Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression

Commerce Trust Company

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Object Type: 
Postcards

Postcard showing the Kansas City, Missouri financial district from atop the Bell Telephone Building at the northwest corner of 11th Street and Oak Street. This elevated vantage point faces northwest and shows the Reliance Building (foreground right), the Lathrop Building (foreground left), the R. A. Long Building and Commerce Trust Building (background left), and the Scarritt Building and Federal Building (background right). The back of the postcard includes a brief caption about this city district and a short letter to G. A. Shadbolt of Hot Springs, Arkansas from his wife Nellie.

Object Type: 
Postcards

Postcard showing a section of the business district in Kansas City, Missouri. This elevated vantage point faces east-northeast and shows the Bell Telephone Building at 11th and Oak (background right), the Federal Reserve Bank and R.A. Long Building at 10th and Grand (background center), and the Commerce Building at 10th and Walnut (foreground left). The back of the postcard includes a short letter to J. Allan Fisher of Independence, Missouri from Kate T. Kittell.

Object Type: 
Correspondence

Letter from William T. Kemper, Sr. of the Commerce Trust Company to Harry S. Truman congratulating him on his Democratic nomination for Judge of Jackson County, Missouri.

Object Type: 
Correspondence

Letter from Ruby Henshaw describing the results of the recent elections in Kansas City, remarking that Tom Pendergast and his affiliates were victorious. She also comments on the poor state of economic affairs in Kansas City, and also provides some personal updates and business suggestions for Stark's nursery & orchard operation.

Object Type: 
Correspondence

Letter from Edgar Shook to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, discussing potential legal action against Kansas City, Missouri as well as "the present controvery respecting the County Court's refusal to pay our employees compensation which we have certified for them." Shook writes that "McElroy has seen fit to abuse the Board and its employees at meetings of the City Council."

Object Type: 
Miscellaneous Documents

Loan agreement between T.J. Pendergast, T.J. Pendergast Jr., and P.H. McCrory and the Commerce Trust Company.

Object Type: 
Correspondence

Unsigned letter to Governor Lloyd C. Stark describing acts of corruption taking place throughout the city stemming from businesses affiliated with the Pendergast machine and John Lazia.

Object Type: 
Correspondence

Letter from Ruby Henshaw to Lloyd Stark, who had provided a letter of introduction to Mr. Kemper of Commerce Bank. She reports on her efforts to obtain a job through Kemper.

Author: 
Daniel Coleman
Formerly Missouri Valley Special Collections

William Thornton Kemper was born November 3, 1865, in Gallatin, Missouri, to a pair of Kentucky transplants, James M. and Sallie Ann Paxton Kemper. William’s exceptional work ethic surfaced early in his life, when at age 11 he found a position at a dry goods store in St. Joseph, Missouri, where he had gone to live with his father after the death of his mother. At 14 he was working in a St. Joseph shoe store, socking away much of his $3.00 weekly salary.

Author: 
Kimberly R. Riley

Rufus Crosby Kemper, who went by R. Crosby or Crosby, was born in 1892 in Valley Falls, Kansas. The family moved to Kansas City in 1893 and lived in homes in the 2600 block of Troost Avenue and at 1000 Westover Road. James Madison Kemper was born in 1894. The Kemper sons attended Kansas City public schools and the University of Missouri, where they played on the football team. Both men also fought in World War I.