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Unsigned letter to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, including a clipping from the Kansas City Times, regarding the demand to prosecute violations of election laws. The letter also mentions that Prosecutor Tom Graves intends to marry the widow of John Lazia.

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June 16th 1937

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."

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March 22nd 1938

Letter from Mrs. W. A. Judd, a Kansas City election judge, to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, describing her concern about corruption and criminality in the upcoming election and requesting additional protection at the polls. She believes "Kansas City has no protection for any one but the criminal element."

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March 24th 1938

Letter from E. A. Brambwell to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, describing Jackson County political happenings, including the ouster of Sheriff Williams.

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May 9th 1939

Letter from Dorman H. O'Leary to Governor Lloyd C. Stark discussing actions taken against Jackson County politicians including County Prosecutor W. W. Graves and Sheriff James Williams. O'Leary is opposed to the sheriff's ouster and argues that "a grave injustice is being done to the only elected official in the court house who has conducted his office in a proper manner."

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May 9th 1939

Letter from J. B. Moran to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, describing increased tax assessments being used as punishment for anti-Machine actions, and city work being used for a reward for pro-Pendergast actions. Moran says that the county "raised the valuation on my home in the sum of $550 as a penalty for my having signed a petition for recall election." The letter also references a suit to remove W. W. Graves, Jr. from office as Jackson County prosecutor.

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September 22nd 1939

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 Mildred M. Oliver to Lloyd C. Stark, writing with concerns about property remaining with the wife of her murdered attorney and threats she's received from Sheriff Meany. She writes that "T.J. PENDERGAST AND JAMES A FARLEY ARE BOTH JUDAS DEMOCRATS."

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January 16th 1936

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

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May 3rd 1940

Letter from I. N. Watson to Jesse Barrett describing his attempts to counteract and prosecute voting fraud during the 1936 election in Kansas City.

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November 29th 1939

Pamphlet written by Ewing Young Mitchell, former Assistant Secretary of Commerce in Franklin D. Roosevelt administration's first term. He first responds to Harry Truman's statement to a reporter that "he never had sought the support of the Pendergast political organization in Missouri" and that the Pendergast machine was not involved in scandal until after he was elected to the Senate.

Date: 
October 1944
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.