Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression

City National Bank

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Photographs

Photograph of the City National Bank located at the southeast corner of 18th Street and Grand Avenue (presently Grand Boulevard). Electric lines for streetcars can be seen over the streets.

Object Type: 
Clippings
Photographs

Clipping from The Missouri Alumnus, Vol. XXI, No. 5, featuring a biographies and portraits of James Madison Kemper, Sr., Rufus Crosby Kemper, Sr., and William T. Kemper, Jr.

Object Type: 
Miscellaneous Documents

Memorandum summarizing the biography and criminal activity of James Balestrere. Balestrere is reported to have been involved in bootlegging during Prohibition, running the Kansas City Syrup Company with Charles Binaggio, selling sugar to distillers, and then was involved in liquor distribution businesses after repeal with other individuals involved in organized crime.

Object Type: 
Correspondence

Letter from Louis G. Loschke, assistant cashier at City National Bank & Trust Company, regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Loschke writes that he is Higgins' brother-in-law, and attests the positive assets of his sister and her husband, and his intentions to live a good citizen. Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

KANSAS CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY | DIGITAL HISTORY
Civil War on the Western Border: The Missouri-Kansas Conflict,1855-1865.
The Pendergast Years, Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression.
KC History, Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Kansas City Public Library.