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.
46 deg. NE wind. Foggy. Car. Cool. Rain early in the morn. Clearing toward noon. Wind SW & warm. Asked Perm. to go to Sey's Office this morn. to get some money on mortgage. Went to Central at 8:40. Had to wait for Sec'y. Got check for $200.00 & pay check from Lieut JK. Went to Wechsselbergs & Paid for lot as per agreement. Took receipt for amt. Minnie must go down tomorrow at 2 PM & get deed and mortgage. Missed 9:45 Report on acct of trip down town.
65 Deg. W wind. Fair. Wheel. WArmer. Cold NW wind at noon. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:20. Paid int.-$3.25 to Sec'y Haukel. Took off woolen undershirt just in time to suffer from the sudden change in temperature.
40 deg. E wind. Fair. Wheel. Cool. Warming up toward noon. Stolzenfeld got Warr. for Geo. Schroeder for an assault committed at the Chair Factory. S. left town this eve or at least said he would do so. Base Ball Season opens here this PM with Chicago. Chicago wins 11 to 3.
32 deg. SE wind. Fair. Wheel. Quite cold this morn. White frost. At noon I paid H.G.H. Dettmann$20.00 on acct. (Part of pay't for painting house). Stolzenfeld left Warr for S. in the Box for me.
40 deg. Southerly wind. Partly cloudy. Wheel. Looks like rain. Pleasant all day.
50 deg. SE wind. Partly cloudy. Wheel. Warmer today. Looks like rain.
50 deg. Easterly wind. Cloudy. Wheel. Foggy & dark. Clearing toward noon. Wind NE. Shower last night. PM- Cold E. wind. Got my new shoes from Lippolds this Eve.
40 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Wheel. Commenced raining at 8:50 AM. Only a shower. Did not go to Miss. No. 2 tonight on account of meetings at Kingsley. Dr. John preached this Eve.
40 deg. NE wind. Partly cloudy. Cool. Looks like rain. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:30 PM. Shower this eve.
50 deg. SE wind. Cloudy. Car. Warmer. Wore my new shoes this morn. ordered new rim and spokes for my rear wheel.
46 deg. High NW wind. Fair. Car. Cool. Peter Kreutzer, a boy of 11 yrs ald staid at the Sts last night. I took him out on Fond du Lac Ave. & started him for Granville his home. PM- Went to 30th & Meinecke Ave. to see test for "Blaze Killer" at 3:30. Ordered per tel. Signed for floral design for Kehrens little girl, 8 yrs. old, who died yesterday.
36 deg. High NW wind. Partly cloudy Car. Cold. PM- Light shower at 6 PM.
45 deg. NW wind. Fair. Car. Warmer. PM wind changed to NE, cold. Max got my wheel finished. New rim and new spokes on rear wheel.
44 deg. Easterly wind Cloudy. Cool. Looks like rain. Clearing at noon. SW wind. Met Linden at 27th & Fond du Lac. at 10:30 AM. PM- Minnie sick.
32 deg. SE wind. Fair. Frost this morn. Minnie & Walter not feeling weel. Helen goes to work in C.C. Laundry. Change day. Schneider takes North Dist. at noon. Mail for Ald. Dettmann, 1:45 PM.
45 deg. SW wind. Fair. Very Pleasant. Rising Temp. Ascension Day. Got up at 5 AM. Commenced fence in back yard. Seeman helped me. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:30 PM.
55 deg. SW wind. Fair. Warmer. Wind changed to NNE & shower at 7:30 PM. PM cooler. Met Sergt. Schneider at 9:15 AM., 21st & Center. Mail at
1:45 for Matt Winneman, 2420 Center.
56 deg. NE wind. Partly cloudy. Warm at 6 o'c. Wind sprung up & growing cooler.
50 deg. NE wind. Fair. Cool wind. Boxing match & picnic at Greunewalds (Zingers Park). Met Sergt. Schneider at 20th & Chambers at 4:20 PM. John Schoener & Henry Schaefer were shooting torpedoes & fire crakers at the Mission tonight.
46 deg. High NE wind. Cloudy. Cold & damp air. Light rain at 6:45. Showery all day. Warmer toward evening. Sister Alice's birthday- 32 yrs. old. Machinists went on stike this morn.
50 deg. High NE wind. Cloudy. Car. Commenced raining at noon. Rained all PM & eve.
48 deg. Easterly wind. Cloudy Car. Foggy. Rained all night. PM Wind changed to West. Partly clearing, warmer.Met Sergt. Schneider at 9:45, 20th & Center. Letter from Horn from the Phillipines.
50 deg. SE wind. Cloudy. Car. Rain. Showery. Clearing toward nooon. Warm. PM Heavy showers 3 to 4 o'c. Helens house was struck by lightning during the storm. About 10 to 15 dollars damage to roof.
40 deg. High NE wind. Cloudy. Car. Cold, Very disagreeable. Mail at 1:45. Showers at intervals all day.
40 deg. High NE wind. Partly cloudy. Car. Cold. General Order to go from house to house & notify people not to throw paper on St., Alley or lawns. Put on heavy flannels again this morn.
40 deg. NE wind. Fair. Car. Warming up toward 9 o'c. Very pleasant.
2 PM. Christ Kuehn 654 29th St., 40 yrs. old, married. was struck by a base ball. while crossing a field at 22nd & Clark. Red Rose Ball Club was playing ball there. Alex Theurich was at bat & batted as K. was passing & the ball struck K on the left cheek. Theurich & Rud. Springer, 971-15th St. brought K to Meiers Drug Store. Dr. Runkel was called. No bones broken. K. walked home.
48 deg. Easterly wind. Fair. Wheel. Warmer. 11:25 AM- arrested Herman Knuth at 24th & Fond du Lac. Drunk.
46 deg. NE wind. Fair. Wheel. Cold NE wind. Matt Weber fell under car & had foot crusshed so badly that it was amputated last night. Knuth got 90 days. PM. Got Warrant for Oscar Scholz, Geo. Edo, & John Schwartz. Geo. Koch Jr., Comp. Chge. A&B. Geor. & Henry Knoch, Gust Schumaker, Herm. Welter, Lillie Harrigan, witnesses. Stolzenfeld arrested Ed. Schwartz & Oscar Scholz. I got case ready for court.
47 deg. NE wind. Fair. Wheel. continued cold. Court with Ed. Scholz & Oscar Scholz. Found guilty. Fined $5.00 & cost. Ed. Schwartz paid $ 9.74. Took Schwartz';s bail money to Sta.. Got there at 11:20 AM. Went to dinner. PM. Got a new puncture proof tire at Ferdenwerks. shower at 7 PM.
48 deg. Northerly wind. Fair. Wheel. Rising temp. Decoration Day. No Court. Missed 12:30 report partly on account of carelessness & partly because of a complaint of boys playing ball annoying people at 26th & Bismark. Went to Tel. at 12:50 & got order to go to Union Cemetary, Hopkins St. Entrance and stay till Miller returned from dinner. Met Lieut JK there. Eve. Went to1518 Wright. Old Choir Meet.
54 deg. Westerly wind. Warmer. 11 AM wind shifted to E. Looks like rain. Average minimum Temp for mo. 46 deg. PM Showers. Mail at 1:45.