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Guy Brasfield Park
Author: 
Nancy J. Hulston

Guy B. Park was a rather ineffectual governor bound to Thomas Pendergast's political machine by gratitude for putting him in office. Through Park's connection with the Pendergast organization, a great deal of federal money was diverted to Kansas City resulting in high dollar contracts going to Pendergast-machine owned businesses.

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

Letter from J. B. O'Day to Governor Lloyd C. Stark. O'Day writes that he was an undercover investigator during several presidential administrations, and asks for an appointment with Stark in which he can prove "to you the things I already know, if acted upon with your usual vigor, will be the hardest blow to the Pendergast machine yet."

Date: 
May 10th 1938

Letter from Thomas Y. Matley to J. W. McCammon, discussing bipartisan support for James Douglas in the campaign for Missouri Supreme Court in Clay and Platte Counties. He notes that with some individuals, "Governor Stark was being criticized for removing old folks from the pension roll," and that "quite a few who seemingly are not sufficiently interested to go and vote."

Date: 
July 14th 1938

Letter from Amos E. Alexander to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, professing support for James M. Douglas, but expressing concern for the number of Pendergast appointees in state offices and the poor administration of pensions to retirees, reporting "one old fellow over eighty one years old draws only ten dollars a month."

Date: 
May 20th 1938

Letter from Philip A. Lantz to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, lauding him for his work against corruption in Missouri, including his work for James Douglas' election to the Missouri Supreme Court. Lantz says the Pendergast machine is an "Ala Baba band of boodlers [who] want to get their filthy paws on the whole state for the glory of Ready Mixed and the plethora of loot."

Date: 
July 15th 1938

Letter from J. B. Crow to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, stating his initial suspicion of Stark as a Pendergast candidate, but upon discovering his middle name was Crow, "said if you had the same blood in you that all the Crows that I knew that you was your own man." He also describes the influence of the Pendergast machine in Plattsburg.

Date: 
July 27th 1938

Text of a Kansas City Star article on the August 4, 1936 election in Kansas City. It describes ballot boxes being removed before polls closed, threats made against voters, fake votes, and other problems. Joe Shannon is quoted as saying the election was "so corrupt it was a disgrace to American civilization."

Date: 
August 4th 1936

Resolution passed by "a body of Republicans and other patriotic citizens" repudiating First Ward Committeeman Ray Horton "because of his many acts in aiding and abetting the Lazia-McElroy-Pendergast machine," voter fraud, and demanding that Governor Guy Park take steps to clean up the Board of Election Commissioners in Kansas City.

Date: 
April 7th 1934

Letter from Robert Locke, Kansas City Journal-Post science editor, to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, requesting Stark's approval to start a "Stark for President" Club. He also writes of R. Emmet O'Malley's removal as head of the state insurance commission and other concerns about the extent of corruption in state politics and elections, and expresses his belief that Stark might "wrest control of the state Democratic Party from the Pendergast-Shannon-Clark faction."

Date: 
October 25th 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."

Date: 
March 22nd 1938

Letter from Lincoln A. Kelly to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, mentioning the election violence of 1934 and the inadequate protection at polling places from the Kansas City Police Department. He writes that "the determination of election workers ... to carry on as they have in the past" makes election violence inevitable.

Date: 
March 25th 1938

Letter from E. Mont. Reily to Lloyd C. Stark, vowing to support the candidate backed by Tom Pendergast if he doesn't like the candidate nominated by the Republican party.

Date: 
October 26th 1935

Letter from J. B. Journey to Lloyd C. Stark writing with information about sentiments regarding the governors race in Nevada and the rest of Vernon County.

Date: 
October 17th 1935

Letter from R. P. Spencer to Lloyd C. Stark regarding a Democratic picnic in Arrow Rock and a rumor that Stark had been affiliated with the Ku Klux Klan.

Date: 
June 4th 1935

Letter from Lloyd C. Stark to James M. Pendergast noting the success of Guy Park in the election, the death of Doc Biggs, and other matters.

Date: 
November 19th 1932

Confidental memorandum regarding Pendergast machine activities. The memo mentions patronage from the current governor, internal feuds, the State Highway Department, and advises allying Jim Aylward because "[Tom Pendergast] is slipping [and] Young Jim incompetent."

Date: 
1935

Letter from J. O. L. Goggin to Lloyd C. Stark encouraging Stark to run for governor. He writes that "now is the time to make up your mind so that the 'powers' in the party can be rounded up and properly organized."

Date: 
December 6th 1934

Letter from Lloyd C. Stark to Ernest O. Boone, writing that he is enclosing a copy of a letter to the governor endorsing Boone for a position.

Date: 
May 17th 1933

Letter from Lloyd C. Stark to Governor Guy B. Park recommending Ernest O. Boone and his wife for positions at the State Industrial Home for Girls in Tipton, Missouri.

Date: 
May 17th 1933

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