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.
32 deg. SE wind. Partly cloudy. Heavy Frost. Rain from 11 to 1 o'c. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:45. Change day:- Genthe out at noon. Went to Reilleys & 0rdered a Pr. of pants. Frank Volkman 2029 Center St. quit Saloon & moved to 1076-16th St.
58 deg. NW wind. Fair. Much warmer. 10:45 operator said my time was slow. Set my watch 7 min. faster. Reported sidewalks on 27th St., Wright, Clark & Center Sts.
44 deg. southerly wind. Fair. Rising temp. Very warm at 8 AM. Hot at noon about 85 deg. Rept'd to Lieut Joe comp.. of Mrs. Studener, 1207-20th- Emmerich S., 19 yrs old gets drunk at Lueschers, 20th & Chambers. Ordered to tell L. to stop giving him drink. Notified L at 10:40 AM. Reported sidewalks on Hadley & Hopkins Sts.
60 deg. SW wind. Fair. Hot at 8 AM. 88 deg. at noon. Hot. Asked perm. to go to Secy's office to pay off Mtge at 8:45. Back to beat at 10:00 o'c. Reported walks on Chambers St.
50 deg. High W wind. Cool. Fair. Cool. Met Genthe, 23rd & Chambers, 3:20 PM. Reported sidewalks on Bismark St. & Fond du Lac, Ave.
44 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Rain, very cool. Rained all forenoon. A. came home from Hosp. at 11 AM. Went to see Chas. Wussow on the way home this Eve. Reported sidewalks on 28th & 29th Sts.
42 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cool. Very pleasant. Baseball playing on every field.
49 deg. NW wind. Fair. Cool. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:20 via 12th St Car. Reported sidewalks on 30th & 34th Sts.
32 deg. E wind. Partly cloiudy. Cold. Frost. Rain toward eve. Louis Kading gets married today & heads for California 2:45 PM- Went to Sta. for mail. Got Warr. for Frank Bliessner, 962-22nd St. Threaten to kill. Ida B. his wife, comp. Arrested him at his home at 4 PM.
42 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Rain. Thunderstorm during the night. Rain all morn. In court at 9 AM with Bliessner. Found not guilty. Back to beat at 10:45 AM. Met Genthe at 4:45, 21st & Center. Chas. Bartelt, 1233 Center St., carpenter building house about 1058-19th St. complains that last night some one broke into the bldg & stole 2 hammers, one with initials K.B. on h'dle & 1 small sized smoothing plane. Broke open the rear door.
46 deg. E wind. Cloudy. Rain with thunder & lightnin. Rained nearly all fornoon. Met Genthe at Eng. 22 at 4:30. Thunder storm this eve.
45 deg. High NW wind. Fair. Cool & pleasant. Met Lieut Joe at 24th & Hadley at 4 PM.
55 deg. W wind. Cloudy. Showery. Baseball season opens. Rain at 6:45 PM & all eve. F.H. Volkman formerly 2029 Center St. Put up a shack & opened saloon at 2026 Center St. Neighbors are protesting.
54 deg. Variable wind. Fair. Sohrweide 20115 Center protests against Volkman's saloon, 2026 Center St. Went home at 6:45 this eve. to go to church with Minnie. Found Minnie sick with headache & Mrs. H.J. & Mrs. John Maechtle at the house. They came on the morning train.
59 deg. NW wind. Fair. Warm. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:15. Change day:- Schroeder out at noon. 1:45- Mail for Dr. Differt, 2109 Center.
54 deg. W. wind. Cloudy. Rain. Partly clearing at 9 AM. Showers all PM. Went to beat via Beck's Plumbing Shop, Clark St. to 20th at 8 AM.
44 deg. N. wind. Cloudy. Very damp & foggy. Volkman's application for transfer of saloon license from 2029 Center to 2026 Center. Nieghbors object- Wm. Sohrweide, Chas. Ledebuhr, Frank Topic, Bruno Lang, Wm. Tietjen, Christ Weissenborn, Fred Liberman & others. Notified Volkman to close his saloon at 5:10 PM.
48 deg. NW wind. Partly cloudy. Cool. Wind chgd to E at noon. Stolzenfeld on Vac. I take his beat. Hammer on my beat. Mail at 2:45 for Ald. Wd. Foreman.
46 deg. NW wind. Fair. Rising temp. Met Schroeder at 30th & North Ave, 9:30 AM. Rehearsal at Miss. 2 this eve. Called to St. Anna Church on acct. of Steam Fitters strike. at 1 PM. On Stolzenfelds beat.
44 deg. NE wind. Fair. Cool. Lieut Chas. Dressel killed on the way to a fair last night. Was thrown from the cart at 18th & Bismark Sts. Alices Birthday - 36 yrs. old. Mail at 1:45 for Wd. Foreman Ph. Ott. On Stolzenfelds beat.
48 deg. SE wind. Fair. Rising temp. Signed payroll. Wind changed to the four points of the compass today, becoming NE, PM.
47 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Rain early this morn. Cool. Drill day:- Back to beat at 4:15. Mail at 1:45 for Wd. Supt & O.T. Salick. Chas. Dressel buried today. Stolzenfeld was badly burned by lime he was slacking in a barrel. No more drill till further notice. On Stolzenfelds beat.
42 deg. NE wind. Fair. Cool, almost frost during the night. On Stolzenfelds beat. S. is easier this morn. His daughter to be married today. C.H. Schok to be buried this PM. Minnie & Helen are going. Ma & Alice came down this noon.
48 deg. Southwest wind. Fair. Rising Temp. On Stolzenfelds beat. Mail at 1:45, Ald. Meyer. Minnie went to N. Mil. with Mrs. Notbohm. Mrs. McHenry & ...... called at 3 PM. Mrs. Mc staid a while.
60 deg. SW wind. Cloudy. Showery. Commenced raining about 10 AM & Rained till 4 PM. Wind chgd to NE. Growing colder. Mail at 1:45, T. C. Esser. Stolzenfelds beat.
42 deg. N wind. Fair. Very cool. Warmer toward noon. Stolzenfelds beat.
50 deg. Variable wind. Fair. Warmer toward noon. 2:45 - Warrant for John Kreilkamp 772 W. 24th, Com. Drunk, Mrs. Butzen, comp. Arrested him at Meckelburgs. Went to his house, allowed him to change clothes & sent him from Wright & Fond du Lac. On Stolzenfelds beat.
52 deg. Variable wind. cloudy. Shwers at 3 PM. Circus, 4 Paw Sells combination unloaded at N. Ave. this forenoon. I got dinner 1 hr. late on that acct. They will show at 36th & Clybourn Sts. tomorrow. I continue on S's beat. He is not able to be on duty. Dettman on Vac.
49 deg. E Wind. Cloudy. PM- Cold & E wind. Rain commencing at midnight. In court at 9AM with Kreilkamp. On Stolzenfelds beat. K got 30 days to sober up. Back on beat 12:10. Reptd at 30th & North. Circus at 36th & Clybourn, just outside city.
49 deg. NE wind. Cloudy. Very chilly. Clearing at noon. I am wearing my gloves today. On Stolzenfelds beat.
50 deg. NW wind. Fair. Average Min. Temp. for Mo. - 48 deg. Rising tem p. Quite warm at noon. Mail at 1:45 PM. Stolzenfelds beat. Ada & I went to Miss. 2 this eve.