Daddy took us to school. I waited for Nadine tonight but she had to stay after school. Hattie stayed all night at Mrs. Raifert's.
|Hilda E. Gass - First female deputy in St. Clair County, Illinois|
From the Belleville, IL, Daily Advocate:
On November 28, 1933, Miss Hilda E. Gass was named a special deputy sheriff for
economical as well as practical reasons. When women prisoners are taken to the
penitentiary the law provides that a matron must accompany the guards. Heretofore
special matrons were named for each trip to the penitentiary, but in the future
Miss Gass will be the matron as well as a guard.
In addition Miss Gass will be able to relieve the male deputies in the sheriff’s office by
serving official papers when they are engaged in the solution of a baffling case. She
will also be of aid as a detective in cases in which women can gain greater confidence than men.