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Clipping entitled "Aids Police" from an article in Kansas City Journal-Post on June 3, 1933 documenting the kidnapping of Mary McElroy. The photograph's caption states, "Abe Starr, Leavenworth junk dealer, who sold two motor cars to alleged members of the kidnaping ring. Walter McGee and Clarence Click both purchased cars from Starr. It was through a telegram from McGee in Amarillo to Starr that federal authorities put their finger on McGee and his companions. Starr is not suspected of complicity in the ring."

Date: 
June 3rd 1933

Clipping entitled "His House" from an article in Kansas City Journal-Post on June 3, 1933 documenting the kidnapping of Mary McElroy. The photograph's caption states, "Clarence Click, one of the kidnapers of Miss Mary McElroy, lived in the house on County Line road between Shawnee and Merriam, Kas., in which Miss McElroy was held captive while ransom negotiations wore in progress. Click is 27 years old and was arrested Thursday in Kansas City, Kas. He is an exconvict."

Date: 
June 3rd 1933

Clipping entitled "Pet Rat to Holdover" from an article in Kansas City Journal-Post on June 3, 1933 documenting the kidnapping of Mary McElroy. The photograph's caption states, "Mrs. L. R. Gilbert, wife of one of the McElroy kidnap gang, insisted on taking her pet white rat with her when she was returned to Kansas City by airplane. She is shown here holding the pet while waiting to board the plane."

Date: 
June 3rd 1933

Clipping entitled "Part of Ransom Money" from an article in Kansas City Journal-Post on June 3, 1933 documenting the kidnapping of Mary McElroy. The photograph's caption states, "When Walter McGee and four companions were arrested they had approximately $9,000 of the ransom money on them. The money, as it was spread out for counting, is shown in this picture after the gang was arrested at Amarillo."

Date: 
June 3rd 1933

Clipping entitled "Detective Who Got Tip" from an article in Kansas City Journal-Post on June 3, 1933 documenting the kidnapping of Mary McElroy. The photograph's caption states, "R. K. Cole, one of the city detectives, who obtained the information leading to the arrest of the alleged kidnapers of Miss Mary McElroy, is shown here standing beside T. J. Higgins, chief of detectives, as he made his report. Inset shows A. H. Kessel, partner of Cole, who worked with him in obtaining the information."

Date: 
June 3rd 1933

Clipping entitled "The Inevitable Error" from an article in Kansas City Journal-Post on June 3, 1933 documenting the kidnapping of Mary McElroy. The photograph's caption states, "Sooner or later every criminal does something to spoil the “perfect crime." This car, purchased by Walter H. McGee, leader of the McElroy kidnapers, in Amarillo proved to be the gang’s undoing. A telegram concerning the purchase was intercepted and gave officers the information that led to McGee arrest."

Date: 
June 3rd 1933

Photograph of H. Roe Bartle, Boy Scout executive and future Kansas City mayor.

Photograph of John B. Gage, mayor of Kansas City from 1940 to 1946, seated at his desk with a pen in hand.

Photograph of Harry S. Truman with Robert W. Barr, William O. Beeman, Eugene I. Purcell, Howard Vrooman and Sheriff Thomas Bash. The men are attending at celebration barbecue for the Jackson County Ten Year Plan.

Photograph of the cast of "Womanless Wedding," the all-male production performed at Memorial Building in Independence, Missouri on April 20 and 21, 1933. The cast was made up of local civic leaders including Judge C. Jasper Bell and Independence Mayor Roger Sermon, and the production was directed by Frank W. Rucker, assisted by Blevins Davis. All of the female characters are played by men, and some of the actors appear in blackface.

Date: 
April 20th 1933

Photograph of Jackson County Courthouse undergoing renovations.

Date: 
1933

Photograph of President Franklin D. Roosevelt speaking at the dedication of Municipal Auditorium, which also served as a campaign stop for his 1936 presidential run.

Date: 
October 13th 1936

John B. Gage, Kansas City mayor from 1940 to 1946, in city council chambers.

John B. Gage, Kansas City mayor from 1940 to 1946, in city council chambers.

Photograph of President Franklin D. Roosevelt speaking at the dedication of Municipal Auditorium, which also served as a campaign stop for his 1936 presidential run.

Date: 
October 13th 1936

Photograph of Kansas City Mayor John B. Gage, who served from 1940 to 1946, with members of the City Council.

Date: 
August 17th 1942

Candid photograph of unidentified nurses at The Willows Maternity Hospital.

Candid photograph of unidentified nurses at The Willows Maternity Hospital.

Candid photograph of unidentified nurses at The Willows Maternity Hospital.

Exterior view of the nurses home at The Willows Maternity Hospital, with unidentified woman in nurse uniform seated on the steps.

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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.