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Office memo from Margaret Carr to Mr. Forman, with the subject line indicating the content is "confidential information from Mr. Harnsbarger." The memo reports that Dick Nacy intends to run for state chairman, and that he will likely receive the support of the Pendergast machine if Jim Aylward opts out.

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August 19th 1938

Telegram from Charles M. Hay to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, on the issue of Jim Aylward for state Democratic Party chairman. He writes "in my opinion it would be grievous mistake for you to consent to Ayleward [sic] or any other Pendergast afficiliate [sic] for state chairman."

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August 31st 1938

Letter from Elsie Belle McD to Governor Lloyd C. Stark discussing support throughout the state for James Douglas in his campaign for the Missouri State Supreme Court.

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September 15th 1938

Letter from R. Emmet O'Malley, director of the Kansas City Water Department, to Robert E. Hannegan, regarding the candidacy of Mrs. McDaniels for statewide office. McDaniels was supported by "the St. Louis organization," and Tom Pendergast stated that he would not oppose their candidate. O'Malley writes that he "talked both with Jim Aylward and Senator Truman; both expressed themselves in accordance with Mr. Pendergast's views."

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December 19th 1938

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.

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April 23rd 1940

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.

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April 21st 1940

Memo for the press containing a response from Governor Lloyd C. Stark to a report from the US Senate's Gillette Committee to Investigate Campaign Expenditures. Stark says the report proves that allegations against his camapign were "just another effort of the Pendergast remnants and their allies in the 'smear Stark movement' designed to put the Pendergast crowd back in control of Missouri."

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June 22nd 1940

Letter from C. P. Damron to Governor Lloyd C. Stark. He writes to support Stark's removal of R. Emmet O'Malley from the Missouri state insurance department and his continued work to clean up state government.

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April 21st 1938

Letter from Von Mayes to Governor Lloyd C. Stark. Mayes reports that he has worked with the Pendergast machine in the past but that now he believes that "the fraud exposures in Kansas City unfit him for a leader outstate."

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April 30th 1938

Letter from M. D. Lightfoot to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, pledging his own support for Stark, as well as that of many Greene County Democrats. Lightfoot says that he and his friends will work for Stark's cause "until Pendergast and all he stands for has been eliminated from his present dominate position of evil influence in Missouri Democracy."

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April 30th 1938

Letter from J. B. Fletcher to Governor Lloyd C. Stark expressing opinions on Stark's election, his dislike of Pendergast, and how he thinks voting should work in future elections. Fletcher says Stark should "give voters single ticket and convict old Pendergas[t]."

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May 2nd 1938

Letter from George W. Maxwell to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, noting Stark's decision to go to bat with Pendergast," and saying that recent "after the reports of the exposure of corruption [in Kansas City], it is somewhat difficult to tell you the fine line difference between our idea of democracy and the idea of Hitler."

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May 1st 1938

Letter from Charles W. Dickey to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, regarding Greene County support for Judge James M. Douglas for the Missouri Supreme Court. He indicates that Pendergast forces, including Fred Canfil, "who has long been the contact man between the Pendergast organization in Kansas City and the Little Tammany forces in Greene County," had been in Springfield organizing support against Douglas.

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May 2nd 1938

Letter signed "Marsh" to Governor Lloyd C. Stark. Marsh writes that Dr. Elam in St. Joseph reports that he and "the general good citizens of St. Joe are for [Stark] 100%," and that Dr. Harry Parker and Dr. Burke on the State Board of Health are Pendergast men.

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May 4th 1938

Letter from Mrs. Edna Wilhoit of Springifeld, Missouri to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, lauding his work dismantling the Pendergast Machine, and noting the support of her and other Greene County Democrats for Judge James M. Douglas. She asks what she and others might do in support of the campaign.

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May 4th 1938

Letter from Robert W. Tomlinson of St. Joseph, Missouri to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, thanking him for the work he's done against the Pendergast Machine and encouraging him to continue, as well as requesting that Attorney General Roy McKittrick investgate corruption with the WPA program in St. Joseph. Tomlinson writes that "Pendergast rule here forced numbers of W.P.A. workers to vote against their best judgement in our city election" in April 1938, and lost their jobs if they did not vote the Pendergast line.

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May 4th 1938

Letter from R. F. Patterson to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, pledging support for Stark's fight for clean government in Missouri. He writes that there "are now two kinds of democrats in this state: Pendergast Democrats and Stark Democrats," and that each are waged in a "battle of extermination" against the other.

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May 6th 1938

Letter from J. N. Burroughs to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, commending Stark's opposition to "the corrupt elements in our party headed by the Pendergast machine," and believes he will receive support for Judge James Douglas's election to the Missouri Supreme Court.

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May 7th 1938

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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.