Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression

Billings, James V.

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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.

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Correspondence

Letter from Bonham E. Freeman to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, reporting that Billings supporters were intending to make a last minute campaign push in Pike County "in order to discredit you in your own county," and describes the opinions of some locals "that the party is being injured by your disagreement with Pendergast."

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Correspondence

Letter from Joseph N. Breitenstein to George A. S. Robertson, superintendent at the Missouri Department of Insurance. Breitenstein writes to report on the state of the Missouri Supreme Court campaign in Lawrence, Barry, Stone, and Christian Counties. He writes that "Kansas City Boys" have been active in those areas and are "paid employees of T.J.," as well as his own campaign activities in those counties.

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Correspondence

Letter from Mrs. N. L. Dwinnett to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, describing a threat she received suggesting she would lose her pension unless she voted for James Billings for Missouri Supreme Court. She pledges her support to Stark and James Douglas.

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Correspondence

Text of a Kansas City Star article on the August 4, 1936 election in Kansas City. It describes ballot boxes being removed before polls closed, threats made against voters, fake votes, and other problems. Joe Shannon is quoted as saying the election was "so corrupt it was a disgrace to American civilization."

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Correspondence

Letter from W. F. Enright to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, discussing support for James Douglas's Missouri Supreme Court campaign in Buchanan County. Enright suggests Stark and Douglas "could arrive at noon or shortly after in order that we might have our parade through the downtown district during the noon hour," as well as other events with supporters.

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Correspondence

Letter from Frank K. Ashby to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, reporting that Stark (and Judge James Douglas) do not have the support of a Pendergast-allied group in his county. Ashby suggests that if Stark "can shift the positions or take away the appointments of some of the men you know are not for you, or anything you want, you will make it much easier to control this section almost solidly."

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Correspondence

Letter from T. C. Oyler to Frank Hollingsworth, discussing the state of the Missouri Supreme Court race in Linn County and his work for the Douglas campaign. He reports that "our pictures are torn down or defaced nearly as rapidly as we can put them up," and hopes that Governor Stark could visit Marceline to help in their efforts.

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Correspondence

Letter from Olive Turner to Governor Lloyd C. Stark saying "it seems a shame that law abiding, tax-paying citizens have to get under cover and write to their Governor in order to live in this town." She expresses concerns about corruption, particularly at the state cosmetology board and the County Home for the Aged.

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Correspondence

Letter from John T. Harding to L. H. Forman, discussing anti-Clark/Douglas circulars being "thrown into the river" in St. Louis.

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Correspondence

Letter from Mrs. James L. Owens to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, reporting that an employee at the St. Clair Secretary of State's office was passing out literature for James Billings' Missouri Supreme Court campaign. Owens thinks that "a good evening out in the office of secretary of state would be a good thing."

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Correspondence

Letter from C.M. Fleming to Governor Stark regarding county political races in and around Versailles, Missouri. Fleming identifies Pendergast-aligned state employees and recommends one for dismissal.

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