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Text of a Kansas City Star article on the August 4, 1936 election in Kansas City. It describes ballot boxes being removed before polls closed, threats made against voters, fake votes, and other problems. Joe Shannon is quoted as saying the election was "so corrupt it was a disgrace to American civilization."

Date: 
August 4th 1936

Letter from Lloyd C. Stark to Jess Easley, writing that he finds "gratifying" the "unanimous endorsements of the St. Louis and Kansas City Democrats," as well as "the almost solid support of the outstate Democracy," and looks forward to the election in November 1936.

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January 14th 1936

Letter from J. H. Easley to Lloyd C. Stark about the state of his campaign in Laclede County. He writes that his "situation in this county is very fine," and that after the Pendergast endorsement "it seems to all be settled." He believes that some farmers might support William Hirth but "they do not feel that he has any chance at all."

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March 27th 1936

Letter from William Kitchen to Lloyd C. Stark about Stark's campaign for Missouri governor, his military record, and veterans issues.

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February 27th 1936

Letter from Mrs. A. P. Wolf to Lloyd C. Stark, concerned about Stark's statements on state pensions. She alleges that the pensions are benefitting Pendergast allies rather than the people they were intended to help.

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June 4th 1936

Letter from Mrs. A. P. Wolf to Lloyd C. Stark, expressing concern and disgust about Stark's ties to Pendergast. She writes that Stark "will be elected governor of Missouri with the help of the rottenest political machine that was ever built" and that Pendergast "seems to hold all relief in Missouri in the hollow of his hand."

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September 16th 1936

Letter from Lloyd C. Stark to Senator Harry S. Truman, thanking Truman for his letter regarding Hugh Humphrey.

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June 27th 1936

Letter from Senator Harry S. Truman to Lloyd C. Stark regarding appointing Hugh Humphrey to a position in Arkansas.

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January 22nd 1936

Letter from R. P. Spencer to Lloyd C. Stark suggesting Stark open his campaign in Fayette, William Hirth potentially running against him, and other campaign issues.

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January 9th 1936

Telegram from Lloyd C. Stark to James M. Pendergast about being in Kansas City the next day and hoping to meet with him and Jim Aylward.

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January 10th 1936

Letter from S. P. Lidell to Lloyd C. Stark regarding William Hirth deciding to enter the governors race and Stark's potential support by Tom Pendergast. Lidell writes that he is telling friends that Stark "couldn't afford to tell Mr. Pendergast that you wouldn't want his support."

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January 13th 1936

Letter from Lloyd C. Stark to J. O. L. Goggin regarding his offer to provide printing to Stark's campaign.

Date: 
January 13th 1936

Letter from S. Powell, assistant to Lloyd C. Stark, to J. O. L. Goggin, acknowledging receipt of his letter and informing Goggin that Stark is out of town.

Date: 
January 9th 1936

Letter from J. O. L. Goggin to Lloyd C. Stark offering to engrave plates for printing for Stark's campaign at no cost.

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January 6th 1936

Letter from Lloyd C. Stark to Manny Schupan regarding the illness of a Mr. Werby.

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January 14th 1936

Letter from Lloyd C. Stark's secretary to Manny Schupan acknowledging receipt of Schupan's letter and writing that Stark is out of town.

Date: 
January 9th 1936

Letter from Manny Schupan to Lloyd C. Stark writing with news of Joseph Werby's heart attack and offering his own assistance during Werby's recovery and in support of Stark's campaign.

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January 8th 1936

Letter from Lloyd C. Stark to Clarence Cannon, thanking Cannon for providing "the military record of our mutual friend."

Date: 
January 14th 1936

Letter from Clarence Cannon to Lloyd C. Stark reporting on a dinner with William Hirth where Hirth expressed his intention of running for governor and described what he believed Stark's vulnerabilities were. He also writes that Hirth told him "that he does not intend to indulge in personalities and expects to confine himself to the issues of the campaign -- unless he is himself attacked on personal grounds."

Date: 
January 14th 1936

Letter from Clarence Cannon to Mrs. Charles L. Powell asking to show the accompanying letter to Stark and then destroy it.

Date: 
January 16th 1936

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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.