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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

Prison record of Frank "Chee Chee" DeMayo, Inmate #31989, which includes personal and family information as well as sentencing and arrest dates. DeMayo was sentenced to time in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth after a conviction of conspiracy to violate Prohibition law.

Date Created
1929-03-21

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. 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. Ross Hill to Ewing Young Mitchell, Jr. on July 10, 1934. Hill reports from Kansas City that Frederick Whitten is campaigning against Truman and that John Lazia was shot that previous night.

Date Created
1934-07-10

Letter from A. Ross Hill to Ewing Young Mitchell, Jr. on July 18, 1934. Hill reports from Kansas City on a Jacob L. Milligan campaign event, the aftermath of John Lazia's death, and campaign speeches against Harry S. Truman.

Date Created
1934-07-18

Anonymous letter for Gov. Stark alerting him to the corruption of sales tax collectors in Kansas City, drunk driving by highway patrol officers, and other issues.

Date Created
1938-01-13

Anonymous letter to Gov. Stark complaining about the operation of illegal nightclubs and gambling in Independence.

Date Created
1940-04-04

Letter signed "A friend" to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, discussing the lack of enforcement of gambling and dancing in Kansas City, noting that the Jockey Club and other establishments "put out front lights and pull the blinds down, and run till 5 and 6 a.m. every morning."

Date Created
1938-07-10

Unsigned postcard to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, reporting that "'slots' are in vogue in Jackson Co.," Jackson County, naming Ridge Arcade and a business operated by Jack Nigro as two locations.

Date Created
1938-07-08

Unsigned letter to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, writing that Kansas City's oppression under Pendergast "is only exceeded by Hitler abroad." The letter thanks Stark for his work in cleaning up state goverment and suggests that he looks into Jackson County courts.

Date Created
1938-12-01

Letter signed "A mother" to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, concerned about a location at 9th and Spruce allowing underage drinking and gambling, and begging Stark to help save the "men & young women who frequent this place."

Date Created
1937-10-04

Letter signed "A friend" to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, concerned about local crime, and describes two men named Jim Monzo and Joe Deluco as "in the racket here of narcotics and want me to get in the racket with them."

Date Created
1938-03-27

Letter signed "From One Who Wishes you Success" to Governor Lloyd C. Stark with information about how the Pendergast machine achieves its votes by bringing in out-of-town relatives, "friends of the machine" from Kansas City, Kansas, and WPA workers who "were given jobs just a week before."

Date Created
1938-07-16

Unsigned letter to Governor Lloyd C. Stark describing acts of corruption taking place throughout the city stemming from businesses affiliated with the Pendergast machine and John Lazia.

Telegram from August A. Busch of Anheuser-Busch to James A. Reed. Busch suggests that Reed contact Thomas J. Pendergast concerning "his men at Jefferson City". Busch says that "only one" is openly opposing prohibition.

Date Created
1931-01-06

Letter from C. E. Blomquist to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, congratulating him on Douglas's win, but requesting he "come to Kansas City and break up this insidious ring of Italians and Pendergast workers who are fostering such a string of 200 or 300 gambling houses upon our people."

Date Created
1938-08-03

Letter from C. M. Meadows to Governor Lloyd C.Stark, requesting that Stark put him in touch with "some official authority in connection with these beer places." He reports that "a number of the fellows running such places are using their establishments for display rooms for [Judge James] Billings literature," as well as "boosting Pendergast and knocking [Stark's] administration." Meadows also writes that the Pendergast machine has been bad for property values and created "open and solicitious gambling houses, [horse] race rooms," and other issues.

Date Created
1938-06-25

Letter from Clarence Cannon to Lloyd Stark, recounting a speech by his Republican opponent, Jesse Barrett. The text discusses corruption under the Pendergast Machine and throughout the state, including insurance and pension fraud.

Date Created
1936-09-12

Letter from David M. Proctor to Judge James V. Billings, in response to Billings' solicitation of support. Proctor writes that, in spite of warm personal feelings, he cannot support Billings for two reasons: one, he is a Republican, and second, due to his sponsorship by the Pendergast machine. Proctor believes "the machine has become so unspeakably rotten that the Governor of this State, the President of the United States and tens of thousands of others wearing the same party lable [sic] have repudiated it." He also lists the extensive vice in Kansas City, the declining business and real estate sectors, and other ways in which Kansas Citians are suffering under the Pendergast machine.

Date Created
1938-05-21

Letter from E. Edwards to Guy B. Park regarding the parole of "the Italian Carolla," election fraud, and other concerns.

Date Created
1935-01-20

Letter from Ewing Young Mitchell, Jr. to R. E. Joyce on March 24, 1934. Mitchell inquires if it is true that Thomas J. Pendergast recently received a license to distill spirits.

Date Created
1934-03-24