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Letter from John M. Breen to Governor Park indicating his desire for an appointment to the Food and Drug department, with the endorsement of Tom Pendergast.

Date: 
November 8th 1933

Letter from Ray B. Horton to governor Guy Park, discussing the death of a mutual friend, Charley Becker.

Date: 
May 24th 1934

Letter from Ray B. Horton to Guy Park discussing Republican members of the Jackson County Election Board.

Date: 
June 22nd 1934

Letter from Chas. A. Orr to Guy B. Park discussing Republican employees in his law office and listing their recommendations and endorsements, as well as noting that current judges and clerks were primarily commissioned by the prior election board.

Date: 
January 17th 1934

Letter from F. M. Kennard to Ewing Young Mitchell, Jr. on July 1, 1936, regarding the lack of connection between Thomas J. Pendergast and the firm, Bowersock, Fizzel and Rhodes.

Date: 
July 1st 1936

Architectural rendering of a planned United States Courthouse on Grand Avenue (now Grand Boulevard) between 8th and 9th Street, to be completed by 1939 in Kansas City, Missouri. This vantage point faces east-northeast on 9th Street between Grand Avenue and Walnut Street.

Letter from Harry S. Truman at the Pickwick Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri to his wife Bess in Buena Vista, Colorado. In this letter, Truman updates Bess on his return to Kansas City and his speech there. Of his associates, he noted that "Mr. [Bennett C.] Clark accepted but failed to appear as usual. Told Jim P. [Pendergast] he'd be in this afternoon but didn't come."

Date: 
August 23rd 1939

Letter from Harry S. Truman at the Pickwick Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri to his wife Bess in Biloxi, Mississippi. In this letter, Truman updates Bess on the public's reaction at Truman laying off over two hundred county workers: "I have had to go off and hide. I am now on the seventh floor of the Pickwick Hotel. The manager gave me a room without registering so no job holder who wants to stay on can see or phone me."

Date: 
April 28th 1933

Letter from Harry S. Truman at the Pickwick Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri to his wife Bess in Biloxi, Mississippi. In this letter, Truman provides Bess with another update on the layoff of 202 county workers: "The papers didn't treat me so very badly. I guess I'll survive-politically I mean."

Date: 
April 29th 1933

A longhand note written by Harry S. Truman while he was a judge for Jackson County, Missouri. In this note, Truman recounts his childhood and early adulthood. Notable events described include his first encounters with his future wife, Bess Wallace; his start in politics at the hands of Mike Pendergast; and his decision to join the military.

Date: 
May 1931

A longhand note written by Harry S. Truman while he was a judge for Jackson County, Missouri. In this note, Truman recounts his childhood and early adulthood. Notable events described include his construction of the Jackson County Courthouse, his start in politics, and his family history.

Date: 
May 14th 1934

A longhand note written by Harry S. Truman while he was a judge for Jackson County, Missouri. In this note, Truman exposes many of the names and relations of those involved with the Pendergast machine in Kansas City. Although supported by Pendergast, Truman comments on the machine thusly: "What chance is there for a clean honest administration of the city and county when a bunch vultures sit on the side lines and puke on the field[?]."

A longhand note written by Harry S. Truman while he was a judge for Jackson County, Missouri. In this note, Truman writes of his career in politics in Kansas City and of Tom Pendergast. Truman says of him, "I am obligated to the Big Boss, a man of his word; but he gives it very seldom and usually on a sure thing. But he's not a trimmer. He, in times past owned a bawdy house, a saloon and gambling establishment; was raised in that environment, but he's all man. I wonder who's worth more in the sight of the Lord?"

A longhand note written by Harry S. Truman while he was a judge for Jackson County, Missouri. In this note, Truman provides a character sketch of fellow Jackson County judges Howard J. Vrooman and Robert W. Barr. Truman comments that "I got a lot of good legislation for Jackson Co. over while they [Vrooman and Barr] shot craps... By having a good host [Vrooman] and a man with an inferiority complex [Barr] I was able to expend $7,000,000.00 for the taxpayers benefit. At the same time I gave away about a million in general revenue to satisfy the politicians."

A longhand note written by Harry S. Truman while he was a judge for Jackson County, Missouri. In this note, Truman provides a character sketch of fellow Jackson County judge Thomas B. Bash and describes political activity in Kansas City between 1928 and 1931.

Letter from United Dry Forces of Jackson County Executive Secretary Martha Trimble to the County Court of Jackson County. Trimble claims that the court has not allowed those opposed to the repeal of the 18th Amendment equal representation on precinct boards of election in Jackson County.

Date: 
August 14th 1933

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.

Date: 
June 6th 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.

Date: 
May 24th 1941

Letter from Granville A. Richart to Sam M. Wear in which Richart thanks Wear for Wear's letter of congratulations regarding Richart's nomination. He comments that, "my candidacy was opposed by the political prostitutes, gamblers, the city administration and the Kansas City Star."

Date: 
August 14th 1940

Letter from Eugene P. Donnelly to Sam M. Wear in which Donnelly discusses the effect imminent Governor Forrest C. Donnell will have on the upcoming St. Louis City Election that April. He also comments of the Jackson County Democratic Organziation: "We are growing daily in Kansas City and have the confidence of the people of Jackson County."

Date: 
February 19th 1941

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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.