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Letter from Charles E. Ellis, one of Kansas City's 12th Ward election judges, to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, concerned about threatened violence against poll workers who don't obey the Pendergast machine in upcoming elections, and requesting military protection due to distrust in the police. He reports that when he acted as an election judge, that he "was forcibly ejected by two North End Ruffians" when he didn't obey a Democratic precinct captain.

Date: 
February 20th 1938

Letter from John Smith to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, concerned about similar violence and intimidation in the upcoming election as has occurred in the past, and encouraging the governor to send the National Guard into Kansas City to ensure enforcement. Smith reports that Machine workers have told him that the last election, where "intimidations, slugging and even killing took place," was "a Sunday School affair compared to what is coming."

Date: 
March 22nd 1938

Letter signed "A booster" to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, concerned about the lack of law enforcement anticipated at the March 29 election and requesting the presence of National Guard troops to aid in election security and safety. He thinks that would provide "a source of Security to the election workers & would have a bearing on the way lots of citizens would vote."

Date: 
March 24th 1938
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Civil War on the Western Border: The Missouri-Kansas Conflict,1855-1865.
The Pendergast Years, Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression.
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