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Jan. 26, 1933: Sheriff Eugene Biscailuz, left, and Deputy County Counsel Pitchard confer on disposal of weapons. This photo was published in the Jan. 27, 1933, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

March 4, 1934: Members of Los Angeles County Sheriff Eugene Biscailuz's volunteer aero squadron, from left: Richard McNulte, Goodyear blimp volunteer; Capt. A. A. Hopkins of the Sheriff's Department; George Rice, veteran Transcontinental and Western Air pilot; Art Klein, Warner Brother studio flier; William Keith Scott, private pilot; Moye Stevens, private pilot; Capt. Claude F. Morgan, aviation deputy commanding the sheriff's aero squadron; Charles N. (Jimmie) James, veteran pilot of Western Air Express; Capt. Warren E. Carey, flying deputy from the Union Oil Co.; Sheriff Biscailuz; Sheriffs deputies Simmons, Anstein, Brown, Vigneau and Capt. Conly of the Alhambra substation of the Sheriff's Department.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Museum

Sep. 13, 1938: World's tallest man, Robert Wadlow, at 8 feet, 11 inces, poses with Los Angeles County Sheriff Eugene Biscailuz for Los Angeles Times staff photographer Paul Calvert.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Paul Calvert / Los Angeles Times History Center

Nov. 2, 1942: Sheriff Eugene Biscailuz, left, receives .45-caliber Thompson machine gun for his collection from Ivan D. Parker, former executor of Tom Mix estate. This photo was published in the Nov. 3, 1942, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Andrew H. Arnott / Los Angeles Times

July 20, 1943: Sheriff Eugene Biscailuz sitting in his office with the mementos of 10 years of service. This photo was published in the July 25, 1943, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

July 22, 1949: Det. Garner Brown, left, and Los Angeles County Sheriff Eugene Biscailuz check over the Mickey Cohen shooting crime scene at a Sunset Boulevard restaurant. This photo was published in the July 23, 1949, L.A. Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Oct. 30, 1951: Los Angeles County Sheriff Eugene Biscailuz, right, gets a batting lesson from three of baseball's top managers during a visit to his office. From left are Chuck Dressen, Dodgers; Casey Stengel, Yankees; and Leo Durocher, Giants. This photo was published in the Oct. 31, 1951, Los Angeles Times. Major league baseball players and managers were on a barnstorming tour of the United States.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: R. L. Oliver / Los Angeles Times

Feb. 18, 1953: Los Angeles County Sheriff Eugene Biscailuz and members of his family on the "This Is Your Life" television show. From left: Mrs. Jean Mohr, daughter; Warren Biscailuz, son; the sheriff, and Mrs. Carl Donovan, another daughter. This photo was published in the Feb. 19, 1953, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: R. O. Ritchie / Los Angeles Times

Nov. 4, 1954: Sheriff Eugene Biscailuz smashing the first of 44 slot machines that had been seized in gambling raids over the last year. This photo was published in the Nov. 5, 1954, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Julian Robinson / Los Angeles Times

Aug. 21, 1956: Los Angeles County Sheriff Eugene Biscailuz waves to the crowd of 71,000 as he leads the parade of the 11th annual Sheriff's Rodeo. Event was held at the Memorial Coliseum. This photo was published in the Aug. 22, 1956, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Aug. 18, 1957: Sheriff Eugene Biscailuz waves during opening of Sheriffs Rodeo at the Coliseum. This photo was published in the Aug. 19, 1957, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Art Rogers / Los Angeles Times

In this 1958 photo of the Watson family of photographers, they bid farewell to Los Angeles County Sheriff Eugene Biscailuz, seated, at his retirement party. Standing: Garry A. Watson, left, George R. Watson, Delmar Watson, Harry R. Watson, Coy Watson Jr., Bill R. Watson and Bobs Watson.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Watson Family Photographic Archive

March 9, 1965: Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Eugene Biscailuz celebrates his 82nd birthday by posing for a photographer in front of City Hall. This photo was published in the March 11, 1965, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Steve Fontanini / Los Angeles Times

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Los Angeles County Sheriff Eugene Biscailuz served from 1932 to 1958. During his 26 years, Biscailuz was always quick to pose for photographers. A sampling of the images are in this photo gallery.

In an Oct. 21, 2007, article, Cecilia Rasmussen reported:

Eugene Biscailuz joined the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy in 1907. He retired more than half a century later, including 26 years as the county’s top cop.

Before becoming sheriff, he made his name in a sensational hunt for a killer, bringing back escaped murderer “Tiger Woman” Clara Phillips from Honduras. He also served as first superintendent of the California Highway Patrol and was credited with modernizing it, making it a model for other states.

As sheriff from 1932 to 1958, he transformed the department into a professional law enforcement agency. He pioneered the practice of putting good prisoners to work on honor farms and ranches in an effort to rehabilitate them. He also started the volunteer Aero Squadron, now an official county search-and-rescue team, and brought in amateur pilots Hoot Gibson and Howard Hughes as early recruits.

At the same time, he was a courtly and colorful cowboy who sat astride a silver-saddled palomino at parades and rodeos. …

Rasmussen’s full story is online: Long arm of this lawman bridged a city’s history.

Biscailuz died on May 16, 1969.

scott.harrison@latimes.com

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