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Form letter from Joseph B. Shannon to the people of Kansas City in which Shannon provides a list and figures documenting the rise of crime and police brutality in Kansas City from 1921-24 with the police department controlled by Matthew Foster and The Kansas City Star. In the postscript, Shannon alleges that policemen were ordered to "pay monthly political assessments" and states that the past "four years of police administration cost the taxpayers of Kansas City $5,232,691.74."

Date: 
March 19th 1925

Political attack advertisement that documents Kansas City Star owner August F. Seested's political exploits for personal gain in local real estate. This document was produced to discourage Kansas Citians from voting for Kansas City Police Commissioner Matthew Foster, the Republican candidate for mayor.

Date: 
March 26th 1922

Photograph of William T. Kemper, Sr. as it appears on page 5 of the August 1927 issue of West Texas Today.

Date: 
August 1927

Three excerpts from Republican sources that document police brutality present in the Kansas City Police Department. Excerpts include an editorial from the Kansas City Star from August 30, 1921, a court opinion by Judge Thad B. Landon, and a statement from Attorney R. R. Brewster published on September 4, 1921. This broadside was produced to discourage Kansas Citians from voting for Kansas City Police Commissioner Matthew Foster, the Republican candidate for mayor.

Date: 
1922

Clipping from the Kansas City Journal on February 28, 1925 depicting the area surrounding the intersection of 15th Street (now Truman Road) and Crystal Avenue where illegal liquors were allegedly unloaded for distribution. The caption states, "The map shows the tracks of the Frisco and Missouri Pacific railroads in the Centropolis district where most of the fine liquors received by the Kansas City liquor ring are said to have been unloaded.

Date: 
February 28th 1925

Photograph of James Madison Kemper (left), father of William Thornton Kemper, Sr. (right), father of James M. Kemper, Sr. (center), father of David W. Kemper (front).

Date: 
November 1921

Clipping from the Kansas City Post on February 26, 1925 showing three Kansas City policemen involved in a heist. The caption states, "Confessions they stole eleven cases of whisky from a $200,000 cache they found in a garage at 7112 East Fifteenth street, were made today by these three policemen. Their signed statements involve Joseph R. Gant, accused wrecker of the Centropolis bank. They are (1) Ira H. Miller, police chauffeur; (2) Lawrence Bowers, patrolman; (3) William F. Langford, patrolman."

Date: 
February 26th 1925

William T. Kemper, Sr.'s ticket for the dedication of the Liberty Memorial at 11 A. M. on November 1, 1921. The ticket is signed by R. Bryson Jones, Chairman of the Dedication Committee.

Date: 
November 1st 1921

William T. Kemper, Sr.'s ticket for seat 11, row 2 on the reviewing stand at the Third Annual American Legion Convention parade on November 1, 1921 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Date: 
November 1st 1921

Three photographs of Senator James A. Reed with amusing captions.

Date: 
1926

Advertisement for the re-election of Forest W. Hanna as Prosecutor of Jackson County, Missouri. The document provides crime statistics and figures on funds generated during his time as prosecutor.

Date: 
1926

Form letter from Matthew A. Foster to the voters of Kansas City in which Foster urges Kansas Citians to vote against bossism and the interests of John P. O'Neill, Tom Pendergast, and Joe Shannon. Foster asserts that "every name on the Republican Ticket is a guaranty of honest, efficient public service."

Date: 
April 1st 1920

Advertisement for a barbecue in Bunceton, Missouri in support of John W. Davis, Democratic Candidate for President. Transportation to the event is organized by M. J. Pendergast, and Frank C. Marqua with tickets on sale at the City Clerk's Office, Court House Cigar Stand, Jackson Democratic Club, Jefferson Democratic Club, and the Missouri Pacific Ticket Office.

Date: 
1924

Clipping from the Kansas City Journal-Post that criticizes both candidates for mayor: Matthew Foster and Frank H. Cromwell. Foster, a Republican backed by the Kansas City Star, is described as being overzealous in his pursuit as Kansas City police commissioner to "stamp out vice and lawlessness". Cromwell, on the other hand, is accused of being backed by the Kansas City Democratic machine. The Journal-Post urges Kansas City to vote and make their voice heard.

Date: 
April 3rd 1922

Clipping from the Kansas City Journal on April 4, 1924 showing the cancelled check for $5,000 from Kelly-Dennis Company to T. J. Pendergast. Also pictured are Mrs. Harvey W. Harris (left) who presented the check to W. B. Brown (right).

Date: 
April 4th 1924

Leaflet providing information on the Big Sister Club, a Kansas City organization providing housing for young business girls. The document details the cost of furnishings, officers of club, Big Sister Service Club officers, advisory board, and the hostess, Nellie Wolever.

Date: 
1922

Clipping from the Kansas City Journal-Post on April 6, 1924 showing a truck carrying a large reproduction of a check for $5,000 from Kelly-Dennis Company to T. J. Pendergast. The advertisement was funded by the Republican city committee.

Date: 
April 6th 1924

Photograph with caption stating, "Kansas City's Councilmen, the city manager and the mayor, pose for a cameraman. Those in the rear row, left to right - C. Jasper Bell, Ira B. Burns, A. N. Gossett, Charles H. Clark, Clarence A. Burton, H. L. McCune and David B. Childs. Front row - H. F. McElroy, city manager, Albert I. Beach, mayor, and George L. Goldman. -Anderson Photo Co. Photo."

Date: 
1926

Clipping from the Kansas City Journal on November 8, 1924 showing the Board of Governors for the Liberty Memorial Association. The caption states that, "A copper plate has been made from the above photographs of members of the board of governors of the Liberty Memorial association, and will be placed in the cornerstone of the memorial shaft at the cornerstone laying ceremonies tomorrow. The copper plate was made and donated by the Holland Engraving company. The photos are by Strauss-Peyton.

Date: 
November 8th 1924

Form letter from the Jackson County Republican Committee to the citizens of Kansas City in advance of the 1922 Election. The letter asserts that the nominees on the Democratic ticket were selected by Joseph Shannon, Tom Pendergast, Cas Welch, Johnny O'Neill, and Miles Bulger. The Jackson County Republican Committee instead urge the recipients to vote for Republican candidates.

Date: 
November 3rd 1922

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