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Letter from the 25 Industrus Club to an unknown recipient. The writer provides information on a number of "whisky joints" run by Italians from the North End as well as places of prostitution. The writer comments that "when the Republicans party was in there was about 150 of such women but sinse the Democrats have got in office they have increased to about 250 or more with out exaggerateing a bit, and we have sat and watched the police come and take money from these girls and would never do a thing to stop it."

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April 4th 1934

A letter from International Association of Fire Fighters President Fred W. Baer to William F. White of St. Louis, Missouri. Baer relates to White the current working condition and political situation of Kansas City firemen. He implies that firemen of Kansas City are hired by the Pendergast Machine and that the female relatives of the firemen are actively encouraged to act as judges of precincts.

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March 18th 1937

Correspondence from Frank "Chee Chee" DeMayo, Inmate #31989, to his wife, Bessie DeMayo, discussing personal and legal affairs, and mentioning Tony Ribaste, a member of a Kansas City organized crime family. DeMayo was sentenced to time in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth after a conviction of conspiracy to violate Prohibition law.

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January 9th 1930

Correspondence regarding Lemuel Hawkins, Inmate #39929, after he was shot and killed in a robbery on August 19, 1934. The Chicago Police Department requests Hawkins' criminal record from the Leavenworth Penitentiary warden. Hawkins was sentenced to two years in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth after being convicted of violating the National Motor Vehicle Theft Act.

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August 22nd 1934

Correspondence regarding Lemuel Hawkins, Inmate #39929, after he was shot and killed in a robbery on August 19, 1934. Record Clerk Carl Zarter provides the requested background information and criminal record of Lemuel Hawkins after his death. Hawkins was sentenced to two years in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth after being convicted of violating the National Motor Vehicle Theft Act.

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September 6th 1934

Letter from Miss Glenn E. Campbell at The Kansas City Provident Association to Isaac Sway, Senior Warden's Assistant at Leavenworth regarding Frank H. Adams, Inmate #52957. The letter discusses a home visit with Adams' wife Bessie and her financial situation. Adams was sentenced to time in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth after being convicted of vote fraud in Kansas City, Missouri.

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May 19th 1938

Letter from Lewis J. Grout, Chief U.S. Probation Officer, to Mr. N. R. Timmons, Chief Parole Officer at the Leavenworth Penitentiary, regarding Joseph Maher, Inmate #53422, discussion verification of Maher's post-parole employment plans. Maher was sentenced to two years in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth after being convicted of conspiracy to deprive voters of their rights in Kansas City, Missouri.

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April 27th 1939

Letter from Lewis J. Grout, Chief U.S. Probation Officer, to Mr. N. R. Timmons, Chief Parole Officer at the Leavenworth penitentiary, regarding Frank P. Dixon, Inmate #53423. The letter notes that Dixon has secured post-parole employment as a mechanic. Dixon was sentenced to two years in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth after being convicted of conspiracy to deprive voters of their rights in Kansas City, Missouri.

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April 26th 1939

Letter from J. T. Pinnel to the Governor's Secretary, J. D. James regarding a speech given by the Governor in Pineville, Missouri the previous day, as well as the distribution of Billings campaign materials.

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July 28th 1938

Letter from C.M. Fleming to Governor Stark regarding county political races in and around Versailles, Missouri. Fleming identifies Pendergast-aligned state employees and recommends one for dismissal.

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August 5th 1938

Letter from J. T. Pinnell to Governor Lloyd Stark identifying persons in McDonald County who worked against Republican interests in recent elections. Pinnell desribes the Pendergast machine as a "hydra headed monster."

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August 5th 1938

Letter from Circuit Court Judge Elmer Faris to Governor Stark referencing associated newspaper accounts of the recent death of a Circuit Court Judge in Tarkio, Missouri.

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April 7th 1938

Letter from Elmer Ferris to Governor Lloyd C. Stark regarding a crime that took place in Tarkio, MO.

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March 11th 1938

Letter from Mr. and Mrs. James Fox to Governor Stark discouraging the appointment of a Pendergast-affiliated judge.

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December 11th 1939

Letter from A. J. Wilson of Lupus, Missouri outlining desireable candidates to fill a judge vacancy.

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December 4th 1939

Letter and newspaper clipping sent by J. R. Proctor to Governor Stark concerning the upcoming Senatorial race.

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December 3rd 1939

Letter from Glidewell to Governor Stark encouraging him to consider running in the upcoming 1940 presidential election.

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August 3rd 1938

Letter from Glidewell to Governor Stark stating encouraging him to resist appointing a Pendergast-affiliated Judge and to appoint him to a post.

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July 25th 1938

Letter from the Governor to Roy Glidewell, thanking him for his previous letter regarding Judge Dearing.

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July 22nd 1938

Letter from Roy Glidewell asking governor Stark to acknowledge his previous letter and indicate a timeline for appointing a vacant judgeship.

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July 8th 1938

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