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Brief letter naming three WPA bosses in Stella Missouri whom the author recommends be ousted from their positions.

Date: 
April 4th 1940

Letter describing unfair treatment by Pendergast bosses at the WPA in Crawford County, Missouri.

Date: 
April 12th 1940

Letter from John T. Harding to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, discussing corruption in the city and county government, as well as the local police department. He tells Stark that until he enacts new laws, "Kansas City will be at the mercy of the Organization. The Police Department is their gun; as long as they have it, they will make us step around." Harding also suggests that the Pendergast Machine has control over nearly every aspect of the city, "except the sewer system," and indicates that he believes most policemen are good and only acting on orders from above.

Date: 
May 5th 1939

Letter from Mrs. Charles L. Dwinell to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, complaining about the treatment of her husband by the police after he was stopped for speeding. She reports that he was put in a cell with no chair while waiting for her to arrive to post bond, despite being stopped for driving 11 miles over the speed limit. She also suggests that if Stark would "instruct them to be courteous and use a little discretion with people who have not committed a crime" that it would be "one way in which you can sell your state control idea."

Date: 
May 26th 1939

Letter from J. R. Morgan to Governor Lloyd C. Stark regarding Stark's work cleaning up Kansas City and its police department. He describes Captain Dougherty at Station #4 as "crooked as any man that ever walked the face of the earth."

Date: 
June 3rd 1939

Letter from George E. Kimball to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, discussing corruption in public service. Kimball identifies himself as "a former judge of the Jackson County Court, a former City Comtroller of Kansas City, and a Republican candidate for Mayor of Kansas in 1930." He writes to recommend Fred H. Carlson as trustworthy, "clean in his private life as well as his public service," and "highly in favor of taking the police department out of the hands of the corrupt political machine here in Kansas City."

Date: 
June 8th 1939

Letter from A. B. Seymour to Governor Lloyd C. Stark providing background and opinions on potential police board appointee Ralph E. Murray, describing Murray as "strongly anti-Roosevelt and anti-labor" and "very average as a practicing lawyer," and discussing Murray's coworkers and other connections.

Date: 
July 19th 1939

Letter from Russell C. Cravens to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, thanking him for his work in cleaning up elections and the Kansas City police department. He also requests that Clark look into the "issuance of 'special lisences [sic] to the Kansas City political crowd," as they are routinely committing driving violations while using them. He is particularly upset at the "tax favoritism situation," noting large discrepancies between property tax assessments between his and other properties in his neighborhood.

Date: 
July 3rd 1939

Letter from M. D. Lightfoot to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, pledging his own support for Stark, as well as that of many Greene County Democrats. Lightfoot says that he and his friends will work for Stark's cause "until Pendergast and all he stands for has been eliminated from his present dominate position of evil influence in Missouri Democracy."

Date: 
April 30th 1938

Office memo from Margaret Carr to Mr. Forman, with the subject line indicating the content is "confidential information from Mr. Harnsbarger." The memo reports that Dick Nacy intends to run for state chairman, and that he will likely receive the support of the Pendergast machine if Jim Aylward opts out.

Date: 
August 19th 1938

Telegram from Charles M. Hay to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, on the issue of Jim Aylward for state Democratic Party chairman. He writes "in my opinion it would be grievous mistake for you to consent to Ayleward [sic] or any other Pendergast afficiliate [sic] for state chairman."

Date: 
August 31st 1938

Letter from Elsie Belle McD to Governor Lloyd C. Stark discussing support throughout the state for James Douglas in his campaign for the Missouri State Supreme Court.

Date: 
September 15th 1938

Letter from R. Emmet O'Malley, director of the Kansas City Water Department, to Robert E. Hannegan, regarding the candidacy of Mrs. McDaniels for statewide office. McDaniels was supported by "the St. Louis organization," and Tom Pendergast stated that he would not oppose their candidate. O'Malley writes that he "talked both with Jim Aylward and Senator Truman; both expressed themselves in accordance with Mr. Pendergast's views."

Date: 
December 19th 1938

Letter from Governor Lloyd C. Stark to Hon. Fred Blair Townsend, regarding Missouri's delegation to the Democratic National Convention. Stark says he believes that "Missouri is safely in line with the Roosevelt forces."

Date: 
April 29th 1940

Letter from George M. Morris to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, writing regarding the development of a road between Jerico Springs and El Dorado Springs. He also discusses political appointments in Jerico Springs.

Date: 
April 25th 1940

Letter signed "Executive Secretary" to Hon. Drew Pearson, regarding the Missouri delegation to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. The letter says that, despite the efforts of the "anti-Roosevelt forces, headed by Missouri's Senior Senator" Bennett Clark and the Pendergast machine, the Missouri delegation to the convention "will be guided ... by a strongly worded resolution praising President Roosevelt's leadership," favored by Governor Stark.

Date: 
April 23rd 1940

Letter from C. P. Damron to Governor Lloyd C. Stark. He writes to support Stark's removal of R. Emmet O'Malley from the Missouri state insurance department and his continued work to clean up state government.

Date: 
April 21st 1938

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."

Date: 
April 30th 1938

Letter from M. D. Lightfoot to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, pledging his own support for Stark, as well as that of many Greene County Democrats. Lightfoot says that he and his friends will work for Stark's cause "until Pendergast and all he stands for has been eliminated from his present dominate position of evil influence in Missouri Democracy."

Date: 
April 30th 1938

Letter from J. B. Fletcher to Governor Lloyd C. Stark expressing opinions on Stark's election, his dislike of Pendergast, and how he thinks voting should work in future elections. Fletcher says Stark should "give voters single ticket and convict old Pendergas[t]."

Date: 
May 2nd 1938

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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.