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Group portrait of Harry Truman, Senator Thomas P. Gore, and others at a dinner held by the South Central Business Association at the LaSalle Hotel in Gore's honor. Men identified on photo as standing left to right: Dr. C. Charles Gray, Ira S. Burns, James P. Aylward, Judge Truman, Judge Thomas B. Bash and Judge Robert W. Barr. Front row, seated: James M. Pendergast, Gore, Garrett L. Smalley (toastmaster), Charles M. Howell, James R. Page and Father J. W. Keyes.

Date: 
November 12th 1929

Letter from Kansas City Court of Appeals judge, Ewing C. Bland, to his uncle, Ewing Young, Mitchell, Jr. on March 27, 1932. Bland updates Mitchell on his meeting with James P. Aylward and recounts the individual opinions of Aylward, Thomas J. Pendergast and Cas Welch of Franklin D. Roosevelt as the Democratic nominee for President.

Date: 
March 27th 1932

Clipping from the Kansas City Star on March 18, 1932 showing James P. Aylward, Casimir J. Welch, James M. Pendergast, William E. Sullivan (left to right, top) as well as Michael Ross (bottom). They are shown attending the Jackson County Convention at the Jackson County Courthouse once located between 5th Street and Missouri Avenue and Oak and Locust streets.

Date: 
March 18th 1932

Letter from Lloyd C. Stark to Tom Pendergast, discussing the appointment of Scott Wilson to the highway commission and other political issues.

Date: 
January 20th 1933

Letter from Jacob L. Milligan to Guy B. Park discussing political "back-biting" in Missouri surrounding the funeral of Francis Wilson.

Date: 
February 8th 1933

Letter from William M. Ledbetter to Lloyd C. Stark discussing the logistics of the upcoming campaign, including how much time Stark will spend at his home in Louisiana, the upcoming Missouri Press Association meeting and American Royal, and gossip about other potential candidates including William Hirth.

Date: 
October 8th 1935

Telegram from Lloyd C. Stark to James Pendergast, inviting Pendergast to join a group to visit Stark and attend the Missouri State Corn Husking Contest.

Date: 
October 28th 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.

Date: 
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

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 William P. Harvey to Missouri gubernatorial candidate Lloyd Stark, asking that, along with James Aylward, Jim Pendergast also be invited to his "Corn Husking Bee" to avoid misinterpretation about his appearance alone.

Date: 
October 26th 1935

Telegram from Lloyd C. Stark to James M. Pendergast about being in Kansas City the next day and hoping to meet with him and Jim Aylward.

Date: 
January 10th 1936

Letter from Lloyd C. Stark to Harry S. Truman reporting on his meeting with Tom Pendergast and Jim Aylward about his campaign and how the campaign is being staffed. He writes that "on the advice of everybody, including T.J., we are not even mentioning his name; just ignoring him entirely."

Date: 
January 17th 1936

Letter from William Ledbetter to W. L. Bouchard discussing financial and organizational arrangements of Stark's gubernatorial campaign.

Date: 
February 10th 1936

Letter from William Ledbetter to W. L. Bouchard discussing Stark campaign issues, how appointments will be allotted through Missouri counties, and appointing members of the campaign's finance committee.

Date: 
February 11th 1936

Letter from W. M. Ledbetter acknowledging the receipt of a campaign contribution and discussing contributions from other supporters.

Date: 
March 18th 1936

Letter from Tom Boydston to Guy B. Park about an article in a Massachusetts newspaper about Pendergast's control over Kansas City. He writes "that the real reason that Tom Pendergast has a hold on the people of Kansas City, is that he is a real benefactor, feeds the hungry, clothes the naked, and puts money in the pocket of the down and out fellow." He claims that "we of Platte County origin hate 'Old John Brown'," the abolitionist.

Date: 
October 17th 1936

Letter from Ewing C. Bland to his uncle, Ewing Young Mitchell, Jr. on January 20, 1936. In Bland's lengthy response, he explains how the public views Bland and Mitchell to be connected politically, and how Mitchell consistently jeopardizes Bland by attacking the Kansas City organization for Mitchell's own political gain. Because of Bland's diminished political standing and Mitchell's public connection with Marie Plummer, it would be impossible to leverage for her reinstatement without being charged with nepotism.

Date: 
January 20th 1936

Letter from Ewing Young Mitchell, Jr. to his nephew, Kansas City Court of Appeals Judge Ewing C. Bland, on January 25, 1937. Mitchell asserts that Bland should resign as judge if Pendergast continues to influence the court. He then substantiates his claim by providing quotes from Bland and Marie Plummer. Mitchell also provides a case as to why Plummer should be retained in her clerical position at the Kansas City Court of Appeals.

Date: 
January 25th 1936

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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.
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