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Letter from Jesse Barrett to Lowell R. Johnson inquiring about the possibility of filing a contest of Missouri election results in order to prompt a probe.

Date: 
January 11th 1937

Letter from Lowell R. Johnson to 1936 Missouri gubernatorial candidate Jesse Barrett, indicating the presence of election fraud in Kansas City.

Date: 
January 12th 1937

Letter and statement from William Hirth, refuting accusations about his support of Jesse Barrett for Missouri Governor.

Date: 
January 1st 1937

Letter from Homer B. Mann to Jesse Barrett, describing a recent publication about a Thomas Hart Benton mural as well as his feelings about voting fraud in Kansas City during the recent election.

Date: 
January 22nd 1937

Letter from I. N. Watson to Jesse Barrett, losing Republican candidate for Missouri Governor, describing the prosecution of perpetrators of vote-rigging in Kansas City.

Date: 
February 2nd 1937

Letter from I. N. Watson to Jesse Barrett, describing his preference for caution in reacting to indictments of persons responsible for voting fraud in Kansas City.

Date: 
February 4th 1937

Citizens' League Bulletin issue with the main article entitled "King of Kansas City, Emperor of Missouri" about the corrupt activities of Boss Tom Pendergast of Kansas City.

Date: 
March 6th 1937

Indictment 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 defendants were charged with conspiring to impede citizens' right to vote and have that vote truthfully counted in the 19th Precinct of the 12th Ward during the November 3, 1936 election.

Date: 
January 9th 1937

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 13682: United States vs. E. D. Shannabarger, Irene Brennan, Nancy Bodenhammer, Nancy Constable, Everett Pippin, Bessie D. Adams, Charles H. Kaiser, and James McNamara, defendants. The defendants were charged with conspiring to impede citizens' right to vote and have that vote truthfully counted in the 22nd Precinct of the 12th Ward during the November 3, 1936 election.

Date: 
February 13th 1937

Memorandum and orders from District Judge Merrill E. Otis on pleas in abatement, demurrers and motions to quash, and motions to squash petit jury panel in Criminal Cases No. 13682 and 13684. The document states that the reasons for overruling similar pleas in other cases are laid out in Case No. 13646, and then addresses the motion to quash the petit grand jury panel, and in doing so describes the process wherein letters of recommendation for suitable jurors were sought from prominent members of the community, and then those individuals would be randomly selected.

Date: 
April 1st 1937

Jurors' verdict in Criminal Case No. 13682: United States vs. E. D. Shannabarger, Irene Brennan, Nancy Bodenhammer, Nancy Constable, Everett Pippin, Bessie D. Adams, Charles H. Kaiser, and James McNamara, defendants. C. A. Chambers, foreman of the jurors for the case, reports that the jury finds all defendants guilty as charged. Chambers recommends leniency for Nancy Bodenhammer, Nancy Constable, and Bessie D. Adams.

Date: 
April 8th 1937

Verdict in the trial of Criminal Case No. 13648: United States vs. Edson M. Walker, Loretta McEntee, Chloe G. Albright, Elijah Burke, Anna V. O'Laughlin, Tessie Mears, and John L. Drummond, defendants. Walker and Drummond were found guilty in the second count of the indictment. McEntee, Burke, and O'Laughlin received no verdict.

Date: 
February 19th 1937

Court's ruling on motions for new trial, and sentences in Criminal Case No. 13682: United States vs. E. D. Shannabarger, Irene Brennan, Nancy Bodenhammer, Nancy Constable, Everett Pippin, Bessie D. Adams, Charles H. Kaiser, and James McNamara, defendants. Defendants appeared for sentencing beginning on April 16, 1937, and the court rejected Shannabarger's attorneys motion for a new trial.

Date: 
April 16th 1937

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 13683: United States vs. J. R. Hennessey, Sam Gougher, Lula Overly, Charles O. Jackson, Viola Turner, and Jack Turner, defendants. The defendants were charged with conspiring to impede citizens' right to vote and have that vote truthfully counted in the 24nd Precinct of the 9th Ward during the November 3, 1936 election.

Date: 
February 13th 1937

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 13684: United States vs. Charles Cartello, Robert McKinney, John Brown (alias Dan D. Brown), Edward C. Duncan, and Edward J. Schmidt, defendants. The defendants were charged with conspiring to impede citizens' right to vote and have that vote truthfully counted in the 8th Precinct of the 12th Ward during the November 3, 1936 election.

Date: 
February 13th 1937

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 13738: United States vs. W. C. Murphy, John L. Gordon, Senna Twist, Alice Tweedy, Ada Bennett, and Ernest N. Orr, defendants. The defendants were charged with conspiring to impede citizens' right to vote and have that vote truthfully counted in the 10th Precinct of the 12th Ward during the November 3, 1936 election.

Date: 
March 20th 1937

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 13739: United States vs. George Arnold, Gene Riley, Irene Irvin, Robert Strohm, and Thomas Audley, defendants. The defendants were charged with conspiring to impede citizens' right to vote and have that vote truthfully counted in the 7th Precinct of the 12th Ward during the November 3, 1936 election.

Date: 
March 20th 1937

Judgments and sentence in Criminal Case No. 13739: United States vs. George Arnold, Gene Riley, Irene Irvin, Robert Strohm, and Thomas Audley, defendants. A motion for new trial was overruled. The documents also reports that Arnold entered a plea of guilty and was sentenced to two years in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kansas, suspected for two years of probation, and a fine of $100 for each of two counts. Riley, Irvin, Strohm, and Audley were tried by a jury and found guilty. Riley was sentenced to two years at the U.S.

Date: 
June 2nd 1937

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 13740: United States vs. P. H. Slattery, M. J. Donahue, J. C. Brossman, and James Regan, defendants. The defendants were charged with conspiring to impede citizens' right to vote and have that vote truthfully counted in the 21th Precinct of the 5th Ward during the November 3, 1936 election.

Date: 
March 20th 1937

Indictment in Criminal Case No. 13767: United States vs. Louis Depasco, Zula Brennar, Florence Klaasen, Mayme Hogerty, and Rose Brown, defendants. The defendants were charged with conspiring to impede citizens' right to vote and have that vote truthfully counted in the 3rd Precinct of the 12th Ward during the November 3, 1936 election.

Date: 
April 24th 1937

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