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Letter from James M. Pendergast to Guy B. Park asking him to look into parole for Russell L. Miller.

Date: 
September 28th 1936

Letter from James M. Pendergast to Guy B. Park making an introduction of Edward S. Saighman.

Date: 
May 10th 1936

Letter from Jim Pendergast to Guy B. Park recommending Miss Della Lapping for a clerical position in a state department.

Date: 
May 15th 1936

Letter from James M. Pendergast to Guy B. Park making an introduction to Robert Esterly.

Letter from James M. Pendergast to Guy B. Park recommending Miss Mildred Cherry for a position with a state department.

Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri, dedicated in 1914. This vantage point faces north-northeast from Liberty Memorial and shows downtown Kansas City, Missouri in the background.

Blank letterhead for the Pendergast Distributing Co. The header also includes Pabst Milwaukee and Blue Ribbon Brand Malt Syrup.

A World War I Color Guard (either 128th or 129th field artillery or 140th infantry) marches down Grand Avenue (now Grand Boulevard) in Kansas City, Missouri, in a parade of soldiers returning home from Europe. From: Mrs. D. S. Catechis.

Date: 
May 1919

World War I soldiers, returning from Europe, march down Grand Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri, in a victory parade. Union Station can be seen faintly in the background to the southwest. From: Mrs. D. S. Catechis.

Date: 
May 1919

Soldiers returning from Europe at the end of World War I march down Grand Avenue (now Grand Boulevard) in Kansas City, Missouri, as people toss flowers into the street. From: Mrs. D. S. Catechis.

Date: 
May 1919

Photocopy of a letter from James M. Pendergast to his wife Kathleen Pendergast. He tells her that he will be traveling to Columbia, Missouri in the morning (July 6, 1934) for Harry S. Truman's senate campaign opening and a State Committee meeting. He then updates Kathleen on his plans for the next week and details of the past few days. The letter is written on Jackson Democratic Club letterhead that also includes Harry S. Truman and T. J. Pendergast as members of the executive board. The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum does not hold the original document.

Date: 
July 5th 1934

Photocopy of a letter from James M. Pendergast to his wife Kathleen Pendergast. James recounts the details of John Lazia's funeral which the local newspapers believe to be Kansas City's largest funeral gathering. He then updates Kathleen on his trip to Monroe County and on his upcoming trip with Harry S. Truman to Cameron, Missouri. The letter is written on Jackson Democratic Club letterhead that also includes Harry S. Truman and T. J. Pendergast as members of the executive board. The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum does not hold the original document.

Date: 
July 13th 1934

Street scene showing the Kansas City Public Service Company Building (also known as the Kansas City Railway Company or K.C. Rys. Co. from 1914-1925) on the left. This building was located on the south side of 15th Street (now Truman Road) between Grand Avenue (now Grand Boulevard) and Walnut Street. It was razed in 1932 by the Atlas Wrecking and Lumber Corporation. Pictured right at the northwest corner of Grand Avenue and 15th Street is a building with an advertisement for Blue Moon Dance.

Date: 
1932

Letter from Thomas J. Pendergast to Kansas Governor Harry H. Woodring in which Pendergast introduces Howard M. Smith, "a member of my [Pendergast's] organization," for the purpose of discussing Black state schools in Kansas.

Date: 
January 30th 1931

Letter from A. G. Carter regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Carter writes that Higgins is "a gentleman, a good business man, and an asset to the community," and notes that Higgins is th father-in-law of his son, and "has been kind and helpful" in that role. 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 6th 1940

Letter from Louis G. Loschke, assistant cashier at City National Bank & Trust Company, regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Loschke writes that he is Higgins' brother-in-law, and attests the positive assets of his sister and her husband, and his intentions to live a good citizen. 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 Tom L. Evans, president of Crown Drug Company, regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Evans writes of Higgins' accomplishments with the police department and Kansas City Safety Council, and states that he believes Higgins "has learned his lesson" and would be able to "completely rehabilitate himself" as a citizen. 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

Photograph of T. J. Pendergast (left) and James M. Pendergast (right). The caption on the back of the image reads, "KC 440785, K.C. POLITICAL SMILES AS MACHINE CLICKS KANSAS CITY, MO.----T. J. (Tom) Pendergast, dominant Democratic leader of Kansas City, is shown here with his nephew and Chief Lieutenant, James M. Pendergast, smiling broadly as they anticipated victory in the Kansas City elections. The picture was taken in the Pendergast wigwam, known as Jackson Democratic Club.

Date: 
March 30th 1938

Postcard showing the reviewing stand in front of The Kansas City Star building for the American Legion Parade in Kansas City, Missouri. This parade, along with the Liberty Memorial dedication, took place over three days in late 1921: October 30, 31 and November 1st. Gen. Jacques of Belgium, Gen. Armando Diaz of Italy, Vice President Calvin Coolidge, Marshal Ferdinand Foch of France, Gen. John J. Pershing and Adm. David Beatty of Great Britain are present at the reviewing stand.

Date: 
November 1st 1921

Postcard showing the Kansas City, Missouri business district from atop Union Station. This elevated vantage point faces north, showing Main Street on the right and the H. D. Lee Mercantile Company Building at 20th and Wyandotte on the left. The back of the postcard includes a brief caption about this city district and a short letter to Ira D. Mollet of Chanute, Kansas.

Date: 
April 21st 1922

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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.