Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression

Bland, Ewing C.

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Advertisement for the re-election of Ewing C. Bland as Judge of the Kansas City Court of Appeals, Jackson County, Missouri. The document states that Bland has bi-partisan support from over 1,000 members of the bar.

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Clipping from the Kansas City Journal-Post on October 16, 1932 showing the attendees of the funeral of Francis M. Wilson, Democratic Candidate for Governor of Missouri that year until his death. Those present include Tom Pendergast, Joe Shannon, Guy Park, Lloyd Stark, Thomas Bash, et al.

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Letter from Ewing Young Mitchell, Jr. to his nephew, Kansas City Court of Appeals Judge Ewing C. Bland, on December 31, 1920. Mitchell comments that Sanford Madden should not the support of all Kansas City political factions in order to be a strong candidate for marshal. Mitchell contends that Thomas J. Pendergast's endorsement is not needed if Madden has the support of James A. Reed and Judge Miles Bulger.

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Letter from Ewing Young Mitchell, Jr. to his nephew, Kansas City Court of Appeals Judge Ewing C. Bland, on January 25, 1937. Mitchell asserts that Bland should resign as judge if Pendergast continues to influence the court. He then substantiates his claim by providing quotes from Bland and Marie Plummer. Mitchell also provides a case as to why Plummer should be retained in her clerical position at the Kansas City Court of Appeals.

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Letter from Kansas City Court of Appeals judge, Ewing C. Bland, to his uncle, Ewing Young Mitchell, Jr. on February 13, 1934. Bland provides Mitchell with the requested information concerning the Kansas City Republican organization's ticket and strategy for the local election. He prefaces his answers with an explanation of how local elections work in Kansas City.

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Letter from Ewing Young Mitchell, Jr. to Marie Plummer on January 18, 1937. Mitchell confirms that he sent a letter to Judge Ewing C. Bland concerning Plummer's termination at the District Court of Appeals in Kansas City. He does not believe there is anything he can do in aiding Plummer's reinstatement there and cautions her about making threats. He says, "It would not cost over $50 to have you assassinated, and if you were[,] certainly nothing would be done about it." Mitchell then suggests that she should always be accompanied by someone.

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Telegram from Ewing Young Mitchell, Jr. to his nephew, Kansas City Court of Appeals judge, Ewing C. Bland, on March 24, 1932. Mitchell requests that Bland meet with Judge Cas Welch and Jim Aylward on Mitchell's behalf.

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Letter from Ewing Young Mitchell, Jr. to Marie Plummer in which Mitchell congratulates Plummer on the extension of her employment at the Kansas City Court of Appeals. He then provides excerpts and a copy of Ewing C. Bland's most recent letter to Mitchell concerning Plummer. Mitchell also suggests that she begin searching for a new job immediately.

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Letter from Ewing C. Bland to his uncle, Ewing Young Mitchell, Jr. on February 2, 1937. In this restrained letter, Bland attempts to undermine the credibility of Marie Plummer and her statements she charged Bland with saying. He then clarifies his position on Plummer's continued employment at the Kansas City Court of Appeals and details the actions he used to try to help her. Bland then asserts again that Mitchell's statements against the machine compromised Plummer's chances of continued employment as deputy clerk.

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Letter from Ewing Young Mitchell, Jr. to his nephew, Kansas City Court of Appeals Judge Ewing C. Bland on January 18, 1937. Mitchell continues his heated response by claiming that Bland was only elected because of his father's (Richard P. Bland) reputable civic career. Mitchell asserts that Bland tarnishes his father's memory by not resigning his position from a court allegedly influenced by the Pendergast machine.

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Letter from Kansas City Court of Appeals judge, Ewing C. Bland, to his uncle on April 19, 1921. Bland comments in relation to his own political campaign that, "The Pendergast faction now seems the strongest and could no doubt control any delegation from this county."

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Letter from Ewing C. Bland to his uncle, Ewing Young Mitchell, Jr. on January 20, 1936. In Bland's lengthy response, he explains how the public views Bland and Mitchell to be connected politically, and how Mitchell consistently jeopardizes Bland by attacking the Kansas City organization for Mitchell's own political gain. Because of Bland's diminished political standing and Mitchell's public connection with Marie Plummer, it would be impossible to leverage for her reinstatement without being charged with nepotism.

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