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Walnut Street, North from 10th Street

Postcard of traffic on Walnut Street looking north from just north 10th Street. The Commerce Building is picture to the far left.

Otto P. Higgins Inmate File: Jacobs Parole Recommendation

Letter from Floyd E. Jacobs regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Jacobs writes that he is concerned Higgins "received a heavier sentence than others who at least were equally guilty," believes he deserves credit for his service in the World War, and thinks his family is in great need of his support. Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

Memorandum and Analysis Concerning Registration of Voters in Kansas City

Report from Paul G. Koontz on the activities of the Board of Election Commisioners regarding canvassing and fradulent voter registrations, with cover letter from Paul G. Koontz to Governor Lloyd C. Stark.

Loan Agreement from the Commerce Trust Co.

Loan agreement between T.J. Pendergast, T.J. Pendergast Jr., and P.H. McCrory and the Commerce Trust Company.

James M. Pendergast Business Card

Business card of "James M. Pendergast, Attorney at Law, 1209 Commerce Bldg., Kansas City Missouri. Phone Harrison 5166."

From William T. Kemper, Sr. to Harry S. Truman

Letter from William T. Kemper, Sr. of the Commerce Trust Company to Harry S. Truman congratulating him on his Democratic nomination for Judge of Jackson County, Missouri.

From William C. Reynolds to Lloyd Stark

Letter from William C. Reynolds of Kansas City to Democratic contender for Governor, Lloyd Stark. Reynolds advises Stark on talking points to make a various locales in the state.

From Roy A. Guyton to Sam Hargus

Letter from Roy Guyton, certified public accountant, referring to recommendations that his firm be hired to audit the books of state governmental departments.

From Paul G. Koontz to Lloyd C. Stark

Letter from Paul G. Koontz to Governor Lloyd C. Stark regarding the activities of election clerks and precinct captains in local elections. He is concerned that "Charter Party precinct captains insist on accompanying [election] clerks," and believes "the Election Board has the situation well in hand."

From Omar Robinson to Lloyd Stark

Letter from Omar Robinson to candidate for Missouri governor, Lloyd Stark, advising him to speak out publicly against R. Emmet O'Malley, the Commissioner of Insurance.

From Lowell Johnson to Jesse Barrett

Letter from Lowell R. Johnson to 1936 Missouri gubernatorial candidate Jesse Barrett, indicating the presence of election fraud in Kansas City.

From Lee C. Hull to Guy Park

Letter from Lee Hull to Governor Guy Park indicating he would step aside from consideration for an appointment to avoid appearance of impropriety.