Biography

Superintendant William Voegtle

William Voegtle was Work House Superintendent during the tenures of Sheriffs, Mulcounery,  Mellon and Petri. He served as deputy under Sheriff Cashel.

  • Birth 27 Jul 1877 Belleville, St. Clair County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 27 Jul 1919 Belleville, St. Clair County, Illinois, USA
  • Burial Belleville, St. Clair County, Illinois, USA
  • Plot S 1/2 135 1st Add. Gr 1
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Chief Deputy Sheriff Quito B. Heidinger

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    Birth 24 Feb 1852 Houston, Texas County, Missouri, USA
  • Death 10 Oct 1910 Belleville, St. Clair County, Illinois, USA
  • Burial Belleville, St. Clair County, Illinois, USA
  • Plot Orig., 667, #9

Chief Deputy Sheriff Quito B. Heidinger, one of the best known residents of Belleville, died at his home, on the rock road, Monday morning at 3:55 o'clock, after an illness extending over a period of about one year. He was conscious up to one hour before his death.

Mr. Heidinger served as Chief Deputy Sheriff for almost eight years, serving under former Sheriff G. W. Thompson and under the present Sheriff, Charles Cashel. He would have completed his eighth year in the office on December 1.

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Deputy W. G. Hill - “a one armed man and also minus and eye.”

The Belleville Daily Advocate for Friday, April 16, 1886, has a long article detailing several nights of violence during the railroad strike of 1886. In the article Deputy W. G. Hill is described as, “a one armed man and also minus and eye.” A portion of the article is transcribed here:

“A north bound freight train under charge of conductor Mike Whalen, and a freight train from East St. Louis met here on Tuesday evening and a large crowd of men who had gathered as on the previous evening , commenced to interfere with the switching, and also drove the brakemen from their posts.

Deputy Sheriff W. G. Hill was there, but was unable to prevent the men from interfering. The mob at last succeed in so disarranging the train that the main track was blocked and north bound mail train which arrives here about 6 o’clock was delayed quite a while.

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Anthony Speed

Speed
Anthony Speed was the first African American Deputy in St. Clair County. Speed ran a successful butcher shop in Brooklyn, Illinois during the early 1900s. He was a police officer/sergeant/Police Chief of Brooklyn. The 1940 Census lists his occupation as "police officer." He would have been 83 years old at that time. He died at age 97 and is buried in the Booker T. Washington Cemetery, near Centreville, Illinois
 
Photo by Terenda Curtis Wyant
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Miss Hilda Gass our first female deputy

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Special Deputy in Sheriff’s Office

Belleville Daily Advocate
November 28, 1933, Page 1

Miss Hilda E. Gass, above, secretary in the office of Sheriff Jerome Munie and believed to be the first woman deputy sheriff in this section of the country, has been an athlete since the age of 18 months in addition to her accomplishments as an officer for the law.

Miss 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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