From John T. Harding to Lloyd C. Stark


Letter from John T. Harding to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, discussing corruption in the city and county government, as well as the local police department. He tells Stark that until he enacts new laws, "Kansas City will be at the mercy of the Organization. The Police Department is their gun; as long as they have it, they will make us step around." Harding also suggests that the Pendergast Machine has control over nearly every aspect of the city, "except the sewer system," and indicates that he believes most policemen are good and only acting on orders from above.

May 5th 1939
Modern Location: 
818 Grand Avenue
Kansas City, MO
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Collection Title, Call or Box Number: 
Stark, Lloyd Crow (1886-1972), Papers, 1931-1941, C0004-f03417
Digital Object Identifier: 
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.