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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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