bloomers funeral. She ate supper with me & after prayer meeting went to B's to stay the night.
2 deg. W. wind. Frosty followed by rapidly rising temperature. Thawing fast at noon. Wind S. Drill day: Back to beat at 4:24. I was guide of Co. Average Temp. for month - 9 deg. Minnie, Ada & Helen went to Port this PM at 1:50 to attend Verena's wedding. Got supper & washed the dishes.