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.
29 deg. SW wind. Fair. White frost. change day:- Heinemann on N. Dist. at noon.
35 deg. Variable wind. changing to W. at 8 AM. Fair. Rain & Hail at 5:30 AM. Candlemass Day. Wind changed to West. Met Heinemann, 27th & Fond du Lac at 3:30 PM. Walter came home this AM. Went to N. Mil. & was late home this eve.
19 deg. N. wind. cloudy. colder. 6 new "Coppers" at W. Side Sta. last night. Commenced snowing at 1 PM from NE. Snowed all PM & eve..
28 deg. Northerly wind. cloudy. Snow. About 8 in. on level. Rubber boots. Snow & blow all day. Chief Foley & Andy White poisoned by nitric acid while putting out fire at Schwab Stamp & Seal Co. on E. Water St. White died at 6 PM yesterday. Foley died this morn. Hogan & Droney died during the day. No drill till further orders.
10 deg. NW wind. Fair. Frosty. Snow drifted badly. Met Heineman at 27th & Fond du Lac, 3:30.
8 deg. W. wind. Fair. Frosty. Pleasant. Mayor Rose requests all Saloon Keepers to close their saloons tomorrow for 10 AM to 1 PM. We are to notify them. Bodies of the firemen lie in state at City Hall this PM. 5:30 PM. False Alarm of fire from 2310 Clark St. I reported that & got orders to go to the City Hall at once. Went there & struggled with the crowd until the hearse went away.at 10:00. Home at 10:30. Mail at 1:45.
18 deg. SE wind. Partly cloudy. Chilly. Snow flurry at PM. Went from Sta. to Gesu Church. Staid there until 12:30 keeping the crowds in line for the funeral of the firemen. Menninger appointed Chief of Fire Dept. this PM.
2-8-1902 24 deg. NW wind. Partly cloudy. Snow flurries during the night. Clearing toweard noon. Bright sunshine. Met Heinemann at Eng. 22, 10:42 AM.
2-9-1902 14 deg. Southerly wind. Partly cloudy. Rising Temp. Tickets for Firemens Benefit. I sold 5 for $1.00 each & five for $1.50 each. Orders to go to Prize fights. Home at 11:30 PM.
36 deg. SW wind. Fair. Warmer. Very warm at noon. Shwery toward evening. Met Heinemann at 3:30, 27th & Fond du Lac. Wm. Beck came up this eve. to figure on plan for our new house.
36 deg. SW wind. Partly cloudy. Damp. Warm all day, thawing very fast.
30 deg. W wind. Partly cloudy. Colder.
20 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cold. Chilly all day. summons served on me this Eve. in damage suit of Frances Ruidl vs. Wm. Ewig, Paul F. Meier, R. W. Boerner & myself. Went to Ben Graf's to figure on house. Ada very sick this Eve.
18 deg. Northerly wind. Partly cloudy. Very chilly. Snow flurry toward eve.
16 deg. Northerly wind. cloudy. 1 1/2 inches of snow this morn. Growing colder. Change day: scneider on N. Dist. at noon.
-4 deg. N. wind. fair. Very cold. cold all day. Met Schroeder, 27th & Center, 9:50 AM. Telephoned Supt. Spindler in regard to Otto Wenzel 1132- 24th St., a delinquent child. He came up & I met him at 10:30. Made arrangements to have the boy in court Wed. PM.
-14 deg. W. Wind. Fair. Very cold. Subp. for me in Wenzel case for Juvenile court tomorrow at 2 PM. Fred Graef 1425 Fond du Lac, an old man living with two daughters hung himself in basement of his house this morn. Stolzenfeld & I were called as we came from the Sta. Stozenfeld staid there. I called for the coroner. Gus Schultz came on day duty this morn. Fire alarm from 25th & North at 6:30 PM. for chimney fire at 2505 Elm St. No damage. No. 2 Miss. surprised Chapins & made up $20.00 purse this Eve.
2-18-903 -12 deg. High NW wind. Fair. Bitter cold. Louis Kruse came out on day duty this AM. Maas goes back to night duty. Abe. came back from City Hall this morn. 2 PM. went to Juvenile court with Otto Wenzel. He was given in charge of Supt. Spindler to be taken to the Home for Dependent Children at Wauwatosa. Back to beat at 3:45.
2-19-903 -2 deg. SW wind. Fair. Very cold. Rising Temp. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:15.
4 deg. SW wind. Fair. Rising Temp. Stolzenfeld sick. Becker on his beat.
20 deg. NW wind. Partly cloudy. Growing colder. Orders to be at Sta. in Citizend clothes at 2 PM. Went to Holton St. & traveled from N. Ave. to Burleigh St. watching alleys for "Key Worker". Orders are from 2 to 6PM until further orders.
10 deg. SW wind. Fair. Raw wind. Special duty on Holton St. 2 to 6 PM.
32 deg. NW wind. cloudy. Snow flurries. Commenced snowing at 6AM. Ressel on Stolzenfelds beat. Special duty on Holton St. from 2 to 6 PM.
16 deg. NW wind. Fair. Frosty. Quite warm at noon. Special duty on Holton St 2 to 6 PM.
18 deg. SW wind. Fair. Cold & pleasant. Rising Temp. Special duty on Holton St. from 2 to 6 PM.
27 deg, NW wind. Fair. White frost. Quite warm at noon. Special duty on Holton St. from 2 to 6 PM.
38 deg. E wind. Cloudy. Rain. Rubber boots & Helmet. Special duty on Holton St. from 2 to 6 PM.
32 deg. W wind. Cloudy. Snow at 7 AM. Freezing at noon. NW wind. Met Schroeder on car on way up from Sta. Special duty on Holton St. from 2 to 6 PM. Average Min. Temp. for Mo. 18 deg.