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Report and statements regarding the investigation into the 1936 election fraud by the Honest Elections Committee of the Lawyers Association of Kansas City. The report supports the approval of the selected nominees for the Board of Election Commissioners.

Date: 
November 12th 1937

Letter from Chas. W. Dickey to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, discussing the influence of the Pendergast machine and Kansas City politics through the state, and thanking him for his work to clean up government. Dickey writes that Stark's work "presages ... a brighter day in Missouri politics [and] will do much to insure honest elections and help clean up a rotten mess of corruption."

Date: 
October 1937

Unsigned letter to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, including a clipping from the Kansas City Times, regarding the demand to prosecute violations of election laws. The letter also mentions that Prosecutor Tom Graves intends to marry the widow of John Lazia.

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June 16th 1937

Letter signed "A disgusted Democrat" to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, including a newspaper clipping about Missouri state senators Joseph H. Brogan, Mike Kinney, and M. E. Casey, and a request to take a strong stand against them if they don't vote in favor of laws protecting fair elections.

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May 7th 1937

Letter signed "A mother" to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, concerned about a location at 9th and Spruce allowing underage drinking and gambling, and begging Stark to help save the "men & young women who frequent this place."

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October 4th 1937

Letter from Chas. W. Dickey to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, describing the influence of the Pendergast machine in Greene County, and lauding his work in cleaning up state politics.

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October 27th 1937

Letter from Governor C. Stark to Robert Locke, science editor of the Kansas City Journal-Post. Stark thanks Locke for his support and vows to "give the state the very best administration of which I am capable."

Date: 
November 2nd 1937

Letter from Robert Locke, Kansas City Journal-Post science editor, to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, requesting Stark's approval to start a "Stark for President" Club. He also writes of R. Emmet O'Malley's removal as head of the state insurance commission and other concerns about the extent of corruption in state politics and elections, and expresses his belief that Stark might "wrest control of the state Democratic Party from the Pendergast-Shannon-Clark faction."

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October 25th 1937

Resolutions adopted by the Independent Voters League of Kansas City, addressed "to the Citizens of Kansas City, Jackson County and the State of Missouri," supporting the prosecution of election fraud.

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December 7th 1937

Anonymous letter to Lloyd Stark complaining about an illegal tavern near Rockville, Missouri.

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September 6th 1937

Letter to Governor Lloyd Stark complaining about the prevalence of illegal gambling and slot machines in the city.

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June 29th 1937

First page of a multi-page letter to Governor Lloyd Stark, encouraging him to remove R. Emmet O'Malley from his position as Insurance Commissioner.

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June 6th 1937

Letter from Carrol Olsen of Kansas City to Governor Lloyd Stark, accusing him and Pendergast affiliates of stealing tax money and other Kansas City issues.

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June 18th 1937

Letter from Jesse Barrett to Lowell R. Johnson inquiring about the possibility of filing a contest of Missouri election results in order to prompt a probe.

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January 11th 1937

Letter from Lowell R. Johnson to 1936 Missouri gubernatorial candidate Jesse Barrett, indicating the presence of election fraud in Kansas City.

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January 12th 1937

Letter and statement from William Hirth, refuting accusations about his support of Jesse Barrett for Missouri Governor.

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January 1st 1937

Letter from Homer B. Mann to Jesse Barrett, describing a recent publication about a Thomas Hart Benton mural as well as his feelings about voting fraud in Kansas City during the recent election.

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January 22nd 1937

Statement signed "A BUM ART CRITIC" (later found to be written by Homer B. Mann) analyzing the negative representation of Kansas City contained in a Thomas Hart Benton mural in the State House rotunda.

Date: 
January 12th 1937

Letter from I. N. Watson to Jesse Barrett, losing Republican candidate for Missouri Governor, describing the prosecution of perpetrators of vote-rigging in Kansas City.

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February 2nd 1937

Letter from I. N. Watson to Jesse Barrett, describing his preference for caution in reacting to indictments of persons responsible for voting fraud in Kansas City.

Date: 
February 4th 1937

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