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General Hospital No. 2 Exterior
Author: 
Jason Roe

"They did not try to build something ‘good enough for Negroes’ but something as good as money could buy." This is how Chester Arthur Franklin, the Republican founder of The Call newspaper and one of Kansas City’s most prominent black leaders, greeted the newly constructed eight-story building that housed General Hospital No. 2, serving the indigent African American population of Kansas City. When the new building opened on March 2, 1930, national public health experts joined the local black and white communities in considering the new facility to be the finest black public hospital in the nation, even rivaling some of the best white public hospitals with its state-of-the-art equipment and modern architecture.

Joseph Shannon
Author: 
Mary Frances Ivey

Joseph “Joe” Shannon presided over Kansas City’s Northside Democratic Party from the early 20 th century to 1930, after which he relocated to Washington, D.C., for a 14-year tenure as a U.S. Congressman. Shannon’s political career was marked by his Jeffersonian Democratic views and his tenuous relationships with brothers James and Tom Pendergast.

Cas Welch
Author: 
Nancy J. Hulston
For over thirty years, Casimir Welch controlled "Little Tammany," 36 precincts east of downtown, for Thomas J. Pendergast. This area was heavily populated, largely with African Americans. Through the usual ploys of free food and coal to the needy, Welch gained his constituents' trust and admiration, and they repaid him by voting as they were told.

Letter from Jimmy Hurst to Lloyd C. Stark, discussing the state of his orchard and conversations with Tom Pendergast. He also invites Stark to use him as a reference with Casimir Welch or Jim Aylward.

Date: 
January 17th 1935

Letter from Jimmy Hurst to Lloyd C. Stark discussing Pendergast support in the gubernatorial race vs that for Roy McKittrick, and Hurst's efforts to gather support for Stark.

Letter from Jimmy Hurst to Lloyd C. Stark warning him of a potential situation of concern involving Matthew Murray, director of the state relief fund, and his concern that Murray "might be something sinister in the making."

Date: 
July 11th 1935

Letter from Jimmy Hurst to Lloyd C. Stark, advising Stark on strengthening certain political relationships for the upcoming campaign, including his connection with Jim Aylward. He also writes that Judge Ross "is one of the very last men T.J. consults with when making an important political move," and that he spoke with the judge about Stark.

Date: 
September 5th 1935

List of recipients of a gift of Golden Delicious apple cider from Lloyd C. Stark's orchards.

Date: 
September 1935

List of recipients of a gift of Golden Delicious apple cider from Lloyd C. Stark's orchards.

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November 1935

List of recipients of a gift of Golden Delicious apple cider from Lloyd C. Stark's orchards, along with an example form letter to be send in advance.

Date: 
September 1935

Letter from Lloyd C. Stark to Casimir J. Welch, congratulating Welch on the bird of his daughter.

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December 10th 1935

Letter from Lloyd C. Stark to Casimir J. Welch sending wishes for a merry Christmas and happy New year.

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December 20th 1935

Letter from Casimir J. Welch to Lloyd C. Stark, sending thanks for the jug of cider and inviting him to call on him when in Kansas City.

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December 14th 1935

Letter from Lloyd C. Stark to Casimir J. Welch, writing that he is sending Welch a jug of cider made from his orchard's Golden Delicious apples.

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November 20th 1935

Letter from Lloyd C. Stark to Casimir J. Welch hoping that Mrs. Welch will recover quickly from an illness.

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July 9th 1935

Letter from Lloyd C. Stark to Casimir J. Welch, writing that he is sending a gift of "a small fountain pencil" for Mrs. Welch.

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May 22nd 1935

Letter from Lloyd C. Stark to Casimir J. Welch, writing that he is sending a box of Golden Delicious and Staymared apples.

Letter from Lloyd C. Stark to Gil P. Bourke, acknowledging that Bourke will be taking over the political activities of Casimir Welch, and including a newspaper clipping about that handover.

Date: 
January 31st 1936

Letter from Ruby Henshaw describing the results of the recent elections in Kansas City, remarking that Tom Pendergast and his affiliates were victorious. She also comments on the poor state of economic affairs in Kansas City, and also provides some personal updates and business suggestions for Stark's nursery & orchard operation.

Date: 
December 1st 1932

Letter from James McPherson Shockley to Missouri gubernatorial candidate Lloyd Stark, discussing the importance of keeping Democrats engaged, lest they assume victory for Stark.

Date: 
August 13th 1936

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