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Draft of an editorial for True Detective Mysteries, a true crime magazine, about the political corruption in Kansas City and how it is being brought down.

Letter from Von Mayes to Governor Lloyd C. Stark. Mayes reports that he has worked with the Pendergast machine in the past but that now he believes that "the fraud exposures in Kansas City unfit him for a leader outstate."

April 30th 1938

Booneville Daily News editorial expressing concern that voter fraud will be a problem in the upcoming gubernatorial election. The editorial reports that in a second ward precinct, "Kansas City Star reporters investigating registration irregularities yesterday could not find or account for 131 names at addresses shown on the precinct verification list to be the homes of 236 voters."

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

January 20th 1935

Letter from Paul A. Marye to Guy B. Park regarding election fraud in Missouri and the involvement of the Pendergast machine in insurance fraud and other issues.

August 5th 1936

Letter from Governor Guy Park to Carloyn Pendergast, describing an attached statement about the recent removal of Election Commissioners in St. Louis.

July 25th 1936

Response letter from Missouri Governor Guy Park to G. M. Park of Blue Springs, assuring him that his administration was trying to handle the situation with voting irregularities in Kansas City.

October 26th 1936

Letter from Lester Seacat describes an enclosed chart of election-related activities in various districts in Kansas City.

February 18th 1938

Letter from Jesse Barrett to I. N. Watson in which he discusses how Republicans can respond to the Kansas City Machine's activity in the upcoming election.

March 11th 1938

Letter from Jesse Barrett to I. N. Watson discussing election fraud in Kansas City and tactics for Republicans to overcome it.

March 12th 1938

A brief letter and accompanying newspaper article from William Hirth to Jesse Bennett. The article concerns Missouri Governor Lloyd Stark's activities in opposition to the Pendergast Machine in Kansas City.

March 18th 1938

Letter from Jesse Barrett to I. N. Watson, discussing the recent primary election in Kansas City, and his disappointment that voters did not come out strongly against the Pendergast Machine.

April 1st 1938

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.

April 4th 1938

Letter from Charles L. Dunham to Jesse Barrett, detailing his knowledge of the workings of the Pendergast political machine in Kansas City, particularly as involves election and insurance fraud.

April 14th 1938

Letter from I. N. Watson to Jesse Barrett describing the pleas of those accused of election fraud in Kansas City,

May 4th 1938

Letter from Arthur Freund to Arthur Vanderbilt describing the legal justification for pursuing election fraud cases in Kansas City.

May 13th 1938

Letter from Jesse Barret to I. N. Wilson discussing efforts to build a coalition in opposition to the Pendergast Machine. He also discusses rampant election fraud in Missouri using his 1936 candidacy as an example.

June 25th 1938

Article by E. Montgomery Reily in which he discusses the practice of Republicans voting in the Democratic primary during the recent election.

August 20th 1938

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.

April 7th 1944

Commitment in Criminal Case No. 13647: United States vs. John T. Little, Alice M. Foreschl, James E. Maxey, Lena T. Green, Forest C. Holman, Ruth Hogendorn, Joseph Hobdy, and Gilbert Stevens, defendants. The document reports that Maxey entered a plea of guilty and was sentenced to serve thirty days in jail. Little was convicted by the jury and sentenced to two years at the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas, and was delivered to the warden on April 30, 1938.


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.