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Letter from Young Democratic Club of Eastern Jackson County President Jewell B. Hodge to Senator Harry S. Truman. Hodge writes Truman on behalf of Judge Leslie I. George requesting a solution for the political situation currently affecting Independence, Missouri Mayor Roger T. Sermon and James M. Pendergast.

Date: 
January 20th 1941

Letter from V. R. Messall on behalf of Senator Harry S. Truman Young Democratic Club of Eastern Jackson County President Jewell B. Hodge. Messall responds to Hodge's request for a solution for the political situation currently affecting Independence, Missouri Mayor Roger T. Sermon and James M. Pendergast. He informs Hodge that Truman has already left for Missouri for at least a week and that Messall will notify Truman upon his return to Washington.

Date: 
January 23rd 1941

Letter from Senator Harry S. Truman to Kansas City realtor Myron A. King in which Truman succinctly expresses his hope that the plans for a new Kansas City airport turn out favorably.

Date: 
June 16th 1941

Letter from Kansas City realtor Myron A. King to Senator Harry S. Truman. King informs Truman on King's and Lou Holland's involvement in choosing a site for a new Kansas City airport. King discusses the two locations: the Grandview site and the Greenwood site.

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June 6th 1941

Letter from Senator Harry S. Truman to Executive Manager of the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Geroge W. Catts. Truman confirms receipt of a Kansas City manufacturing report sent by Catts and Truman expresses his surprise in the outcome of the report.

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October 17th 1941

Letter from Executive Manager of the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Geroge W. Catts to Senator Harry S. Truman. Catts provides a report on federal defense manufacturing in Greater Kansas City produced from an analysis of questionnaires sent out to these manufacturing firms.

Date: 
October 14th 1941

Letter from Senator Harry S. Truman to Brigadier General Ulysses S. Grant III. Truman introduces Mr. C. M. Woodard, Industrial Commissioner of the Chamber of Commerce in Kansas City, Missouri, and Mr. E. C. Zachman, Director of the Kansas City Municipal Auditorium, both of which are developing a exposition in Kansas City in order to promote federal defense manufacturing there.

Date: 
September 10th 1941

Letter from Executive Manager of the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Geroge W. Catts to Senator Harry S. Truman. Catts thanks Truman for his help in expediting federal support for defense manufacturing education in Kansas City. He was glad to report to visiting aircraft manufacturers that "Kansas City's Public Schools are now in a position to train their quota of skilled workmen."

Date: 
July 14th 1941

Letter from H. H. Vaughan on behalf of Senator Harry S. Truman to Kansas City, Missouri Mayor John B. Gage. Vaughan informs Gage that the Vocational Training Bill is still pending in the Senate. This bill in part affords $75,000 to the Kansas City Public Schools for vocational training in federal defense manufacturing.

Date: 
June 28th 1941

Letter from Kansas City, Missouri Mayor John B. Gage to Senator Harry S. Truman. Gage informs Truman that funds to purchase equipment for vocational training in federal defense manufacturing are not available until the Senate passes an appropriation for such purpose.

Date: 
June 20th 1941

Letter from business manager Perrin D. McElroy to Senator Harry S. Truman. McElroy informs Truman of the proposed development of new runways at the Fairfax Airport in Kansas City, Kansas, and McElroy asks him to support this endeavor.

Date: 
June 25th 1941

Letter from Senator Harry S. Truman to Shannon C. Douglass in which Truman informs Douglass that he has met with Lou Holland. Holland recommends that "Kansas City take over both air plane landing fields - the one at Grandview and also the one at Greenwood."

Date: 
June 3rd 1941

Letter from Shannon C. Douglass to Senator Harry S. Truman in which Douglass updates Truman on the selection of a new Kansas City airport. The two site candidates are located in Grandview and Greenwood, Missouri.

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May 26th 1941

Letter from Senator Harry S. Truman to Grandview, Missouri Mayor Gared H. Murray in which Truman informs Murray that he has met with Lou Holland. Holland recommends that "Kansas City take over both air plane landing fields - the one at Grandview and also the one at Greenwood."

Date: 
June 3rd 1941

Telegram from Grandview, Missouri Mayor Gared H. Murray to Senator Harry S. Truman. Murray informs Truman that the price for a proposed airport runway in Grandview, Missouri has been reduced to $175 per acre. Murray provides additional reasons to choose the Grandview site for airport runway construction.

Date: 
May 27th 1941

Letter from Senator Harry S. Truman to Kansas City attorney Joe W. McQueen. Truman agrees with McQueen in his desire to outfit the Fairfax Aviation School with the proper educational equipment to prepare workmen for employment in federal defense manufacturing. Truman comments that, "I should think they would need it worse now than any other time."

Date: 
May 28th 1941

Letter from Kansas City attorney Joe W. McQueen to Senator Harry S. Truman. McQueen inquires what may be done to outfit the Fairfax Aviation School with the proper educational equipment to prepare workmen for employment in federal defense manufacturing.

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May 24th 1941

Letter from Senator Harry S. Truman to Kansas City City Manager L. P. Cookingham. Truman agrees with Cookingham in his desire to facilitate a new Kansas City airport and encourages Cookingham to pursue the landed needed for its development.

Date: 
May 22nd 1941

Letter from Kansas City City Manager L. P. Cookingham to Senator Harry S. Truman. After recent flood control issues, Cookingham expresses his interest in an "upland airport". He cites fog, smoke, and air traffic among the reasons why another Kansas City airport is needed.

Date: 
May 17th 1941

Letter from Civil Aeronautics Board Chairman Harllee Branch to Senator Harry S. Truman. Upon Truman's proposal of a new air route between Kansas City and New Orleans, Harllee Branch informs Truman that the Civil Aeronautics Board held a meeting to discuss the matter. Although the decision is not finalized by the board, the report completed from the hearing recommends that the Board deny the proposed air route. The complete report detailing their recommendation is attached to the letter.

Date: 
March 22nd 1941

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