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Letter from Grover Childers to Governor Lloyd C. Stark reporting on current activities of the Pendergast machine, and opinions about Stark's efforts to clean up the police department. Childers also reports that President Roosevelt "is not in sympathy with political machines that defeat the public in elections."

Date: 
March 30th 1939

Letter from Clay C. Rogers regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Rogers writes that "the good which flowed from [Higgins'] activities far overbalance any wrong which he committed," and alludes to Tom Pendergast serving a lighter sentence for a worse crime. Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

Date: 
August 7th 1940

Letter from James H. Anderson regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Anderson writes of Higgins' commendations as a war correspondent, including "the personal commendation of our great General, John J. Pershing," and states his confidence that Higgins will "become a valuable citizen in our community" upon his parole. Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

Date: 
August 5th 1940

Letter from attorney J. Frank Flynn regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Flynn writes that he has known Higgins since they were law school students, and states that he "associated with respectable people and had a good reputation." Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

Date: 
August 12th 1940

Letter from Sol Sporn, president of Gelhaar Uniform Company, regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Sporn writes that he knows Higgins to be "a fine, up-standing citizen in every respect," and says he will "again be the fine citizen that he was before this misfortune occurred." Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

Date: 
August 13th 1940

Letter from Thomas J. Strickler regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Strickler writes that, in his view, Higgins "has very definitely learned his lesson" and will make a "good citizen" upon his release. Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

Date: 
August 10th 1940

Letter from F. Spencer Johnson regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Johnson writes that Higgins is "capable and industrious," and has "been sufficiently punished." Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

Date: 
August 13th 1940

Letter from Ruby D. Garrett regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Garrett, an attorney and Pendergast ally, writes of Higgins' service as a war correspondent during World War I, noting that "no man ever showed finer gourage, or greater loyalty," and that he is currently being punished "for the only wrong of which I have ever heard connected with his name." Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

Date: 
August 2nd 1940

Letter from Dr. Walter L. Smalls, regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Smalls writes that Higgins was "thoroughly penitent [and] lashed by agonizing remorse" when he confessed his guilt, and lists his many positive assets and contributions to the community. Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

Date: 
August 17th 1940

Letter from attorney Alexander D. Saper regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Saper writes that he practiced law with Higgins between 1922 and 1934, and believes he was a "clear victim of circumstance" due to his association with the Pendergast Machine, and that he is otherwise "intelligent [and] industrious" and will "be able to rehabilitate himself." Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

Date: 
August 7th 1940

Letter from J. Burns Gallagher regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Gallagher writes that, for the years he knew Higgins, "he bore a very good reputation," and believes him worthy of parole. Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

Date: 
August 13th 1940

Letter from Eugene C. Trefz regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Trefz writes that he believes Higgins to be "a good industrious citizen" who "should be allowed to again support his family." Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

Date: 
August 13th 1940
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.