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Photograph of Ralph T. Harding, Lillie Knight, and Clarence Click (left to right) in the court room. The caption on the back of the image reads, "Watch your credit, International Chicago, 8817, 12-8-33, Charged with Kidnaping Mary McElroy: Clarence Click (right), discussing his case with Miss Lillie Knight, young woman attorney, who pleaded with a Kansas City jury not to send click to the gallows; at left is chief counsel for defense, Ralph T. Harding. Click is charged with kidnaping Miss Mary McElroy, daughter of City Manager H. F.

Date: 
December 8th 1933

Photograph of Mary McElroy who was kidnapped in 1933 at 25 years old and held for ransom. The caption on the back of the image reads, "KC 539217, A SUICIDE, KANSAS CITY, MO:- A recent picture of Miss Mary McElroy, daughter of recently deceased City Manager H. F. McElroy, who ended her own life recently with a bullet from a.25 caliber gun. It is believed she had been despondent since the death of her father, which occurred while he was under federal indictment. ET, CREDIT LINE (ACME) 1/23/40 (JC)."

Photograph of Walter McGee. The caption on the back of the image reads, "KC 217832... (Chicago Bureau). EDITORS: The above photo shows Walter McGee, under sentence to hang for the kidnaping of Miss Mary McElroy, daughter of the city manager of Kansas City, Mo. WATCH WIRES FOR POSSIBLE DEVELOPMENTS MARCH 30, 1935. BFM#26 3-29-35 YOUR CREDIT LINE MUST READ 'ACME."

Date: 
March 29th 1935

Photograph of convicted kidnapper Walter H. McGee. The caption on the back of the image reads, "KC 211935... (Chicago Bureau). IN DEATH CELL. Walter H. McGee, leader of the kidnap gang that abducted Miss Mary McElroy, photographed in the death cell in the Jackson County jail at Kansas City, Mo., after a jury had sentenced him to hang for the crime. This is the first photo to be taken in the death cell, and special permission to make it was received from Sheriff Thomas B. Bash. BFM#26 7-29-33 YOUR CREDIT LINE MUST READ "ACME"."

Date: 
July 29th 1933

Photograph of Edward L. Schneider, former aid to Thomas J. Pendergast. The caption on the back of the image reads, "CC 230102c... (Chicago Bureau) SUICIDE OR HOAX? KANSAS CITY, MO. - Edward L. Schneider of Kansas City Mo., who disappeared leaving suicide notes after appearing before the grand jury to testify concerning the affairs of Boss Tom Pendergast, whose aid he was. While police seek his body, federal investigators are checking theories of hoax and foul play. BFM#26-A 5-2-39. YOUR CREDIT LINE MUST READ "ACME"."

Date: 
May 2nd 1939

Photograph of Ralph T. Harding, Walter McGee, John V. Hill, and Joseph B. Keenan (left to right) at the trial of Walter McGee. The caption on the back of the image reads, "STATE ASKS DEATH PENALTY FOR KIDNAPER, Photo shows the courtroom of Judge Allen C. Southern at Kansas City, Mo. During the trial of Walter McGee, who is charged with being the ringleader of the gang that kidnaped Mary McElroy, daughter of the City Manager of Kansas City, and held her till a ransom of $30,000 was paid left to right: Ralph T.

Date: 
July 26th 1933

Photograph of T. J. Pendergast (left) and James M. Pendergast (right). The caption on the back of the image reads, "KC 440785, K.C. POLITICAL SMILES AS MACHINE CLICKS KANSAS CITY, MO.----T. J. (Tom) Pendergast, dominant Democratic leader of Kansas City, is shown here with his nephew and Chief Lieutenant, James M. Pendergast, smiling broadly as they anticipated victory in the Kansas City elections. The picture was taken in the Pendergast wigwam, known as Jackson Democratic Club.

Date: 
March 30th 1938

Empty, stamped envelope of correspondence addressed to Thomas J. Pendergast at 525 Deleware [Delaware], Kansas City, Missouri. The envelope does not include a return to sender name or address.

Date: 
December 27th 1917

Photograph of Henry F. McElroy and Mary McElroy alighting from a TWA airplane. The caption on the back of the image reads, "KC 217231... (Chicago Bureau), MARY McELROY RETURNS HOME. City Manager H. F. McElroy of Kansas City, Mo., and his daughter, Miss Mary McElroy, leaving the plane that brought the girl home from Normal, Ill., where she was taken from a bus after fleeing home. She said she had been worried by letters and phoned threats sent her because of her testimony against the gang that had kidnaped her for $30,000 ransom in May, 1933.

Date: 
February 12th 1935

Photograph of Mary McElroy who was kidnapped in 1933 at 25 years old and held for ransom. The caption on the back of the image reads, "IC217320... CHICAGO BUREAU, FORMER KIDNAP VICTIM RETURNS HOME, Mary McElroy, 26 year old daughter of Henry McElroy, City Manager of Kansas City, Mo. is shown above at the home of Mayor G.M. Ridenour at Normal, Ill. Feb. 11, after her father had got in touch with her as she was fleeing to Chicago from home on a bus, because of threatening messages she is said to have received from friends of her kidnapers whom she had helped to prosecute.

Date: 
February 11th 1935

Photograph of George McGee, Lillie Knight, and Ralph T. Harding (left to right) with R. H. Moore removed from the picture to the right. The caption on the back of the image reads, "Like in the case of his brother, Walter, the state has asked the death penalty for George McGee, youthful accused member of the gang which kidnaped Miss Mary McElroy, daughter of City Manager H. F. McElroy of Kansas City. Walter McGee was the first kidnaper ever given the death penalty in this country." George McGee is shown in this picture conferring with his three attorneys.

Date: 
1933

Photograph of Edward L. Schneider attached to a photograph of police searching for Schneider's body at the bottom of the Missouri River with nets. Schnider went missing after testifying against Thomas J. Pendergast. The caption reads, "Chi 27 - Kansas City, Mo. - E. L. Schneider and police dragging river."

Date: 
1939

Photograph of convicted kidnapper George McGee. The caption on the back of the image reads, "KC 212964... CHICAGO BUREAU, LIFE SENTENCE GIVEN GEORGE McGEE FOR McELROY KIDNAPING. George McGee, shown above on witness stand, was sentenced to life imprisonment for his part in the kidnaping of Miss Mary McElroy, daughter of the Kansas City, Mo. city manager, on May 27, from her home. Walter McGee, brother of George, the leader of the kidnap gang, has been condemned to die by hanging, the first such verdict to be returned in the United States in kidnap cases.

Date: 
November 5th 1933

Photograph of Mary McElroy who was kidnapped in 1933 at 25 years old and held for ransom. The caption on the back of the image reads, "KC 211904... CHICAGO BUREAU, KIDNAP VICTIM IS STAR WITNESS AT TRIAL. Miss Mary McElroy (above) who positively identified Walter McGee as the man that forced her to leave the bath tub and accompany him at time she was kidnaped from her home, was the star witness at the trial of Walter McGee at Kansas City, Mo. July 26, on charges of kidnaping on which the state is asking death penalty. BFM 26 YOUR CREDIT MUST READ ACME 7-26-33."

Date: 
July 26th 1933

Photograph of Robert E. O'Malley (left) and Thomas J. Pendergast (right). The caption on the back of the image reads, "KC 235368... (Chicago Bureau) PENDERGAST GETS TWO YEAR SENTENCE, KANSAS CITY, MO. T. J. Pendergast (right), former czar of Kansas City, and R. E. O'Malley in Kansas City federal court shortly before both were sentenced to serve two years in federal penitentiary in connection with Missouri fire insurance rate compromise. Both filed notices of appeal. List 5 YOUR CREDIT LINE MUST READ "ACME" 6-8-41."

Date: 
June 8th 1941

Photograph of Henry F. McElroy, Jr. and Mary McElroy with their father Henry F. McElroy, Sr. (left to right). The photograph was taken at the home H. F. McElroy, Sr., immediately following Mary's release from abduction at the Milburn Golf Club. This vantage point faces north towards the south entrance to St. Teresa's Academy across the street.

Date: 
May 29th 1933
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.