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Letter from Harry S. Truman at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas to his wife Bess in Independence, Missouri. In this letter, Truman reveals his inclination towards military service, stating that, "I am going to have to write orders for a whole division today, and believe me it's a real job. I won't have time to think of any politicians or jobs or roads either for the balance of the week."

Date: 
July 19th 1923

Letter from Harry S. Truman at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas to his wife Bess in Independence, Missouri. Truman describes his attraction to the military, then says, "You be a good girl and I'll be a good boy. I have been. I haven't had a thing to drink nor have I drawn a single card."

Date: 
July 21st 1923

Letter from Harry S. Truman at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas to his wife Bess in Independence, Missouri. In this letter, Truman comments briefly on Kansas City politics: "I see that the Journal is still having a pick at the County Court. If Mr. Dickey had gotten his streets accepted he'd have been pleased with the operation of the court."

Date: 
July 22nd 1923

Letter from Harry S. Truman at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas to his wife Bess in Independence, Missouri. In this letter, Truman comments that he is getting in shape while at Fort Leavenworth and exclaims, "I'll be able to lick all the rabbits and the Kansas City Journal too when I get home."

Date: 
July 25th 1923

Letter from Judge Harry S. Truman to George L. Reichel in which Truman recommends Robert T. Ragland for employment at Reichel's bank.

Date: 
January 17th 1923

Letter from Ralph Emerson Truman to his cousin Harry S. Truman in which Ralph inquires if Harry could find employment for his friend James H. McCormick of Kansas City. He states, "Of course, I am not up to date as to how political jobs are handed out."

Date: 
January 23rd 1923

Letter from Judge Harry S. Truman to Judge George J. Dodd of Greenwood, Missouri in which Truman states his desire to cancel the county deficit as well as improve roads.

Date: 
February 3rd 1923

Letter from Former Jackson County Judge George J. Dodd to current Judge Harry S. Truman. Dodd requests that Truman deny Judge Latshaw and Senator Cooper the position of Jackson County Counselor. Dodd then mentions that he prefers the Pendergast faction over the "Shannonites", but suggests that Truman stay out of Kansas City politics.

Date: 
January 23rd 1923

Letter from WWI veteran and civil engineering student J. P. Bryan to Judge Harry S. Truman. As a family acquantance, Bryan requests consideration for a job on the Jackson County highways for summer 1923. Bryan includes references and additional history on himself that Truman may not know.

Date: 
January 26th 1923
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.