Deputy Levoy Perry

Yesterday we were notified by family members that retired St. Clair County Sheriff's Deputy Levoy Perry passed away. Deputy Perry was assigned to the patrol division on December 1, 1965 and retired on September 7, 1991.

Deputy Perry dedicated his life to serving others. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.

Hot Slop

Hot slop
A byproduct of distilling grain alcohol at 8th and West Main in Belleville in the 1800's was a steamy residue called "hot slop." This January 1872 Belleville Advocate item described what happened when a horse was frightened and struck part of the distilling operation.

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Chief Deputy Sheriff Quito B. Heidinger



    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

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
Source: Find a grave