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Letter from Joseph N. Breitenstein to George A. S. Robertson, superintendent at the Missouri Department of Insurance. Breitenstein writes to report on the state of the Missouri Supreme Court campaign in Lawrence, Barry, Stone, and Christian Counties. He writes that "Kansas City Boys" have been active in those areas and are "paid employees of T.J.," as well as his own campaign activities in those counties.

Date: 
July 1938

Letter from I. W. Thurman to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, congratulating Stark on his work against the Pendergast machine, and reporting on state employees "who appeared to be carrying the Douglas Banner but are using all their time in this territory trying to put Billings over" for Pendergast in St. Clair County.

Date: 
July 18th 1938

Letter from Philip A. Lantz to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, lauding him for his work against corruption in Missouri, including his work for James Douglas' election to the Missouri Supreme Court. Lantz says the Pendergast machine is an "Ala Baba band of boodlers [who] want to get their filthy paws on the whole state for the glory of Ready Mixed and the plethora of loot."

Date: 
July 15th 1938

Letter from Wilce Curtner to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, reporting that a Steele citizen named A. A. Kelley, "a prominent merchant of this city," who is "well known in the political circles of this section," was becoming a Stark supporter after he and his family were allied with the Pendergast machine.

Date: 
July 20th 1938

Letter from Bonham E. Freeman to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, reporting that Billings supporters were intending to make a last minute campaign push in Pike County "in order to discredit you in your own county," and describes the opinions of some locals "that the party is being injured by your disagreement with Pendergast."

Date: 
July 19th 1938

Letter from Ruben R. Schade to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, reporting on the state of the Douglas-Billings Missouri Supreme court race in southeast Missouri counties, as well as other updates about regional politics.

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July 8th 1938

Letter from W. Myers to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, complaining about Pendergast influence in the administration of state relief resources during the Depression. Myers requests that if Stark sends a reply, that he do so "by enclosing in a plain envelope."

Date: 
June 14th 1938

Article written by Clare Magee, Unionville attorney, discussing the reasons he supports James Billings for the Missouri Supreme Court. He writes that the only complaints against Billings "have come from those who desired to take advantage of the unfortunate, and who were thwarted in that purpose by Judge Billings."

Date: 
1938

Letter from William Hirth to Judge James T. Montgomery, including an article by Hirth titled "Why the Politicians Hate Stark." The article discusses Stark's work against the Pendergast machine and endorses James Douglas for the Missouri Supreme Court.

Date: 
July 21st 1938

Letter from R. Emmet O'Malley to Egbert Miller, urging Miller to vote for James Billings in the Missouri Supreme Court race and writing that "Governor Stark richly deserves your censure."

Date: 
July 25th 1938

Letter from Lloyd V. Harmon to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, reporting on the impact of Stark's visit to Marceline. He writes that support for James Douglas in the Missouri Supreme Court race has increased, though Catholic voters support James Billings.

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July 26th 1938

Letter from Floyd C. Sperry, James Billings' campaign manager, addressed to "My dear Friend." Sperry writes that he has enclosed evidence that the Missouri State Board of Nurse Examiners and the State Board of Health are being coerced by Stark into support James Douglas in the Missouri Supreme Court race.

Date: 
July 28th 1938

Letter from Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Slater to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, complaining of the frequent prostitution and other crime near their home on 14th Street, and noting that the police are frequent customers, making enforcement unlikely. They also express concern that the property owner rents to black people, and mention threats that they'll lose their pensions if they don't support Pendergast candidates. The Slaters report a bar serving "drinks [on] Sunday which they serve in bowls with crackers in it and call it chicken soup."

Date: 
July 26th 1938

Unsigned postcard to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, reporting that "'slots' are in vogue in Jackson Co.," Jackson County, naming Ridge Arcade and a business operated by Jack Nigro as two locations.

Date: 
July 8th 1938

Letter signed "Your Friend" to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, reporting that Pendergast's influence (namely liquor sales and gambling) stretches across the state line into Missouri, and encloses a newspaper clipping on that subject.

Date: 
July 20th 1938

Letter from Edna Charlton at the Missouri Old Age Benevolent Association, inviting people to a rally for Missouri's "aged people" at Municipal Auditorium on July 31. The letter states that Governor Lloyd Stark has been jeopardizing pensions for the state's elderly.

Date: 
July 27th 1938

Letter from Mae Wilson Dollarhide, publisher of the Hermitage (Mo.) Index newspaper, to Governor Lloyd C. Stark. She describes Pendergast men, "pretending to be spending [their] vacation fishing," while pressuring local Republicans to vote in Democratic primaries for Pendergast candidates, and how the county is responding to this interference.

Date: 
July 24th 1938

Letter from Thomas M. Chinn to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, who says he is "for Mr Douglass tooth &toe nail," and thanking Stark for his work toward having a clean government and describing Pendergast men campaigning for James Billings for the upcoming Missouri Supreme Court primary.

Date: 
July 27th 1938

Letter from R. F. Baynes to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, discussing the state of the Missouri Supreme Court race in New Madrid County. He writes that Prosecuting Attorney J. V. Conran supports Billings and that the Pendergast machine is providing support for Billings in the county. He also writes about state election law and what actions are permissible in campaigning.

Date: 
July 25th 1938

Letter from W. H. Waggoner to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, describing suspicious activity from the courts regarding eligible voter records, and his prediction that Judge James M. Douglas will perform well in elections outside of the Kansas City area.

Date: 
July 29th 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.