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Letter from Charles W. Dickey to Lloyd C. Stark discussing campaign activities and supporters in Dade and Greene counties in southern Missouri, as well as which candidate Pendergast intends to support.

Date: 
April 9th 1935

Letter from F. E. Whitten to Jesse Barrett describing the atmosphere in Kansas City in response to federal investigations into the Pendergast Machine.

Date: 
April 15th 1937

Letter from William A. Kitchen to Senator Harry S. Truman in which Kitchen discusses the matter of a new Judge for the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Kitchen asserts that the court needs a judge from Missouri as it does not currently have a Missouri judge that can devote their time to hearing cases. Kitchen then recommends Charlie Carr for the position and asks Truman to pass this recommendation on to Bennett C. Clark and President Roosevelt.

Date: 
January 26th 1939

U.S. Attorney's report on Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L, which records Higgins' defense attorney, summarizes the charges, and notes the sentence imposed. The report notes that the income Higgins is charged with evading taxes on was received from "protected gamblers and other forms of organized vice." U.S. Attorney Richard K. Phelps recommends against parole, while Judge J. C.

Date: 
May 13th 1940

U.S. Attorney's report on Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L, recording Higgins' defense attorney, summarizing the charges, and noting that "the aggravating circumstances are that the income unreported by this prisoner was derived form the lowest and worst elements of the organized underworld of Kansas City." U.S. Attorney Richard K. Phelps reports that local mobster Charles Carollo is a suspected associate, and recommends against parole. Judge J. C. Collet does not concur, noting that this conviction is Higgins' first offense.

Date: 
June 3rd 1940

Judgment and commitment in Criminal Case No. 14653: United States vs. Otto P. Higgins, defendant. Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, entered a plea of guilty to counts 3 and 4 of income tax evasion, counts 1 and 2 having been entered nolle prosequi, and was sentenced to the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth for two years on count 3 and five years probation on count 4. He was delivered to the penitentiary on November 3, 1939.

Date: 
November 3rd 1939

Transcript of the parole hearing for Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L, before the Judge T. Webber Wilson. Wilson questions Higgins about his crime of income tax evasion, his work and personal history, and his plans for work should he be paroled.

Date: 
July 17th 1940

Issue of the anti-corruption, Kansas City-based newspaper, Future: The Newsweekly for Today. The front page includes an article, continued on page 8, about the Kansas Citians of Italian descent and their often unfair treatment in the newspapers for their comparatively few members of organized crime, and descriptions of several "cultured and law-abiding" local Italians such as musicians M. A. Lenge, N. DeRubertis, Mike Russo, Arturo Corti, Gustavo Corti, and Rosemarie Brancato; artists Dante Cosentino, Frank Tommassini, and Paulo D'Anna; and scientists and teachers Dr.

Date: 
May 31st 1935

Order from Judge J. C. Collet in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. Collet dismisses the first count of the case, stating that Bluford "has made no attempt to amend the first count of her complaint in an effort to comply with the opinion of this COurt" from April 6, 1940. At the time, Bluford was the managing editor of the Kansas City Call and her effort to gain admittance to the masters degree program at MU's School of Journalism, and repeated denials due to her race, lead to a a series of lawsuits that eventually reached the Missouri Supreme Court.

Date: 
April 17th 1940

Memorandum on plaintiff's motion for extension of time for filing and designation of transcript of record and statement of errors in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. The memo was sent by Judge John C. Collet to Lucile Bluford, her lawyers, and the defense attorneys, regarding the plaintiff's request for an extension in their appeal. Collet decides that their application was made too late and overrules their request.

Date: 
January 24th 1941

Memorandum opinion in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada, regarding the defendant's motion to dismiss the case. Judge J. C.

Date: 
April 6th 1940

Witness summons in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada, commanding Miss G. A. Wadkins, Acting Business Officer of Lincoln University, to appear in court on October 21, 1940, with general ledgers for several Lincoln accounts as well as budget sheets documenting state appropriations money. At the time, Bluford was the managing editor of the Kansas City Call and her effort to gain admittance to the masters degree program at MU's School of Journalism, and repeated denials due to her race, lead to a a series of lawsuits that eventually reached the Missouri Supreme Court.

Date: 
October 16th 1940

Civil subpoena in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada, commanding Duke Diggs, Robert S. Cobb, Charles E. Robinson, Sr., Myron Leonard, and Rev. C. B. Johnson to appear in court on October 22, 1940. At the time, Bluford was the managing editor of the Kansas City Call and her effort to gain admittance to the masters degree program at MU's School of Journalism, and repeated denials due to her race, lead to a a series of lawsuits that eventually reached the Missouri Supreme Court.

Date: 
October 21st 1940

Clipping from an unknown newspaper reporting that Lucile Bluford has filed an amended complaint to her suit against S.W. Canada, registrar of the University of Missouri, wherein she claimed $20,000 in damages and argued that the university's rejection of her application to their journalism program was a violation of her civil rights. The article notes that Judge John C.

Date: 
April 13th 1940

Letter from attorney Ralph E. Murray to Judge John C. Collet, regarding Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada, requesting a continuance on behalf of the attorneys of both the plaintiff and defendant in the hearing of the motion to dismiss the case. At the time, Bluford was the managing editor of the Kansas City Call and her effort to gain admittance to the masters degree program at MU's School of Journalism, and repeated denials due to her race, lead to a a series of lawsuits that eventually reached the Missouri Supreme Court.

Date: 
December 26th 1939

Letter from attorney William S. Hogsett to the clerk of the U.S. District Court, regarding Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada, to submit the defendant's motion to dismiss. At the time, Bluford was the managing editor of the Kansas City Call and her effort to gain admittance to the masters degree program at MU's School of Journalism, and repeated denials due to her race, lead to a a series of lawsuits that eventually reached the Missouri Supreme Court.

Date: 
November 22nd 1939

Subpoena for St. Louis Call managing editor Elwood E. Randol or Chester E. Stovall, editor of the paper, in Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. The court orders that one of the men appear in court on October 21, 1940, and produce twelve specific editions of the St. Louis Call from 1939 and 1940 as evidence.

Date: 
October 1940

Telegram from Judge John C. Collet to Edna Morris regarding Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. Collet writes that the Bluford v. Canada case will be called the following morning, October 22. At the time, Bluford was the managing editor of the Kansas City Call and her effort to gain admittance to the masters degree program at MU's School of Journalism, and repeated denials due to her race, lead to a a series of lawsuits that eventually reached the Missouri Supreme Court.

Date: 
October 21st 1940

Letter from Judge John C. Collet to plaintiff's attorney Charles H. Houston regarding Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. Collet writes to confirm the plaintiff's amended petition was received and filed, and assuring Houston that he will be informed if there are any complaints about the form of filing of the petition.

Date: 
April 19th 1940

Letter from Judge John C. Collet to plaintiff's attorney Charles H. Houston regarding Civil Action No. 42: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. Collet writes to confirm receipt of Houston's letter requesting a hearing on May 13, but reports that he will not be in court in Jefferson City on that date. He writes that the motion will be on his docket on May 4, or if Houston needs to delay it further, June 1.

Date: 
April 26th 1940

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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.