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Letter to the Governor from Mrs. L. M. Fry describing corruption and injustices occuring at her husband's job.

Date: 
March 31st 1940

Brief letter naming three WPA bosses in Stella Missouri whom the author recommends be ousted from their positions.

Date: 
April 4th 1940

Letter describing unfair treatment by Pendergast bosses at the WPA in Crawford County, Missouri.

Date: 
April 12th 1940

Letter from Governor Lloyd C. Stark to Hon. Fred Blair Townsend, regarding Missouri's delegation to the Democratic National Convention. Stark says he believes that "Missouri is safely in line with the Roosevelt forces."

Date: 
April 29th 1940

Letter from George M. Morris to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, writing regarding the development of a road between Jerico Springs and El Dorado Springs. He also discusses political appointments in Jerico Springs.

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April 25th 1940

Letter signed "Executive Secretary" to Hon. Drew Pearson, regarding the Missouri delegation to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. The letter says that, despite the efforts of the "anti-Roosevelt forces, headed by Missouri's Senior Senator" Bennett Clark and the Pendergast machine, the Missouri delegation to the convention "will be guided ... by a strongly worded resolution praising President Roosevelt's leadership," favored by Governor Stark.

Date: 
April 23rd 1940

Press release containing the test of a statement given by William Hirth, publisher of the Missouri Farmer and president of the Missouri Farmers' Association, regarding the state Democratic convention. Hirth reports that the recent "convention in St. Louis was the most shameful gathering of its kind in the history of Missouri," and describes animosity between Clark-Pendergast forces and Governor Lloyd C. Stark.

Date: 
April 21st 1940

Memo for the press containing a response from Governor Lloyd C. Stark to a report from the US Senate's Gillette Committee to Investigate Campaign Expenditures. Stark says the report proves that allegations against his camapign were "just another effort of the Pendergast remnants and their allies in the 'smear Stark movement' designed to put the Pendergast crowd back in control of Missouri."

Date: 
June 22nd 1940

Letter from Elisabeth S. Nelty to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, expressing concern that "it is beginning to get around that your Election Officials, and they are yours, are Machine controlled," and warns that if the Pendergast machine regains control after the hard work of the "clean-up forces," that "if such a thing happens it will be laid on your door-step and you will be the most unpopular person hereabouts."

Date: 
January 21st 1940

Letter signed "The Swab" to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, asserting that the Pendergast machine has "dressed up drunken bums, reprobates, derelicts, hustlers" and more into electioneering and voting against Stark.

Date: 
January 29th 1940

Letter from L. E. Myers to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, stating that Jackson County prosecutor W. W. Graves is corrupt, and accusing him letting rapists and thieves go free in a case for a bribe.

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February 15th 1940

Letter from Paul G. Koontz to Governor Lloyd C. Stark regarding the activities of election clerks and precinct captains in local elections. He is concerned that "Charter Party precinct captains insist on accompanying [election] clerks," and believes "the Election Board has the situation well in hand."

Date: 
March 5th 1940

Letter from Mrs. L. M. Fry to Governor Lloyd C. Stark describing her and her husband's encounters with the Pendergast Machine and issues related to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She writes that the mayor of Independence "is really a double crosser if there was one,"

Date: 
March 31st 1940

Letter from Mrs. L. M. Fry to Governor Lloyd C. Stark regarding continuing issues with the Pendergast Machine, Harry S. Truman, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

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June 26th 1940

Letter from William Hirth to Governor Lloyd C. Stark discussing the prospect of Colonel Whitten as U.S. District Attorney and the candidacy of Maurice Milligan for Senate. Hirth writes that Whitten "is not only a man of outstanding ability, ... but from the long fight he has made against the machine in Kansas City, I think he is richly entitled to" the office.

Date: 
May 6th 1940

Letter from William Hirth to Governor Lloyd C. Stark discussing the prospect of Colonel Whitten as U.S. District Attorney and the candidacy of Maurice Milligan for Senate. Hirth writes that Whitten "is not only a man of outstanding ability, ... but from the long fight he has made against the machine in Kansas City, I think he is richly entitled to" the office.

Date: 
May 6th 1940

Letter from Major Gregory Vigeant, Jr., to the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners discussing issues at his polling place during August and March 1940 elections, including evidence that "a dead man and his wife in this precinct had been voted."

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August 9th 1940

Letter from Major Gregory Vigeant, Jr., to the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners discussing issues at polling places during previous elections. He writes that "citizens have been threatened and told if they did note vote as ... they were told to by the machine that taxes would be raised and I, myself, have been threatened by violence."

Date: 
July 9th 1940

Letter from Mrs. Liona McCormick to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, reporting that "there was not one thing fair about any one part of this election." McCormick, from Blue Township in Jackson County, describes Pendergast workers handing out ballots during a recent primary while her party was not allowed access to the polling places, and requests help in cleaning up elections in the future.

Date: 
August 12th 1940

Anonymous letter to Governor Stark alerting him to political scandals in Washington County, Missouri

Date: 
May 3rd 1940

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KANSAS CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY | DIGITAL HISTORY
Civil War on the Western Border: The Missouri-Kansas Conflict,1855-1865.
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