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Letter to the Governor from Mrs. L. M. Fry describing corruption and injustices occuring at her husband's job.

Date: 
March 31st 1940

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

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April 4th 1940

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

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April 12th 1940

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."

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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.

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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 Elisabeth S. Nelty to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, expressing concern that "it is beginning to get around that your Election Officials, and they are yours, are Machine controlled," and warns that if the Pendergast machine regains control after the hard work of the "clean-up forces," that "if such a thing happens it will be laid on your door-step and you will be the most unpopular person hereabouts."

Date: 
January 21st 1940

Letter from Grover Childers to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, suggesting that the Pendergast machine hopes Stark will run against Maurice Milligan in the Senate race in an attempt to defeat both of them.

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January 13th 1940

Letter signed "The Swab" to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, asserting that the Pendergast machine has "dressed up drunken bums, reprobates, derelicts, hustlers" and more into electioneering and voting against Stark.

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January 29th 1940

Letter from Ralph B. Shepard to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, concerned about the safety and honesty of upcoming elections. He claims that "on Election day [the machine will] allow 20 votes to the Honest people and 630 to the Crooked Machine."

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January 18th 1940

Letter from L. E. Myers to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, stating that Jackson County prosecutor W. W. Graves is corrupt, and accusing him letting rapists and thieves go free in a case for a bribe.

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February 15th 1940

Letter from Paul G. Koontz to Governor Lloyd C. Stark regarding the activities of election clerks and precinct captains in local elections. He is concerned that "Charter Party precinct captains insist on accompanying [election] clerks," and believes "the Election Board has the situation well in hand."

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March 5th 1940

Letter from J. T. Montgomery to Governor Lloyd C. Stark discussing machine candidates in an upcoming election. He writes, "If I were in your place, I would tell these gentlemen that their ticket was not a Democratic ticket, but was a machine ticket in order to get control again of Kansas City, and rob its people."

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March 7th 1940

Letter from J. E. Woodmansee to Governor Lloyd C. Stark discussing work that remains to clean up voter registrations and other Board of Election Commissioners business. He reports that registration rolls have been reduced by 60,000 "by our method of lawful elimination," but that there are "many unregistered people, who are entitled to vote."

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March 14th 1940

Letter from Mrs. Edw. E. Miller to Governor Lloyd C. Stark regarding inconsistent voter registrations related to the Charter Party. She writes: "The machine also is attempting to pad some empty houses."

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March 6th 1940

Letter from Mrs. L. M. Fry to Governor Lloyd C. Stark describing her and her husband's encounters with the Pendergast Machine and issues related to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She writes that the mayor of Independence "is really a double crosser if there was one,"

Date: 
March 31st 1940

Letter from Mrs. L. M. Fry to Governor Lloyd C. Stark regarding continuing issues with the Pendergast Machine, Harry S. Truman, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

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June 26th 1940

Letter from William Hirth to Governor Lloyd C. Stark discussing the prospect of Colonel Whitten as U.S. District Attorney and the candidacy of Maurice Milligan for Senate. Hirth writes that Whitten "is not only a man of outstanding ability, ... but from the long fight he has made against the machine in Kansas City, I think he is richly entitled to" the office.

Date: 
May 6th 1940

Letter from William Hirth to Governor Lloyd C. Stark discussing the prospect of Colonel Whitten as U.S. District Attorney and the candidacy of Maurice Milligan for Senate. Hirth writes that Whitten "is not only a man of outstanding ability, ... but from the long fight he has made against the machine in Kansas City, I think he is richly entitled to" the office.

Date: 
May 6th 1940

Letter from Major Gregory Vigeant, Jr., to the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners discussing issues at his polling place during August and March 1940 elections, including evidence that "a dead man and his wife in this precinct had been voted."

Date: 
August 9th 1940

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