|First Woman Deputy
Margaret Q. Adams
Badge issued to Margaret
Q. Adams in 1912. This
badge is still held by her
Deputy Margaret Q. Adams at work.
(far left) circa 1912-20's.
Margaret Q. Adams at work. Date:
sometime in the '40's. Although her
work was primarily clerical, she did in
effect run the evidence at the LA Co.
Courthouse. She is know to have also
gone on calls on occasion, especially
when the case involved women and
children. She told the family that there
were the times when she wore her gun
Margaret Adams at her retirement
party at age 72, in 1947, shown here
with Sheriff Eugene Biscailuz.
Margaret was godmother to Gene
Biscailuz/s son Judge Warren Biscailuz.
She often stated to her family that she
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Margaret Queen Adams was born July 26, 1874, in Dover Kentucky.
She came to California and Los Angeles with her father in about
1880 and lived much of her girlhood in the family home at 2nd and
San Pedro Sts.
Margaret's maiden name was Phillips and she became a deputy
sheriff through her brother-in-law Sheriff William Hammel, who had
married Margaret's sister Lillian Mary Phillips. Margaret had
become separated from her husband Elmer Adams and she needed to
work to support her two children.
Margaret was sworn in Feb. 16, 1912 and served in the departments
Civil Division for 35 years and retired when she was 72. Margaret
passed on from a stroke at age 99 in 1974.
In her later years of service she had been issued a 6-pointed star
which she was wearing when she was buried.
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Uniforms for female deputies
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This hat and cap piece was part of the official female deputy uniform in the 1960's. With the changing
hair styles, which were not compatible with the uniform hat, it and the cap piece were no longer issued or
required wearing as part of the uniform.
During the 1970's the required female uniform changed the same as the male deputies except for the hat.
The female deputies were not required to wear the official hat. Late in the 1970's the male deputies were
not longer issued the hat and its use was only proscribed for special occasions.
Women of Class 100. (date unk)
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Female deputy uniform for the 1950s.
Female uniform from the
jacket, for the
Catherine F. Doan
wearing the last official
female deputy hat
Sheriff Peter J. Pitchess with graduating
Taken in 1960's.
Sheriff Peter J. Pitchess with
graduating female deputies.
Taken approx. early 70's.
Male and female uniforms of the
Modern Class "A"
entitled to wear all
military ribbons earned.
Los Angeles County, CA Madge Meredith June 30, 1947
Screen actress Madge Meredith was convicted and sentenced to
prison for 5 years to life for complicity in an assault of her former
manager, Nicholas D. Gianaclis, and his bodyguard, Verne V. Davis.
Gianaclis and Davis reportedly were beaten, kidnapped, and robbed
by a group of men as they neared Meredith's Hollywood Hills home.
Meredith's off-screen and legal name was Marjorie May Massow. In
March 1951, the CA Assembly Interim Committee on Crime and
Corrections issued an official report concluding that Meredith had
been framed. In July 1951, Gov. Earl Warren commuted her
sentence to time served. Available news clips on the case suggest
that Gianaclis framed Meredith to gain ownership of her home.
After her release Meredith got her home back and Gianaclis, an
immigrant, was denied U.S. citizenship by the Immigration Service.
Example of uniform worn my female
deputies in 1947. Notice older style badge
and large Sam Browne style belt.
Uniforms 1950's and 60's.
Modern uniforms for women
Future first LASD female
Captain Francis Blumfeld stands
next to the LASD's first African
American female Deputy Doris
Speers Mack. Photo 1960's.
|Following Information and Pictures
Courtesy of Kelly Riend Great-Grand-daughter of Eleanor Riend
Eleanor Riend b. 1903 d. 1997 - LASD 6-15-36-11-5-52
Date Unk. Eleanor in Uniform
11-22-1948 Eleanor is
standing in rear of room.
Dated Nov. 1944. Eleanor is
standing on first step, 4th from
Date Unk. Eleanor is in front
row, 6th from the left.
Dated 1942. Eleanor is in front
row, far right, seated.
Date Unk. Eleanor is in back
row, far right, standing.
Date Unk. Eleanor in in back
row, second from left, standing.
Date Unk. Eleanor is on far
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