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Letter from a construction foreman praising Gov. Stark for removing a Pendergast affiliate from the role of WPA Director. The letter outlines corruption taking place on a site at the River Des Peres near St. Louis.

Date: 
June 19th 1939

Letter to Governor Lloyd stark praising him for his efforts in removing Pendergast influence from the state management of WPA projects.

Date: 
June 21st 1939

Anonymous letter to Governor Stark congratulating him on efforts to remove Matt Murray from oversight of the state W.P.A. The author also alerts the Governor to another potential scandal involving a W. P. A. construction project in Kansas City.

Letter that describe retaliation against a Kansas City employee who had collaborated with reformers, and including a St. Louis Star-Times clipping advocating the ouster of Matthew S. Murray as the state WPA director.

Date: 
June 21st 1939

Letter from a former WPA worker who describes the political pressure exerted on employees by Pendergast bosses.

Letter from Walker C. Johnson to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, lauding Stark for his "stand for RIGHT in the State of M[issouri]." He writes that many of his county opposed Stark due to his Pendergast support, but that now "most of them are behind you on this [war] to rid the State of the rascals in elections." He also describes losing his job due to political affiliation.

Date: 
June 21st 1938

Letter from Ruth Vawter to Governor Lloyd C. Stark. Vawter writes regarding Mrs. Marie S. Barnhill, former Area Supervisor of Women's Work for the WPA in Webster County. Barnhill's successor "is making her brags that she can deliver Saline County in the palm of her hand to the Organization for Judge Billings," and Vawter suggests that Barnhill, who is not currently allied to either Supreme Court candidate, could support Douglas "should [Stark] be able to help her."

Date: 
June 10th 1938

Letter from Walker C. Johnson to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, lauding Stark for his "stand for RIGHT in the State of M[issouri]." He writes that many of his county opposed Stark due to his Pendergast support, but that now "most of them are behind you on this [war] to rid the State of the rascals in elections." He also describes losing his job due to political affiliation.

Date: 
June 21st 1938
letter From C. M. Meadows to Lloyd C. Stark

Letter from C. M. Meadows to Governor Lloyd C.Stark, requesting that Stark put him in touch with "some official authority in connection with these beer places." He reports that "a number of the fellows running such places are using their establishments for display rooms for [Judge James] Billings literature," as well as "boosting Pendergast and knocking [Stark's] administration." Meadows also writes that the Pendergast machine has been bad for property values and created "open and solicitious gambling houses, [horse] race rooms," and other issues.

Date: 
June 25th 1938

Letter from W. G. Lynch to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, reporting that while the August 2 election was cleaner than in the past, corruption still remains and that "liquor interests must be curbed and license laws enforced." Lynch also congratulations Stark on James Douglas's win in the Supreme Court vote, and writes that "the boss thrives on prestige and privilege... You have deflated him considerably. He is no longer unbeatable."

Date: 
August 3rd 1938

Letter from Walker C. Johnson to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, expressing happiness at James Douglas winning the Missouri Supreme Court election, but describing further corruption to be eliminated in his county and WPA. He describes a WPA foreman that other workers call "Little Tom" passing out campaign information for Billings in advance of the election.

Date: 
August 4th 1938

Letter from Jimmy Hurst to Lloyd C. Stark discussing Pendergast support in the gubernatorial race vs that for Roy McKittrick, and Hurst's efforts to gather support for Stark.

Letter from Jimmy Hurst to Lloyd C. Stark warning him of a potential situation of concern involving Matthew Murray, director of the state relief fund, and his concern that Murray "might be something sinister in the making."

Date: 
July 11th 1935

Letter from Jimmy Hurst to Lloyd C. Stark, reporting on a meeting he had with Tom Pendergast. Hurst writes that Pendergast said he would support whichever candidate for governor came out on top, and Hurst believes that Stark is likely to be that man.

Date: 
September 14th 1935

Letter from William M. Ledbetter to Lloyd C. Stark discussing the logistics of the upcoming campaign, including how much time Stark will spend at his home in Louisiana, the upcoming Missouri Press Association meeting and American Royal, and gossip about other potential candidates including William Hirth.

Date: 
October 8th 1935

Letter from Chas. W. Dickey to Lloyd C. Stark discussing newspaper coverage of his campaign in Lamar, as well as concerns about WPA patronage from the Pendergast machine.

Date: 
October 1st 1935

Letter from Dr. Charles D. Osborne to Lloyd C. Stark, prior to his election as governor. Osborne discusses local political figures who have gone out of Pendergast's favor, namely Judge Monroe, "who is now completely out of the organization's confidence and trust." Osborne recommends aligning with candidate Henry Salveter, around whom "there will be a strong centralization of power," and "who will support your cause to the fullest."

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January 28th 1936

Letter from John K. Walsh to Lloyd C. Stark discussing the favorable prospects for Stark's candidacy in most of the state outside of St. Louis, as well as issues with the WPA.

Date: 
May 12th 1936

Letter to Claude Lambert asserting that gubernatorial candidate Lloyd Stark is not beholden or affiliated to the Kansas City political machine, and making complimentary remarks about Matthew S. Murray and Henry McElroy.

Date: 
March 16th 1936

Letter from Jim Hurst to gubernatorial candidate Lloyd Stark, updating him on Pendergast machine activities throughout the state. He reports that Tom Pendergast likes Stark very much and want to deliver Kansas City for him in the election.

Date: 
April 15th 1936

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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.