Kansas City Journal-Post

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1926 Kansas City, MO Map of Wards and Precincts

Map printed in The Missouri Democrat on June 25, 1926, showing the latest official district, ward, and precinct lines for Kansas City, MO as rearranged under a recent charter. Included with the map is the voting booth location for each precinct. The Missouri Democrat was a Kansas City newspaper that began in 1925 under the control of the Pendergast Machine.

"The Ring Master"

Cartoon from the Kansas City Journal-Post before the local election on March 25, 1930. The drawing depicts Tom Pendergast as a ringleader in a circus with his assistant Cas Welch by his side. Their pockets are stuffed with local infrastructure contracts. Spectators to the circus include Henry F. McElroy, Alfred N. Gossett, Charles H. Clark, Bryce B. Smith, Ruby D. Garrett, Elliott H. Jones, Byron Spencer, Frank M. Eviston, James B. Shoemaker, and Joseph B. Shannon.

"Senator Reed's Varying Moods and Expressions"

Three photographs of Senator James A. Reed with amusing captions.

"Scenes on Mayor Bryce B. Smith's Red Bridge Farm"

Clipping from the Kansas City Journal-Post on August 25, 1935 showing photographs from Kansas City Mayor Bryce B. Smith's farm near the northwest corner of Blue River Road and Red Bridge Road. It includes photographs of Smith and his daughter Betty Mary Smith, the Red Bridge Farm lake (now Alex George Lake), a totem pole, the main entrance, an ornamental well, hunting trophies, a spring house, and other subjects.

"Party Leaders at 'Cradle of Missouri Democracy' Rally"

Clipping from the Kansas City Journal-Post from May 20, 1936 showing attendees of the "Cradle of Missouri Democracy" rally in Fayette, Missouri. Pictured are Lloyd C. Stark, Katherine Stark, James P. Aylward, James M. Pendergast, John C. Stapel, W. L. Bouchard, Gil P. Bourk, and Max Asotsky.

"Mary M'Elroy Aids Hunt for Hideout Used by Kidnapers"

Clipping from the Kansas City Journal-Post on May 29, 1933 showing Mary McElroy at a table with coffee or tea. The accompanying article explains that she is aiding in the search to find the hideout in which she was kept during her kidnapping. Police believe it to be within five miles of where she was released, the Milburn Golf Club.

"Making After Election Plans"

Cartoon from the Kansas City Journal-Post on the eve of the local election on March 25, 1930. The drawing depicts Thomas J. Pendergast, Henry F. McElroy, and Casimir J. Welch considering a "cigaret tax" in order to extort more money from the "K.C. Taxpayer".

"Kansas City's Shame"

Clipping from the Kansas City Journal-Post on February 11, 1931 in which the editor describes the economic and moral implications of high crime in Kansas City and provides crime statistics. The Journal-Post resolves to "change these conditions".

"'Jimmy' Finds Pinch-Hitting for 'Uncle Tom' No Easy Assignment"

Clipping from the Kansas City Journal-Post on June 11, 1931 showing a photograph of James M. Pendergast. The accompanying article states that "Jimmy" has been busy meeting people seeking jobs while Tom Pendergast is on vacation in Europe.

"Employes of 'Commerce Family' Forget Finances for Annual Outing"

Clipping from the Kansas City Post on June 21, 1936 describing W. T. Kemper, Sr.'s annual picnic for employees of Commerce Trust Company and associated banks. The article lists the activities, including a recognition of employment anniversaries, "bathing beauty" contest, hog calling contest, and a picnic.

"Department of Justice Investigates Padded Registration in Kansas City"

Unknown Republican publication without volume or issue identification with excerpts from several St. Louis newspapers about the corrupting influence of Tom Pendergast in Kansas City, including the accusation that he chose the Democratic nominee for Governor. Crimes committed by Johnny Lazia and others are also described. The Republican ticket for Missouri is included on page 3.

"Camera Review of Developments in Mary McElroy Kidnaping Case"

Clipping from the Kansas City Journal-Post on June 3, 1933 showing photographs relating to the kidnappers of Mary McElroy. Included are photographs of those that apprehended, transported, and unknowingly aided the kidnappers, the hideout, the ransom, the kidnapper's car, and the kidnappers themselves.