Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression

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Letter from Director Insurance H. L. McCoy to The American Legion, Wayne Miner Post No. 149, Kansas City, Missouri. McCoy acknowledges receipt of the post's letter and has referred their request for information to the Adjutant General of the Army.

Date: 
February 4th 1935

Letter from John J. Phelan to Dr. Milton C. Lewis, Commander of the American Legion, Wayne Miner Post No. 149, Kansas City, Missouri. Phelan informs Lewis that Dr. Louis H. Renfrow is endorsed as state commander for the American Legion. Phelan then provides a biography on Renfrow.

Date: 
August 22nd 1935

Receipt acknowledging that Q. J. Gilmore, Chairman of the Young Mens Negro Democratic Club's Committee, transferred $20.00 to William Kenner, secretary to the American Legion, Wayne Miner Post No. 149. This money was generated from the sale of tickets for a celebration held at Winwood Beach.

Date: 
December 7th 1933

Letter from Wayne Miner Post No. 149 Commander Milton C. Lewis to W. G. Mosely, President of the Out-State Democratic Club of Missouri. Lewis regrets that the Wayne Minor Post Drum and Bugle Corps will be unable to perform at Liberty Park in Sedalia, Missouri on August 4th and 5th, 1934 as they previously booked an engagement at Paola, Kansas.

Date: 
July 28th 1934

Letter from the Council of Men's Clubs President Milton C. Lewis to the Musicians' Protective Union, Local No. 627, A. F. of M. Lewis on behalf of the Council of Men's Clubs believes the Local No. 627 should accept "a reduction in the price of Union Music, in conformity with the reduction of wages in other crafts."

Date: 
May 24th 1932

Letter from Musicians' Protective Union, Local 627 President William Shaw to Dr. Milton C. Lewis, President of the Council of Men's Clubs. Shaw on behalf of the Local No. 627 believe that despite the current depression, the current wages for musicians as set by the union are "not exhorbitant [sic]".

Date: 
May 26th 1932

Letter from Hannibal H. Hill, Jr. to Dr. Milton C. Lewis of the American Legion, Wayne Miner Post, No. 149. Hill provides an invoice for the nights he and his orchestra performed from March 10 through March 15, 1935. In this invoice Hill includes each member of the orchestra, their instrument, what nights they played, and how much money each are due. Hill claims that to date, he has not received nearly the amount owed for each performer.

Date: 
April 24th 1935

A draft of a letter from Dr. Milton C. Lewis to an unknown recipient. Lewis informs this person of the purpose and mission of the Kansas City Council of Men's Clubs. He then provides what he believes to be the six duties of a Kansas City colored organization. Lewis then comments that those on the council are serious and hardworking men.

Letter from Albert Seelig to Lloyd Stark in which he outlines the challenges of Germans obtaining work in the current political climate.

Date: 
February 24th 1936

Anonymous letter to Lloyd Stark complaining that Protestant residents of Kansas City cannot find work.

Date: 
December 6th 1938

Letter from Sophia Tritts to Mr. Hargis regarding church charity in the Kansas City area.

Date: 
September 9th 1933

Letter from E. Edwards to Guy B. Park regarding the parole of "the Italian Carolla," election fraud, and other concerns.

Date: 
January 20th 1935

Letter from J. C. Nichols to one of his investors and friend, Jeanette Lee. Nichols discusses his efforts at curbing unions in Kansas City in an effort to further his developments. Nichols also discusses Kansas City's lack of significant growth at the end of the 1930s. After citing causes of this, Nichols provides examples of consumer weariness in Kansas City and offers ways to combat it.

Date: 
January 16th 1939

Letter from Jeanette Lee to J. C. Nichols in which she updates him on personal matters and assures him that she is not fazed by Kansas City's recent lack of significant growth. She believes that the same sentiment of consumer weariness resides throughout the United States and the developed world at large.

Date: 
March 14th 1939

Letter from Kansas City resident O. Koenig to Harry S. Truman. Koenig informs Truman of severe water flow issues at the corner of 82nd Street and Highland Avenue, where water often stagnates and blocks traffic.

Date: 
1922

Letter from Alma Henderson and Dorothy H. Davis, co-chairmen of The Call's Club Greeting Committee, to members of local clubs regarding the possibility of placing Christmas greetings and other messages in the paper during the holiday season.

Date: 
November 11th 1938

Letter from Bishop Thomas F. Lillis to the Very Reverend Angelo Strazzoni. Lillis expresses his concern that many Italian families in Kansas City claim membership to the Holy Rosary parish in Columbus Park, but do not tithe or attend services outside of baptisms, marriages, or funerals. Since 90% of Italian families not living near Holy Rosary reside within the bounds of St. Partrick's or St. John's parish, Lillis suggests those families consider themselves members of those parishes.

Date: 
August 2nd 1922

Letter from Kansas City City Manager H. F. McElroy to Bruno Nicoli, Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 80. McElroy expresses his gratitude for the scouts' assistance in the promotion of pedestrian safety and donates ten dollars to the troop.

Date: 
February 5th 1938

Letter from Bishop Thomas F. Lillis to Reverend Louis Franchinotti of the Holy Rosary Church. Lillis comments that since all students in the Holy Rosary School are taught in English, it would be counterintuitive to employ another Italian-speaking priest at Holy Rosary.

Date: 
May 18th 1937

Letter from Bishop Thomas F. Lillis to Reverend Louis Franchinotti of the Holy Rosary Church. Lillis reports that he receives ongoing requests from the Italian community and congregation of Holy Rosary for more English-speaking services in the parish. Lillis believes Franchinotti needs a priest fluent in English to help him because "eventually there will be no other language here in Kansas City but the English, so we must provide for the future."

Date: 
January 11th 1936

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