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Lexington’s first policewoman, 1955

Posted on September 6, 2017 | in Uncategorized | by

Lexington police officials marked the 91st birthday of retired policewomen Maggie Egbert on July 14, 1955, in a ceremony at her home at 431 West Second Street. In 1917, Egbert was hired as the city’s first policewoman. She retired in 1946. Police Chief E.C. Hale, senior clerk Evelyn Clancy and Policewoman Ida Oplas presented Egbert with a cake, a bouquet of gladiolas, a box of candy and a bed rest. Egbert weighed 98 pounds, but she was a force of nature. She was paid $50 a week, and from the first, she understood her job as far more important than being a mellowing influence on her fellow officers. Published in the July 15, 1955, Lexington Leader. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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