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 Cloudy. Cold & rainy all day. P.R. Assn Election today. Paid my Rel. Assn dues $10.00 this morn. Walter came home this eve.
50 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Rain. Partly clearing at noon. Warmer. Patrol box set up at 32nd & Fond duLac today.
50 deg. NE wind. Fair. Cool & pleasant. Went to Sta. at 6:15 PM to choose candidate for Pension Board. J. Underberg acted as chairman. F. Wilde's name was proposed as candidate & was chosen unanimously elected.
52 deg. NE wind. Fair. Rising Temp. Election of representatives on Pension Board today. F. Wilde, our choice, Wm. Clark- S. Side, Henry Bell-Central.
54 deg. Northerly wind. Partly cloudy. Pleasant. In Sta. I was elected to go to Central as one of the committee to canvas votes of yesterdays election. I went to the Barber & got shaved & then went to Central. Met Merrity from Central & Schlueter from S. Side. Canvassed the vote. Total 293. Clark-273, Wilde 247, Keller-170. Got though at 10:30. Went to W. Side, then to beat.
56 deg. Northerly wind. Fair. Cool & pleasant. Got up at 4 AM. Painted the kitchen ceiling. Eve. After supper took the storm house off & put screen door on kitchen and blinds on Kitchen Window.
60 deg. SW wind. Fair. Warm & pleasant all day. 10:35 PM. Chas. Kunkel & his Tenant called me out of bed for advice. Said a man was prowling around the house, acting suspiciously. I went to 30th & N. Ave. & called up the Dept. I asked them to sent the night officer around.
64 deg. Northerly wind. Fair. Warm. Orders to wear White Helmets & Blouses tomorrow. Box on 31st & Fond du Lac has a telephone & Henke is painting it.
54 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cool & pleasant. Rain during the night. Got up at 4:15. Painted in the kitchen. Blouses & White Helmets.
46 deg. N wind. Partly cloudy. Very cool & Chilly. Vacation. shower at 11 AM. I painted the kitchen. 2 PM. Minnie & I got a livery rig & took a ride.
44 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Went to coal yard & got wheel barrow load of coal. Ordered a half ton. PM- Minnie & I went out on our wheels to Wanderers Rest & Wauwatosa. At 7:30 I went to Port.
Warmer. I visited with Pa & Ma & went to Johns. Walked to Jakes.
NW wind. Fair. Fair & warm. Staid at HJM's. Henry took me to the Cemetery this morn. & then to Eddies. I staid there to dinner. Jake came up & got me & I went with Lois & the ("us litttle kids") to Port to rehearse for childrens day. While they were rehearsing I took Pa & Ma out for a ride. Drove as far as Drueckers Stone Quarry & back. Went back to Jake. Helen came there & Jake took us to Saukville. Came home on 6:45 train.
76 deg. NW wind. Fair. Warm. shower at 5:15 PM. Went to Kingsley Church. PM. Ada & I went to Faith Mission to S.S. Got caught in shower. Kingsley again in the eve. Childrens Day.
58 deg. No wind. Fair. Minnie Ada & I started for the boat to Chicago. When we got to the Goodrich Dock found out that there were no day boats. Took St. Car to Kenosha. Waited till 11:52 took CNW to Chicago. Went to Lincoln Park & then to Youngs at 240 Walnut St. at 4 o'c.
Ada & I went down town. Took cable car & went to Jackson Park. Took elevated car back. Heavy shower while we were coming back home. PM- Went via Van Buren St. Car (Metropolitan Elevated) to 52nd St. & took car for Aurora. Got there at 4:15. Found Goehrings without trouble.
Spent the day at Ophelias. Very warm.
Left Goehrings at 8:15 for Chicago. Went down town. Minnie went to Youngs. Ada & I walked around for a while & went to Youngs. PM. I walked down town. In the eve. 8 PM took the S.S. Iowa for home.
Very cool. Wind changed to NE. Showers during the day. Got to Milwaukee at 4 AM. I got up at 5:15. Left the boat at 6:10 for home. PM went out & met Christ & walked around his beat. He goes on vacation tomorrow.
52 deg. Northerly wind. Partly cloudy. Cool. Vacation over & back at work. J. Geincke had my beat while I was gone. Kingsley picnic at Waukesha Beach to day. Walter & Ada intend to go. Stolzenfeld goes on Vac.
52 deg. Westerly wind. Fair. Rising Temperature. Met Schroeder at 8 AM, Tamarack & Fond du Lac.
54 deg. Northerly wind. Cloudy. Looks like rain. PM Showers at 5 & 6 o'c. Jacob Manegold, lineman in Police Dept. Fell off pole at 3rd & Wright at 4 PM & was killed. Orders per tel. to go to the Tailors.
52 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cool. Rising Temp. Very pleasant. Asked perm. to go to the Tailor. Went bet. 8:40 & 9:45. Tried on dress coat & ordered summer pants to be done Aug. 1st. Eve.- Went out on Old Fond du Lac Road 1 mile beyond Wanderers rest Cemetery to see Aug. Boldt, a stone mason, about laying our cellar wall.
54 deg. NW wind. fair. Cool. Reported side walks on 28th St.
58 deg. Westerly wind. Fair. Warmer, very pleasant. Wind changed to E. at 10 AM. Graduation Exercises at 20th Dist. School No. 2. Prin. Scholz asked me to watch around the school during the exercises. Which I did.
55 deg. W wind. Fair. Rising Temp. Very pleasant. 4 PM I was called to 22nd & Hadley. Franz Luepke 1118-22nd, owner of a small hunting dog, said dog got loose & bit several people. Miller & I looked for the dog all the rest of the PM but could not find him. The following persons were bitten: Hugo Brueckner, 5 1/2 yrs. old, 1105-22nd St.; Mrs. Bertha Schmidt 1190-22nd St; Mabel Schmidt, 9 yrs. old, 1190-22nd St.; Esther Fischer. 5 yrs. old, 1186-19th St. Brueckner attended by Dr. Differt. Schmidts attended by Dr. Weber.
62 deg. W. wind. Fair. Warm. Fair. Warm. General alatm of Fire last night at Boston Store. Went home sick at 8:40 AM. Renal Colic. Went to Dr. Boerners office. Then home. Called Dr. Thompsdon but did not need him. Dr. Bradley called in PM. Also a Journal Reporter called to inquire about children bitten by Leupkes dog. Minnie & Ada went to Port this eve. Mrs. Notbohm called in eve.
64 deg. W wind. Fair. Very warm. On duty this morn. 9:45 Park policeman Kowalky arrested his own son Geo. at 31st & Fond du Lac I got orders to investigate & after talking the matter over with them K agreed to let the boy go on his promise to work. I gave him a note to the Schneider Furniture Co. in N. Mil.
68 deg. W wind. Fair. Warm. Mrs. Schmidt & Mrs. Isleb arrested by Vogt & Grootemaat. Orders per tel. to be in Judge Brazees Court at 9 AM tomorrow in Gennrich trial.
72 deg. NW wind. Cloudy. Thunder shower at 6:30 to 8:00 AM. Heavy showers PM. Stolzenfeld returned fromVacation. Went to Municipal Court at 9:00 AM. Chas. Jennrich charged with Larceny, 2nd offense. Pleaded guilty & was sentenced to not less than 2 or more then 3 years at the Green Bay Reformatory. Went to B.K. Millers office & told him about the stealing sidewalk plks. Back to beat at 10:10 AM. Average minimum Temp. for 24 days - 56 deg.