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A letter from International Ladies Garment Workers Union Special Representative Meyer Perlstein and Donnelly Garment Workers Union No. 124 President Virginia Stroup to the Donnelly Garment Company. In this letter, Perlstein and Stroup inform the company of harassment that Donnelly employees have experienced from coworkers after joining the union. Perlsten and Stroup explicitly state their intention to solve the matter peaceably.

Date: 
January 25th 1935

In this letter, unknown writer "ESH" reproduces a statement given by dairy union representative R. O. Jackson. ESH furnishes this information to Walter Labhart and Irving U. Labhart, brothers and directors of the Aines Farm Dairy Company at 3110 Gillham Road, Kansas City, Missouri. The contents describe unrest between the Aines Farm Dairy Company and the local dairy producers union.

Date: 
May 14th 1937

A letter from International Association of Fire Fighters President Fred W. Baer to William F. White of St. Louis, Missouri. Baer relates to White the current working condition and political situation of Kansas City firemen. He implies that firemen of Kansas City are hired by the Pendergast Machine and that the female relatives of the firemen are actively encouraged to act as judges of precincts.

Date: 
March 18th 1937

A letter from International Printing Pressmen & Assitants' Union of North America Representative C. C. Moranville to George O. Pratt of Kansas City, Missouri.

Date: 
October 8th 1935

A letter from International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU) Kansas City Joint Board Manager Wave Tobin to Fred L. Smith of C. J. Gayfer and Co., Mobile, Alabama. Tobin urges Smith to inform the Donnelly Garment Company that C. J. Gayfer and Co. will no longer carry Donnelly garments if they do not cooperate with the ILGWU. Tobin then outlines her grievances with the Donnelly Garment Company and presents her case to Smith.

Date: 
June 30th 1937

A form letter from International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU) Director of Publicity Max D. Danish to garment merchandisers. Danish informs the recipients that the ILGWU has taken out an advertisement in the Kansas City Star, Kansas City Times, Kansas City Journal-Post and New York Women's Wear Daily relating to a "controversy concerning collective bargaining" between the Donnelly Garment Company and the ILGWU.

Date: 
June 17th 1937

A letter from International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU) Kansas City Joint Board Manager Wave Tobin to Fred L. Smith of Gayfers Dept. Store, Mobile, Alabama. Tobin urges Smith to inform the Donnelly Garment Company that Gayfers Dept. Store will no longer carry Donnelly garments. Tobin also outlines her grievances with the Donnelly Garment Company and presents her case to Smith.

Date: 
February 6th 1939

A letter from Fred L. Smith of C. J. Gayfer & Company, Inc., Mobile, Alabama to Donnelly Garment Company Vice President Alex Green. Upon receiving literature criticizing the Donnelly Garment Company from the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU), Smith requests that Green provides his opinion of the ILGWU's claims.

Date: 
February 13th 1939

A letter from Fred L. Smith of C. J. Gayfer & Company, Inc., Mobile, Alabama to the "Gentlemen" at Donnelly Garment Company (DGC). Upon receiving literature criticizing the DGC from the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU), Smith urges DGC "to deal with your employees on a collective basis for a reasonable salary and reasonable working hours." Else, Smith warns that the ILGWU will make their accusations public, which would potentially force retailers to withdraw DGC products.

Date: 
June 19th 1937

Correspondence from Frank "Chee Chee" DeMayo, Inmate #31989, to his wife, Bessie DeMayo, discussing personal and legal affairs, and mentioning Tony Ribaste, a member of a Kansas City organized crime family. DeMayo was sentenced to time in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth after a conviction of conspiracy to violate Prohibition law.

Date: 
January 9th 1930

Prison record of Frank "Chee Chee" DeMayo, Inmate #31989, which includes personal and family information as well as sentencing and arrest dates. DeMayo was sentenced to time in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth after a conviction of conspiracy to violate Prohibition law.

Date: 
March 21st 1929

Correspondence regarding Lemuel Hawkins, Inmate #39929, after he was shot and killed in a robbery on August 19, 1934. The Chicago Police Department requests Hawkins' criminal record from the Leavenworth Penitentiary warden. Hawkins was sentenced to two years in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth after being convicted of violating the National Motor Vehicle Theft Act.

Date: 
August 22nd 1934

Correspondence regarding Lemuel Hawkins, Inmate #39929, after he was shot and killed in a robbery on August 19, 1934. Record Clerk Carl Zarter provides the requested background information and criminal record of Lemuel Hawkins after his death. Hawkins was sentenced to two years in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth after being convicted of violating the National Motor Vehicle Theft Act.

Date: 
September 6th 1934

Letter from Miss Glenn E. Campbell at The Kansas City Provident Association to Isaac Sway, Senior Warden's Assistant at Leavenworth regarding Frank H. Adams, Inmate #52957. The letter discusses a home visit with Adams' wife Bessie and her financial situation. Adams was sentenced to time in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth after being convicted of vote fraud in Kansas City, Missouri.

Date: 
May 19th 1938

Letter from Lewis J. Grout, Chief U.S. Probation Officer, to Mr. N. R. Timmons, Chief Parole Officer at the Leavenworth Penitentiary, regarding Joseph Maher, Inmate #53422, discussion verification of Maher's post-parole employment plans. Maher was sentenced to two years in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth after being convicted of conspiracy to deprive voters of their rights in Kansas City, Missouri.

Date: 
April 27th 1939

Letter from Lewis J. Grout, Chief U.S. Probation Officer, to Mr. N. R. Timmons, Chief Parole Officer at the Leavenworth penitentiary, regarding Frank P. Dixon, Inmate #53423. The letter notes that Dixon has secured post-parole employment as a mechanic. Dixon was sentenced to two years in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth after being convicted of conspiracy to deprive voters of their rights in Kansas City, Missouri.

Date: 
April 26th 1939

Order in Criminal Case No. 12392: United States vs. Frank Balestrere, defendant. The order, signed by Judge Merrill E. Otis, orders Balestrere's release from the Johnson County Jail on January 6, 1934. Otis cites Balestrere's lack of previous criminal record and letters from doctors attesting to Balestrere's poor health. The order states that upon his release, Balestrere will be subject to two years of probation.

Date: 
January 6th 1934

Letter from U.S. Attorney Maurice M. Milligan to U.S. District Court Clerk A. L. Arnold requesting that the charges against Glen Van Dyke in Criminal Case #13839 be dismissed.

Date: 
November 26th 1938

Letter from Charles H. Houston to the clerk of the United States District Court for the Central Division of the Western District of Missouri, writing that he was enclosing a motion and order in the Lucile Bluford vs. S. W. Canada case, and asking that it is called to the attention of the court. At the time, Bluford was the managing editor of the Kansas City Call and her effort to gain admittance to the masters degree program at MU's School of Journalism, and repeated denials due to her race, lead to a a series of lawsuits that eventually reached the Missouri Supreme Court.

Date: 
January 23rd 1941

Memorandum from Lucile Bluford's attorney Charles Houston to University of Missouri attorneys William S. Hogsett, Kenneth Teasdale, and Rubey Hulen providing notice of a motion to be submitted on behalf of Bluford, and including a registered mail receipt certifying that the notice was provided. The motion itself is not included in this document.

Date: 
October 25th 1940

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