Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression


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Interrogatories to Defendant City Beverage Company in Equity Case No. 5532: Rhea Graef, Plaintiff vs. City Beverage Company, et al., Defendants. The document includes 39 sets of questions "to be answered by an officer or agent of the City Beverage Company." Part of the document includes inquires as to City Beverage Company's business connections to the T. J. Pendergast Wholesale Liquor Company. The litigant asks that all answers be "limited to the period between January 1, 1936, and May 4, 1948."

May 13th 1949

Mr. James Pendergast (third from left) is photographed at President Harry S. Truman's inaugural gala at the National Guard Armory in Washington, D.C. Pendergast's wife, Kathleen (fourth from left), and daughter, Mary Ellen Pendergast (unknown position), are also present along with two unidentified women.

January 19th 1949

1940's photograph of Main Street looking north towards 5th Street from just south of the intersection of Main and Missouri Avenue.

March 1949

Kansas City Police Department record for Giovanni "John" Blando, including his known addresses and history of arrests and charges. Blando had been charged with a variety of crimes starting in 1926, including arson, gambling, traffic, and prohibition violations.

October 3rd 1949

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.