Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression

Douglas, James

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Letter from U.S. Attorney Maurice Milligan to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, reporting on a discussion with the local Agent in Charge of the FBI about the possibility of election investigations in Missouri. Milligan makes suggestions for how to rebut accusations of allegiance, and then disloyalty, to the Pendergast machine.

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Letter from Ruben R. Schade to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, reporting on the state of the Douglas-Billings Missouri Supreme court race in southeast Missouri counties, as well as other updates about regional politics.

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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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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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Letter from F. M. Stamps to Robert Holliday, requesting to be put in touch with the Judge James Douglas campaign. Stamps is concerned about the lack of Douglas supporters working in Cass County. Per Stamps, "there are a lot of Patronage Jobs here and it seems to me all these should be be at work for their own interest by lining up with the Stark forces, yet they are not."

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Letter from J. W. Emory to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, discussing the James M. Douglas and James V. Billings campaigns for Missouri Supreme Court in 1938. The Pendergast Machine supported Bilings; Emory is pledging his vote to Douglas and seeking advice for how to best organize support in Mississippi County.

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Letter from Walker C. Johnson to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, lauding Stark for his "stand for RIGHT in the State of M[issouri]." He writes that many of his county opposed Stark due to his Pendergast support, but that now "most of them are behind you on this [war] to rid the State of the rascals in elections." He also describes losing his job due to political affiliation.

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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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Letter from R. Emmet O'Malley to Egbert Miller, urging Miller to vote for James Billings in the Missouri Supreme Court race and writing that "Governor Stark richly deserves your censure."

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Letter from T. S. Clayton to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, reporting that the "local machine" in Licking are supporting Billings, as are the local WPA heads. Despite this, Clayon feels "sure Douglas will carry this county by a good majority" and "is doing all possible here to put Douglas over."

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Letter from Thomas Y. Matley to J. W. McCammon, discussing bipartisan support for James Douglas in the campaign for Missouri Supreme Court in Clay and Platte Counties. He notes that with some individuals, "Governor Stark was being criticized for removing old folks from the pension roll," and that "quite a few who seemingly are not sufficiently interested to go and vote."

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Letter from Mr. Shackelford to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, discussing support for Supreme Court candidate James Douglas in the counties of southwest Missouri, and the lack of of an existing organization in that area to support their candidates.

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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.