Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression

Blue Valley

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Clippings
Maps

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.

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Object Type: 
Motion Pictures

Reproduction from a circa 1931 35mm film reel of Ford Motor Company's twenty millionth automobile in Kansas City, Missouri. The montage includes footage of Liberty Memorial, Union Station, and the Ford Assembly Plant at 1025 Winchester Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri.

Object Type: 
Maps

Map showing the boundaries of precincts as defined in 1918 for the thirteenth ward of Kansas City, Missouri. This ward is bounded by 35th Street to the north, Campbell and Troost Avenue to the west, south city limits to the south, and eastern city limits to the east.

Object Type: 
Maps

Map showing the boundaries of precincts as defined in 1918 for the fourteenth ward of Kansas City, Missouri. This ward is largely bounded by 23rd Street to the north, Indiana Avenue to the east, 35th Street to the south, and sections east of Blue River bounded by the eastern city limits to the east.

Object Type: 
Maps

Map showing the boundaries of precincts as defined in 1918 for the fifteenth ward of Kansas City, Missouri. This ward is largely bounded by 9th Street to the north, Cleveland Avenue to the west, 23rd Street to the south, and eastern city limits to the east.

Object Type: 
Correspondence

Letter from Nathan Young, president of the Star Boat and Motor Company, regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Young writes that he and Higgins have been neighbors and served together on boards, and believes that if paroled, the subject "would become a good citizen in every respect." 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.

Object Type: 
Programs

Program for the Silver Jubilee of St. Stanislaus Parish, a Polish congregation at the northeast corner of 18th Street and Ewing Avenue near Blue River. Included are portraits of local clergy including Thomas F. Lillis and Rev. A. F. Radwich; photographs and history of the parish; event details; and advertisements. Notable political figures paying their compliments include Thomas J. Pendergast, Bryce B. Smith, H. F. McElroy, and James V. "Josh" Billings.

Object Type: 
Ephemera

1940 Special Tax Stamp receipt for Paradise Inn in order to act as a retail liquor dealer. Paradise Inn was once located near the intersection of Highway 40 and Skiles Avenue near the eastern limits of Kansas City, Missouri. Source: Ida Minturn.

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Correspondence

Letter from Democrat Albert R. Norton to Senator Harry S. Truman. Norton reintroduces himself as a former Pendergast ("goat") precinct captain in the 14th Ward in Kansas City, Missouri. He states that he could no longer be proud of such affiliation and became a United Democratic Club precinct captain. Norton then inquires about the possibility of a job in city administration as he had just recently been fired from a Republican office because of his political affiliation.

Object Type: 
Photographs

Photograph of improvements made to Blue River south to the limits of Swope Park, Kansas City, for purposes of flood control, ca. 1930s. This vantage point faces southwest from just south of 15th Street (now Truman Road). This photograph was taken before the river was diverted to west of Manchester Avenue (now Manchester Trafficway). The Spear Brand Mills Inc. at the now defunct intersection of 17th Street and Potter Avenue can be seen in the right background behind the trees.

Object Type: 
Correspondence

Letter from Mrs. W. A. Judd, a Kansas City election judge, to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, describing her concern about corruption and criminality in the upcoming election and requesting additional protection at the polls. She believes "Kansas City has no protection for any one but the criminal element."

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Correspondence

Letter from C. B. L. Solze to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, describing unlicensed vehicles threatening citizens at various polling places during recent elections and other suspicious activities.

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