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In Years Past

June 27, 2014

In 1914, Margaret F. Jackson, the newly appointed Jamestown policewoman, would commence work July 1 and would be on duty thereafter. Jackson was appointed in response to the demand of the Political Equality Club and other organizations in the city. It was believed that there was a wide field of labor for a woman in a city police department. She would be assigned to duty at railroad and trolley waiting rooms, picture shows and other places where young girls congregated. Her special work would be with the girls, although she had all the power and authority of any member of the police department. Jackson would not be uniformed although she no doubt would have a police badge.



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