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Letter from J. T. Pinnel to the Governor's Secretary, J. D. James regarding a speech given by the Governor in Pineville, Missouri the previous day, as well as the distribution of Billings campaign materials.

Date: 
July 28th 1938

Letter from C.M. Fleming to Governor Stark regarding county political races in and around Versailles, Missouri. Fleming identifies Pendergast-aligned state employees and recommends one for dismissal.

Date: 
August 5th 1938

Letter from Dr. W. L. Brandon to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, in which Brandon resigns "as a member and as Vice-President of the Missouri State Board of Health, effective this date." He does so in protest of Stark's request for "a confidential report on those who are for Judge Douglas in your section; and also the names of leaders who are against him." He states that in addition to supporting Judge Billings, who is a personal friend, he considers Stark's request "to be both sinister and corrupt."

Date: 
May 17th 1938

Letter from E. R. Holland to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, regarding Dr. W. L. Brandon's alleged statement that "two carloads of Douglas supporters couldn't be found in all Southeast Missouri." Holland reports that there are in fact numerous Douglas supporters in the town of Kennett and the county at large.

Date: 
May 19th 1938

Letter from Edison Blagg to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, reporting on where alliances lie in the Douglas vs. Billings Supreme Court campaign in Nodaway County. He writes that county has "always been an anti-Pendergast county" though some local candidates have received machine support. Billings supporters include John Rush and Stanley Ferguson. Douglas "will have the support of the more stable type of Democrats here," including Judge M. E. Ford, T. G. Robinson, and Judge A. P. Kidder.

Date: 
May 20th 1938

Letter from Frank K. Ashby to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, reporting that Stark (and Judge James Douglas) do not have the support of a Pendergast-allied group in his county. Ashby suggests that if Stark "can shift the positions or take away the appointments of some of the men you know are not for you, or anything you want, you will make it much easier to control this section almost solidly."

Date: 
May 21st 1938

Letter from David M. Proctor to Judge James V. Billings, in response to Billings' solicitation of support. Proctor writes that, in spite of warm personal feelings, he cannot support Billings for two reasons: one, he is a Republican, and second, due to his sponsorship by the Pendergast machine.

Date: 
May 21st 1938

Letter from J. T. Pinnell to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, reporting that Democratic county officials in southwest Missouri are under Pendergast machine control and that the "office holders have Mr. Billings' picture set up in their offices." Pinnell writes that he believes that there are many "decent, patriotic men and women" who are not allied with Pendergast, "but the trouble is that they are not organized at all, and consequently, will not be able to make their force felt." He also describes machine influence with relief organizations in the region.

Date: 
June 8th 1938

Letter from Walker C. Johnson to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, lauding Stark for his "stand for RIGHT in the State of M[issouri]." He writes that many of his county opposed Stark due to his Pendergast support, but that now "most of them are behind you on this [war] to rid the State of the rascals in elections." He also describes losing his job due to political affiliation.

Date: 
June 21st 1938

Letter from Ruth Vawter to Governor Lloyd C. Stark. Vawter writes regarding Mrs. Marie S. Barnhill, former Area Supervisor of Women's Work for the WPA in Webster County. Barnhill's successor "is making her brags that she can deliver Saline County in the palm of her hand to the Organization for Judge Billings," and Vawter suggests that Barnhill, who is not currently allied to either Supreme Court candidate, could support Douglas "should [Stark] be able to help her."

Date: 
June 10th 1938

Letter from Walker C. Johnson to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, lauding Stark for his "stand for RIGHT in the State of M[issouri]." He writes that many of his county opposed Stark due to his Pendergast support, but that now "most of them are behind you on this [war] to rid the State of the rascals in elections." He also describes losing his job due to political affiliation.

Date: 
June 21st 1938
letter From C. M. Meadows to Lloyd C. Stark

Letter from C. M. Meadows to Governor Lloyd C.Stark, requesting that Stark put him in touch with "some official authority in connection with these beer places." He reports that "a number of the fellows running such places are using their establishments for display rooms for [Judge James] Billings literature," as well as "boosting Pendergast and knocking [Stark's] administration." Meadows also writes that the Pendergast machine has been bad for property values and created "open and solicitious gambling houses, [horse] race rooms," and other issues.

Date: 
June 25th 1938

Letter from Mrs. James L. Owens to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, reporting that an employee at the St. Clair Secretary of State's office was passing out literature for James Billings' Missouri Supreme Court campaign. Owens thinks that "a good evening out in the office of secretary of state would be a good thing."

Date: 
June 7th 1938

Letter from Mr. Shackelford to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, discussing support for Supreme Court candidate James Douglas in the counties of southwest Missouri, and the lack of of an existing organization in that area to support their candidates.

Date: 
June 13th 1938

Letter from W. F. Enright to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, discussing support for James Douglas's Missouri Supreme Court campaign in Buchanan County. Enright suggests Stark and Douglas "could arrive at noon or shortly after in order that we might have our parade through the downtown district during the noon hour," as well as other events with supporters.

Date: 
July 1st 1938

Letter from "Shack" to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, reporting on the state of the Missouri Supreme Court campaign in eastern Missouri, and stating there is ample support for James Douglas in Cape Girardeau County, for James Billings in Lewis County, and that Pemiscot and New Madrid Counties are undecided. Shack also reports that he is sure "that at least 90 percent of the vets in the state will be for Douglas."

Date: 
July 3rd 1938

Letter from Judge Allen C. Southern to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, discussing the Douglas vs. Billings campaign for Missouri Supreme Court and involvement by Tom Pendergast in the business of the Kansas City Journal-Post.

Date: 
July 5th 1938

The Footman newsletter, containing an article by William Hirth for Missouri Ruralist entitled "Hirth Supports Judge Douglas," a recap of a meeting of the Democratic Equal Rights Club. The paper endorses James V. Billings for Missouri Supreme Court.

Date: 
1938

Letter from Orville Chowning to Governor Lloyd C. Stark requesting campaign literature from the James Douglas campaign to counteract efforts for James Billings in Madison. He writes that a local Pendergast leader "has had Judge Billings on exhibition here. Don't think he made any too good an impression."

Date: 
July 9th 1938

Letter from Governor Lloyd C. Stark to the headquarters of James Douglas' campaign for Missouri Supreme Court, asking them to look into whether Anna Watson of Marceline is working for the Billings campaign, as she said she was obligated to Tom Pendergast.

Date: 
July 11th 1938

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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.