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Clipping from the Kansas City Journal-Post on October 21, 1928 showing Missouri Governor Alfred E. Smith on his presidential campaign in Sedalia, Missouri. Also pictured are Charles M. Howell and William T. Kemper, Sr.

Date: 
October 21st 1928

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".

Date: 
March 24th 1930

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.

Date: 
March 20th 1930

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.

Date: 
June 3rd 1933

Clipping from the Kansas City Journal-Post on June 3, 1933 with four photographs of the house where Mary McElroy was held during her kidnapping. Pictured is Lucille Cates at the hideout's kitchen stove, the basement where Mary was held, an exterior photo of the house, and James Cashin searching for ransom money.

Date: 
June 3rd 1933

Clipping entitled "Home Again" in Kansas City Journal-Post on May 29, 1933 showing Mary McElroy after she was released from her kidnapping. The caption states, "A large crowd of friends which had awaited anxiously at the home of H. F. McElroy during the long hours following the kidnapping of his daughter, Mary, Saturday morning was on hand to greet her when she was returned Sunday afternoon by her father and brother following her release at the Milburn Golf club. The picture above, taken just after the family had stepped from the car, shows H. F.

Date: 
May 29th 1933

Clipping entitled "Aids Police" from an article in Kansas City Journal-Post on June 3, 1933 documenting the kidnapping of Mary McElroy. The photograph's caption states, "Abe Starr, Leavenworth junk dealer, who sold two motor cars to alleged members of the kidnaping ring. Walter McGee and Clarence Click both purchased cars from Starr. It was through a telegram from McGee in Amarillo to Starr that federal authorities put their finger on McGee and his companions. Starr is not suspected of complicity in the ring."

Date: 
June 3rd 1933

Clipping entitled "His House" from an article in Kansas City Journal-Post on June 3, 1933 documenting the kidnapping of Mary McElroy. The photograph's caption states, "Clarence Click, one of the kidnapers of Miss Mary McElroy, lived in the house on County Line road between Shawnee and Merriam, Kas., in which Miss McElroy was held captive while ransom negotiations wore in progress. Click is 27 years old and was arrested Thursday in Kansas City, Kas. He is an exconvict."

Date: 
June 3rd 1933

Clipping entitled "Pet Rat to Holdover" from an article in Kansas City Journal-Post on June 3, 1933 documenting the kidnapping of Mary McElroy. The photograph's caption states, "Mrs. L. R. Gilbert, wife of one of the McElroy kidnap gang, insisted on taking her pet white rat with her when she was returned to Kansas City by airplane. She is shown here holding the pet while waiting to board the plane."

Date: 
June 3rd 1933

Clipping entitled "Detective Who Got Tip" from an article in Kansas City Journal-Post on June 3, 1933 documenting the kidnapping of Mary McElroy. The photograph's caption states, "R. K. Cole, one of the city detectives, who obtained the information leading to the arrest of the alleged kidnapers of Miss Mary McElroy, is shown here standing beside T. J. Higgins, chief of detectives, as he made his report. Inset shows A. H. Kessel, partner of Cole, who worked with him in obtaining the information."

Date: 
June 3rd 1933

Clipping entitled "Intended Plot Victims" from the Kansas City Post on May 7, 1935 with caption stating, "James M. Kemper, president of the Commerce Trust company from whom Peter Warren, arrested Tuesday by government agents here, is accused of attempting to extort $250,000 on threat of kidnaping Mr. Kemper and harming his family, is shown above with Mrs. Kemper."

Date: 
May 7th 1935

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.

Date: 
August 25th 1935

Clipping entitled "Accused in Plot" from the Kansas City Post on May 7, 1935 with caption stating, "Peter Warren (left), 20-year-old Dallas youth, is shown here with Edward E. Conroy, special agent in charge of the Kansas City office of the federal bureau of investigation, after Conroy and agents under him had effected Warren's arrest. The youth is charged with writing three letters in an attempt to extort $250,000 from James M. Kemper, president of the Commerce Trust company.

Date: 
May 7th 1935

Clipping from the Kansas City Post on April 24, 1935 showing Thomas J. Pendergast, Jr. and Mary Louis Weyer Pendergast leaving St. Peter's Catholic Church after their marriage.

Date: 
April 24th 1935

Clipping from the Kansas City Post on April 24, 1935 showing Thomas J. Pendergast and Carolyn E. Pendergast attending the marriage of Thomas J. Pendergast, Jr. and Mary Louise Weyer. The caption states, "Pendergasts at Wedding - Mr and Mrs. Thomas J. Pendergast, parents of Thomas James Pendergast, jr., whose wedding to Miss Mary Louise Weyer was solemnized Wednesday morning at St. Peter's church, are shown above as they left the church. More than 1,000 persons crowded into the church to attend the nuptials. Among the guests were Gov. and Mrs. Guy B. Park.

Date: 
April 24th 1935

Clipping entitled "Scenes at Outing of 1,200 Members of 'Commerce Family'" from the Kansas City Post on June 9, 1935 showing photographs from W. T. Kemper, Sr.'s barbecue for employees of Commerce Trust Company and associated banks. Those pictured include "barbecue artists", W. T. Kemper, Jr., W. T. Kemper, Sr., James M. Kemper, Sr., Pauline Thompson, and James Mack.

Date: 
June 9th 1935

Clipping entitled "Scenes at William T. Kemper's Annual Picnic at Red Fox Farm" from the Kansas City Post on June 21, 1936 showing photographs from W. T. Kemper, Sr.'s annual picnic for employees of Commerce Trust Company and associated banks. Those pictured include W. T. Kemper, Sr., Billy Purdy, W. T. Kemper, Jr., Helen Finch, Diana Sheffield, and Jimmy Lawrence.

Date: 
June 21st 1936

Clipping entitled "Candle Light in Booths" from the Kansas City Journal-Post on November 3, 1936 showing Kansas Citians voting at various polling locations on General Election Day. The caption states, "Some of the election booths in Kansas City, Kas., were so dark, surrounded as they were with canvas, that candles were installed to enable voters to see the names of the candidates they were voting for. Mrs. Marie Griggs, 512 Minnesota avenue, here is shown casting her ballot by candle light in a booth at the city hall. -Journal-Post Photo."

Date: 
November 3rd 1936

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.

Date: 
May 20th 1936

Clipping entitled "Landon Family Votes" from the Kansas City Journal-Post on November 3, 1936 showing John Landon, Alf Landon, and Theo Cobb Landon voting on General Election Day. The caption states, "Governor and Mrs. Landon voted Tuesday in their home precinct in Independence, Kas. Left to right are John Landon, the governor’s father; Mrs. Landon, Governor Landon, and an election clerk. —Acme."

Date: 
November 3rd 1936

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KANSAS CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY | DIGITAL HISTORY
Civil War on the Western Border: The Missouri-Kansas Conflict,1855-1865.
The Pendergast Years, Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression.
KC History, Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Kansas City Public Library.