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Transcript of a deposition of Leavenworth guard R. R. Treadway regarding Frank "Chee Chee" DeMayo, Inmate #31989, and Charles Grosscurth and their roles in the Muskegee Natural Gas Company. DeMayo represents himself and protests at the absence of his lawyer. Grosscurth conducts the cross examination. DeMayo was sentenced to time in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth after a conviction of conspiracy to violate Prohibition law.

June 23rd 1930

Press release containing the test of a statement given by William Hirth, publisher of the Missouri Farmer and president of the Missouri Farmers' Association, regarding the state Democratic convention. Hirth reports that the recent "convention in St. Louis was the most shameful gathering of its kind in the history of Missouri," and describes animosity between Clark-Pendergast forces and Governor Lloyd C. Stark.

April 21st 1940

Transcript of a speech given by candidate Lloyd Stark on the eve of the Missouri elections. The speech was given over KSD radio on Monday, Nov. 2 from 4:45 to 5 p.m.

November 2nd 1936

Text of a speech given by William E. Byers in Slater, Missouri on April 20, 1939. It discusses the activities of the Pendergast political machine and his hope for a future government based on "Americanism."

April 20th 1939

Transcript of testimony given by Thomas J. Pendergast Jr. in the office of the Intelligence Unit of the Internal Revenue Service at 1301 Oak Street, Kansas City, Missouri. Internal Revenue Agent P. J. McGrath asks various questions related to Thomas J. Pendergast Jr.'s finances starting in 1932.

April 18th 1939

Speech made by Kansas City Mayor Bryce B. Smith on The Kansas City Star radio station WDAF on Sunday afternoon, 3:15, April 16, 1939. Smith proclaims that both he and the City Council are committed to "make Kansas City clean and to give to the people of this community a city of which they can be genuinely proud." Smith then updates the listeners on the local political events of the past 80 hours, including the resignation and replacement of the City Manager and Director of Police. He then speaks on city finances, the police department, and local economic confidence.

April 16th 1939

Speech made by Kansas City Mayor Bryce B. Smith on The Kansas City Star radio station WDAF on Monday evening, 10:15, March 30, 1938. On the eve of the local election, Smith addresses attacks made at him by opponents and discusses the future of Kansas City. He claims those in opposition to him and his Democratic faction as merely political opportunists with no agenda to help the city.

March 30th 1938

Speech made by Kansas City Mayor Bryce B. Smith to the South Central Business Association on October 30, 1934. Smith addresses the improvement projects he has planned for the city as part of the 10-Year Plan.

October 30th 1934

Transcript of a speech given by Thomas W. Parrent running for Democratic nominee for Jackson County judge in the 1922 local primary election. Parrent primarily discusses road improvement throughout Jackson County, Missouri. Parrent lost to Harry S. Truman 39 - 117.


Transcript of examination of Joseph Lusco before the Grand Jury in 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 transcript examination of Joseph Lusco regarding his experience with Agents Wilcox and Curran. Lusco had a pending Prohibition violation case, and had previously been convicted of other Prohibition violations. When Lusco was asked where he kept his liquor, he replied "That is for you to find out."


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.

April 16th 1937

Kansas City Police Department radio logs from the morning of June 17, 1933 during the Union Station Massacre. These transcriptions were used in support of the defendant in Criminal Case No. 35160: State of Missouri vs. Adam Richetti. The report describes the suspects as "very neatly dressed."

June 17th 1933

Transcript of the parole hearing for Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L, before the Judge T. Webber Wilson. Wilson questions Higgins about his crime of income tax evasion, his work and personal history, and his plans for work should he be paroled.

July 17th 1940

Transcript of minutes from Tom Pendergast's parole hearing before Arthur D. Wood, chairman of the United States Board of Parole. Pendergast notes his health problems, including a bad heart and colostomy, and lack of prior convictions, as reasons he should be released from the penitentiary. He also discusses his family, his role at Ready Mixed Concrete Company, and a pending indictment in state court.

November 4th 1939

Photographs and quotes from Tony Gizzo, Kansas City mafia figure, during his testimony before the U.S. Senate Special Committee to Investigate Organized Crime in Interstate Commerce, popularly known as the Kefauver Committee. Gizzo is quoted as saying "Senator, I wish to hell you would tell me what the Mafia is. I never even heard of it."


Interview with Adolph Oropeza by Laurie Bretz as part of the Trabajo y Cultura (Work & Culture) Project documenting the Kansas City, Kansas, Hispanic community. Oropeza describes being born in Michoacan, Mexico, and moving to Kansas City, Kansas, with his family as a 2-year-old. He worked as a farmworker as a teenager, and later worked for the Santa Fe and Rock Island railroad companies, and describes the work he and other Mexican workers did in those industries, including unionization in the railroad companies.

Interview with Melquiades Quiroga by Laurie Bretz as part of a project documenting the Kansas City, Kansas, Hispanic community. Quiroga discusses being brought to the United States by his parents in 1915 at the age of 4, and going to work in the ice plant in Argentine in 1928. He describes working 15-20 hour days, and the formation of the union in 1942. After unionizing, he reports higher wages, but also describes pay discrimination, winter work reduction and families living in uninsulated shacks, and the hard work done at the ice plant.

Interview with Vincente Vargas by Laurie Bretz as part of a project documenting the Kansas City, Kansas, Hispanic community. Vargas was born in the Rosedale area of Kansas City, Kansas, in 1925. He discusses Mexican workers being recruited by railroad companies along the border, and the types of work they would do, and workers living in bunks in passenger cars until they were able to settle and obtain other housing. Vargas also describes his father taking the childred out of school in the spring for farm work in Nebraska, and returning to Mexico during the Depression.

Interview with sisters Aurora Oropeza and Trini Torrez by Laurie Bretz as part of a project to document the history of the Kansas City, Kansas, Hispanic community. The women discuss their childhoods in Kansas City, Kansas, and their brother Adolfo going to work with the railroads to support the family after the death of their father in Mexico. They also discuss racial and gender discrimination in their educational experience, and going through college during the Depression and working as a nurse.

March 21st 1980

Interview with Francisco Ruiz, Millie Rivera, Mike Sanchez, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Amayo, Carmen Ayala and others by Robert Oppenheimer as part of a project to document the history of the Kansas City, Kansas, Hispanic community. Among the topics discussed are the local Mexican community working for the railroads, on farms, and for the meatpacking companies between the two world wars, unionization efforts, and the movement of workers and their families around the Midwest.


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.