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Letter from G. H. Foree to Ewing Young Mitchell, Jr. in which Foree discusses the possible outcome of the U.S. Senate campaign in Missouri. He predicts Bennett C. Clark will be "diplomatic enough and spineless enough in case Thurman [Truman] is nominated and elected... to get in the good graces of 'Boss Tom.'"

Date Created
1934-05-21

Letter from G. H. Foree to Ewing Young Mitchell, Jr. in which Foree requests an appointment to the Treasury Alcohol Tax Unit as an Internal Revenue officer, commonly called "Prohibition Agents". Foree also informs Mitchell that John J. Cochran entered the race for U.S. Senate of Missouri.

Date Created
1934-05-23

Letter from George H. White to U.S. Attorney Sam Wear regarding an investigation into Carl Carramusa. Carramusa is accused of being a representative of the Kansas City Narcotic Syndicate, a subsidiary of the Kansas City Mafia. The letter provides a history of Impostato's entry into Kansas City organized crime through John Lazia after arriving from Chicago in 1929, and connects the Kansas City narcotics trade with St. Louis, Tampa, Havana, and other cities. Carramusa, along with numerous other associates, received a total of 155 counts of narcotics violation charged in 1942, with many of the charged entering pleas of guilty and serving jail and probation sentences, with evidence provided by Carramusa's cooperation with the government. He was murdered the next year in Chicago, Illinois and an investigation into that crime was being conducted at the time of the letter.

Date Created
1945-08-31

Letter from Major Gregory Vigeant, Jr., to the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners discussing issues at polling places during previous elections. He writes that "citizens have been threatened and told if they did note vote as ... they were told to by the machine that taxes would be raised and I, myself, have been threatened by violence."

Date Created
1940-07-09

Letter from Governor Guy Park to H. V. Shirts, downplaying the Kansas City Star's recent allegations of election fraud. He indicates that the paper is biased toward Republicans.

Date Created
1936-10-09

Telegram from H. M. Beardsley to the United Dry Forces of Jackson County at the Grand Avenue Temple, Kansas City, Missouri. Beardsley writes, "Some of us are wet[,] some are dry[,] but all are we trust good citizens who desire in the coming election full justice[,] fair dealing[,] and freedom from all suspicion of wrong doing[.] We look to the county court that it will do all in its power to that end."

Date Created
1933-08-13

Letter from H. V. Shirts to Governor Guy B. Park urging him to take action against perpetrators of election fraud in recent Kansas City primaries.

Date Created
1936-10-07

Letter from Harley Ferguson to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, describing the open gambling in Kansas City during the 1930s and hoping to shut it down. He expresses particular concern that gambling establishments are open on Sundays and open to women, and says they "operate without fear."

Date Created
1938-06-20

Letter from I. N. Watson to Jesse Barrett discussing the recent Kansas City election, and the landcape of fraudulent voting and corruption which persists, despite recent reforms.

Date Created
1938-04-04

Letter from Jacob L. Milligan to Guy B. Park discussing political "back-biting" in Missouri surrounding the funeral of Francis Wilson.

Date Created
1933-02-08

Letter from J. R. Smith to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, including a St. Joseph News-Press newspaper clipping about an Al Capone associate marveling at Kansas City vice. The article is titled "WIDE OPEN AND VULGAR." Smith also requests that Stark help retain Henry Dillingham as U.S. Marshall, and writes that Harry Truman "is not fit to represent a good dog kennel."

Letter from J. William Smith to Governor Lloyd C. Stark concerning the inadequacy of police protection in past Kansas City elections and other political and economic problems in the city. He also writes that he "would like to add ... that this is the most Wide 'open' town I was ever in."

Date Created
1938-03-03

Telegram to August A. Busch of Anheuser-Busch on behalf of James A. Reed. In his absence, the office of James A. Reed contacted Thomas J. Pendergast as requested by Busch and communicates that "he has been committed to Nelson since day after election."

Date Created
1931-01-07

Letter from James A. Reed to Tom Pendergast regarding Judge C. C. Dickinson's position on the Eighteenth Amendment, and remarks that he thinks "you can trust him to go along and get rid of thise prohibition nuisance."

Date Created
1932-07-20

Letter from Jimmy Hurst to Johnny Wurzer promoting Lloyd Stark's candidacy for governor and asking him to "get them talking Stark" in Liberty.

Date Created
1935-07-07

Letter from Joseph F. Keirnan, Director of the Department of Liquor Control of Kansas City to attorney Jerome K. Walsh. Keirnan talks of his meeting with former North Side [Columbus Park] precinct captain Johnnie Cozzi. Cozzi devulged that Gene Paul Bradshaw, Republican candidate for Missouri governor, visited the Jungle Club at 313 East 10th Street where he spoke with Bully Rich, an "Italian hoodlum", who pledged his support for Bradshaw.

Date Created
1944-10-02

Letter from Joseph F. Keirnan, Director of the Department of Liquor Control of Kansas City to attorney Jerome K. Walsh. Keirnan provides details on the activities of what he calls "Italian hoodlums" Joe and Tudie Lusco and Tommy Manzella. Keirnan also writes of the "clip joint" Jungle Club at 313 East 10th Street. He then implicates Republican politicians with these less than reputable venues and "hoodlums".

Date Created
1944-10-09

Letter from L. E. Myers to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, stating that Jackson County prosecutor W. W. Graves is corrupt, and accusing him letting rapists and thieves go free in a case for a bribe.

Date Created
1940-02-15

Letter from Lauretta S. Canfield to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, expressing the support of the women of Independence Avenue Methodist Church in his work enforcing liquor and gambling laws, stating that "As christian citizens WE pledge our co-operation to do all we can for the betterment of our City and State."

Date Created
1938-05-20

Letter from Lee B. Ewing to E. A. Boles advocating for overturning the Eighteenth Amendment and the Volstead act.

Date Created
1932-04-27

Letter from Mildred M. Oliver to Lloyd C. Stark, writing with concerns about property remaining with the wife of her murdered attorney and threats she's received from Sheriff Meany. She writes that "T.J. PENDERGAST AND JAMES A FARLEY ARE BOTH JUDAS DEMOCRATS."

Date Created
1936-01-16

Letter from Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Slater to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, complaining of the frequent prostitution and other crime near their home on 14th Street, and noting that the police are frequent customers, making enforcement unlikely. They also express concern that the property owner rents to black people, and mention threats that they'll lose their pensions if they don't support Pendergast candidates. The Slaters report a bar serving "drinks [on] Sunday which they serve in bowls with crackers in it and call it chicken soup."

Date Created
1938-07-26

Letter from "Nat K." to Senator Estes Kefauver regarding the senator's investigation into Kansas City organized crime. The focus of the investigation was interstate organized crime, and to that end, the letter writer suggests that the committee look into the Last Chance Saloon, a gambling establishment straddling the Missouri/Kansas state line, stating that the saloon's location "baffled law enforcing agencies of both states with the result that the place was able to run unhampered by police." Contacts in the Kansas City Police Department are also recommended.

Date Created
1950-06-27

An update to the Kansas City Anti-Vice Society about improvements in Kansas City vice conditions, from Nat Spencer, secretary. He reports that "a great many shacks of houses formerly used for disreputable purposes are torn down," "indecent shows are receiving the attention of the vice squad," and "public gambling houses are closed."

Date Created
1939-09-28

Letter from Olive Turner to Governor Lloyd C. Stark saying "it seems a shame that law abiding, tax-paying citizens have to get under cover and write to their Governor in order to live in this town." She expresses concerns about corruption, particularly at the state cosmetology board and the County Home for the Aged.

Date Created
1939-03-25

Letter from Paul N. to Lloyd C. Stark, prior to Stark's election as governor. He provides election advise, such as not coming out as an anti-Pendergast candidate, and keeping liquor away from his reception room "as there are many, many voters who hate the sight of booze and it will cost you the respect of the rural voters."

Date Created
1935-06-19

Letter from R. E. Joyce to Ewing Young Mitchell, Jr. on March 26, 1934. After Mitchell inquires if Thomas J. Pendergast received a license to distill spirits, Joyce clarifies that the Pendergast Wholesale Liquor Co. received a permit to rectify (purify) previously distilled spirits.

Date Created
1934-03-26

Letter from Miss Reta Walters accusing Harry Truman of being in league with Tom Pendergast and providing evidence to support her claim. She also notes prominent Kansas Citians who advocated for clemency for Pendergast after his conviction of tax evasion. Documents also address Pendergast's involvement in the liquor distilling and distribution business.

Date Created
1944-04-07