Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression

Barker, John T.

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Periodicals

Issue of the anti-corruption, Kansas City-based newspaper, Future: The Newsweekly for Today. The front page includes an article, continued on page 8, about crime in Kansas City, the lack of accurate, trustworthy records about its frequency and location, and the city’s “inefficient, politically-controlled police department.” Other featured articles include: “Mister Welching” (p.

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Narratives

A longhand note written by Harry S. Truman while he was a judge for Jackson County, Missouri. In this note, Truman exposes many of the names and relations of those involved with the Pendergast machine in Kansas City. Although supported by Pendergast, Truman comments on the machine thusly: "What chance is there for a clean honest administration of the city and county when a bunch vultures sit on the side lines and puke on the field[?]."

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Correspondence

Letter from Marie Plummer to Ewing Young Mitchell, Jr. on February 2, 1937. Plummer reports that a friend, Clif Langsdale, was able to extend her employment as deputy clerk at the Kansas City Court of Appeals potentially until August 1, 1937. She recounts a conversation she had with Bland in which Bland does not believe the court to be influenced by Pendergast since the machine does not dictate opinions. However, Plummer believes the court to be compromised since all recently hired employees come with a Pendergast endorsement.

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Correspondence

Letter from John T. Barker to C. A. Leedy describing the primary race for Missouri Governor between Democrats Francis M. Wilson and Russell Dearmont.

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Correspondence

Letter from F. M. Kennard to Ewing Young Mitchell, Jr. on July 1, 1936, regarding the lack of connection between Thomas J. Pendergast and the firm, Bowersock, Fizzel and Rhodes.

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Correspondence

Letter from John T. Barker to Ralph F. Lozier in which Barker states that anyone that Thomas J. Pendergast supports will win the primary election in 1932. He then provides details on his predictions of election results.

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Correspondence

Letter from Ralph F. Lozier to John T. Barker in which Lozier explains Thomas J. Pendergast's support of Lozier in his 1932 U.S. Representative campaign. He also informs Barker of a political effort in Missouri to divide Democrats from Kansas City with those of rural Missouri.

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Correspondence

Letter from William M. Ledbetter to Lloyd C. Stark discussing the logistics of the upcoming campaign, including how much time Stark will spend at his home in Louisiana, the upcoming Missouri Press Association meeting and American Royal, and gossip about other potential candidates including William Hirth.

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.