Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression

The State Historical Society of Missouri-Columbia

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Letter from Roy E. Glidewell to Governor Lloyd Stark formally asking to be appointed to the vacant 21st Circuit Court judgeship.

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Letter from John T. Harding to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, discussing corruption in the city and county government, as well as the local police department. He tells Stark that until he enacts new laws, "Kansas City will be at the mercy of the Organization. The Police Department is their gun; as long as they have it, they will make us step around." Harding also suggests that the Pendergast Machine has control over nearly every aspect of the city, "except the sewer system," and indicates that he believes most policemen are good and only acting on orders from above.

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Letter signed "Executive Secretary" to Hon. Drew Pearson, regarding the Missouri delegation to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. The letter says that, despite the efforts of the "anti-Roosevelt forces, headed by Missouri's Senior Senator" Bennett Clark and the Pendergast machine, the Missouri delegation to the convention "will be guided ... by a strongly worded resolution praising President Roosevelt's leadership," favored by Governor Stark.

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Letter from J. J. Smith to Governor Lloyd C. Stark. Smith warns that if a man named H. V. Sewell has recently written to pledge support for Judge James Douglas, Stark should be suspicious as Smith knows that Sewell has recently written to Pendergast pledging loyalty to his side. Smith writes that Sewell has an "inclination and practice of trying to ride two horses at the same time going in opposite directions." Smith also offers Stark advice and information in the future, "confidentally or publicly."

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Letter from J. W. Emory to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, discussing the James M. Douglas and James V. Billings campaigns for Missouri Supreme Court in 1938. The Pendergast Machine supported Bilings; Emory is pledging his vote to Douglas and seeking advice for how to best organize support in Mississippi County.

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Letter from Henry A. Bundschu to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, discussing election corruption and how it might be dealt with by the Board of Election Commissioners. He recommends "this matter should be attended to without delay for it requires time for the Board to set matter down for hearing, make the changes, if necessary, and procure the new personnel."

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Letter from Carl G. Ryder to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, thanking him for his work looking into Machine influence, pleding his vote for James M. Douglas, and expressing belief that public support for Pendergast is waning: "Inclined to believe 'Tom's' sun is slowly setting."

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Letter from Ruben R. Schade to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, reporting on the state of the Douglas-Billings Missouri Supreme court race in southeast Missouri counties, as well as other updates about regional politics.

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Letter from J. B. Crow to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, stating his initial suspicion of Stark as a Pendergast candidate, but upon discovering his middle name was Crow, "said if you had the same blood in you that all the Crows that I knew that you was your own man." He also describes the influence of the Pendergast machine in Plattsburg.

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Letter from T. S. Clayton to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, reporting that the "local machine" in Licking are supporting Billings, as are the local WPA heads. Despite this, Clayon feels "sure Douglas will carry this county by a good majority" and "is doing all possible here to put Douglas over."

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Letter from L. B. Hargrave to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, reporting his own defeat in the election for Carroll County probate judge, and saying it was preceded being "visited by one of [Pendergast's] henchmen from Kansas City, and was warned by same if I didn't get in with the Pendergast crowd I would be defeated.".

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Letter signed "A mother" to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, concerned about a location at 9th and Spruce allowing underage drinking and gambling, and begging Stark to help save the "men & young women who frequent this place."

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