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Pamphlet written by Ewing Young Mitchell, former Assistant Secretary of Commerce in Franklin D. Roosevelt administration's first term. He asserts "[t]he first nomination for United States Senator of Harry S. Truman was stolen," and proceeds to argue that point. The Pendergast machine is described as "the most corrupt, the most brazen, gang of thieves who ever looted an American city," and describes the Pendergasts' businesses' activities and obstructions around the city.

Date: 
October 6th 1944

Pamphlet written by Ewing Young Mitchell, former Assistant Secretary of Commerce in Franklin D. Roosevelt administration's first term. He first responds to Harry Truman's statement to a reporter that "he never had sought the support of the Pendergast political organization in Missouri" and that the Pendergast machine was not involved in scandal until after he was elected to the Senate.

Date: 
October 1944

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: 
January 6th 1931

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."

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July 20th 1932

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

Date: 
April 27th 1932

Indictment for Criminal Case No. 5928: United States vs. Charles Gargotta, defendant. The defendant is charged with the sale and possession of "one-half pint of whiskey" and "maintain[ing] a common nuisance" at 212 Independence Avenue.

Date: 
May 10th 1923

Indictment for Criminal Case No. 2214: United States vs. James Akers, alias Arthur Louis, JohnThomas, Earl D. Heisler, and Roy C. Brown, defendants. The defendants are charged with possessing "a certain distilling apparatus" for the manufacture of whiskey that was unregistered with the Internal Revue Service as required by law. Their distilling operation was located at 1122 North River Boulevard in Independence, Missouri.

Date: 
January 18th 1928

Writ of habeas corpus ad prosequendum in Criminal Case No. 2214: United States vs. James Akers, alias Arthur Louis, JohnThomas, Earl D. Heisler, and Roy C. Brown, defendants, requesting that Jim "Manny" Akers be delivered from the Leavenworth Penitentiary to appear in court to receive sentencing.

Date: 
July 8th 1929

Indictment for Criminal Case No. 3956: United States vs. Paul Di Giovanni, defendant. The defendant is charged with selling, "for beverage purposes," a quart of wine, and being in possession of two quarts of wine, in violation of the National Prohibition Act.

Date: 
May 22nd 1920

Indictment for Criminal Case No. 4071: United States vs. Paul Di Giovanni and Joseph Di Giovanni, defendants. The defendants are charged with manufacturing four thousand gallons of wine, and, in a second count, possession of that wine and an additional four gallons of alcohol, in violation of the National Prohibition Act.

Date: 
October 23rd 1920

Information for the trial of Criminal Case No. 4163: United States vs. Charles S. Gargotta and Charles Gargotta, defendants. The document states that the current charge of possession of whiskey is Charles S. Gargotta's second offense, per Frank Cunningham, Federal Prohibition Agent.

Date: 
April 20th 1921

Commitment in the trial of Criminal Case No. 4163: United States vs. Charles S. Gargotta and Charles Gargotta, defendants. The document notes that Charles S. Gargotta was charged with "Violation of the Act of October 28, 1919," also known as the Volstead Act, and has been sentenced to a prison sentence of 30 days in the Jackson County Jail.

Date: 
April 25th 1921

Indictment for Criminal Case No. 6469: United States vs. Elton Apt, Arthur L. Curran, Ray Kirk, Isaac E. Martin, Benno Grauenbaum, Harvey Storms, Manning Wilcox, defendants. The defendants were all Federal Prohibition Agents in Kansas City, Missouri, and are all charged "in the unlawful manufacture and sale of intoxicating liquors or in the unlawful possession thereof." They are also charged with dividing the city into "different raiding territories," then using their positions to extort money from the subjects of their investigations and raids.

Date: 
May 14th 1924

Indictment for Criminal Case No. 6472: United States vs. Arthur L. Curran and Manning Wilcox, defendants. The defendants were serving as Federal Prohibition Agents in Kansas City, Missouri, and are charged with conspiring to conduct raids on individuals suspected of violating the Prohibition Act and then extort those individuals for cash payments to avoid arrest and receive protection from future interference in their distillation, possession, or sale of alcohol. The case was dismissed by order of District Judge Albert L. Reeves in November 1927.

Date: 
May 14th 1924

Indictment for Criminal Case No. 6473: United States vs. Arthur L. Curran and Manning Wilcox, defendants. The defendants were serving as Federal Prohibition Agents in Kansas City, Missouri, and are charged with conspiring to conduct raids on individuals suspected of violating the Prohibition Act and then extort those individuals for cash payments to avoid arrest and receive protection from future interference in their distillation, possession, or sale of alcohol. The case was dismissed by order of District Judge Albert L. Reeves in November 1927.

Date: 
May 14th 1924

Indictment for Criminal Case No. 6474: United States vs. Ray Kirk and Benno Grauenbaum, defendants. The defendants were serving as Federal Prohibition Agents in Kansas City, Missouri, and are charged with conspiring to conduct raids on individuals suspected of violating the Prohibition Act and then extort those individuals for cash payments to avoid arrest and receive protection from future interference in their distillation, possession, or sale of alcohol. The case was dismissed by order of District Judge Albert L. Reeves in November 1927.

Date: 
May 14th 1924

Indictment for Criminal Case No. 6490: United States vs. Max Jaffey, Frank "Chee Chee" DeMayo, and A. L. Sorenson, defendants. DeMayo is charged with the "unlawful sale of intoxicating liquors" in violation of the National Prohibition Act, and A. L. Sorenson is charged with the purchase of alcohol, from DeMayo, in violation of the Act. Together, they, with Jaffey, are charged with conspiracy to extort money from Sorenson for protection from arrest and prosecution due to that sale. Sorenson is also charged with selling alcohol.

Date: 
May 14th 1924

Indictment for Criminal Case No. 6470: United States vs. Elton Apt, Arthur L. Curran, Ray Kirk, Isaac E. Martin, Harvey Storms, Manning Wilcox, defendants. The defendants were serving as Federal Prohibition Agents in Kansas City, Missouri, and are all charged with conspiring to conduct raids on individuals suspected of violating the Prohibition Act and then extort those individuals for cash payments to avoid arrest and receive protection from future interference in their distillation, possession, or sale of alcohol.

Date: 
May 24th 1924

Indictment for Criminal Case No. 6471: United States vs. Elton Apt and Arthur L. Curran, defendants. The defendants were serving as Federal Prohibition Agents in Kansas City, Missouri, and are charged with conspiring to conduct raids on individuals suspected of violating the Prohibition Act and then extort those individuals for cash payments to avoid arrest and receive protection from future interference in their distillation, possession, or sale of alcohol.

Date: 
May 14th 1924

Information in the trial of Criminal Case No. 7127: United States vs. Peter Digiovanni, defendant. The document states that, per the affidavit of M. L. Hogg, Federal Prohibition Agent, sold one quarter of wine, possessed twenty-five gallons of wine, and "did maintain a common nuisance" at 1030 East 4th Street, Kansas City, Missouri, where he "kept, possessed, stored, and sold" liquor in violation of the National Prohibition Act.

Date: 
October 31st 1926

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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.