When an automobile plowed into Constance’s buggy (turning it into a pile of splinters) she did what anyone would expect, she requested to be compensated for the damages. When the notorious silk factory owner (who drove the automobile into her car) refused to pay up, Constance was not deterred. Despite the man’s use of intimidating tactics including threatening letters and strangers with guns - Constance’s persistence paid off and eventually she was repaid what she was owed. Through this ordeal, Constance found herself possessed of a certain strength of mind, body, and spirit. This same grit made her well suited for the career that she would pioneer. America’s first female Sherif.
As is usually the case, her life is much more colorful and storied than this paragraph gives her credit for. But uniquely, her life has inspired a tremendously well written series of novels by Amy Stewart. In this fictionalized series you can learn more about Constance, her family, and the context of spirited women trying to thrive in that time period. I highly recommend you check them out!