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Anaheim Police Department History: 1900

1900's

A NEW CENTURY

At the start of this new century, the title and duties of Street Superintendent were added to the position of City Marshal. When not enforcing laws, Marshal Steadman saw to it that Anaheim Streets were repaired, signs were placed where needed and that the cleanliness of the city was maintained. With a move towards adding sidewalks throughout the city, the acquisition of deeds and construction of the walkways were also now a large part of Steadman's job.

The 1900s brought a new problem for Anaheim's law enforcement officers... cars. Speeding automobiles were frightening both horses and people alike. Local ordinances were passed by the Board of Trustees, but were to no avail. Speed limits were ignored, and the terror of the horse-less carriage prevailed. In 1909, a new tool was conceived to aid in the control of the problem. Steadman was instructed to deputize one or two local motorcycle riders to follow speeders and keep a record of their rate of speed throughout the city. Drivers who disregarded the right of the common people and the laws of the land were then required to pay a fine for their reckless behavior, which was then given to the motorcycle deputies.

In 1903, Frank Steadman made a recommendation to the Trustees that the city jail be moved to the southwest corner of a city owned lot. Working on earlier recommendations of the Grand Jury, Steadman wanted to provide additional space for the housing of prisoners and wanted sanitary facilities built into the cells in order to eliminate the need of escorting prisoners outside when nature called. As a cost saving alternative, Steadman suggested that there would be no need for steel cells because few prisoners would be incarcerated for more that a few hours. The Trustees agreed to relocate the jail, but, for security reasons, they chose to have cells constructed of the more expensive steel material. The jail was eventually built but did not evade the continued criticism of the Grand Jury. A report filed the same year by the Grand Jury noted, "It is useless to have a jail that any prisoner with a crooked nail can pick the lock and get out. There is no reason that because a man is unfortunate or a criminal he should be detained in a place that no Christian man would tie up a yellow dog in."

The year 1906 brought on another job for the new Marshal and his officers. The City of Anaheim formed a new Fire Department, appointing Marshal Nevada Frank Steadman as the new Fire Chief of the 21 member Fire Department, an honor he held along with his position of Marshal beyond 1908.

Steadman's popularity slowly began to deteriorate. A local saloon owner Andrew Fuhrberg filed a $50,000 lawsuit against the Marshal in 1908. While attempting to close down saloons, which were delinquent in paying their city fees, Marshal Steadman made an allegation that Fuhrberg ran the worst saloon in town. Steadman added that not only were men killed with the saloon's inferior liquor, but that Furhberg allowed gambling in his institution and that the saloon keeper had stolen money from his patrons.

Fuhrberg denied the allegations and filed the suit for the slanderous statements. The outcome of the case is unknown. After serving 18 years as the City Marshal. Nevada Frank Steadman lost the election of 1910 by a mere 24 votes. Upon leaving his office, Frank Steadman moved to Oregon to try his hand at ranching.