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Letter from J. T. Pinnel to the Governor's Secretary, J. D. James regarding a speech given by the Governor in Pineville, Missouri the previous day, as well as the distribution of Billings campaign materials.

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July 28th 1938

Letter from C.M. Fleming to Governor Stark regarding county political races in and around Versailles, Missouri. Fleming identifies Pendergast-aligned state employees and recommends one for dismissal.

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August 5th 1938

Letter from Roy Glidewell asking governor Stark to acknowledge his previous letter and indicate a timeline for appointing a vacant judgeship.

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July 8th 1938

Letter from Roy E. Glidewell to Governor Stark about the vacancy of the 21st Judicial Circuit Court Judge.

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June 30th 1938

Letter from Roy E. Glidewell continuing the theme of the previous day's letter, outlining what he would do if appointed to the 21st Circuit Court Judgeship.

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June 28th 1938

Letter from Roy E. Glidewell to Governor Lloyd Stark formally asking to be appointed to the vacant 21st Circuit Court judgeship.

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June 27th 1938

Letter from a former timekeeper on a Missouri WPA project, describing the corruption in place regarding the awarding of jobs. Gov. Lloyd Stark is CC-ed on the letter.

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July 3rd 1939

Letter from Elsie Belle McD to Governor Lloyd C. Stark discussing support throughout the state for James Douglas in his campaign for the Missouri State Supreme Court.

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September 15th 1938

Letter from C. P. Damron to Governor Lloyd C. Stark. He writes to support Stark's removal of R. Emmet O'Malley from the Missouri state insurance department and his continued work to clean up state government.

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April 21st 1938

Letter from J. N. Burroughs to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, commending Stark's opposition to "the corrupt elements in our party headed by the Pendergast machine," and believes he will receive support for Judge James Douglas's election to the Missouri Supreme Court.

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May 7th 1938

Letter from J. J. Smith to Governor Lloyd C. Stark. Smith warns that if a man named H. V. Sewell has recently written to pledge support for Judge James Douglas, Stark should be suspicious as Smith knows that Sewell has recently written to Pendergast pledging loyalty to his side. Smith writes that Sewell has an "inclination and practice of trying to ride two horses at the same time going in opposite directions." Smith also offers Stark advice and information in the future, "confidentally or publicly."

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May 9th 1938

Letter from Dr. W. L. Brandon to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, in which Brandon resigns "as a member and as Vice-President of the Missouri State Board of Health, effective this date." He does so in protest of Stark's request for "a confidential report on those who are for Judge Douglas in your section; and also the names of leaders who are against him." He states that in addition to supporting Judge Billings, who is a personal friend, he considers Stark's request "to be both sinister and corrupt."

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May 17th 1938

Letter from E. R. Holland to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, regarding Dr. W. L. Brandon's alleged statement that "two carloads of Douglas supporters couldn't be found in all Southeast Missouri." Holland reports that there are in fact numerous Douglas supporters in the town of Kennett and the county at large.

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May 19th 1938

Letter from Edison Blagg to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, reporting on where alliances lie in the Douglas vs. Billings Supreme Court campaign in Nodaway County. He writes that county has "always been an anti-Pendergast county" though some local candidates have received machine support. Billings supporters include John Rush and Stanley Ferguson. Douglas "will have the support of the more stable type of Democrats here," including Judge M. E. Ford, T. G. Robinson, and Judge A. P. Kidder.

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May 20th 1938

Letter from Frank K. Ashby to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, reporting that Stark (and Judge James Douglas) do not have the support of a Pendergast-allied group in his county. Ashby suggests that if Stark "can shift the positions or take away the appointments of some of the men you know are not for you, or anything you want, you will make it much easier to control this section almost solidly."

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May 21st 1938

Letter from David M. Proctor to Judge James V. Billings, in response to Billings' solicitation of support. Proctor writes that, in spite of warm personal feelings, he cannot support Billings for two reasons: one, he is a Republican, and second, due to his sponsorship by the Pendergast machine.

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May 21st 1938

Letter from Hurd Martin to Governor Lloyd C. Stark regarding the alliances of Carroll County Democrats to the Pendergast machine. He reports that Earl Cheesman, county chairman, met with Tom Pendergast recently and pledged his support. Martin is concerned that Stark could inadvertantly appoint Pendergast loyalists to important positions.

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May 27th 1938

Letter from J. T. Pinnell to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, reporting that Democratic county officials in southwest Missouri are under Pendergast machine control and that the "office holders have Mr. Billings' picture set up in their offices." Pinnell writes that he believes that there are many "decent, patriotic men and women" who are not allied with Pendergast, "but the trouble is that they are not organized at all, and consequently, will not be able to make their force felt." He also describes machine influence with relief organizations in the region.

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June 8th 1938

Letter from Walker C. Johnson to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, lauding Stark for his "stand for RIGHT in the State of M[issouri]." He writes that many of his county opposed Stark due to his Pendergast support, but that now "most of them are behind you on this [war] to rid the State of the rascals in elections." He also describes losing his job due to political affiliation.

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June 21st 1938

Letter from Ruth Vawter to Governor Lloyd C. Stark. Vawter writes regarding Mrs. Marie S. Barnhill, former Area Supervisor of Women's Work for the WPA in Webster County. Barnhill's successor "is making her brags that she can deliver Saline County in the palm of her hand to the Organization for Judge Billings," and Vawter suggests that Barnhill, who is not currently allied to either Supreme Court candidate, could support Douglas "should [Stark] be able to help her."

Date: 
June 10th 1938

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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.