Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression
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Photograph of Edward "Eddie Spitz" Ochadsey behind his bar at the College Inn and presenting Himm Walker's De Luxe Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

Photograph of the entrance to College Inn, including signs advertising the Drumboogie Cavaliers playing nightly, as well as floor shows and dancing.

Souvenir photograph from the College Inn, showing Marjorie Wright, Johnnie Wright, Ruth Wright, Gerry Kenney, Clarence Kenney, Beulah Koonse, and Eddie Spitz and Vearl Osadchey.

Photograph of the staff of the College Inn on 12th Street.

Photograph of the staff of the College Inn on 12th Street.

Photograph of an unidentified band onstage at the College Inn on 12th Street.

Photograph of the street view of College Inn on 12th Street. The marquee is advertising Harlan Leonard's Orchestra.

Memorandum regarding Walt Rainey, described as "an operator of notorious restaurants and night clubs," who allegedly runs his businesses in violation of gambling and liquor laws. The document includes descriptions of his various businesses, including The Plantation, located east of the Kansas City city limits, where gambling and horse race betting took place and liquor was served outside of legal hours; and the White House Tavern, south of the Kansas City city limits, where gambling was also permitted, which he allegedly operated for James Balestrere.

Date: 
July 14th 1950

Report from a grand jury inquiry concerning federal law violations and the personals involved in the Western District of Missouri. The grand jury heard from 185 witnesses, with 90% of those witnesses being law violators, and determined "there is no organized attempt" at violating federal laws in the district, and those violations "are committed by individuals rather than by a regular organized concert of individuals or by some crime syndicate." The report goes on to discuss the court's belief that its quick processing of cases has a deterrent effect on crime.

Date: 
1949