Monday, November 28, 2011

Tuesday, November 28, 1933

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.

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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.

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