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Text of a Kansas City Star article on the August 4, 1936 election in Kansas City. It describes ballot boxes being removed before polls closed, threats made against voters, fake votes, and other problems. Joe Shannon is quoted as saying the election was "so corrupt it was a disgrace to American civilization."

Date Created
1936-08-04

Form letter from Thomas J. Pendergast to William T. Kemper, Sr. in which Pendergast urges the receipient to take the originally attached sample ballot to the polls to use to vote for the candidates selected by Pendergast and the Jackson Democratic Club.

Date Created
1932-07-27

Correspondence from Frank "Chee Chee" DeMayo, Inmate #31989, to his wife, Bessie DeMayo, discussing personal and legal affairs, and mentioning Tony Ribaste, a member of a Kansas City organized crime family. DeMayo was sentenced to time in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth after a conviction of conspiracy to violate Prohibition law.

Date Created
1930-01-09

Letter from Miss Glenn E. Campbell at The Kansas City Provident Association to Isaac Sway, Senior Warden's Assistant at Leavenworth regarding Frank H. Adams, Inmate #52957. The letter discusses a home visit with Adams' wife Bessie and her financial situation. Adams was sentenced to time in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth after being convicted of vote fraud in Kansas City, Missouri.

Date Created
1938-05-19

Letter from Lewis J. Grout, Chief U.S. Probation Officer, to Mr. N. R. Timmons, Chief Parole Officer at the Leavenworth penitentiary, regarding Frank P. Dixon, Inmate #53423. The letter notes that Dixon has secured post-parole employment as a mechanic. Dixon was sentenced to two years in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth after being convicted of conspiracy to deprive voters of their rights in Kansas City, Missouri.

Date Created
1939-04-26

Letter from Lloyd C. Stark to Chas. W. Dickey regarding his correspondence with John Green and the positive reaction the Pendergast machine is hearing about Stark's candidacy.

Date Created
1935-10-04

Anonymous letter to Missouri governor Lloyd C. Stark describing state employees in the Oil and Grain Inspection Departments who do not perform any work for their pay.

Date Created
1938-05-20

Letter signed "Hayz" to Lloyd C. Stark indicating that some people thought Roy McKittrick would be a strong opponent for Stark in the gubernatorial election and that the machine had not yet decided which candidate to support. He writes: "I told him that the Boss ought to put his okay on a man who would run good out in the state and keep the organization intact."

Date Created
1935-07-02

Letter alerting the Governor to the illegal activities of Roy Fulton, president of the union democratic club in Kansas City and operator of a brewery.

Date Created
1939-07-02

Letter from "M. C." to Thomas J. Pendergast in which the writer states his belief that efforts to divide the Kansas City and rural Missouri Democrats will fail. The letter-writer commends Pendergast on his service to the party and asks him not to blame out-State Democrats for the attacks being made on him.

Date Created
1932-05-03

Anonymous letter to Governor Stark congratulating him on efforts to remove Matt Murray from oversight of the state W.P.A. The author also alerts the Governor to another potential scandal involving a W. P. A. construction project in Kansas City.

Anonymous letter, signed "Taxpayer" which bitterly complains of the Governor's position and activity around pensions.

Date Created
1938-01-18

Letter signed "Your Friend" to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, reporting that Pendergast's influence (namely liquor sales and gambling) stretches across the state line into Missouri, and encloses a newspaper clipping on that subject.

Date Created
1938-07-20

Letter from A. A. Davies to Governor Lloyd Stark, sending an enclosure that addresses the city and county property assessments. The enclosure describes an increase in assessments, and that "taxing authorities ... hide behind closed doors to enact a tax increase when market values of Real Estate are below depression levels." Voters are urged to "curb the asperations [sic] of the BOSS to rule the State of Missouri in like manner" and vote for Judge Douglas for Missouri Supreme Court.

Date Created
1938

Letter from A. B. Seymour to Governor Lloyd C. Stark providing background and opinions on potential police board appointee Ralph E. Murray, describing Murray as "strongly anti-Roosevelt and anti-labor" and "very average as a practicing lawyer," and discussing Murray's coworkers and other connections.

Date Created
1939-07-19

Letter from A. Boregard, president of the Taxpayers League, to Governor Ben S. Paulen discussing a meeting with Kansas Attorney General Charles B. Griffith and several Kansas City, Kansas, civic organizations. Those group expressed concern about corruption in city government and demanding the replacement of four commissioners with "men not known to be 'stool pigeons' of our city hall machine."

Date Created
1926-09-30

Letter from A. D. Gresham to Governor Park offering support and encouragement to his administration. Gresham offers his thoughts about alcohol policy and taxation, implying that he would be interested in a position on a control board.

Date Created
1933-10-10

Letter from A. G. Blakey to Guy B. Park about current displeasure with the Democratic Party and the Pendergast machine.

Date Created
1933-04-10

Letter from A. L. Mckenzie, President of the Central College of Osteopathy asking for Pendergast's help in reversing a policy that prevents college attendees from taking the state certification examination.

Date Created
1935-09-28

Letter from A. P. Clarkson to E. J. McMahon, discussing Inspector Morris Nunn campaigning for James Billings for Missouri Supreme Court.

Date Created
1938-07-20

Letter from A. Reed Wilson to Lloyd C. Stark, reporting that he discussed Stark's candidacy with William T. Kemper, and recommending that Stark connect with Kemper. He also discusses the Young Democratic Club and inquires as to whether Stark had established a campaign headquarters.

Date Created
1935-02-16

Letter from A. Reed Wilson to Lloyd C. Stark making recommendations of men he says are friendly to Stark's campaign throughout the state and congratulating the Starks on the birth of a baby.

Date Created
1935-01-14