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Form letter from Joseph B. Shannon to the people of Kansas City in which Shannon provides a list and figures documenting the rise of crime and police brutality in Kansas City from 1921-24 with the police department controlled by Matthew Foster and The Kansas City Star. In the postscript, Shannon alleges that policemen were ordered to "pay monthly political assessments" and states that the past "four years of police administration cost the taxpayers of Kansas City $5,232,691.74."

Date: 
March 19th 1925

William T. Kemper, Sr.'s ticket for seat 11, row 2 on the reviewing stand at the Third Annual American Legion Convention parade on November 1, 1921 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Date: 
November 1st 1921

Form letter from the Jackson County Republican Committee to the citizens of Kansas City in advance of the 1922 Election. The letter asserts that the nominees on the Democratic ticket were selected by Joseph Shannon, Tom Pendergast, Cas Welch, Johnny O'Neill, and Miles Bulger. The Jackson County Republican Committee instead urge the recipients to vote for Republican candidates.

Date: 
November 3rd 1922

Cartoon from the Kansas City Star after the local election on March 25, 1930. The drawing depicts James P. Aylward driving a street sweeper with Bryce B. Smith, Henry F. McElroy, Alfred N. Gossett, Thomas J. Pendergast, Joseph B. Shannon, and Casimir J. Welch. The caption reads, "The Democratic Machine makes a clean sweep in our recent municipal election."

Date: 
March 30th 1930

Certificate to visit Mexico issued to William T. Kemper, Sr. by the Mexican Consulate in Kansas City, Missouri. The document includes a portrait photograph and physical description of Kemper and specifies that he may visit six months. The Mexican Consulate was located in Room 523 of the first Bryant Building at the southwest corner of 11th Street and Grand Avenue, Kansas City, Misssouri.

Date: 
February 2nd 1927

William T. Kemper, Sr.'s membership card for the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Lodge No. 26 of Kansas City, Missouri. The document states that Kemper is a life member since May 30, 1914.

Date: 
1926

Small card to be used by voters to instruct them which candidates to vote for in the municipal election on Tuesday, March 25, 1930. This Democratic ticket was issued by the Democratic County Committee.

Date: 
1930

Letter from Inghram D. Hook to Ellison A. Neel regarding Neel's "forthright statement" in the Kansas City Star regarding the upcoming election. Hook writes that "the machine ... is on its way out."

Date: 
March 25th 1938

Clipping from the Kansas City Times on February 16, 1937 showing drawings and photographs from the 1936 Election Vote Fraud Trial. Included are depictions of the courtroom, evidence, and corridor outside of the courtroom. Vincent J. Doherty (Chief Deputy Election Commissioner), Fred M. Bellemere (Chairman of the Board of Election Commissioners), and Maurice M. Milligan (U.S. District Attorney).

Date: 
February 16th 1937

Clipping entitled, "The Thirteen Jurors Who Will Hear the Vote Fraud Trial" from the Kansas City Times on February 16, 1937. The caption provides the name, profession, and hometown of each juror, all of whom live outside of Jackson County.

Date: 
February 16th 1937

Clipping from the Kansas City Star on February 1, 1931 showing city hall employees with free passes getting onto a street car driven by Henry F. McElroy. A "Ready Mixed" cart is being pulled behind the street car.

Date: 
February 1st 1931

Clipping from the Kansas City Star on February 1, 1931 showing Joe Shannon turning over the reins to a rabbit drawn carriage of the "Rabbit Faction" to Peter J. Kelly. Dr. L. C. "Doc" Johnson is shown walking away in the background.

Date: 
February 1st 1931

Clipping from the Kansas City Star on June 12, 1931 showing corruption holding back "Municipal Building Progress" and "Municipal Government Progress" in Kansas City.

Date: 
June 12th 1931

Clipping from the Kansas City Star on March 16, 1932 showing the Kansas City Police Department saluting Henry F. McElroy.

Date: 
March 16th 1932

Clipping from the Kansas City Star on March 22, 1931 showing graves where street parking should be in downtown Kansas City.

Date: 
March 22nd 1931

Clipping from the Kansas City Star of Tom Pendergast, Joe Shannon, and Cas Welch dressed as old women and knitting while the Kansas City Police Department plays like children on the floor. The signs on the wall show, "God Bless Our Home", "Crime never pays", and "The way of the transgressor is hard".

Date: 
1931

Clipping from the Kansas City Star on April 22, 1931 shows a satirical concept for police badges to be used by "Goat", "Rabbit", and "Hybrid" factions controlled by Tom Pendergast, Joe Shannon, and Cas Welch, respectively.

Date: 
April 22nd 1931

Clipping from the Kansas City Star on May 3, 1931 showing motorists avoiding potholes with men sleeping in them. A pedestrian asks, "See anyone?" The caption states, "There are 150 Men filling holes in the streets says Matt S. Murray. -But where are they? ('Has anybody looked in the bottom of the holes?')."

Date: 
May 3rd 1931

Clipping from the Kansas City Star on February 15, 1931 showing Democrats eating around the "Water Main Job Counter" while Tom Pendergast says, "Those without letters from Democratic precinct captains eat at the second table, maybe." Those waiting to say "When do we eat?"

Date: 
February 15th 1931

Clipping from the Kansas City Star on April 23, 1931 showing three men (presumably Tom Pendergast, Cas Welch, and Joe Shannon) taking a joy ride while a young boy holds a sign stating, "We have no money for playground supervision."

Date: 
April 23rd 1931

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Civil War on the Western Border: The Missouri-Kansas Conflict,1855-1865.
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KC History, Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Kansas City Public Library.