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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 Harry S. Truman to Lloyd C. Stark indicating that he supports Stark's campaign for governor and making suggestions for campaign staff and equipment. He suggests "it would be a good plan to discuss the whole situation iwth Jim Aylward and Jim Pendergast, and abide by the conclusion that the three of you come to."

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January 11th 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."

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January 17th 1936

Letter from Tony Buford to Lloyd C. Stark discussing his projection for the make up of the next House of Representatives, as well as support for Stark vs. William Hirth for governor.

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January 24th 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 updating gubernatorial candidate Lloyd Stark on fundraising activites and expenditures for the campaign.

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March 2nd 1936

Letter from Colonel W. L. Bouchard describing a recent trip to Kansas City on behalf of the Stark-for-Governor campaign.

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March 2nd 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 W. M. Ledbetter to James P. Aylward in which the author describes his investigations into scandals involving the Republican party in St. Louis.

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April 18th 1936

Letter from May Sommers, State Field Director of the Women's Benefit Association, informing members about a lawsuit brought against their society and other fraternal organizations in Missouri.

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May 29th 1936

Letter from Clarence Cannon to Lloyd Stark, recounting a speech by his Republican opponent, Jesse Barrett. The text discusses corruption under the Pendergast Machine and throughout the state, including insurance and pension fraud.

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September 12th 1936

Mailing to Kansas City Democratic voters, encouraging them to turn out early and vote for Lloyd C. Stark for Governor and Ernest S. Gantt for Supreme Court Judge of Missouri.

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August 1st 1936

Letter from Myrtle Harris to candidate Lloyd Stark about the establishment of rural women's Democratic clubs in Missouri.

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March 9th 1936

Letter from William P. Harvey to Missouri gubernatorial candidate Lloyd Stark, describing the situation with Missouri pensions and voting irregularities as they pertain to the campaign.

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August 19th 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 Marie Plummer to Ewing Young Mitchell, Jr. on January 20, 1937. In the matter of Plummer's attempts at reinstatement of her clerical position at the Kansas City Court of Appeals, Plummer wishes that Mitchell would have instructed Ewing C. Bland to speak with James P. Aylward on Bland's own behalf. She asserts Bland is using an alibi so that he does not have to help her.

Date: 
January 20th 1936

Letter from Marie Plummer to Ewing Young Mitchell, Jr. on January 22, 1937. Plummer updates Mitchell on her conversation with Ewing C. Bland concerning Plummer's termination as clerk at the Kansas City Court of Appeals. She transmits Bland's response to Mitchell's most recent letter to him, communicating that using his influence to retain Plummer in her position would hurt his reelection campaign in the near future. Although Bland asserts he is not under any political influence, Plummer strongly disagrees and urges Mitchell not to further anger him.

Date: 
January 22nd 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.
KC History, Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Kansas City Public Library.