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Letter from Edgar Shook to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, discussing potential legal action against Kansas City, Missouri as well as "the present controvery respecting the County Court's refusal to pay our employees compensation which we have certified for them." Shook writes that "McElroy has seen fit to abuse the Board and its employees at meetings of the City Council."

Date: 
January 13th 1938

Unsigned letter to Governor Lloyd C. Stark describing acts of corruption taking place throughout the city stemming from businesses affiliated with the Pendergast machine and John Lazia.

Letter from Ruby Henshaw to Lloyd Stark, who had provided a letter of introduction to Mr. Kemper of Commerce Bank. She reports on her efforts to obtain a job through Kemper.

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December 28th 1934

Letter from Ruby Henshaw describing the results of the recent elections in Kansas City, remarking that Tom Pendergast and his affiliates were victorious. She also comments on the poor state of economic affairs in Kansas City, and also provides some personal updates and business suggestions for Stark's nursery & orchard operation.

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December 1st 1932

Loan agreement between T.J. Pendergast, T.J. Pendergast Jr., and P.H. McCrory and the Commerce Trust Company.

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December 27th 1943

Letter from William T. Kemper, Sr. of the Commerce Trust Company to Harry S. Truman congratulating him on his Democratic nomination for Judge of Jackson County, Missouri.

Date: 
August 5th 1922

Clipping from The Missouri Alumnus, Vol. XIV, No. 4, featuring a biography of James Madison Kemper, Sr. on the occasion of his promotion to president of the Commerce Trust Company, Kansas City, Missouri.

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December 1925

Clipping from the Kansas City American on January 10, 1929 featuring a biography of William T. Kemper, Jr. on the occasion of his promotion to president of the First National Bank of Independence.

Date: 
January 10th 1929

Entrance ticket to W. T. Kemper, Sr.'s barbecue for employees of Commerce Trust Company and associated banks. It was held on Saturday, June 8, 1935 at 2:30 o'clock at Red Fox Farm, 152nd Street & Holmes Road. Directions indicate to "Follow American Flags West from 152nd."

Date: 
June 8th 1935

Invitation to W. T. Kemper, Sr.'s barbecue for employees of Commerce Trust Company and associated banks. Events include a "Bathing Beauty Contest", "Hog Calling Contest", "Fat Man's Race", "Pipe Smokers race", and others.

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June 8th 1935

Invitation to W. T. Kemper, Sr.'s annual picnic and barbecue for employees of Commerce Trust Company and associated banks. Events include a "Ladies Bathing Beauty Contest - eight to eighty (Men Judges)", "Hog Calling Contest", "Fat Man's Race", "Pipe Smokers race", and others.

Date: 
June 20th 1936

Clipping from The Missouri Alumnus, Vol. XXI, No. 5, featuring a biographies and portraits of James Madison Kemper, Sr., Rufus Crosby Kemper, Sr., and William T. Kemper, Jr.

Date: 
January 1933

Entrance ticket to "W. T. Kemper's Annual Picnic" for employees of Commerce Trust Company and associated banks. It was held on Saturday, June 20, 1936 at 2:00 o'clock at Red Fox Farm, 152nd Street & Holmes Road. Directions indicate to "Follow American Flags West from 152nd."

Date: 
June 20th 1936

Clipping entitled "Scenes at William T. Kemper's Annual Picnic at Red Fox Farm" from the Kansas City Post on June 21, 1936 showing photographs from W. T. Kemper, Sr.'s annual picnic for employees of Commerce Trust Company and associated banks. Those pictured include W. T. Kemper, Sr., Billy Purdy, W. T. Kemper, Jr., Helen Finch, Diana Sheffield, and Jimmy Lawrence.

Date: 
June 21st 1936

Photograph of the soda pop stand from Setzler's Soda Water Company at W. T. Kemper, Sr.'s annual picnic and barbecue for employees of Commerce Trust Company and associated banks.

Date: 
June 20th 1936

Photograph of a crowd viewing one of the events at W. T. Kemper, Sr.'s annual picnic and barbecue for employees of Commerce Trust Company and associated banks.

Date: 
June 20th 1936

Photograph of Helen Finch (far right), winner of the "bathing beauty contest", along with the other 14 contestants after the contest at W. T. Kemper, Sr.'s annual picnic for employees of Commerce Trust Company and associated banks.

Date: 
June 20th 1936

Clipping from the Kansas City Post on June 21, 1936 describing W. T. Kemper, Sr.'s annual picnic for employees of Commerce Trust Company and associated banks. The article lists the activities, including a recognition of employment anniversaries, "bathing beauty" contest, hog calling contest, and a picnic.

Date: 
June 21st 1936

Photograph of an unidentified man with soda pop and barbecue at W. T. Kemper, Sr.'s annual picnic and barbecue for employees of Commerce Trust Company and associated banks.

Date: 
June 20th 1936

Photograph of W. T. Kemper, Sr. standing near the crowd at his annual picnic and barbecue for employees of Commerce Trust Company and associated banks.

Date: 
June 20th 1936

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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.